Owls In The Majors / 2017
Cingrani's MLB bio
Cingrani was on 2017 Opening Day roster for Cincinnati, his sixth season with the Reds. A third round pick of the Reds in 2011, he made his MLB debut with the team in 2012. In 2011 the 6-foot-5 southpaw tied the Rice school record of 12 saves in a single season that was set by David Aardsma in the national championship season of 2003.
Duffey's MLB bio
Duffey was on the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in his career in 2017 after earning callups in each of the two previous seasons. He made his MLB debut with the club in August of 2015. A fifth round draft pick (160th player overall) by the Twins in 2012, Duffey was 5-1 in 10 MLB starts last season. The Houston native and former Bellaire High School star had seven saves with a 1.93 ERA in 51.1 innings in his final season at Rice in 2012. He was named the C-USA Tournament's Most Valuable Player in the Owls' run to the tourney crown that year.
Boston Red Sox
Holt's MLB bio
Holt was on the Red Sox opening day roster for the fourth consecutive season in 2017. He started in left field for Boston on Opening Day 2016 after being named to the American League All-Star team for the Red Sox in 2015. A ninth round pick of Pittsburgh in 2009, Holt made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Pirates. The Stephenville, Texas, native hit .348 as the Rice leadoff batter who also finished second on the 2009 Owls squad with 12 home runs.
Janish's MLB bio
Janish opened the year at AAA Norfolk but was recalled on May 21 and started that day vs. Toronto. A fifth round pick of Cincinnati in 2005, Janish made his MLB debut in 2008 with the Reds and played in a career-high 114 games in 2010. The Cypress Creek product was a three-year standout at Rice, anchoring 2003 CWS champs defense at shortstop.
Rendon's MLB bio
Rendon was on the Opening Day roster for the fourth consecutive year with Washington and made headlines in early May in a game vs. the Mets when he was 6x6 with three home runs and 10 RBI. A first round pick of the Nationals in 2011, and the sixth player selected overall, Rendon made his MLB debut with the club in 2013. In his sophomore season at Rice in 2010, the Houston native was named the recipient of the Howser Trophy as the National Collegiate Player of the Year.