ACC in MLB: 2015 Opening Day Starters

It’s time to dust off your baseball caps and mitts, folks! MLB Opening Day 2015 is here! For baseball fans, opening day serves as a symbol of rebirth. For ACC fans, opening day provides a nice platform to show off the talent the ACC has in the MLB.

Here at the ACCDN, we have put together the best MLB lineup that ACC players could create. Keep in mind, these are players whose alma maters are current ACC teams.

There may be some discrepancies at specific positions. For example, UNC’s Dustin Ackley now plays outfield for the Seattle Mariners. However, due to a high influx of talent in our outfield, we had to put Ackley at second base (a position he is very familiar with).

Another stance we debated about was whether to put Jeff Samardzija as the starting pitcher over Matt Harvey. Although Samardzija has played more seasons in the majors, Matt Harvey has a much higher upside. Harvey is only 26 years old and his career ERA is already way under 3.00.

ACC fans, if you have any thoughts or disagreements with our ACC Opening Day Starter list, feel free to tweet us @theACCDN using #ACCPros.

More on the #ACCpros starters on #OpeningDay. (courtesy of MLB.com)

 

 


Buster Posey | #28 C | San Francisco Giants

Birth Date: March 27, 1987 (Age: 28)
Birthplace: Leesburg, GA
Experience: 6 years
College: Florida State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215 lbs.
College Career: .397 AVG, 33 HR, 176 RBI
MLB Career: .308 AVG, 83 HR, 352 RBI, .374 OBP


Matt Wieters | #32 1B | Baltimore Orioles

Birth Date: May 21, 1986 (Age: 28)
Birthplace: Charleston, SC
Experience: 6 years
College: Georgia Tech
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 230 lbs.
College Career: .359 AVG, 35 HR, 198 RBI, .594 SLG
MLB Career: .257 AVG, 92 HR, 346 RBI, .320 OBP


Dustin Ackley | #13 2B | Seattle Mariners

Birth Date: February 26, 1988 (Age: 27)
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC
Experience: 4 years
College: North Carolina
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205 lbs.
College Career: .412, 39 HR, 198 RBI, .487 OBP
MLB Career: .245 AVG, 36 HR, 182 RBI, .309 OBP


Stephen Drew | #14 SS | New York Yankees

Birth Date: March 16, 1983 (Age: 32)
Birthplace: Hahira, GA
Experience: 9 years
College: Florida State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 lbs.
College Career: .354, 44 HR, 169 RBI, .449 OBP
MLB Career: .256 AVG, 97 HR, 442 RBI, .322 OBP


Kyle Seager | #15 3B | Seattle Mariners

Birth Date: November 3, 1987 (Age: 27)
Birthplace: Charlotte, NC
Experience: 4 years
College: North Carolina
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 210 lbs.
College Career: .330, 11 HR, 105 RBI, .392 OBP
MLB Career: .256 AVG, 97 HR, 442 RBI, .322 OBP


Ryan Zimmerman | #11 LF | Washington Nationals

Birth Date: September 28, 1984 (Age: 30)
Birthplace: Washington, NC
Experience: 10 years
College: Virginia
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220 lbs.
College Career: .355 AVG, 9 HR, 140 RBI
MLB Career: .286 AVG, 184 HR, 710 RBI, .352 OBP


Jon Jay | #19 CF | St. Louis Cardinals

Birth Date: March 15, 1985 (Age: 30)
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Experience: 5 years
College: Miami (FL)
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 200 lbs.
College Career: .387, 7 HR, 108 RBI, .521 SLG
MLB Career: .295 AVG, 28 HR, 217 RBI, .359 OBP


Ryan Braun | #8 RF | Milwaukee Brewers

Birth Date: November 17, 1983 (Age: 31)
Birthplace: Mission Hills, CA
Experience: 8 years
College: Miami (FL)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 204 lbs
College Career: .362, 45 HR, 195 RBI, .448 OBP
MLB Career: .306 AVG, 230 HR, 762 RBI, .368 OBP


Mark Teixeira | #25 DH | New York Yankees

Birth Date: April 11, 1980 (Age: 34)
Birthplace: Annapolis, MD
Experience: 12 years
College: Georgia Tech
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225 lbs.
College Career: .411 AVG, 36 HR, 165 RBI, .527 OBP
MLB Career: .273 AVG, 363 HR, 1175 RBI, .364 OBP


Matt Harvey | #33 SP | New York Mets

Birth Date: March 27, 1989 (Age: 26)
Birthplace: London, CT
Experience: 2 years
College: North Carolina
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 217 lbs.
College Career: 4.16 ERA, 14-4 W-L, 161 SO,
MLB Career: 2.39 ERA, 12-10 W-L, 261 SO, 0.98 WHIP


Jeff Samardzija | #29 SP | Chicago White Sox

Birth Date: January 23, 1985 (Age: 30)
Birthplace: Merrillville, IN
Experience: 7 years
College: Notre Dame
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 225 lbs.
College Career: 3.82, 21-6 W-L, 159 SO,
MLB Career: 3.85 ERA, 36-48 W-L, 738 SO, 1.27 WHIP


Chris Capuano | #26 SP | New York Yankees

Birth Date: August 19, 1978 (Age: 36)
Birthplace: Springfield, MA
Experience: 10 years
College: Duke
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220 lbs.
College Career: 5.96 ERA, 16-27 W-L, 251 SO
MLB Career: 4.28 ERA, 76-87 W-L, 1134 SO, 1.34 WHIP


Joe Saunders | #35 SP | Seattle Mariners

Birth Date: June 16, 1981 (Age: 33) 
Birthplace: Springfield, VA
Experience: 10 years
College: Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 lbs.
College Career: 3.42 ERA, 27-7, 255 SO
MLB Career: 4.37 ERA, 89-86 W-L, 792 SO, 1.42 WHIP


Sean Doolittle | #62 RP | Oakland Athletics

Birth Date: September 26, 1986 (Age: 28)
Birthplace: Rapid City, SD
Experience: 3 years
College: Virginia
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 212 lbs.
College Career: 2.12, 40-16 W-L, 174 SO
MLB Career: 2.97 ERA, 25 SV, 209 SO, 0.91 WHIP