Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: June 27

Shane Conlon pitched six solid innings and had three extra base hits for the Topeka Golden Giants.

June 27, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each Monday throughout the summer, k-statesports.com takes look at current and former Wildcats in collegiate summer leagues and in the professional ranks.

California Collegiate League
Senior-to-be Wade Hinkle and future junior Tanner Witt helped the San Luis Obispo Blues go 7-1 last week… Hinkle began the week with a 2-for-4 outing with a double and a RBI on Monday against the MLB Academy Barons and concluded the week by going 4-for-10 with three doubles, four RBI and two runs scored in his final three games… Witt, who was 7-for-30 in seven games, had a pair of two-hit contests, including a 2-for-5 outing with a double, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against Team Vegas… In 11 games, Hinkle is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with four doubles and six RBI… Witt is at .283 (13-for-46) with a double, 10 RBI and five steals in 12 games… The Blues are 15-5 this summer, including a 12-5 mark in the California Collegiate League to sit in second place.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Sophomore-to-be Jared King played in just two games last week for the Falmouth Commodores… After going 0-for-3 against Cotuit on Friday, King was 1-for-2 with a walk, a steal and a run scored Sunday against Orleans… In 10 games this summer, King is hitting .125 (3-for-24) with a double, four walks and four RBI… Falmouth holds a 6-8 record to sit fifth in the western division.
Jayhawk Baseball League
Sophomores-to-be Ross Kivett and Jared Moore enjoyed successful weeks for the Liberal Bee Jays… Kivett drove in two runs with a double and scored a run as part of a six-run second inning against Hays on Saturday… He came the next day with a bases-clearing triple to help the Bee Jays sweep the Larks… Moore allowed a run in two innings on Wednesday against El Dorado and came back to toss two scoreless frames on Sunday… Updated statistics for Liberal are not available… The Bee Jays are 15-5 this summer, including an 8-5 mark in Jayhawk League play.

Perfect Game Collegiate League
Seniors for the 2012 season, Mike Kindel and Dan Klein are playing for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles… Klein went 0-for-7 in two games last week, but drew two walks and scored a run Friday against Amsterdam… Kindel saw his first action of the summer on Sunday against Mohawk Valley as he came off the bench to go 1-for-1 with a walk in a game the Golden Eagles won 5-4 in extra innings… Klein is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with two doubles and four RBI in six games… Glens Falls leads the Perfect Game Collegiate League East Division with a 10-2 mark, 3.5 games ahead of second-place Mohawk Valley.

Texas Collegiate League
Junior-to-be Ryan Moore saw his first action of the summer last week for the East Texas Pump Jacks... The outfielder went 0-for-1 on both Friday and Saturday against Victoria, while he had one RBI and scored in the first game… The Pump Jacks are tied for first in the Texas Collegiate League with a 13-9 record.

Topeka Golden Giants
Two sophomores for next year – Shane Conlon and Johnny Fasola – helped the Topeka Golden Giants win all four games last weekend… Saturday saw Conlon earn the win against Regal Plastics as he pitched six innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts one night after recording two hits against Milgram on Friday… In the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday against Building Champions, Fasola hit a grand slam to break a 6-6 tie… Conlon had five hits over the two games, including a triple and two doubles… Updated statistics for the Golden Giants are not available.

Walter Johnson Baseball League
Sophomores-to-be Blake Freeman, Mitch Meyer and Adam Sonabend are playing for the Salina Blue Jays of the Walter Johnson Baseball League… Updated statistics for the Blue Jays are not available… Salina is 10-7 this season, which is second in the north division.

West Coast Collegiate League
Jake Doller and Matt Giller are playing for the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League… Giller played in his first two games of the summer this past weekend, going 1-for-4 on Friday and 0-for-5 on Saturday against Kelowna… Doller pitched Saturday, allowing four runs with three walks without recording an out… The Bears are 9-9 to sit in fourth in the west division.

K-State Pros
James Allen (Rookie: Billings/Cincinnati): Allen, who was drafted in the seventh round this year by Cincinnati, combined to throw three scoreless innings in two games last week for the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League… Allen threw one inning against Great Falls on Wednesday as he worked around a hit and two walks… He came back on Friday to toss two innings, allowing two hits and striking out three, at Helena… Billings is 3-4 to begin the season, two games back of first-place Helena in the north division.

Drew Biery (Double A: Richmond/San Francisco): Biery remains on the 7-Day Disabled List for the Double A Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League… A 2009 draft pick by San Francisco, Biery was 7-for-32 (.219) with a double and four RBI in 10 games in Double A before being placed on the 7-Day Disabled List on June 11… Prior to his time in Double A, Biery played in 19 games for Low A Augusta of the South Atlantic League, hitting .280 with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI.

Justin Bloxom (High A: Potomac/Washington): A 2009 draft pick by Washington, Bloxom recorded three hits last week for the Potomac Nationals of the High A Carolina League… He went 1-for-4 on Thursday at Myrtle Beach before a 2-for-5 contest on Friday against the Pelicans… In 46 games, Bloxom is hitting .251 (42-for-167) with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 20 RBI… Potomac, which finished fourth in the northern division during the first half, is 1-3 to start the second half.

Jared Goedert (Triple A: Columbus/Cleveland): A member of the 40-man roster for the Cleveland Indians, Goedert is in the middle of a 0-for-15 stretch over four games last week for Triple A Columbus… Goedert, a 2006 draft pick by the Indians, drew a walk and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice Wednesday at Toledo… The third baseman is hitting .185 (15-for-81) with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 23 games for the Clippers… After recovering from an injury, Goedert played eight games for Double A Akron of the Eastern League, hitting .276 (8-for-29) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI… Columbus leads the International League West Division with a 52-25 record, 8.5 games ahead of second-place Louisville.

Ben Hornbeck (Double A: Midland/Oakland): Hornbeck, a 2008 draft pick by Oakland, saw action in two games last weekend for Double A Midland of the Texas League… The left-hander allowed three runs on three hits in a third of an inning on Tuesday at Frisco, but bounced back on Saturday at San Antonio when he pitched 0.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts… Hornbeck has seen time at three different levels this season, pitching for both High A Stockton and Triple A Sacramento before joining the RockHounds… He holds a combined 1-0 record and a 3.22 ERA with seven walks and 30 strikeouts this season in all three levels… Midland, which finished third in the south division during the first half, is 2-3 to begin the second half.

Kyle Hunter (Rookie: Pulaski/Seattle): Hunter, a 31st-round pick by the Seattle Mariners this year, made his first professional appearance last week for the Pulaski Mariners of the Rookie Appalachian League… The left-hander, who started at K-State, came out of the bullpen to toss 2.2 no-hit innings with four strikeouts on Sunday against Princeton… The Mariners are 5-1 to begin the season to lead the east division.

Trevor Hurley (High A: Myrtle Beach/Texas): Hurley appeared in one game last week for High A Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League… A 2008 draft pick by Texas, Hurley threw two innings and allowed one run, his only mistake being a solo home run… Outside of the home run, Hurley retired the other six batters he faced with three strikeouts… In 20 appearances this season, Hurley is 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA and four saves… The right-hander has allowed 11 walks and struck out 35 batters in 27.0 innings… The Pelicans, who won the southern division first-half title with a 40-29 mark, are 3-1 to begin the second half.

Carter Jurica (High A: San Jose/San Francisco): A third-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2010, Jurica was is hitting .239 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI before being placed on the disabled list on June 12… Jurica remains on the DL… San Jose, which took home the north division first-half championship with a 50-19 record, is 0-4 to begin the second half.

Jason King (Class A Short-Season: Connecticut/Detroit): King, a fourth-round selection by Detroit in the 2011 draft, went 4-for-16 last week with a pair of game-winning hits for the Connecticut Tigers of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… On Tuesday against Tri-City, King came to the plate with the game tied at two in the eighth inning and hit a go-ahead RBI infield single… Sunday saw the third baseman hit his first professional home run, a solo shot in the ninth inning that broke open a scoreless game as the Tigers won at Tri-City… King also began his week on a high note, going 2-for-4 against Tri-City, while he drew a walk in back-to-back games at Vermont on Friday and Saturday… In eight games this season, King is hitting .276 (8-for-29) with a double, a triple, one home run and two RBI… He is tied for fifth in the New York-Penn League in triples… Connecticut is 4-4 to begin the season to sit in third in the Stedler Division, one game back of first-place Vermont.

Evan Marshall (Class A Short-Season: Yakima/Arizona): Marshall pitched three scoreless innings over two appearances last week for the Yakima Bears of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… A fourth-round pick by Arizona in this year’s draft, Marshall allowed a hit and struck out a batter on Wednesday against Spokane… On Saturday against Tri-City, the right-hander threw two scoreless frames as he combined with three other relievers to toss seven scoreless innings with no walks… In four outings this season, Marshall has yet to allow an earned run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts… Yakima is 3-7 through 10 games to sit fourth in the east division.

Nick Martini (Class A Short-Season Batavia/St. Louis): A seventh-round selection by St. Louis in this year’s draft, Martini went 2-for-24 in seven games last week for the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… The outfielder went 1-for-5 with a RBI on Monday at Mahoning Valley and 1-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Scrappers… Martini was able to draw five walks during the week, including another two free passes Saturday at Williamsport… Martini is hitting .171 (6-for-35) with two RBI and eight walks in 10 games this season… His eight walks rank second in the New York-Penn League… Batavia is 3-7 this season to sit fifth in the Pinckney Division.

A.J. Morris (High A Daytona Beach/Chicago NL): A fourth-round draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2009, Morris was traded to the Chicago Cubs during the offseason and has not pitched this season as he is rehabbing from offseason surgery.

Adam Muenster (Rookie Billings/Cincinnati): Muenster, a 2010 draft pick by Cincinnati, began his season by playing in four games last week for the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League… He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI single on Tuesday against Great Falls, while he walked twice and scored a run Saturday at Helena… The second baseman is 1-for-13 to begin the year with a RBI and three walks… The Mustangs are 3-4 to begin the season, two games back of first-place Helena in the north division.

Justin Murray (Wichita Wingnuts): Murray logged two starts last week for the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Baseball… The right-hander took a tough-luck loss on Tuesday against Fort Worth when he threw 7.2 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts… Murray came back to pick up the win on Sunday at St. Paul when he allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings… A 2008 draft choice by Oakland who signed with Wichita on May 27, Murray is 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA in six starts for Wichita… The Wingnuts are second in the central division with a 22-20 record, 1.5 games back of first-place Gary SouthShore.

Nate Tenbrink (Double A Jackson/Seattle): A seventh-round selection in 2008 by Seattle, Tenbrink was 3-for-15 with three RBI in four games last week for Double A Jackson to begin the second half of the season… The third baseman went 2-for-4 on Thursday at Montgomery, while he was 1-for-4 with a RBI, two steals and two runs scored on Friday… He was 0-for-3 but drove in a pair of runs on Saturday… In 63 games this season, Tenbrink is hitting .215 (45-for-209) with nine doubles, six triples, six home runs and 25 RBI… He is tied for fourth in the Southern League in triples, eighth in walks (32) and tied for 10th in steals (10)…  The Generals, who finished the first half in second place in the north division, are 2-2 to begin the second half.

Carlos Torres (Nippon Japanese League/Yomiuri Giants): Torres, a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, signed with the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Japanese League during the offseason… The right-hander has seen time in three games for the Giants, holding a 0-1 record and an 8.16 ERA… Torres has spent most of his time pitching for the Giants Farm Team, holding a 6-2 record and a 1.29 ERA in nine games… The Giants are in third place in the Central League with a 23-28-2 record, six games back of first-place Yakult.