K-State Summer Baseball Update: July 19

Kent Urban

July 19, 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
Matt Applegate and James Allen, a pair of junior-to-be right-handers, led the Mat-Su Miners to an 8-3 victory on Friday against the Alaska Goldpanners... Applegate started the game and last seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in a winning effort... Allen closed out the game as he threw the final two innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out one for the save... In five starts this summer, Applegate holds a 3-1 and a 2.12 ERA with five walks and 16 strikeouts... The right-hander has allowed eight earned runs in 34 innings, while he is limiting opponents to a .215 batting average... Allen is 1-2 with a 2.65 ERA and three saves in 17 innings of work... The Wildcat closer has nine walks and 10 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .246 batting average... The Miners are 23-8 overall this summer, including a 21-7 mark in league play to lead the ABL.

California Collegiate League
A 2010 California Collegiate League All-Star, junior-to-be Mike Kindel went 0-for-1 in last week's all-star game... Kindel played in three games after the all-star game, going 2-for-13 with a run and two steals... In 27 games this summer, including 25 starts, Kindel is hitting .292 (28-for-96) with six doubles, two triples, 13 RBI and 11 steals... Lindsey was solid in a start on Saturday against Santa Maria as he allowed just one run on two hits with no walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work to earn his second win of the summer... Lindsey is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in five starts this summer... The right-hander has allowed nine earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched, while walking four and striking out 18... The Blues are 23-12 overall and 17-8 in the CCL.

Cape Cod League
After participating in the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials, Nick Martini returned to the Falmouth Commodores last week... In six games, Martini went 5-for-22 (.227) with four RBI... He began the week by going 2-for-5 on Monday against Wareham, while he went 1-for-3 with a RBI in back-to-back games against Chatham and Brewster on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively... In 25 games this summer, Martini is hitting .209 (18-for-86) with three doubles, a triple and 11 RBI... Falmouth is fifth in the western division with a 12-18 record.

Central Plains Baseball League
Four K-State freshmen during the 2010 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... Through games on Thursday, King was second on the team with a .359 average (23-for-64) to go along with six doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and four steals... Fasola was hitting .294 (10-for-34) a double, a homer and seven RBI... Moore, who had 17 of the team's 40 steals, was hitting .293 (17-for-58) with three doubles, one triple and 10 RBI... Graskewicz was hitting .214 (6-for-28) with seven RBI in limited action... Pitching statistics for the Generals were not available.

Coastal Plain League
Senior-to-be Kent Urban was solid in five games last week for the Petersburg Generals... The first baseman went 5-for-19 (.263) with a double, a homer, six RBI and three runs scored... On Monday against Edenton, he went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI... He then went 1-for-4 against Edenton on Friday with a ninth-inning two-run homer that sent the game into extra innings... The Generals eventually won, 8-6... In 17 games this summer, Urban is 12-for-66 (.182) with four doubles, a home run and 16 RBI... Junior-to-be Kyle Hunter is pitching for the Generals this summer and earned his first win after throwing five scoreless innings against Thomasville on Thursday... The left-hander allowed four hits and walked three while striking out three... In four starts, Hunter is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA... He has allowed five earned runs in 21 innings pitched with 10 walks and 23 strikeouts... Petersburg is 11-33 this summer, including a 4-12 second-half mark to sit fifth in the north division.

Jayhawk Baseball League
Junior-to-be Matt Giller and sophomore-to-be Blair DeBord are playing for the El Dorado Broncos, which are in the midst of competing in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) Midwest Regional at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita... El Dorado, the No. 1 seed for the regional, advanced with a 15-1 run-rule victory over Lindsborg on Saturday... Giller went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in the contest... The Broncos advanced in the winners bracket to play Park City on Monday... Sophomore-to-be Nick Cocking is playing for the Liberal Bee Jays... Cocking is hitting .217 (10-for-46) with a double, a triple, a home run and five RBI... He has also walked 12 times and stolen a pair of bases.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association
Junior-to-be Kayvon Bahramzadeh pitched in relief for the first time this summer on Tuesday against San Diego... The right-hander tossed two no-hit innings with no walks and five strikeouts... Bahramzadeh is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in four games, including three starts... He has allowed just two earned runs on 10 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in 17innings... Another junior-to-be, Jake Brown, saw time in three games, going 1-for-5 with a run scored... In 12 games Brown is 2-for-18 (.111) with a RBI, four walks and three runs scored... The Power continues to lead the SCC with a 32-2 overall record, including a 19-1 mark in league play.

Topeka Golden Giants (Independent)
Sophomores-to-be Tanner Witt and Robert Hawkins are joined by another current Wildcat, Brandon Faulkner, and an incoming pitcher, Cody Faulkner, on the Topeka Golden Giants roster... The Golden Giants hosted the National Collegiate Summer Classic, with the Topeka Golden Giants White squad topping the Blue team for the championship... The Golden Giants will now prepare for the NBC Mid-Kansas Regional in Hutchinson, beginning July 23... Updated stats for the Golden Giants were not available... Through games on July 7, Brandon Faulkner was 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs in 36.2 innings, while walking 14 and striking out 39... Cody Faulkner was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 16  innings, while Hawkins was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA... Witt was hitting .222 (12-for-54) with two doubles, 11 RBI and seven steals, while holding a .593 on-base percentage.

Tri-State Collegiate League
Sophomore-to-be Brad Clement is playing for Northern Ohio Baseball... Northern Ohio played four games last week, but stats and results were not available... Through games played July 3, Clement was hitting .238 (5-for-21) with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI.

USA Baseball
Junior-college transfer Wade Hinkle concluded play last week in the Haarlemse Honkbalweek in the Netherlands as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Star team... The first basemen went 4-for-14 (286) in the final four games... He ended the event on a high note against Japan as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI... In eight games at the Honkbal, including seven starts, Hinkle hit .222 (4-for-18).

K-State Pros
Drew Biery: Biery went 5-for-21 (.238) in five games last week after coming off the 7-Day Disabled List... A 2009 draft pick by the San Francisco Giants and a member of the High A San Jose Giants, Biery was 3-for-5 on Thursday and 2-for-4 with a run scored on Friday, both games coming at High Desert... In 73 games this season, the third baseman is hitting .273 with six doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 40 RBI... San Jose, which won the first half of the California League North Division, is 54-40 overall, but just 9-15 in the second-half standings.

Justin Bloxom: An 11th-round selection by the Washington Nationals last year, Bloxom recorded a hit in five of his six games last week for the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League... The first baseman went 9-for-22 (.409) with a pair of homers and six RBI... On Monday at Greenville, Bloxom was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 5-4 Hagerstown win... He came back on Thursday with a 3-for-4 contest with one RBI, while he hit a solo homer on Friday against Rome... Bloxom ended his week by going 2-for-4 against the Braves... In 90 games this season, Bloxom is hitting .320 with 25 doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 62 RBI to go along with nine stolen bases... He ranks second in the league in hits (115) and total bases (178), third in average and slugging percentage (.496), fourth in RBI, fifth in OPS (.863) and seventh in doubles... The Suns are 46-48 overall this season and 10-14 in the second half to sit fifth in the northern division second-half standings.

Adam Cowart: A second-year pitcher for the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Cowart took the loss in his only start of the week on Wednesday at Lincoln... The right-hander allowed four runs on 11 hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work... In 12 starts for Wichita, Cowart is 3-6 with a 4.61 ERA, but has allowed just 18 walks in 70.1 innings (2.30 walks-per-nine innings)... Wichita is 28-33 this season and 8-5 in the second-half standings to sit third in the north division.

Eric Eymann: Eymann, a 2005 selection by the Cincinnati Reds, went 2-for-10 in three games last week for Double A Carolina... Both of the first baseman's hits came against Montgomery on Thursday when he went 2-for-4 with a double... He also recorded a sacrifice fly against the Biscuits on Friday... In 81 games this season, Eymann is hitting .257 with 18 doubles, a triple, five homers and 34 RBI... The Mudcats are tied for the Southern League North Division second-half lead at 13-11, while Carolina is 43-50 overall.

Jared Goedert: Goedert continues to shine for Triple A Columbus after his early June promotion... The third baseman went went 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of walks on Thursday before going 2-for-6 with a solo homer on Friday... Goedert extended a streak of reaching base safely to 24 games, which was the longest active streak in the International League... That streak came to an end over the weekend as he was hitless in four at-bats on both Saturday and Sunday... In 37 games for the Clippers, Goedert is hitting .309 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs and 33 RBI... His slugging percentage (.705) and OPS (1.074) would lead the International League, while his average would rank third if he met the required minimum of at-bats... However, Goedert is already tied for sixth in the International League and tied for 13th in all of Triple A in home runs despite limited action... A 2006 draft pick by Cleveland, Goedert was hitting .325 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI in 44 games in Double A Akron before being called up... Columbus sits atop the west division at 57-38, 7.5 games ahead of second-place Indianapolis.

Ben Hornbeck: A 2008 draft pick by Oakland, Hornbeck won his first game since June 8 on Wednesday when he pitched 5.1 solid innings for High A Stockton against Visalia... The left-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts... In 11 starts in High A, Hornbeck, who began the season at Double A Midland, is 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 57 innings, while allowing just 25 walks as opposed to 66 strikeouts... In his last three starts, Hornbeck has struck out 20 batters (6.67 per game)... Stockton is 44-50 overall but 13-11 in the second half to sit second in the California League North Division standings.

Trevor Hurley: Hurley saw action in three games last week for High A Bakersfield of the California League... On Monday, the right-hander tossed one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two batters... On Thursday against Rancho Cucamonga, Hurley took a tough loss as he allowed three unearned runs on just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts... A 2008 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Hurley was able to bounce back on Sunday against Visalia as he tossed two no-hit innings with three strikeouts to earn his first save with Bakersfield... In four appearances for the Blaze, Hurley is 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA, allowing one earned run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings... A 2010 South Atlantic League All-Star and one of the top closers in the league, Hurley was 0-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 11 saves in 26 appearances in Low A before being promoted... He recorded 50 strikeouts, the second most in the South Atlantic League among closers with at least five saves at the time of his promotion... His 11 saves are also still tied for sixth... Bakersfield, which finished fifth in the California League north division standings in the first half, lead the division during the second half with a 15-9 record.

Carter Jurica: A third-round selection this year by San Francisco, Jurica saw action in six games last week for Salem-Keizer of the Class A Short Season Northwest League... The shortstop's lone hit of the week came on Wednesday against Boise when he recorded a second-inning RBI single... Jurica also scored a run on Monday at Tri-City and Sunday at Vancouver... Jurica is hitting .177 (17-for-96) in 26 games this season with a double, a triple, a home run, seven RBI and 11 scored... The Volcanoes are 13-17 and sit in a three-way tie for second in the west division.

A.J. Morris: Morris was brilliant in his first start after a four-game rehab assignment for High A Potomac... A fourth-round draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2009, the right-hander tossed five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five without surrendering a walk, to earn the win against Kinston... In 11 starts for Potomac, Morris is 2-2 with a 3.53 ERA... His ERA would rank ninth in the Carolina League if he had pitched the required minimum of innings... The P-Nats hold a 43-48 overall record, while they are second in the northern division during the second half with a 12-9 mark.

Adam Muenster: A 29th-round draft choice by Cincinnati in this year's draft and a member of the Arizona League (AZL) Reds, Muenster recorded a pair of hits in three games last week... He went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on Tuesday against the AZL Brewers before going 1-for-3 in consecutive games on Thursday and Sunday against the AZL Mariners and AZL Cubs, respectively... Muenster is 13-for-62 (.210) in 18 games this season with two doubles, five RBI and nine walks... The AZL Reds are fourth in the central division at 10-13.

Justin Murray: Murray, who has pitched for both High A Stockton and Double A Midland, went back to Stockton last week and worked two games in relief... On Monday at Modesto, the right-hander did not allow a hit and recorded a walk and a strikeout in 0.2 innings... He also pitched two innings against Visalia on Thursday, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts... In 19 games, including 15 starts, between High A and Double A, Murray is 6-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 87.2 innings pitched, while walking 45 and striking out 64... Stockton is 44-50 overall but 13-11 in the second half to sit second in the California League North Division standings.

Nate Tenbrink: Tenbrink, a 2008 selection by Seattle, saw action in four games last week for Double A West Tenn, going 2-for-16... Both of his hits came at Birmingham on Wednesday when he went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Diamond Jaxx to a 12-7 victory... In 29 games in Double A, Tenbrink is hitting .258 (23-for-89) with three doubles, a triple, four homers and 16 RBI since being promoted to the club on May 26... West Tenn is 47-46 overall and 8-16 in the second half to sit fifth in the Southern League North Division standings.

Carlos Torres: Torres was the starting pitcher for the International League in the 2010 Triple A All-Star Game on Monday, allowing one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings... The all-star game, which was Torres' second-straight and third of his career, proved to be his only appearance of the week... A 2004 selection by the Chicago White Sox, Torres is 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 112 innings pitched with 48 walks and 105 strikeouts this season for the Charlotte Knights... The latest former Wildcat to play in the MLB, Torres is third in the league in innings pitched and strikeouts, ninth in ERA and tied for 10th in wins... Charlotte is second in the south division at 50-46.

Rob Vaughn: A 30th-round pick in the 2009 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Vaughn was solid in two starts last week for the Great Falls Voyagers of the Rookie Pioneer League as he went 5-for-9 (.556) with two RBI... The catcher was 1-for-4 on Thursday at Casper before a 4-for-5 outing with two RBI Sunday at Idaho Falls... In nine games this season, Vaughn is 7-for-26 (.269) with a pair of RBI... Great Falls leads the north division at 16-11.

Byron Wiley: A free agent signee by Arizona this season, Wiley is a member of the Visalia Rawhide of the California League... The outfielder has not played since June 14 and was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List last week... In nine games this season for Visalia, Wiley is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with a homer and seven RBI... The Rawhide are 48-46 overall and 11-13 in the second half to sit fourth in the north division.