UMass Grooms Players
Feb. 17, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Since Mike Stone took over as baseball coach at the University of Massachusetts in 1988, 30 of his players have gone into professional baseball.
Seven of them are still at it as major league camps open for spring training in Florida and Arizona.
Left-hander Ron Villone of Ridgefield, N.J., the only UMass baseball player to be drafted in the first round, was out of a job until recently, when he re-signed with the New York Yankees.
Three UMass players made 40-man rosters - outfielder Nick Gorneault of Springfield, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; pitcher Chad Paronto of Woodsville, N.H., with the Atlanta Braves; and pitcher Ryan Cameron of North Adams, with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Springfield's Doug Clark, an outfielder, also is in the Atlanta camp as one of six nonroster invitees.
This marks year 25 of Stone's coaching career, which began at the University of Vermont in 1983. He has 548 victories, 494 of them coming with UMass teams.
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