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Cole Milam, who just graduated from SIUE this past spring semester is now a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. Milam spent the first two years of his college career at Jefferson College before becoming a Cougar. "It feels like a dream come true. I've worked for this my entire life," Milam previously told The Alestle. "It feels especially great, being a kid that already pitched in high school, and a few innings in junior college."

We may have missed the Cardinals this season, but don’t worry, The Alestle is here to remind you of some ballpark memories from SIUE’s past. Here’s a list of baseball greats who not only succeeded at SIUE, but also in the world of sports outside Edwardsville:

Cole Milam, pitcher

Milam graduated in 2020, and recently signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent.

Ryan Byrd, pitcher

As a left-handed pitcher, Byrd proved not only to be an asset at SIUE, but also internationally. After graduating in 2019, Byrd went on to pitch for Mont-Saint-Guibert-Phoenix, part of the Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation.

Dustin Woodcock, outfielder

Like Byrd, Woodcock also graduated in 2019. He now plays for the Gateway Grizzlies. 

Matt Wilkinson, pitcher

The Australia native graduated in 2001. While at SIUE, he hurled for a 9-2 record and a 3.94 earned run average. Wilkinson was drafted to pitch by the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Dave Crouthers, pitcher and outfielder

At SIUE, Crouthers became the second player in school history to record 10 victories in a season. He posted a 3.12 earned run average and recorded 91 hits as a batter. Crouthers graduated in 2001. Crouthers was later drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.

Mark Bugger, short stop and second base

An Edwardsville native, Bugger is the only two-time baseball All-American at SIUE. From 1998-2001, Bugger broke numerous school records at SIUE, including the NCAA Division II hits record. By the end of his Cougar career, he wracked up 356 hits and was the first ever to record 100 hits in a single season. After SIUE, Bugger signed to The Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies

Bret Giaudrone, pitcher and designated hitter

During his time at SIUE, Giaudrone was named to the third team All-American as a relief pitcher. He shattered the school record with 14 saves and was named MVP in the NCAA Division II North Central Regional. After graduating in 2001, he signed to The Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies.

Did we miss your favorite SIUE baseball player? Contact reporter Vernon Smith Jr. at vsmith@alestlelive.com to let us know!

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