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From D3 to MLB: Players Who Made the Leap

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It’s a figure that flies under the radar: a mere 10.5% of Major League Baseball (MLB) players come from Division III (D3) and junior colleges. Often bypassed by the bright lights and big budgets of Division I, these institutions are frequently sidelined in the sports narrative, despite their substantial contributions to the world of professional baseball. Yet, this statistic represents a cadre of determined athletes—D3 baseball players who’ve ascended to MLB ranks, transforming obscurity into opportunity and, impressively, etching their achievements into MLB lore. Key Takeaways Division III and junior colleges have been a stepping stone for over 10% of MLB

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