Ryan Zimmerman played 16 seasons for the Washington Nationals of MLB. Zim graduated from Kellam High School and played collegiately at the University of Virginia. A first round MLB draft pick and fourth overall pick, he was a 2-time All-Star, Gold Glove Award winner, 2-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and World Series Champion with the Nationals. Zim retired in 2022 and his number 11 was retired by the Nationals on June 18, 2022, making him the first Nationals player to receive that honor. Now, Ryan devotes much of his time to multiple charities including his own ziMS Foundation, dedicated to treating and curing multiple sclerosis, as his mother was diagnosed with MS in 1995.
A Cox High School graduate, Taylor played his college baseball at the University of Virginia and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. Traded to the LA Dodgers in 2016, Chris has been an All-Star (2021), World Series Champion (2020) and National League Championship Series MVP (2017). Of note, Chris hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run against the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game. And just a few days later, hit three home runs in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves, becoming the first player in MLB history to hit three home runs in an elimination game. Now in his ninth big-league season, Taylor continues to be a versatile impact player for the Dodgers.
Drafted in the 16 th round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mark Reynolds played 13 years in MLB for eight different teams. Mark graduated from First Colonial High School and played his college ball at the University of Virginia. Known for his power and defensive versatility, Mark played both third base and first base in the majors, and between 2009 and 2011, he finished in the top ten home run totals.
A native of Virginia Beach, Daniel Hudson graduated from Princess Anne High School where he led the Cavaliers to the 2005 Virginia State Championship. He played collegiately for Old Dominion University, where he was drafted in fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox. Hudson made his major league debut in September of 2009 and has played for the White Sox, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals, and Padres. Notably, Hudson not only won a World Series with the Washington Nationals in 2019, but was on mound to close out the bottom of the 9 th inning of the deciding Game 7 against the Houston Astros, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Hudson currently pitches for the Dodgers.
A native of Richmond, Justin Bristow graduated from Mills E. Godwin High School before playing college baseball at Auburn University and East Carolina University. Justin was drafted in Round 5 of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs and played four seasons of minor league baseball.
A 2002 graduate of Kellam High School, Steven Harris played collegiately at Old Dominion University before signing professionally with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. Steven advanced to single A with Peori before retiring.
A graduate of Kellam High School, Matt Hudgins played college baseball at Virginia Military Institute and Old Dominion University before signing with the Chicago Cubs organization in 2007. Matt played one year of minor league baseball before finishing his career with one year of independent baseball with the Kalamazoo Kings.
Kurt Isenberg was a minor league baseball player for the San Diego Padres. Kurt played at James Madison University, where he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. After being traded several times, he finished his career as a pitcher in Double-A in 2008. Kurt continues his affiliation with the club today as a baseball coach within the Drillers organization.
Justin Jones graduated from Kellam High School and was drafted in the 2 nd round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Ranked as the Cubs #2 prospect in 2003, Justin played for the Cubs, Twins, and Nationals organizations over a eight-year minor league career.
Robert Morey graduated from Cape Henry High School and attended the University of Virginia, where he played baseball from 2008-2010. Drafted in the 5 th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Mami Marlins, Robert played six seasons of minor league ball./p>
A three-time All-Beach district selection at Kellam High School, Brooks Sinnen played his college baseball at Old Dominion.
A Kellam High School graduate, Sam Sinnen was a first team All-Tidewater selection in 2013 and helped lead Kellam to a runner-up finish in the State Championship as a junior. He played his college baseball at Old Dominion where was a two-time second team All Conference USA selection.
Kurt Sinnen led his alma mater, Kellam High School, to the 2012 Virginia State AAA Regional title and a runner-up finish in the State Championship. An All-Beach District catcher and first baseman, Kurt went on to play collegiately at Old Dominion.
A graduate of Kellam High School, Jason Taylor was drafted in the 2 nd round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Jason played four years in the Royals minor league system before playing three years of independent baseball.
MARVIN “TOWNY” TOWNSEND
Drafted three time professionally as a player, Marvin “Towny” Townsend founded the very first baseball camps in the state of Virginia and is known as the founding father of travel baseball in Virginia. Citing avoid in local playing opportunities for more advanced players, in 1992, he created Tidewater’s first American Athletic Union (AAU) team, the Blasters. Needing opponents, he encouraged his friend Gary Wright to launch a rival program, the Tidewater Drillers. Townsend was diagnosed with throat cancer in the fall of 2001. Aggressive treatment was thought to have successful, but the cancer returned in 2005. He passed in April 2007. In honor of his lifelong devotion to local players and the game of baseball, Towny’s number 9 has since been retired by the Drillers organization.
Beamer Weems graduated from Princess Anne High School in 2005 and played collegiately at Baylor University. Drafted in the 8 th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, Beamer played six seasons in the minor leagues for the Padres and Rangers organizations.
A native of Virginia Beach, David Winfree played ten seasons for the Twins, Mariners, Yankees, and Diamondback organizations in the minor leagues batting .274 over 809 games. David was drafted in the 13 th round by the Twins out of high school in 2003.