Three from 2015 regional championship team highlight six former Rams in pros

Opening Day for both VCU and Major League Baseball have come and gone over the past few weeks, with the Rams standing at a solid 21-12 overall record on their season. However, the MLB season remains young. VCU places six amongst those competing at baseball's most sought after occupations. Those currently with homes for the opening of the 2016 season:

  • Kyle Haynes – Haynes had made a name for himself in the New York Yankees organization since his arrival to them in 2014, he currently sits one level away from the big show. He will be starting 2016 in AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League.
  • Scott Sizemore – Sizemore just missed out on a roster spot with the Washington Nationals to begin 2016. Rather, he has made his way to the AAA affiliate of the D.C. franchise, the Syracuse Chiefs, to begin his season.  
  • Ian Thomas  – Thomas, like the previous two, sits just one level below the show in AAA Oklahoma City as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. After bouncing around between two organizations and five different teams, Thomas looks to have found a spot to settle into for 2016.
  • Daniel Concepcion – One of three members on last season's 2015 regional team, Concepcion put up a solid first minor league season between two rookie levels. He will be starting back in a uniform of the Idaho Falls Chukars, a rookie league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, where he made 14 appearances for last season.
  • Matt Lees – The man who was on the mound in the ninth inning for the clinching regional game over Dallas Baptist, Lees signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after last season's amateur draft. Lees made quite the impression, appearing in 22 games last season for the Missoula Ospreys, the Rookie affiliate for the D-Backs. He will begin 2016 with the same organization.
  • Vimael Machin – The highest draft pick of last season's 2015 squad, Machin began his career in A Short Season for the Chicago Cubs organization. He finished his season with the South Bend Cubs, appearing in 33 games. He is slated to begin his 2016 campaign right back in South Bend.

To check out the former VCU players in the pros, check out the new "Rams In The Pros" page. Also check out the page for everything with former Rams in pro baseball, past and present.