K-State Summer Baseball Update: June 28

Carlos Torres earned his third International League Pitcher of the Week honor.

June 28, 2010


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

Alaska Baseball League
Junior-to-be Matt Applegate took a no decision after six solid innings on Monday for the Mat Su Minters... Applegate did not allow a run and limited the Anchorage Bucs to just two hits with two walks and one strikeout in a game the Miners eventually won... The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.12 ERA in 16 innings pitched this season with three walks and eight strikeouts, while surrendering a .167 batting average... James Allen saw action in two games last week as he threw 0.2 scoreless innings with three walks and strikeout against the Peninsula Oilers on Thursday before allowing two runs on three hits in an inning of work against the Oilers on Saturday... In seven innings pitched this season, Allen is 0-2 with two saves and a 6.43 ERA.

California Collegiate League
Junior-to-be Mike Kindel continues to be solid for the San Luis Obispo Blues as he went 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, a triple, six RBI, four runs scored and three steals last week... He had a pair of two-hit games against the San Luis Obispo Rattlers on Wednesday and Thursday, including a two-RBI game on Thursday... He also went 1-for-2 with a RBI and three steals against the MLB Academy Barons on Saturday... In 13 games this summer, Kindel is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with three doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and five steals... Justin Lindsey started on Saturday against the MLB Academy Barons, earning the win after allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work... In two starts this season, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA... The Blues are 12-7 this year after a perfect 6-0 week.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Nick Martini went 7-for-25 (.280) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI in seven games last week for the Falmouth Commodores... Martini, who will travel to Cary, N.C., on June 5 for the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team Trials, began his week by going 1-for-4 with a second-inning, bases-clearing double against Cotuit on Monday... He came back to go 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against Cotuit on Friday before driving in another run against Orleans on Saturday... In 14 games this season, Martini is hitting .213 (10-for-47) with three doubles, a triple and seven RBI... The Commodores are second in the Cape Cod Western Division at 7-7.

Central Plains Baseball League
Four K-State freshmen from this past season - Jake Doller (pitcher), Chase Graskewicz (catcher), Ryan Moore (outfielder) and Tyler Sturges (pitcher) - as well as a trio of signees - Johnny Fasola (pitcher/infielder), Shawn Lewick (pitcher) and Jared King (infielder) - are playing this summer for the Junction City Generals... King hit a 10th-inning double and scored the game-winning run on Thursday against Hutchinson... Updated player stats for the Generals were not available.

Coastal Plain League
Junior-to-be Kent Urban Urban had a great game against Peninsula on Wednesday as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored... In eight games this season, the first baseman is 5-for-32 with two doubles and four RBI, while he has been perfect in all 70 fielding attempts... Urban is joined by fellow Wildcat Kyle Hunter, who saw his first appearance on Thursday for the Generals... Hunter started the game and allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four inning of work in a game Petersburg went on to win... The Generals are 7-21 to sit fifth in the first half of the north division standings.

Jayhawk Baseball League
Junior-to-be Matt Giller and sophomore-to-be Blair DeBord are playing for the El Dorado Broncos this season... Through games played on June 20, Giller was hitting .200 (4-for-20) with a pair of home runs and eight RBI... DeBord was 2-for-17 (.118) with one run driven in... Sophomore-to-be Nick Cocking had an RBI triple for the Liberal Bee Jays on Sunday... Through games last Monday, Cocking was 2-for-9 with two RBI and a steal in three games for Liberal.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association
Kayvon Bahramzadeh and Jake Brown are playing for the Palm Springs Power, which leads the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association with a 17-1 overall record and a 12-0 mark in league play... Brown was hitless in three at-bats during his only game of the week on Tuesday against the East LA Dodgers... Brown has one hit in six at-bats this summer with a RBI, a run scored and two walks... Bahramzadeh earned his first start of the season against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in four innings of work... The Power went on to win the game, 6-1.

Topeka Golden Giants (Independent)
Incoming pitcher Cody Faulkner threw a one-hit shutout for the Topeka Golden Giants on Saturday in an 18-0 win over the Air Capital Astros... His only blemish was a second-inning single, while he struck out nine and retired the final 18 batters he faced... That performance came on the heels of a scoreless inning of relief work on Tuesday... Brandon Faulkner, who has been dominant all summer, allowed just one run with six strikeouts in six innings pitched on Tuesday against Sedalia... Through games last Sunday, Cody Faulkner held a 1-1 record and a 6.00 ERA, allowing six earned runs in nine innings... Brandon Faulkner was 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA, surrendering just six earned runs in 25.2 innings... Sophomore-to-be Robert Hawkins is also throwing for Topeka this summer... Through games last Sunday, the left-hander had no record with a 2.25 ERA in limited action.

Tri-State Collegiate League
Sophomore-to-be Brad Clement is playing for the Northern Ohio Baseball Club of the Tri-State Collegiate League... On June 16 against Shannon, Clement went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a 7-1 win... Northern Ohio is 5-4 this year, but updated stats for Northern Ohio were not available.

K-State Pros
Drew Biery: A 22nd round draft pick by San Francisco in 2009, Biery has been on fire after the All-Star break as he went 7-for-14 (.500) with a home run and two RBI in four games against Modesto last week... The San Jose Giants third baseman had a trio of three-hit games, including one with a solo home run on Saturday... In 63 games this year in High A, Biery is hitting .284 with six doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 38 RBI... After winning the California League North Division First Half title, San Jose is 1-3 to begin the second half.

Justin Bloxom: Bloxom, who was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 14-21, had a base hit against Hickory on Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, but went hitless on Friday to end the streak...  He made up for it on Saturday as he went 3-for-5 with a double... In 72 games for Low A Hagerstown this season, Bloxom, an 11th-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2009, is hitting .328 with 25 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 50 RBI... The first baseman/designated hitter ranks second in the league in average, hits (94) and total bases (142), third in runs scored (49) and doubles, tied for fifth in RBI, tied for sixth in OPS (.867) and eighth in slugging percentage (.495)... The Suns, who finished third in the first half in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, are 2-2 to begin the second half.

Adam Cowart: Cowart, who is in his second with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, took the loss in his only start of the week on Sunday at St. Paul... The right-hander allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits, but only allowed one walk as opposed to five strikeouts in six innings... Cowart is in search of his first win since June 5, but has allowed four or less earned runs and has pitched five or more innings in each of his last four starts... Wichita is 16-25 to sit fourth in the north division.

Eric Eymann: In six games last week - all coming against Tennessee - Eymann, a 2005 selection of the Cincinnati Reds, was 7-for-25 (.280) with two doubles and two RBI for Double A Carolina... His double came in a 1-for-4 effort on Wednesday before a 2-for-5 outing on Friday... Carolina, which finished the first half fifth in the Southern League North Division, is 2-4 to begin the second half.

Jared Goedert: Goedert, who began the season at Double A Akron before being promoted on June 4, was 8-for-29 with four home runs and eight RBI in seven games last week... After going 0-for-3 on Monday, the third baseman hit a solo shot on Tuesday before a four-RBI day, including one on a home run, on Wednesday... He smashed another solo homer on Friday and went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and three runs scored on Sunday... A 2006 draft pick by Cleveland, Goedert was hitting .325 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI in 44 games in Double A before being called up... In 20 games in Triple A, the Concordia, Kan., product is hitting .338 with 15 extra-base hits, including eight home runs, and 17 RBI... Columbus continues to lead the International League West Division with a 46-31 mark, three games ahead of second-place Indianapolis.

Lance Hoge: Hoge, a 2009 draft selection of the New York Mets, threw one scoreless inning for the Savannah Sand Gnats against Ashville on Saturday... The left-hander induced three fly-ball outs in the eighth inning of a 5-0 Savannah victory... In 18 appearances this year, Hoge is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA and one save... He has allowed 15 earned runs on 40 hits in 46.0 innings with a 33-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio... The Sand Gnats, who won the first half title of the South Atlantic League Southern Division, are 1-2 to start the second half.

Ben Hornbeck: A 2008 draft pick by Oakland, Hornbeck took a no decision on Thursday in the first game of the second half for the Stockton Ports of the High A California League... The left-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts in four innings before the Ports won in 10 innings... In seven starts in High A, Hornbeck is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 36 innings, while allowing 12 walks and striking out 41... Stockton finished the first half fourth in the north division at 31-39 and has begun the second half 3-1.

Trevor Hurley: A 2010 South Atlantic League All-Star as a closer for the Hickory Crawdads, Hurley pitched a scoreless inning in the All-Star Game on Tuesday as he induced three straight ground-ball outs... Hurley returned to action for the Crawdads on Sunday when he picked up a 1.1-inning save with a walk and three strikeouts... A 2008 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Hurley is 0-1 but holds a 1.60 ERA and eight saves in 22 appearances this season... The right-hander has allowed just six earned runs in 33.2 innings pitched... He is tied for seventh in the league in saves, while his ERA would rank third if he had pitched the required minimum of innings... The Crawdads finished the first half second in the northern division, two games back of first-half division champion Lakewood, and are 2-2 to begin the second half.

Carter Jurica: In six games last week for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, Jurica went 7-for-23 (.304) with two RBI and four stolen bases... A third-round draft selection by the San Francisco Giants this season, Jurica recorded two-hit games on Monday and Sunday and tallied his first two professional RBI on Wednesday and Friday... In the first eight games of the season, Jurica is hitting .241 (7-for-29) with two RBI, two runs scored and four stolen bases, which are tied for second in the league... The Volcanoes are 5-5 this year to sit in a tie for third in the west division.

A.J. Morris: A fourth-round draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2009, Morris saw his first action since a June 3 injury when he pitched two innings of a rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Nationals against the GCL Cardinals on Saturday... The right-hander, who will soon rejoin the Potomac Nationals of the High A Carolina League, holds a 1-2 record and a 3.91 ERA in 10 starts for Potomac... The P-Nats, who concluded the first half third in the northern division at 31-39, are 2-2 in the first four games of the second half.

Adam Muenster: A 29th-round draft choice by Cincinnati in this year's draft, Muenster began his professional career on Monday for the Arizona League (AZL) Reds... The second baseman is 4-for-22 (.182) after recording hits against the AZL Dodgers on Monday and Tuesday, the AZL Indians on Thursday and the AZL Padres on Sunday... Muenster drove in a pair of runs on Thursday before recording another RBI Sunday... The Reds are second in the Arizona League Central Division at 4-2.

Justin Murray: In his second Double A start of the season on Friday, Murray took a tough loss at San Antonio when he allowed two unearned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work for the Midland RockHounds of the Texas League... The two unearned runs came in the first inning off Murray, while the RockHounds were shut out by the Missions... In two starts for Midland, Murray is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings pitched... He earned a promotion from High A Stockton on June 18 after going 6-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 12 starts for the Ports... His six wins in High A are still tied for eighth, while he is tied for 11th in ERA... Midland finished third in the first half of the Texas League South Division standings at an even 35-35, and is third to begin the second half at 2-3.

Nate Tenbrink: In five games last week for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, Tenbrink was 5-for-17 (.294) with a double, two home runs and five RBI... On Thursday against Montgomery, he was 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer before hitting a solo shot on Sunday... A seventh-round selection by Seattle in 2008, Tenbrink is hitting .270 (10-for-37) with a double, a triple, three home runs and nine RBI in 13 games in Double A... The third baseman began the season at High A High Desert, hitting .379 with 10 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 42 RBI and 14 steals in 43 games before being promoted on May 26... His High A average still ranks second in the California League, while he is also second in on-base percentage (.449) and slugging percentage (.646), and third in OPS (1.095)... West Tenn finished the first half second on the Southern League North Division, and is tied for third at 2-4 to start the second half.

Carlos Torres: A 2004 selection by the Chicago White Sox and the latest former Wildcat to play in the Major Leagues, Torres continues to impress for Triple A Charlotte... Torres won both of his starts last week, allowing just two runs and eight hits in a total of 14.0 innings, while walking three and striking out 12... On Monday against Syracuse, Torres allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk and seven strikeouts in 7.0 strong innings... He backed that performance on Saturday against Buffalo as he limited the Bisons to just two runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts... For his efforts, Torres earned his third International League Pitcher of the Week honor this season... His great pitching extends back a start the week prior as he has allowed just three earned runs in his last 19.2 innings pitched, good for a 1.37 ERA... The right-hander, who is 6-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 15 starts this year, is second in the International League in innings pitched (97.2), fourth in strikeouts (92), eighth in ERA and tied for ninth in both wins and WHIP (1.15)... Charlotte is second in the south division with a 38-40 record.

Rob Vaughn: Vaughn, a 30th-round pick in the 2009 draft by the Chicago White Sox, played in his first two games of the summer last week for the Great Falls Voyagers of the Rookie Pioneer League... The catcher is hitless in five at-bats, but did draw two walks... The Voyagers are 4-3 to sit second in the north division.

Byron Wiley: A 22nd-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 but a free agent signee by Arizona this season, Wiley is a member of the Visalia Rawhide of the California League, but has not played since June 14... In nine games this season for Visalia, Wiley is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with a homer and seven RBI... The Rawhide finished the first half third in the north division at 37-33, and are 1-3 to begin the second half.