Hundreds of our alumni have advanced on to play college baseball. But advancing beyond that, into the professional realms, is far more difficult and far more rare. So far in our history, 11 HWSA alumni have made it to the Minor leagues. 3 are still active now and poised to start a new season in 2024…!

Micah Dallas (RHP), c/o ’18, of the Ft. Worth THESA Riders, transferred for the 2022 season from Texas Tech to Texas A&M University, from which he was drafted in 2022 in the 8th round by the Oakland As. Micah has risen so far up to their AAA affiliate Las Vegas Aviators.
Matt Merrill (RHP), c/o ’17, of the Tulsa NOAH Jaguars, was drafted out of high school by the Houston Astros. After returning for two years in college at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and one season with the AA Tulsa Drillers, he was signed by the Washington Nationals. In Dec 2023, he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Matt has risen so far up to their AA affiliate Erie Seawolves.
M.D. Johnson (RHP), c/o ’15, of the Dallas HSAA Angels, was drafted in 2019 out of Dallas Baptist University in the 6th round by the Miami Marlins, and has risen so far up to their AA affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos.


And these 8 other HWSA alumni have also made their mark in professional baseball…


To our knowledge, there is only one HWSA alumnus who has made it to an MLB roster. Jake Smith, eight years after competing as a senior for the Augusta Crusaders in the 2008 HWSA tournament, was waived in July 2016 by the San Francisco Giants AA team in Richmond (after 4½ years in their system). He was probably wondering if his baseball career was coming to an end, short of his ultimate goal of making it to the majors. Providentially, the San Diego Padres weren’t about to let an arm of his talent clear waivers; they claimed him and soon elevated him to their MLB roster for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Making 4 appearances from the Padres’ bullpen that season, Smith allowed just 2 runs, 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3. His career MLB ERA is a very respectable 4.50 (as is his minors ERA at 3.23). It was a short stint in the Majors, as San Diego sent him to AAA in 2017, but in that short time, Smith validated the Padres’ belief in him and proved he could compete at the MLB level.

Hats off, Jake, for making your dream come true, and for showing everyone affiliated with the HWSA tournament that with talent and lots of hard work, it’s possible for homeschool ballplayers to reach the pinnacle of the sport.


Please contact us if you have contact information for any of these players. We would love to write up their stories on the HWSA website so our community can hear about their baseball journey.

Also, please visit our Alumni Page and let us know if there are other HWSA alumni who’ve made it to the next level(s) – we’d love to include them in our listing.