Giants' Sean Hjelle, Trey McNutt among unique spring training names


Many times during MLB spring training you’ll see a young player with a ridiculously inflated number on the back of his jersey trying to leave an impression on his big league squad.

But what’s his name?

Sometimes, fans miss out on some of the most spectacularly unique names ever contrived. But don’t worry though, we have you covered.

After doing some due diligence, here are a list of some of the most electric names in the game that have yet to make it to The Show (not every team included).

Atlanta Braves

RHP Connor Johnstone - Connor Johnstone is your typical create-a-player name in any video game and I’m here for it.

RHP Ben Rowen (Been Rowin’) - Sneaky names are sometimes the best, and you could say this name without realizing you’ve been telling people you’ve been really into rowing recently.

Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP J.B. Bukauskas - Jacob Allen Bukauskas already sounds like a big league name, but when you shorten it to two letters … forget it. Just a big league name.

RHP Damien Magnifico - With a last name like Magnifico, you already sound like a world-class magician. If I were a betting man, I would say he can make the ball disappear and leave batters wondering where it went.

INF Seth Beer - Beer and baseball: A match made in heaven. I would imagine this top prospect with a plus bat will be part of many ad campaigns in the near future.


Baltimore Orioles

LHP Zach Lowther  (Low + Thrower = Lowther) - This prospect is named exactly where you want your pitchers to live in the zone.

Boston Red Sox

INF Jeter Downs - OK, this guy is pretty well-known ever since the Mookie Betts trade, but it still stands out that there’s a shortstop named Jeter with the Red Sox.

Chicago Cubs

LHP Wyatt Short - This 5-foot-8 guy can be a cult hero in Wrigleyville by striking out the larger competition. His name fits his stature perfectly AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT (coming from someone 5-9). “Height doesn’t measure heart," as New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman said.

LHP CD Pelham - I can’t really put my finger on it, but there’s just something about unique abbreviated names and Pelham can bring CDs back to the midwest.

Chicago White Sox

OF Cheslor Cuthbert - Cheslor Cuthbert is just a name I wouldn’t forget. It’s a solid name that almost sounds made up on the spot as an alias at a bar.

C/INF/DH Yermin Mercedes - This name sounds like it has 40 long-balls in it. Yermin Mercedes not only has a car deal waiting for him, but you also can tell this guy struts to the box without watching a single at bat.

Cincinnati Reds

INF Jonathan India - Baseball better watch out for Indiana Jones’ 3rd removed cousin Jonathan India. He’s here to take the diamond.

OF Shogo Akiyama - Shogo is just a sweet name already. Then you throw Akiyama on it, and you have yourself a memorable big league name.

Cleveland Indians

RHP Dalbert Siri - Hey Siri, how many strikeouts with Dalbert have this season?

C Kungkuan Giljegiljaw - If Giljegiiljaw doesn’t have the nickname “Jaws,” I won’t be upset, but I’ll be disappointed. This is the most unique name in the bunch.

Houston Astros

RHP Dean Deatz - Not sure if he’s a pitcher or runs a college and tries to kick the top fraternities off campus.

RHP Andre Scrubb - Scrubb could be seen as a negative, but what if this relief pitcher takes the mound to scrub and clean up messes?

Los Angeles Angels

INF Arismendy Alcantara - Again, one of these names that you can’t forget because the swagger is just dripping off of it. Arismendy Alcantara simply is just a big league name.

Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Zach Reks - Zach Reks fastballs, so don’t throw him one.

Kansas City Royals

RHP Brady Singer - Country music star or Royals’ pitching prospect? You decide.

Miami Marlins

RHP Aaron Northcraft - Another create-a-character name that could be randomly generated in "MLB The Show," but let’s be honest, you’ll stick with the name because it's a simple thing of beauty.


INF Gosuke Katoh - This is one of rare names that if a person says Gosuke, you already know who you’re talking about. Just like LeBron. Just a great name.

OF JJ Bleday - I mean, JJ and his last name rhymes too.

OF Victor Victor Mesa - You thought only one Victor was enough? Wrong.

Milwaukee Brewers

RHP Bubba Derby - Just a general fan of the name Bubba & Derby as a pitcher’s last name is excellent, but when combined... magic happens.

New York Mets

RHP Adonis Uceta - Fun Fact: Only three other players in big league history have the name Adonis, and Uceta would be the fourth. Boom. Analytics.

OF Johneshwy Fargas - Too many Johns and Johnnys in baseball, but how many Johneshwys do you know?

OF Tim Tebow - Just sounds like more of a football name to me.

New York Yankees

C Wynston Sawyer - Anyone with a name like Wynston just sounds like a professor.

RHP James Marvel - Jimmie Marvel. Get him in the Marvel universe ASAP.

Oakland A’s

RHP Wandisson Charles - Wandisson is just an elite first name, so give a tip of the cap to his parents.

San Francisco Giants

RHP Trey McNutt - This name roughly translates to “Three McNutt” and three nuts is better than two, unless you are allergic. Can’t help you there.

RHP Sean Hjelle (pronounced "Jelly") - He's not flying below the radar with his 6-foot-11 frame, but there are endless possibilities for Giants fans to use Jelly as a play on words for their top pitching prospect.

[RELATED: How Hjelle impressed Zaidi in spring debut]

Seattle Mariners

RHP Ljay Newsome - It sounds like Ljay knew something.

RHP Penn Murfee - His first name is William, but it’s a power move to go by your original middle name instead. Any pitcher with Penn as his name has to be a valuable asset out of the bullpen (even though he’s a starter, but you get what I’m saying).

St. Louis Cardinals

C Pedro Pages - Can’t write a name like this ... wait.

Tampa Bay Rays

RHP Phoenix Sanders - Sanders would be the first player ever named "Phoenix" to play in the big leagues if he were to make it to The Show. Wouldn’t be a bad PR decision by the Diamondbacks to trade for this guy, too.

Texas Rangers

INF Sherten Apostel - Just want to know how his parents came up with Sherten. Is he named after the famous Tibetan singer I just googled and found out about? Possibly.

Toronto Blue Jays

RHP Ty Tice - Short. Simple. Clean. Both first and last name have Ts and have a “Ty” sound.

OF Forrest Wall - An outfielder named Forrest Wall? I mean, c’mon. This is a layup.