Bisons in the Pros
Thursday, June 27, 2019
By Logan Butts
Bisons in the Pros

NASHVILLE - Several former Bisons are currently enjoying success across the country and the world in various professional sports leagues. With the number continuing to grow, we thought it would be time to update the fanbase on the whereabouts and happenings of these players.

 

Baseball:

Rex Brothers

After being drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Brothers has spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves, including one appearance last season for Atlanta. The lefty is currently suiting up for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders, AAA affiliates of the New York Yankees, in the International League.

Michael Gigliotti

Gigliotti, a fourth-round selection in 2017, has been tearing it up for the Lexington Legends this summer. The Legends, the Single-A affiliates of the Kansas City Royals, are on pace to win the South Atlantic League thanks in large part to Gigliotti’s all-star starter campaign.

Caleb Joseph

Following five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Joseph, a 2008 seventh-round selection, found himself with the AAA Reno Bighorns before being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks last week.

Chris Kachmar

Kachmar is the newest Bisons baseball pro after being selected in the 2019 draft by the Chicago Cubs. He is waiting to be assigned to a team in the Cubs farm system.

Chris Nunn

Nunn was in the news earlier this year, as his attempt to go viral helped earn him a spot with the AA Tulsa Drillers, a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate in the Texas League. The 2012 draftee is on his 11th stop in the minors.

Jeffrey Passantino

Like Kachmar, Passantino is in the Cubs organization. The 2017 draftee pitches for the South Bend Cubs of the Single-A Midwest League.

Brady Puckett

Puckett underwent Tommy John surgery in March, which will cause him to miss the entire 2019 season. Prior to the surgery, Puckett had been one of the more promising pitchers in the Florida Marlins farm system after his time with the Gulf Coast League Marlins.

Josh Smith

Smith, the longest tenured Bison in the pros after being drafted in 2010, was called up to the Boston Red Sox this week. The stop is his fourth in the majors after time spent with the Cincinnati Reds in 2015 and 2016 and with the Oakland A’s in 2017.

Lee Solomon

Solomon, taken in last year’s draft by the San Diego Padres, has played 51 games this summer for the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League. 

 

Men’s Basketball:

Rob Marberry

Marberry recently inked a deal with GoEmpire Group, an agency headquartered in Chicago, and is expected to soon sign with a team.

Garrison Mathews

Mathews signed a two-way deal with the Washington Wizards late last week. If he is to make the roster and suit up for the Wizards, he will become the first Lipscomb player to ever compete in an NBA game.

Eli Pepper

Pepper was the first of the 2019 graduates to sign a pro contract, joining up with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League. The BBL is the highest level of competition in the UK.

Khion Sankey

Sankey has spent the last two seasons with Liga EBA’s Globalcaja Quintanar, a team in the fourth tier of the Spanish basketball system. The contract was his first with a European squad.

Malcolm Smith

Smith had a huge year for the National Basketball League’s Derby Trailblazers, leading the league with 25.5 points and adding 7.6 rebounds per game last season in the second tier of basketball in the UK.

Martin Smith

Smith joins Sankey in the Spanish basketball system, playing for the third tier squad Villarrobledo in the LEB Plata. Smith was a starter last season as the team finished in fourth in their league.

Josh Williams

After spending last season with BBC Arantia Larochette in Luxembourg, Williams will take the offseason to rehab a torn ACL he suffered during the 2018-19 campaign. 

 

Men’s Golf:

Eric Ansett

Ansett has competed in three events in 2019 on the PGA Mackenzie Tour Canada, one of the third tier tours of the PGA. He has made the cut in all three events.

Dawson Armstrong

Armstrong has become a regular on the PGA Tour Canada. In 13 career events on the Canada Tour, he has made the cut nine times and earned a top-5 finish five times. He currently sits in 13th for the 2019 Order of Merit rankings, which is based on how much money has been won on the year.

Stoney Crouch

After making the cut in six of his 11 outings in 2018 on the PGA Canada Tour, Crouch is 1-1 on making the cut so far in 2019.

 

Men’s Soccer:

Micah Bledsoe

Following stints with Louisville City FC and Nashville SC, Bledsoe signed with Tormenta FC of the USL League One. Located in Georgia, Tormenta compete in the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.

Cam Botes

Botes spent the past season on the pitch with Ubuntu Cape Town F.C. of the South African National First Division, the top league in the country.

 

Women’s Soccer:

Anna Buhigas

Buhigas is donning the gloves for UPC Tavagnacco of the Serie A, the highest level of soccer in Italy and one of the best leagues in the world. It is the second Italian squad she has played for after signing with Verona CF in 2017.

Kate Mason

Mason followed in Buhigas’ footsteps as the second consecutive women’s soccer goalkeeper to turn pro. She signed with Telge United FF in February. The club plays in Division I, the third tier league in Sweden.

Jade Abarca

Abarca suited up for Lokomotiva Brno HH of the Czech First Division in 2018. The club plays in the top tier of soccer in the Czech Republic. 

 

Track and Field:

Wayne Newman

Newman competed at the USA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in February where he placed eighth in the nation in the 60m hurdles. He finished third in his heat and sixth overall in the preliminary round with a blazing time of 7.98 seconds to qualify for the final. In the final, Newman with a time of 8.03 seconds.