Umpire Alumni

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Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, formerly known as Professional Baseball Umpire Corp (PBUC), a Minor League Baseball wholly owned subsidiary, first entered into a working agreement to provide its reserve umpires to the Coastal Plain League beginning in 2008. The agreement allows reserve list umpires to continue to develop their skills in a competitive environment, while waiting for the call from MiLB Umpire Development to work Minor League Baseball games. Prior to the start of the 2016 CPL season, the Coastal Plain League and MiLB Umpire Development extended its agreement through the 2018 CPL season.

“Minor League Baseball is extremely excited about extending our partnership with the Coastal Plain League once again,” said Minor League Umpire Development Director Dusty Dellinger. “We could not have a better environment for our future professional umpires to train and gain such valuable experience.

“Our relationship with the Coastal Plain League has been extremely valuable to our organization in the sense that we can have our next available professional umpires working in an environment in the CPL that is very comparable to what they will face in pro ball. The experience the CPL provides our umpires can’t be matched and we hope that our relationship continues for years to come.”

Since 2008, 144 PBUC reserve umpires have gotten their start in the Coastal Plain League, with an impressive 106 of them moving on since to work games in Minor League Baseball. Furthermore, Nic Lentz became the first former CPL umpire to make it to the Major Leagues on April 20, 2016. Lentz served as the first base umpire during the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins game along side home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, second base Umpire Scott Barry, and third base umpire Tripp Gibson.

“We have enjoyed working with Dusty and his staff at Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, as well as the numerous reserve umpires that have come through the Coastal Plain League during our partnership,” said CPL COO/Commissioner Justin Sellers. “We feel that our quality of play and overall atmosphere has gone a long way in helping the development of future Minor and Major League Baseball umpires. The number of alumni that have gone on from the CPL into umpiring in professional baseball is strong proof that our relationship has been beneficial to both parties.”

MiLB Umpire Development is responsible for the training, evaluation and recommendation for promotion, retention or release of all umpires in the Minor League Baseball system throughout the United States and Canada.

Below is the listing of MiLB Umpire Development reserve umpires that have come through the Coastal Plain League on their way to professional baseball, and their current status:

* - Denotes umpire who was called to work in Minor League Baseball but later retired.

     
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Major League Baseball
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status MLB Debut
Nicolas Lentz 2008 Major League Baseball April 20, 2016
                                                                   
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Triple-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Mike Cascioppo 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
John Bacon 2008 International League (AAA)
John Bostwick 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Ryan Clark 2009 International League (AAA)
Blake Felix 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Bryan Fields 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Chris Gonzalez 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Shane Livensparger 2009 International League (AAA)
Matt McCoy 2008 International League (AAA)
Daniel Merzel 2010 International League (AAA)
Derek Mollica 2008 International League (AAA)
Roberto Ortiz 2009 International League (AAA)
James Rackley 2010 International League (AAA)
Jeremy Riggs 2009 International League (AAA)
Nate White 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Shaun Lampe 2008 Retired (Highest Level: AAA)
                                                                   
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Double-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Sean Allen 2010 Texas League (AA)
Erich Bacchus 2012 Eastern League (AA)
Ryan Benson 2010 Eastern League (AA)
Joe George 2011 Southern League (AA)
Richard Riley 2011-12 Eastern League (AA)
Randy Rosenberg 2011 Eastern League (AA)
Jason Starkovich 2011 Southern League (AA)
Nate Tomlinson 2010-11 Texas League (AA)
Ben Guttenberger* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Ramon Hernandez* 2009 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Kiff Kinkead* 2008 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Ben Leake* 2008-09 Retired (Highest level: AA)
David Marcoe* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Justin McPherson* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Brian Miller* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Matt Springer* 2008 Retired (Highest level: AA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Single-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Justin Anderson 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Brock Ballou 2012 Carolina League (Advanced-A)
Ryan Barneycastle 2014 South Atlantic League (A)
Matt Carlyon 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Adrian Gonzalez 2012 California League (A-Advanced)
Vincent Jackson 2014 Midwest League (A)
Jordan Johnson 2013 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Austin Jones 2014 Midwest League (A)
Reid Joyner 2012 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Jose Matamoros 2014 Midwest League (A)
Ryan Powers 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Darrell Roberts 2014 South Atlantic League (A)
Greg Roemer 2013-14 Midwest League (A)
Brandin Sheeler 2013 Midwest League (A)
Matt Snodgrass 2013 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Dave Albertson* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jeffrey Andrews* 2009-10 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Evan Barger* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Nick Bayer* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Ryan Bealo* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Tucker Beneville* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Jeff Bottoms* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Nathan Caldwell* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A)
Andrew Chesnut* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Charlie Clemons* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
TJ Cunningham* 2009-10 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Tyler Curlis* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Matthew Deane* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
John Durante* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Andrew Freed* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Asa Gaddy* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Nick Garvey* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Martin Gerich* 2010-11 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Richard Gonzalez* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Troy Gorra* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Shane Hardy* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Heersema* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Rene Hilbach-Barger* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Ben Hughes* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Mike Huus* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Tyler Jones* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Dustin Klinghagen* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Ed Leopold* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jimmy Lott* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Josh Marshall* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A)
Corey Mattea* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Brian McCoy* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Moore* 2010-11 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Mitchell Morgan* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Joseph Muenzer* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Mullins* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A)
Nick Painz* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Brad Polk* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Rob Porter* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Justin Phillips* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Farris Pierson* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Mitch Quandt* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Dane Ratajski* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Aaron Reynolds* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Jose Rivera* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Fernando Rodgriguez* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Josh Root* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Patrick Sampsell* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Joe Schwartz* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
John Silva* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Robert Veloz* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Sam Vogt* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Cody Waterhouse* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A)
Cameron Westover* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Chris Wood* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jeff Woods* 2008 Retired (Highest Level: A-Advanced)
Tyler Wolpert* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
                                               
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Rookie
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Geoff Arnold* 2011 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Connor Culhane 2015 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
James Folske 2014-15 Arizona League (Rookie)
Grant Hinson 2015 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Jesse Gonzalez* 2012-13 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Mike O’Leary* 2010 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Michael Rains* 2014 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Nick Susie* 2014 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Ryan Thacker* 2010 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Taylor Treloar* 2009 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Russ Weich* 2013 Retired (Highest level: Rookie) 
                                                                                                                                                                     
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni - CPL
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Justin Amit 2011-12 Retired
Josh Armstrong 2011 Retired
Matthew Ball 2014 Retired
Doug Becker 2013 Retired
Jamiel Benjamin 2009 Retired
John Budka, Jr. 2015 Retired
Thomas Burrell 2015 Retired
Kelvis Velez Caminero 2015 Coastal Plain League
Bryan Childe 2008 Retired
Matthew Cowan 2015 Retired
Zach Dart 2011 Retired
Jesse Estrada 2012 Retired
Ryan Farnsworth 2010 Retired
David Frame 2012 Retired
William Glienke 2014-15 Coastal Plain League
Dave Hlavac 2014 Coastal Plain League
Drew Holby 2008 Retired
Brad Kayholm 2010 Coastal Plain League
Tim Kreamer 2014 Coastal Plain League
Wyatt Lee 2012 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Liffick 2015 Coastal Plain League
Robert Lothian* 2009 Retired
Ian Manlove 2013 Coastal Plain League
Juan Carlos Martinez-Gonzalez 2015 Coastal Plain League
Mike Mazza 2011 Coastal Plain League
Rob McHugh 2014-15 Coastal Plain League
Joe Merchak 2013 Coastal Plain League
Scott Molloy 2015 Coastal Plain League
Kyle Nichol 2015 Coastal Plain League
George Reidel 2012 Retired
Will Robinson 2015 Coastal Plain League
Clayton Simmons 2013-14 Coastal Plain League
Matthew Smith 2014 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Swallen 2010 Coastal Plain League
Nick Thul 2012 Coastal Plain League
Tim Towe 2013-14 Coastal Plain League
Kyle Wagner 2011-12 Coastal Plain League
Jim Wells 2011 Coastal Plain League
Chance Wilcott 2012 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Young 2012 Coastal Plain League