SAN ANTONIO – After seeing 75 Missions alumni receive big league action in 2022, the 2023 season was no different. Throughout the illustrious history of the San Antonio Missions, legendary names like Mike Piazza, Joe Morgan and Brooks Robinson once called the Alamo City home. In recent years, players like Trea Turner, Corbin Burnes and Corey Kluber have demonstrated that Wolff Stadium is still helping to produce legendary talent.
During the 2023 season, 78 former Missions players made appearances in The Show across 28 teams. Only the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants made it through the season without a Missions player on their rosters. Five Missions players from the 2023 season made appearances in the big leagues while the other 73 can be traced back to the 2009 season.
Those five players from the 2023 Missions include: Jose Espada, Nick Hernandez, Alek Jacob, Chandler Seagle, and Jackson Wolf. Espada made one scoreless appearance for the San Diego Padres on September 24th. Hernandez appeared in two games for San Diego on September 12th and 18th. Jacob made three scoreless relief outings in July before being placed on the Injured List with a shoulder injury. Seagle had one at-bat for the Padres on September 30th. Lastly, Wolf recorded the win in a spot start for San Diego on July 22nd.
The Padres had 19 former Missions players appear in a game for them this season. The Milwaukee Brewers had the second most with 12 players. The Oakland Athletics had the third most with five former Missions players.
13 former Missions players made their Major League debuts during the 2023 season. Those players include Caleb Boushley, Tom Cosgrove, Lucas Erceg, Jose Espada, Angel Felipe, Alek Jacob, Nick Hernandez, Connor Kaiser, Taylor Kohlwey, Jesse Scholtens, Chandler Seagle, Matt Waldron, and Jackson Wolf.
Below is a list of the 78 former Missions that appeared in the big leagues in 2023. The players have been divided into two lists: Pitchers and Hitters.
RHP Jason Adam: Tampa Bay Rays, 2017 San Antonio Missions
RHP Chase Anderson: Colorado Rockies/Tampa Bay Rays, 2019 San Antonio Missions
RHP Pedro Avila: San Diego Padres, 2021 San Antonio Missions
RHP Jacob Barnes: St. Louis Cardinals, 2019 San Antonio Missions
RHP Anthony Bass: Toronto Blue Jays, 2011 San Antonio Missions
RHP David Bednar: Pittsburgh Pirates, 2018 San Antonio Missions (Postseason)
RHP Caleb Boushley: Milwaukee…