Lakota West Firebirds

    Baseball Professional Players

    Ben Humphrey
    Lakota West Class of 2002
    Played College Baseball at: Central Michigan
    Major League Draft: 2004 & 2007
    Drafted by: Toronto Blue Jays (2004) but did not sign. Drafted by Tampa Bay Rays (2007) and signed.
    Primary Position: 1B
    Highest Level Reached: A, New York-Pennsylvania League (Hudson Valley Renegades) – 2008
    Status: Out of baseball at end of 2008 following release by the Florence Freedom of the independent Western Professional League.
    Summary: Played in 64 minor league games over 2 seasons. Had an overall BA of .238 with 5 home runs.


    Matt Klinker
    Lakota West Class of 2003
    Played College Baseball at: Furman
    Major League Draft: 2007
    Drafted by: Cincinnati Reds
    Position: Pitcher
    Highest Level Reached: AAA, International League (Louisville Bats) -2009 – 2011
    Status: Out of Baseball. Retired in Spring of 2012. Klinker retired from the Cincinnati Reds AA affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos (formerly the Carolina Mudcats) as spring training was beginning in 2012. He had ended the 2011 season on the disabled list rehabing from a rib injury sustained while pitching for the Carolina Mudcats (AA).
    Summary: Klinker played in 109 professional games (excluding winter leagues) over five seasons, all in the minor leagues, with 21 at the AAA level.  His overall won/lost record was 37-32.  He had a positive 9-7 record with 1 save in AAA games. He attended the 2011 Cincinnati Reds major league spring training camp where he made one pitching appearance before returning to the minor league system. Progressed through; Billings Mustangs (RK), Dayton Dragons (A), Sarasota Reds (A+), Carolina Mudcats (AA), Louisville Bats (AAA), and Cincinnati Reds (Spring Camp).


     NateNate Smith
    Lakota West Class of 2009
    Played College Baseball at: Furman University
    Major League Draft: 2013
    Drafted by: Los Angeles Angels
    Position: Pitcher
    Highest Level Reached: AAA (Salt Lake Bees, Pacific Coast league)  Was brought up to AAA in mid season 2015.
    Status: Signed to Angels major league contract and re-assigned to Salt Lake Bees at the start of the 2017 season.
    Summary: Smith has played in 92 professional games with 86 starts.  His combined record is 32-26 with an era of 3.85.
    He has pitched at the AAA level in 33 of these games, all starts, and has a 10-13 record, with an ERA of 5.84. Smith has struck out 145 in 186 innings for the Bees. Rehabbing over 2018 season following arm surgery. Retired in 2019 prior to starting season.


     jmJacob May
    Lakota West Class of 2010
    Played College Baseball at: Coastal Carolina University
    Major League Draft: 2010 & 2013
    Drafted by: Cincinnati Reds 2010 (did not sign) & Chicago White Sox 2013 (signed)
    Position: Outfielder
    Highest Level Reached: Major Leagues (first Lakota school district player to reach the majors)
    Status:  Released by Triple A Charlotte affiliate of the White Sox on 7/24/2018. Currently a free agent.
    Summary: Has played in 550 professional games, progressing from the rookie league up to the majors. His major league debut occurred on 4/4/2017 as the opening day center field starter for the White Sox.  Was reassigned to AAA after 15 games in the majors.  Released by Charlotte 81 games into the 2018 season.
    (last update 8/7/2018)
     jmKeegan Fish
    Lakota West Class of 2018
    Played College Baseball at: Signed with The Ohio State University but then signed with the Miami Marlins.
    Major League Draft: 2018
    Drafted by: Miami Marlins 2018 (signed)
    Position: Catcher
    Highest Level Reached: Batavia Muckdogs (Single-A) 8/6/2018
    Status:  Currently playing with Batavia  Muckdogs 8/6/2018
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