Hatters in the MLB, NFL, and PGA

Current Hatters as of 11/1/21

Jacob deGrom
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Jacob deGrom
    Stetson Hatter fans cannot speak about the prowess of the baseball program without mentioning the legend, Jacob deGrom. The Volusia County native stayed in his hometown to continue his baseball career in hopes of creating a legacy for himself. The 6’4”, 180lb. Calvary Christian Academy graduate did just that.
    Spending the majority of his collegiate career as an infielder, deGrom would not make his first start as a pitcher until his junior season in 2010. As a batter in DeLand, deGrom made 91 starts and amassed 84 hits and 34 RBIs throughout the 2008-10 seasons. In his lone season of making starts as a pitcher, he led the team in batting average against and totaled 56 strikeouts.
    After this breakout junior season, the New York Mets made deGrom a professional baseball player when they used a 9th round pick on him in 2010. He did not stay in the minor leagues long as he was called up in 2014 after starting his season 4-0 with Las Vegas’s AAA team.
    deGrom began what would quickly become a historic professional baseball career in 2014 when he won National League Rookie of the Year. He went on to build off this for the next eight years winning over 75 games. His success was recognized after being named to the All-Star team four times and winning the NL Cy Young Award twice. What was a seeming to be a historic 2021 season, was unfortunately ended early because of injury for deGrom. Posting a record of 7-2 and an ERA of 1.08, he was on track to break records with the Mets.
Jacob deGrom
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Logan Gilbert
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Logan Gilbert
    Logan Gilbert is in the upper echelon of the elite list of pitchers that have come through Stetson’s great baseball program. The program had high hopes for the central Florida native from the hometown of Winter Park, FL and attending Wekiva High School. Gilbert’s huge frame of 6’6” 225 lb. is ideal for a starting pitcher and heavily played into the hype coming into Stetson.
    Gilbert’s 2017 season was as good as anyone has had in DeLand, FL. He posted a perfect record of 10-0 and an ERA of 2.02 for the season. Yet, he followed this up in 2018 when he set the record for most strikeouts in a single season for SU. On top of these great stats, he also led the team in batting average against for both ’17 and ’18. These two historic seasons led to Gilbert receiving recognition as All-ASUN 1stTeam and the ASUN Pitcher of the Year in consecutive years. He rounded out his career as a Hatter with a record of 23-3, ERA of 2.48, and 313 strikeouts. His name is in the record book a few more times as he holds the 6th all-time lowest career ERA and the 4th most career strikeouts.
    This outstanding college career came to fruition when the Seattle Mariners made Gilbert the 14thoverall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. He spent 2019 moving around between AA, A+, and A clubs before making his MLB debut in 2021. He has made over 18 starts for the Seattle Mariners in 2021 and has been a consistent piece on the struggling AL West team.
Logan Gilbert
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Corey Kluber
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Corey Kluber
    Corey Kluber has proven to be what all Stetson pitchers who come through the program aspire to be. Fitting the model of a MLB starting pitcher at 6’4” 215 lb., he was destined for greatness. Born in Birmingham, AL and coming from his hometown of Coppell, TX, and legendary Coppell High School, Kluber quickly became a Stetson legend.
    Kluber did not have the immediate success that some other Hatters have had but he got better each year of his college career. This hard work paid off when he absolutely broke out his junior season. In 2007, Kluber recorded 117 strikeouts, a 2.05 ERA, and twelve wins with only two losses. This incredible season led to him being named ASNU Pitcher of the Year. These numbers also played a major role in his career stats of 214 strikeouts, a 3.30 ERA, and record of 20-9.
    All of this success led to Corey Kluber becoming the SD Padres 4th Round pick in 2007. He would never see time in the MLB with San Diego, but his career quickly took off when he was traded to Cleveland where he has spent the majority of his career. In his nine years in Cleveland, Kluber was a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner and a three-time all-star. Ten years after his breakout year at Stetson, he had a career year in 2017. Leading the American League in ERA, wins, win-loss percentage, and shutouts, this year accounted for one of his Cy Young awards and all-star appearances. 
    Moving on from Cleveland, Kluber had a brief stint with the Texas Rangers before finding a more permanent home with the New York Yankees. This last stop on his career path has been a steady installment in a great career. With career numbers of over 1500 strikeouts and over 100 wins, Kluber has an argument for the Hall of Fame.
Corey Kluber
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Patrick Mazeika
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Patrick Mazeika
    Coming from his hometown of Wilbraham, MA and recruited out of Salisbury High School, Mazeika began his Stetson career in 2013. The 6’3”, 210 lb. catcher did not waste any time making his mark on the baseball program. His freshman season in 2013 was a dominant one. In his debut season, Patrick Mazeika led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs, and hits. This kind of impact from a freshman is not ordinary, but Mazeika leading the team in almost every major offensive statistical category became very common over his 3-year tenure in DeLand.
    Patrick Mazeika played so unbelievably well in 2013 that he earned himself the honor of Athletic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year. The recognition did not end there though, he also appeared on both the All-Freshman Team and All-Conference 1st Team in 2013. The following year he made 2nd Team All-Conference Honors.
    The New York Mets acknowledged all the success Patrick Mazeika had as a Hatter by using an 8thround draft pick on him in 2015. For the next five years, he made the grueling journey from the Rookie League all the way to the majors. All of his work paid off when he made his MLB debut on May 5, 2021. Since his callup, he has become a solid piece on a powerful roster. Almost all his appearances came with him in the lineup as a catcher or pinch hitter.
Patrick Mazeika
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Donald Parham
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Donald Parham
    Donald Parham is without question the greatest offensive player to go through Stetson’s newly reestablished football program. The under-recruited super talent from Lakeland, FL and Lake Gibson High School came to Stetson and grew into an unbelievable tight end. Parham literally grew to 6’8” 237 lb. and turned himself into an absolute problem for opposing defenses.
    At Stetson, Parham set every possible record a tight end can set. In 2018, his senior season, he had 85 catches, 1,319 yards, and 13 touchdowns. All three of these numbers were single season records for Stetson. This was his best season of his college career, but the other years were not far off. For his career, he had 180 catches, 2,591 yards, and 20 touchdowns again all of which are career records.
    These unbelievable stats were not enough to earn Parham a selection in the draft. But the resilient Parham made the most of his UDFA status when he dominated for one year in the XFL before being picked up by the Los Angeles Chargers. In his lone season with the Chargers so far, the Stetson grad started five games, but saw time in thirteen games. Over that time, he had 10 catches for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Donald Parham
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Donald Payne
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Donald Payne
    When Stetson brought back football, there was one man that changed the outlook of the program and that was Donald Payne. Coming from Fayetteville, Ga and playing his high school ball at Landmark Christian, Payne changed the landscape of the new generation of football at Stetson University. Someone who many thought of as undersized, at 5’11” 217lb., the linebacker made up for what he lacked in size with speed, aggression, and work ethic.
    At Stetson, Payne was an absolute force to be reckoned with for opposing offenses. His 2014 season in particular no one could stop him. In that redshirt sophomore season of his, he amassed 185 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 4 interceptions. These otherworldly stats were just the beginning of what would become a record setting career for Payne.
    Payne holds the career record for every major defensive statistic at Stetson, including total tackles, solo tackles, assisted tackles, TFL, FF, and FR, except for interceptions and sacks, which he is second in both. The records did not end here though, he also holds individual season records for total tackles, solo tackles, and assisted tackles with four of top six spots for total tackles and four of top five spots for total tackles.
    Disappointingly though, all of this incredible success Payne had did not lead to him being selected in the NFL Draft. As an undrafted free agent, Payne was signed by the Baltimore Ravens before being acquired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. All of his regular season playing time in the NFL has come with the Jaguars. 2019 was a strong year for him as he started 5 games and amassed 61 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss. He has not had as much success since that season and has been jumping around teams but is currently a free agent.
Donald Payne
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Sam Ryder
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Sam Ryder
    Sam Ryder came to Stetson University from his hometown of Longwood, FL, and Bishop Moore Catholic High School. After a quiet freshman year, Ryder quickly made a name for himself. In his sophomore season, he posted 2 wins with an average score of 71.93 and 93 birdies. His junior season was very similar with stats of 1 win, 72.40 average score, and 93 birdies in 2010-11.
    He parlayed this success into the greatest season Stetson Golf has ever seen. He averaged a score of 71.84 over 31 rounds in the 2011-12 season. This was a record for lowest average score in a single season. Other records he set in this season were wins (4) and birdies (101). He also accumulated 4 eagles.
    This incredible college career landed him a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour. He had a slow start on this Tour with just a handful of rounds in 2013-14. He spent some time on the Forme Tour before officially joining the Korn Ferry Tour in 2016. After a 2017 season that included a victory in the Pinnacle Bank Championship and 6 Top 10 finishes, he joined the PGA Tour. He has a great young career going for himself, with 11 Top 10 finishes and 5 Top 3 finishes through the first four years of what is hopefully a long and illustrious PGA career.
Sam Ryder
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