Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: July 13
Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: July 13
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.
Alaska Baseball League
Senior-to-be Daniel Dellasega was 6-for-13 (.462) for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in four games last week… Against Athletes in Action on Tuesday, Dellasega went 1-for-4 with a RBI in a 16-5 victory… He also went 1-for-4 in a 4-1 win over the Kenai Penn Oilers on Thursday… This summer, Dellasega is 11-for-53 (.208) with a double, five RBI and is 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts for the Glacier Pilots, who are 16-13 overall and 15-9 in league play to lead the ABL… Another senior-to-be, Mark Joukoff went 1-1 in two appearances last week for the Anchorage Bucs… He took the loss in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday at the Alaska Goldpanners when gave up a run in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 tie… However, Joukoff was able to regroup as he started and took the win in the first game of a doubleheader against Athletes in Action on Sunday… The right-hander allowed two earned runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings… In nine appearances this season, including five starts, Joukoff is 5-3 with a 4.13 ERA, having allowed 15 earned runs on 34 hits in 32.2 innings with eight walks and 18 strikeouts… The Bucs 21-14 overall and 16-12 in ABL play, good for third place.
Central Plains Baseball League
Mike Kindel, Nick Cocking, James Allen, Matt Applegate and signee Brandon Faulkner have led the Junction City Generals to a 19-6 record after sweeping Newton over the weekend… Updated individuals stats for the Generals are not available… However, as of July 2, Faulkner and Applegate held the Generals’ two lowest ERAs… Faulkner was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts for Junction City… The junior-college transfer had allowed just five earned runs on 13 hits with eight walks and 18 strikeouts… Applegate was 2-0 with a 2.32 ERA in three starts, having allowed five earned runs on 19 hits in 19.1 innings with 9 walks and 15 strikeouts… As of July 2, Cocking was hitting .250 (14-for-56) with two doubles, one homer, 11 RBI and 13 walks… Kindel was hitting .225 (9-for-40) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.
Coastal Plain League
Senior-to-be Ryan Daniel has not pitched for the Fayetteville SwampDogs since June 30… The right-handed pitcher is 0-2 this summer with a 7.90 ERA… In his three starts, Daniel has surrendered 12 earned runs on 21 hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in 13.2 innings... Fayetteville is 21-14 this summer.
Jayhawk Baseball League
The El Dorado Broncos field sophomores-to-be Matt Giller, Justin Lindsey and Cameron Welch this summer, who have led the Broncos to a Jayhawk League best 17-7 record… The Broncos were unstoppable last week, going 7-0 as they defeated Liberal twice, Derby and Dodge City four times … Updated player stats for the Broncos were not available… As of June 29, Giller was 5-for-23 (.217) with a double and two RBI, while Welch was hitting .226 (7-for-31) with two doubles, one triple and four RBI… Lindsey, who redshirted the 2009 season, was 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA, allowing eight earned runs on 14 hits with five walks and 23 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.
Jake Brown, Evan Marshall, Nick Martini and signee Jake Doller have led the Topeka Golden Giants to a 17-11 M.I.N.K record, which is third in the league… Updated stats for the Golden Giants were not available… As of June 20, Brown was 0-for-15 with six walks and two hit-by-pitches… The second baseman also scored four runs and stole three bases… Marshall started against St. Joseph on June 18, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts… That came on the heels of a 7.0 scoreless-innings outing against the Nevada Griffons on June 9… The sophomore-to-be had allowed three runs on eight hits in 15.0 innings with no walks and nine strikeouts… Doller, an incoming freshman, started against Beatrice on June 11 and threw 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts, but suffered the loss… As of June 20, Martini was hitting .250 (4-for-16) in five games with five walks, a hit-by-pitch and a pair of stolen bases.
Senior-to-be Adam Muenster and incoming junior-college transfer David Allday each had quality weeks for the Springfield Sliders… Muenster went 7-for-18 (.389) with a RBI, four walks and five runs scored, while Allday was 5-for-15 (.333) with three RBI, seven walks and five runs… Muenster tallied back-to-back two-hit games against Hannibal on Wednesday and Danville on Thursday… Allday began the week 2-for-2 with two RBI and three walks against Hannibal on Wednesday and didn’t record another hit until a 3-for-4 outing with a RBI and four runs scored against Hannibal on Sunday… Muenster is second on the team with a .357 average (25-for-70) with a double, two triples, one home run and 10 RBI… Allday is hitting .250 (16-for-64) with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI... The Sliders are third in the west division with a 16-17 mark.
Sierra Baseball League
Jason King led the San Luis Obispo Blues to a perfect 6-0 record last week as the third baseman went 8-for-18 (.444) with a double, two triples and six RBI in five games… On Saturday, King led the Blues in a 17-hit attack against the San Diego Mavericks when he went 4-for-5 with three runs and four RBI... He also tallied a 2-for-4 contest with a RBI on Wednesday against Santa Maria… In 18 games this summer, King is hitting .328 (22-for-67) with three doubles, two triples, 13 walks and nine RBI… The Blues are 29-7 this season.
Texas Collegiate League
Carter Jurica and Thomas Rooke are playing for the McKinney Marshals, which went 2-4 last week… Jurica, who only played in two games before suffering an undisclosed injury, played in six games last week, going 8-for-24 (.333) with two RBI… The middle infielder recorded a pair of 2-for-4 games on Monday and Sunday, while he went 1-for-3 with three runs scored on Wednesday… Jurica is third on the team in hitting at .281 (9-for-32) with a double, a homer and three RBI… Rooke took a no decision in his only start of the week… The left-hander allowed four unearned runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts against Victoria on Wednesday in a game the Marshals eventually won… In four games this season, Rooke is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA… The Spring, Texas, product has allowed six earned runs on 17 hits with 14 walks and 19 strikeouts in 23.1 innings… However, in his last three appearances, Rooke holds a 1.40 ERA, allowing three earned runs in 19.1 innings.
Walter Johnson League
Daniel Rumsey, Kyle Hunter and Chad Jasman are playing for the Salina Bluejays this summer… Salina finished second in the north division at 15-18… Individual player stats were not available.
2009 Draft Picks
Drew Biery: Biery, who was drafted in the 22nd round draft by San Francisco, has continued his hot hitting for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… Last week, the third baseman went 9-for-25 (.360) with three doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored… The Arlington, Texas, native ended the week on fire against Yakima as he went 3-for-5 with a double, one RBI and a run scored on Saturday before a 2-for-5 outing on Sunday with another double, two RBI and three runs scored… In 20 games this season, Biery is hitting .382 (29-for-76) with five doubles and 18 RBI… Biery is second in the Northwest League in hits, third in average and RBI, eighth in on-base percentage (.435), tied for 15th in doubles and 18th in slugging percentage (.447)… Salem-Keizer, which holds the best record of any team in the Northwest League, leads the west division by three games over Everett with an 18-5 record.
Justin Bloxom: An 11th-round draft pick by the Washington Nationals, Bloxom was 3-for-14 (.214) with four walks and a run scored in five games last week for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… One of Bloxom’s three hits last week came at Oneonta on Wednesday, while he also scored a run to help the Lake Monsters defeat the Tigers, 3-2… Bloxom is hitting .246 (15-for-61) in 19 games this season with two doubles, a homer and six RBI… Vermont is tied for second in the Stedler Division with a 12-11 record after a 4-3 mark last week.
Jordan Cruz: Cruz, who was an undrafted free-agent acquisition by the Detroit Tigers, is starting to come on for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Tigers… In seven games last week, Cruz went 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles, his first two professional homers and four RBI… In the second game of a doubleheader against the GCL Yankees on Tuesday, the outfielder was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles… Two days later, Cruz went 2-for-4 against the GCL Blue Jays with a solo homer, his first as a professional… He followed that up with a 2-for-3 contest against the GCL Pirates with another home run and three runs scored… In 14 games this season, Cruz is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with five doubles, two homers, five RBI and 11 runs scored… Cruz is tied for third in the Gulf Coast League in runs scored (11), tied for third in doubles, tied for fifth in homers, 13th in total bases (24) and tied for 23rd in the league in batting average… The GCL Tigers are fifth in the north division with a 6-9 record.
Lance Hoge: Left-handed pitcher Lance Hoge, who was drafted in the 39th round by the New York Mets, started the week on a down note, but finished strong for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… On Monday at Tri-City, Hoge allowed three earned runs on five hits with a strikeout in 2.2 innings, ending a 6.2-inning scoreless streak to start the season, but the Cyclones were able to hold on for the win… Hoge bounced back on Thursday as the Stilwell, Kan., product pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out two in a 1-0 loss to Aberdeen in 16 innings… In five appearances this season, Hoge is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA… The left-hander has allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 10.2 innings… Hoge’s ERA would rank 22nd in the New York-Penn League if he had pitched the required minimum of innings… Brooklyn, which continues to hold the best record in the New York-Penn League, has opened up its lead in the McNamara Division to 4.5 games over Hudson Valley with a 17-7 mark.
Rob Vaughn: After going hitless in his first 12 professional at-bats, Vaughn, a 30th-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, enjoyed a 4-for-10 (.400) week for the Bristol Sox of the Rookie Appalachian League… The catcher went 1-for-4 against Johnson County on Monday and 1-for-3 with a run scored on Friday against Burlington… The Humble, Texas, product topped both of those performances by going 2-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday at Kingsport… Bristol went 4-3 last week and improved its season record to 8-12, which is fourth place in the west division.
A.J. Morris: Morris, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Nationals, signed with the organization last week and was assigned to the GCL Nationals... The right-handed pitcher has yet to make is professional debut.
Other K-State Pros
Adam Cowart: Cowart, who on Sunday was named to the American Association All-Star Game, continues to lead the Wichita Wingnuts pitching staff… The right-hander suffered his second loss of the season on Wednesday in a seven-inning complete game when he allowed two earned runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts… In nine appearances this season, which includes eight starts, Cowart is 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA… In 47.1 innings, Cowart has allowed 14 earned runs, walked 12 batters and struck out 17, while opponents are hitting .241 against him… Cowart is tied for first in the American Association with three complete games, while he is sixth in ERA… Wichita finished 32-16 in the first half of the season to claim the first-half north division championship, but is just 1-6 to begin the second half.
Eric Eymann: Eymann was 3-for-14 (.214) in five games last week for the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League (Double A)… A 19th-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2005, Eymann went three-straight games with a hit against Jacksonville on Thursday, Friday and Saturday… The second baseman also scored a run against the Suns on Friday… Eymann, who played two games for Louisville (Triple A) this season, is hitting .239 in 67 games in Double A with nine doubles, one homer and 20 RBI… Carolina, which finished second in the north division in the first half, went 4-2 last week to improve its second-half record to 7-13.
Jared Goedert: A third baseman for the Akron Aeros of the Eastern League (Double A), Goedert was 7-for-24 (.292) in seven games last week… Goedert, a 2006 draft pick by the Cleveland Indians, tallied two RBI when he went 1-for-3 against Harrisburg on Monday… He then went 2-for-4 with a RBI against Reading on Tuesday before collecting another two hits against the Phillies on Thursday… In 65 games this season, Goedert is hitting .231 – 50 points better than he was on June 15 – with 15 doubles, one triple, three homers and 22 RBI… Akron continued its stronghold on the Eastern League South Division with a 56-34 record, five games better than Reading.
Ben Hornbeck: A 2008 draft pick by the Oakland A’s, Hornbeck made one start for the Stockton Ports of the Class A Advanced California League on Wednesday at Visalia… The left-hander allowed three runs on three hits with five walks and eight strikeouts in 6.0 innings to take the win over the Rawhide… This season in High A, Hornbeck, who has pitched at three different levels in the A’s minor-league system, is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA… The Phoenix, Ariz., product has allowed 19 earned runs in 43.1 innings, while he has walked 16 batters as opposed to his 61 strikeouts… If Hornbeck had pitched the required minimum of innings, his WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) would rank fourth in the California League, while his ERA would rank 12th… Stockton holds a 9-9 record to start the second half, good for third in the north division.
Trevor Hurley: Hurley, who was a relief pitcher at K-State but is now starting in the professional ranks, tallied his first win of the season for the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… Hurley, who spent much of April and May at extended spring training and at Class A Hickory, worked around trouble all night on Wednesday as he allowed 10 hits but just two runs with a walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings… The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.67 ERA in four starts for the Indians, while he has allowed nine walks and struck out 21 batters in 17.1 innings… Hurley is tied for eighth in the Northwest League in strikeouts… Spokane is in second place in the east division with a 9-13 record.
Steve Murphy: A 2005 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Murphy was 0-for-4 in two games last week for the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Triple A) before going on the seven-day disabled list with left wrist tendonitis on Thursday… Before going on the DL, Murphy was 0-for-1 with a RBI walk and a sacrifice fly against Omaha on Tuesday… Murphy is hitting .231 (24-for-104) in 33 games this season in Triple A, with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 10 RBI… Oklahoma City is 44-45 this season, just one game back of Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League American South Division heading into the all-star break.
Justin Murray: A starter at K-State who has been converted into a closer, Murray went 4-for-4 in save opportunities last week for the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League… A 2008 draft pick by the Oakland Athletics, Murray recorded a two-inning save on Monday at Clinton, allowing just one hit and tallying four strikeouts… The first batter Murray faced on Monday was another former Wildcat, Nate Tenbrink, who flew out to left field… The right-hander came back to recorded a pair of saves against Burlington on Wednesday and Friday, totaling three strikeouts against the Bees, before saving Saturday’s game against Great Lakes on Saturday… In 19 appearances for the Cougars this season, Murray is 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA and seven saves… The right-hander has allowed five earned runs on 24 hits with seven walks and 27 strikeouts in 22.2 innings… His seven saves are tied for 13th in the Midwest League, while his ERA would be tops in the league if he pitched the minimum number of innings… Kane County, which won the western division title in the first half, went 6-1 last week to improve to 11-6 in the second half, good for second in the division.
Eli Rumler: A reserve second baseman for the Mobile BayBears of the Southern League (Double A), Rumler went 0-for-6 in two games last week… Rumler, who has been promoted prior to each of the last two seasons, earned his first midseason promotion as he was called up to Double A Mobile on July 6… A 2007 draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rumler held a .208 average for the Visalia Rawhide (High A) of the California League before being promoted… The Little River, Kan., product is 1-for-15 with a run scored and two RBI since being called up… Mobile, which finished second in the south division in the first half, is 10-9 in the second half heading into the all-star break.
Nate Tenbrink: Tenbrink, a 2009 Midwest League (Class A) All-Star, is currently riding a six-game hitting streak after going 10-for-24 (.417) with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored last week… The first baseman recorded one-hit contests on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday… He then exploded for a pair of three-hit games on Friday against Dayton and on Saturday at Quad Cities… On Friday at Dayton, Tenbrink went 3-for-4 with a RBI single and a solo homer before going 3-for-4 against Quad Cities on Saturday… Tenbrink raised his average 12 points last week to .289 in 79 games this season with 14 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 38 RBI… He is tied for seventh in the Midwest League in doubles, tied for 18th in slugging percentage (.447), tied for 19th in hits (82), tied for 20th in OPS ((on-base plus slugging percentage; .815) and tied for 21st in average… Clinton is 7-10 in the second half.
Carlos Torres: A 2004 draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, Torres made his first relief appearance of the season on Tuesday, recording a four-inning save against Norfolk for Triple A Charlotte… Torres was scheduled to start the game, but threw four innings in relief of Bartolo Colon, who started the game on a rehab assignment… Although he didn’t start the game, Torres was still brilliant as he tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and tallying three strikeouts… A 2009 International League All-Star, Torres holds an 8-4 record with one save and lowered his ERA to 2.20, which is tops in the International League… In 98.0 innings pitched, the right-hander has allowed 24 earned runs on 72 hits with 38 walks and 96 strikeouts… Furthermore, Torres has allowed just three home runs this season… Torres is tied for first in the International League in shutouts (1), second in strikeouts, tied for second in wins and complete games (2), eighth in WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) and ninth in innings pitched… Charlotte is fourth in the International League South Division with a 41-48 record... The 2009 Triple A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday at PGE Park in Portland, Ore… His Triple A All-Star selection is the third of his career after earning a post-season selection in the Gulf Coast League in 2004 and a mid-season Southern League (Double A) distinction in 2008.
Byron Wiley: Following perhaps his best week as a professional the week prior, Wiley continued to swing a hot bat last week for the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League… Wiley, a 2008 draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, went 11-for-25 (.440) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in seven games last week… On Wednesday at Clinton, the right fielder was 3-for-4 with a double… He tallied another multi-hit game on Sunday at Cedar Rapids by going 4-for-4 with a two-run double and a two-run homer… In 62 games this season, Wiley is hitting .276 – 57 points better than what he was hitting on June 15 – with 14 doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 42 RBI… Wiley is third in the Midwest League in slugging percentage (.519), fourth in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage; .910), tied for 13th in homers, 13th in on-base percentage (.392) and tied for 17th in triples… Dayton is fourth in the eastern division in the second half at 6-11.