ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A former member of the St. Bonaventure University baseball team will be on the mound during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Derek Morgan, who played one season for the Bonnies, won’t be trying to strike out Mike Trout or Christian Yelich. Instead, he will be tossing pitches to his cousin, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, during Monday’s home run derby.

As reported  by New York Post columnist and St. Bonaventure journalism graduate Mike Vaccaro: “Morgan and Alonso are similar in age, they spent a lot of time growing up together even though Alonso’s home was Florida and Morgan’s Ohio, seeing each other in summers and holidays and at family reunions.”

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Morgan, a second basemen, was a freshman at Bona’s during the 2011 baseball season, but was red-shirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he played in 28 games for the Bonnies

Morgan transferred to Indiana Institute of Technology and played three seasons for the school’s baseball team. He was named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team as a senior, and he was a member of the 2013 Tech team that won the WHAC Tournament and qualified for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

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