UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney has done many things for his program in his fifth year on the job. Not only has he created a winning environment with back-to-back regional appearances, but also welcomes back former Knights who are preparing for their professional seasons.
Early in the spring, if you stop by the UCF baseball complex you will see many familiar faces who helped put UCF on the map. One of those former Knights that works out on campus is current New York Yankees minor leaguer Shane Brown.
A mainstay in the lineup at UCF from 2007-10, Brown closed out his four-year career starting 175 games and totaling a .363 batting average, 25 homers, 148 RBI while slugging .565 with a .464 OPB. His stellar senior campaign saw him hit .428, fourth-best in program history, while earning All-America honors and a spot on the All-C-USA First Team.
Since being drafted in the 23rd round by the Yankees following his senior year, Brown has served as the ultimate utility man in all of his stops. After spending 2011 in low-A and A ball, the Winter Park native began 2012 in high-A Tampa before being bumped up to AA Trenton. While playing for the Thunder, Brown saw time at first and third base, all three outfield positions and even pitched in a 16-inning game where he got the win on the mound after knocking in the game-sealing run. Check out those videos HERE and HERE.
Make sure to watch the former Knight in the video below talk about his time at UCF and life in the minor leagues.