Former Ducks Playing Pro Baseball
Ten former Ducks are currently playing professional baseball. Two are in Triple-A, four in Double-A, three in Class-A (Advanced) and one in Class-A. Links for all 10 are listed below along with the team they are currently with, the league they play in, the level of professional baseball and the organization each player belongs to.
In seven seasons at the University of Oregon, George Horton has resurrected a dormant Ducks’ baseball program and built it into a national power. Entering his eighth season with the Ducks, Horton carries a 261-169-1 record (.607) and has led Oregon to the postseason five teams, including each of the last four seasons. Horton, hired in September 2007, is the Ducks’ 12th baseball coach in school history and its first since the program was discontinued following the 1981 season. Overall, Horton has a 977-434-2 record (.692) as a head coach and a record of 751-381-2 (.663) in 18 seasons as a Division I head coach.
Under Horton, Oregon made its first modern-era NCAA appearance in just its second season of existence, playing in the NCAA Regionals in 2010. The Ducks topped that effort in 2012, advancing to their first Super Regional and finishing just one win shy of advancing to the College World Series. The successful season by Oregon landed Horton the 2012 Field Turf NCAA Division I Coach of the Year award. UO reached the NCAA Regionals in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning a school-record 48 games in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, Oregon was just one of eight teams to win 40-plus games in all three seasons. Horton has won at least 40 games in 11 different seasons, including a pair of 50-win seasons. The Ducks came up just shy of the 40-win mark in 2015, but still boasted 38 wins and reached the NCAA tournament after winning 14 of their last 18 games and nine of their last 10 – including a series win over No. 2 UCLA – to earn an at-large bid.
While at Oregon, Horton has coached three players to four All-America selections (Tyler Anderson – 2011, Ryon Healy – 2013 and Jimmie Sherfy – 2013 and 2014), 33 all-conference players, six collegiate national team players and 35 Major League Baseball draft picks. Pitcher Tyler Anderson, drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, was the highest Duck taken in the new era of Oregon baseball. Additionally, the Ducks have had one second-round pick (Madison Boer – 2011), two third-round picks (Garrett Cleavinger – 2015 and Healy – 2013), one fourth-round pick (Josh Graham – 2015) and two fifth-round picks (Scott McGough – 2011 and Jake Reed – 2014).
Jay Uhlman enters his sixth season as a member of the Oregon baseball coaching staff. His primary responsibilities include recruiting, coaching infielders and assisting with the offense. In addition, Uhlman coaches third base and develops scouting reports.
In Uhlman’s five seasons at Oregon, the Ducks have compiled a 216-104 record (.675), while advancing to the NCAA tournament in all five seasons. The Ducks have set school records for wins in three of Uhlman’s five seasons with 40 in 2010, 46 in 2012 and 48 in 2013. With a 44-win season in 2014, Oregon became one of just eight teams to win 40-plus games in each season from 2012 to 2014. The Ducks just missed the 40-win mark in 2015, but still reached the NCAA tournament after winning 14 of their last 18 games and nine of their final 10 to earn an at-large bid.
After one season with the Ducks as a volunteer assistant coach in 2010, Uhlman spent one year as an assistant at Kansas before returning to Oregon in 2012. Since 2010, the only season in which the Ducks missed out on the postseason was 2011 while Uhlman was with the Jayhawks. Upon his return, the Ducks got within one game of the College World Series in 2012.
Mark Wasikowski enters his fifth season with Oregon baseball, where he serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator while also running the team’s offense. In addition, he coaches the team’s hitters and outfielders and instructs Oregon’s base runners. Following the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Perfect Game named Wasikowski one of 10 assistant coaches who are “ready to lead.”
In his four seasons at Oregon, the Ducks have compiled a 176-80 record (.688) while earning four straight NCAA tournament appearances. Wasikowski helped lead Oregon to school records in wins during his first two seasons with 46 in 2012 and 48 in 2013. With 44 wins in 2014, Oregon became one of just eight teams in the nation to record three consecutive 40-win seasons from 2012 to 2014. The Ducks just missed the 40-win mark in 2015, but still reached the NCAA tournament after winning 14 of their last 18 games and nine of their last 10 to earn an at-large bid.
Oregon’s recruiting classes have been amongst the best in the country with Wasikowski leading the charge. Each class that Wasikowski has brought in has been ranked in the top-25 in the nation, with the 2013 class being ranked sixth by Perfect Game and the 2015 class coming in at eighth in the Collegiate Baseball rankings.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Mitch Karraker enters his first season as the Ducks’ pitching coach. Karraker has been a part of the Ducks’ program since its return before the 2009 season. He was a catcher for the Ducks from 2009 to 2011 before spending the next four seasons in various roles with the baseball program. For the last two seasons, Karraker has served as an administrative assistant at Oregon assisting with duties in the baseball office and on the field as well as assisting with Oregon baseball camps. Before moving into that role, he spent one season as an undergraduate assistant coach and one season as a student manager. Karraker will join Head Coach George Horton on the U.S. National Team coaching staff, serving as the bullpen coach.
Karraker also spent time over the last few years coaching outside the Oregon baseball program. He was the head coach of the Klamath Falls Gems in the West Coast Summer League for two seasons before serving as an assistant coach with the Eugene Challengers, an American Legion team, last summer.
Karraker graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in sociology. He earned his Masters of Education from Northwest Christian University in 2014 and lives in Eugene with his wife Kelly.
Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Director of Baseball Operations
Luke Emanuel is in his eighth season as director of baseball operations at the University of Oregon.A native of Salem, Ore., Emanuel is responsible for coordinating team travel, budget planning, database management, on-campus recruiting and the day-to-day operations of the baseball program. In addition, Emanuel serves as the liaison between the baseball staff and academic services, media relations, marketing, fund-raising, ticketing and the training room staff.
Emanuel, who spent a year as a compliance intern at Oregon before switching over to baseball, has previously worked as an intern for a sports agency in Washington D.C. and as an athletic director for a youth sports program in Salem, Ore.Emanuel graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York in 2004.
Emanuel and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, McCoy and Hank.