The Seattle Mariners played host to the Baltimore Orioles during a four-game stretch June 20-23, 2019. Though competing against each other, two Major League Baseball players took the time to acknowledge their shared bond as former Santa Fe Saints baseball players.
Mallex Smith, outfielder for the Mariners, was a Santa Fe Saint in 2012 before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round that same year. This is Smith's first season with Seattle after stops that included the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays clubs.
He currently has 59 hits, 11 doubles, five home runs and 23 stolen bases in 63 games this season.
Outfielder Keon Broxton was a Santa Fe Saint in 2009 and was part of the Junior College (JUCO) World Series runners-up Saints team. He signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a third round pick that same year. Originally starting this season with the New York Mets and now with the Orioles, Broxton has also played with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers during his career.
In 26 games for his new club, the former Saint has 17 hits and three home runs.
Having competed against both the Mariners and Orioles this season, Ryan Yarbrough of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds out the list of former Saints in the MLB. A left-handed pitcher, Yarbrough played baseball for the Saints in 2011 and 2012 before continuing at Old Dominion University and signing with the Mariners in 2014 as a fourth round pick. He currently has a 6-3 record with four starts for the Rays.