Patriots, baseball and Opening Day

It’s baseball's Opening Day, and in that spirit, let's update a previous blog entry with a look at some notable New England Patriots players with ties to the sport:

Danny Amendola: Earned all-state honors in Texas his senior year at The Woodlands High School as a second baseman.

Tom Brady: A catcher, he was drafted in the 18th round in 1995 by the Montreal Expos.

Tyler Gaffney: Left Stanford's football team following his first three seasons of eligibility to play minor league baseball in 2012, before returning in 2013. Selected by the Pirates in the 24th round of the 2012 draft. Played as an outfielder in 38 games for the Pirates’ Class A affiliate in State College, Pennsylvania, and recorded a .297 batting average.

Stephen Gostkowski: In addition to football, he was a pitcher for the University of Memphis baseball team.

Rob Ninkovich: Lettered in baseball at Lincoln-Way Central High School in Lenox, Illinois.

Nate Solder: Two-year letterman at Buena Vista High School (Colorado) as a right-handed pitcher and first baseman.