Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: July 27
Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: July 27
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 5-for-18 (.278) with five RBI for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots last week… The catcher recorded his best game of the season on Tuesday against the Alaska Goldpanners as he went 3-for-4 with four RBI… He also tallied a 1-for-3 game with a double on Sunday against the Mat-Su Miners… In 30 games this summer, Dellasega is hitting .219 (21-for-96) with three doubles, 10 RBI and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts for the Glacier Pilots, who are 23-22 overall and 21-18 in league play, good for third in the ABL… Another senior-to-be, Mark Joukoff, took a no decision in his only start of the week for the Anchorage Bucs on Monday against Athletes in Action… The right-hander allowed one run on four hits with a walk in 5.2 innings… Joukoff was set up for the win, but Athletes in Action scored four runs in the last four innings to win… In 11 appearances this season, including six starts, Joukoff is 5-3 with a 3.92 ERA, having allowed 17 earned runs on 40 hits in 39.0 innings with 10 walks and 19 strikeouts… The Bucs are 28-18 overall and 23-16 in ABL play, 2.5 games behind the Mat-Su Miners for first.
Central Plains Baseball League
Mike Kindel, Nick Cocking, James Allen, Matt Applegate, Kayvon Bahramzadeh and signee Brandon Faulkner led the Junction City Generals to a 3-1 record last week to improve to 22-11 on the season… On Saturday against the Alaska Goldpanners, Applegate took the win, while Cocking forced a bases-loaded walk… The following night, Faulkner tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, to lead the Generals to another win over the Goldpanners… Updated individual player stats were not available for the Generals… As of July 20, Faulkner was 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA in seven starts, having allowed 14 earned runs on 29 hits with 12 walks and 24 strikeouts in 42.2 innings… Furthermore, opponents were hitting just .175 off him… Applegate was 3-1 with a team-leading 1.95 ERA in six starts … He had surrendered nine earned runs on 39 hits with 11 walks and 26 strikeouts in 41.1 innings… Kindel was hitting .227 (15-for-66) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI… Cocking was hitting .217 (18-for-83) with two doubles, a homer and 12 RBI… He was also a perfect 14-for-14 in stolen-base attempts… Coming off a leg injury during the 2009 season, Bahramzadeh had allowed one earned run on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
Coastal Plain League
Ryan Daniel, a senior-to-be, made his first appearance for the Fayetteville SwampDogs since June 30 on Sunday… The Fort Collins, Colo., product was able to tally his first victory of the summer as he teamed with reliever Michael Raia to shutout Wilmington… Daniel tossed eight scoreless innings, scattering six hits with no walks and four strikeouts en route to earning Coastal Plain Co-Pitcher of the Week honors… With the victory, Daniel moved to 1-2 this summer and lowered his ERA to 4.98… In his four starts this summer, he has surrendered 12 earned runs on 27 hits with seven walks and seven strikeouts in 21.2 innings... Fayetteville, which finished one game out of first in the first half, is second in the south division in the second half with a 12-8 mark.
Jayhawk Baseball League
Sophomores-to-be Matt Giller, Justin Lindsey and Cameron Welch helped lead the El Dorado Broncos to a championship week… The Broncos clinched their second-straight Jayhawk League title after Derby’s loss on Thursday, while El Dorado also won the National Baseball Congress (NBC) Midwest Regional on Friday… The Broncos defeated the Team Elite Kings, 15-4, to win their 10th Midwest Regional title… Giller tallied three of the Broncos’ 19 hits in the championship game… With the Midwest Regional championship, El Dorado will now compete in the NBC World Series, August 1-15, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita… Updated player stats for the Broncos were not available… As of July 19, Giller was hitting .391 (18-for-60) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI… Welch was at .244 (10-for-41) with a pair of doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI… In 32.1 innings pitched, Lindsey was 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA, having allowed 11 earned runs on 22 hits with seven walks and 34 strikeouts.
Jake Brown, Evan Marshall, Nick Martini and signee Jake Doller led the Topeka Golden Giants to a final record of 18-16… The Golden Giants finished their season with a 2-1 win over Clarinda on July 18… The Golden Giants will not compete in the postseason due to injuries and other roster departures… Final stats were not available for the Golden Giants… 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.
Incoming junior-college transfer David Allday led the Springfield Sliders to a pair of wins last week… The infielder went 5-for-23 (.217) with two doubles, one triple, two RBI and six runs scored… Against Danville on Monday, he was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while he was 1-for-4 with a triple and a RBI on Thursday against Dupage… In 28 games this summer, Allday is hitting .241 (21-for-87) with six doubles, one triple, two homers and 11 RBI... Muenster, who has played in 20 games this summer, has not played in the last two weeks… The infielder/outfielder is second on the team with a .357 average (25-for-70) with a double, two triples, one home run and 10 RBI… The Sliders are fifth in the west division with a 19-25 record.
Sierra Baseball League
Jason King did not play for the San Luis Obispo Blues last week… In 19 games this summer, King is hitting .338 (24-for-73) with three doubles, two triples, 13 walks and nine RBI… The Blues are 35-11 this season.
Texas Collegiate League
Thomas Rooke and Carter Jurica are playing for the McKinney Marshals, which climbed out of the cellar of the TCL over the past week… Rooke took a no decision in his only start of the week against the Brazos Valley Bombers on Thursday… The Spring, Texas, product allowed seven runs – only four of which were earned – on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 4.2 innings… The Marshals eventually won the game, 13-9… In six appearances this season, the left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA, having allowed 11 earned runs on 31 hits with 18 walks and 32 strikeouts in 33.2 innings… He is tied for 14th in the TCL in strikeouts… Jurica finished his summer by playing in just 11 games due to an undisclosed injury… Jurica is second on the team in hitting at .302 (13-for-43) with a double, a homer and four RBI…
Walter Johnson League
Daniel Rumsey, Kyle Hunter and Chad Jasman played for the Salina Bluejays this summer, whose season came to an end on Sunday with a pair of losses in the Walter Johnson Baseball League Tournament… Salina defeated the Team Elite Kings on Saturday, but lost to South Division Champion Valley Center Sunday morning in the winner’s bracket and Park City Sunday night in the loser’s bracket… Salina finished the regular season second in the north division at 15-18… Individual player stats were not available.
2009 Draft Picks
Drew Biery: Biery, a 22nd-round draft by San Francisco, is now hitting over .400 after a three-homer game on Saturday for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… In seven games last week, the third baseman went 14-for-27 (.519) with one double, one triple, four homers, 10 RBI and nine runs scored en route to earning Northwest League Batter of the Week honors… Biery tallied consecutive three-hit games at Boise on Tuesday and Wednesday, totaling four RBI… Following a 0-for-3 night against Yakima on Thursday, Biery proceeded to go 7-for-10 the next three games, including a 3-for-3 night with three solo homers on Saturday… It was the second three-homer game in the Northwest League this summer… This season, the Arlington, Texas, native is hitting .405 (45-for-111) with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and 29 RBI in 29 games… Biery paces the Northwest League in average and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage; 1.059), is tied for first in hits, second in RBI, second in on-base percentage (.464), second in slugging percentage (.595), fourth in runs scored (27), tied for fifth in total bases (66), tied for 13th in homers and tied for 17th in doubles… The Volcanoes continue to hold the Northwest League’s best record at 26-10, four games ahead of Everett in the west division.
Justin Bloxom: In six games last week for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League, Bloxom, an 11th-round draft pick by the Washington Nationals, went 6-for-20 (.300) with three RBI, three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases… The Phoenix, Ariz., product went 2-for-3 with a RBI, one run scored and two steals against Lowell on Thursday… He also recorded another two-hit game against the Spinners on Saturday… Bloxom raised his average 14 points last week as he is now hitting .240 (25-for-104) in 31 games this season with two doubles, a homer and 10 RBI… Vermont remains tied for second with Lowell in the Stedler Division with a 19-17 record.
Jordan Cruz: Cruz, an undrafted free-agent acquisition by the Detroit Tigers, went 1-for-4 in each of the first three games of the week before going hitless on Thursday… However, the outfielder responded with back-to-back two-hit games the finish out the week… In six contests last week, Cruz was 7-for-24 (.292) with four doubles and seven RBI for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Tigers… He went 1-for-4 on Monday with a double and three RBI, 1-for-4 on Tuesday with a double and one RBI, and 1-for-4 on Wednesday with a double and one … The centerfielder then responded to his hitless game on Thursday with a pair of two-hit games on Friday against the GCL Pirates and Saturday against the GCL Phillies… In 27 games this summer, Cruz is hitting .278 (27-for-97) with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored… The Hutchinson, Kan., native is tied for second in the Gulf Coast League in doubles, third in total bases (48), tied for seventh in hits, eighth in slugging percentage (.495), tied for ninth in OPS (.847) and RBI, tied for 10th in triples, tied for 12th in homers, tied for 15th in runs scored and tied for 22nd in batting average… The GCL Tigers are sixth in the north division with a 12-16 record.
Lance Hoge: Hoge, who was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League, earned the first promotion of his career on Sunday as he was assigned to the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League… Hoge, who was drafted in the 39th round by the New York Mets, started Sunday’s game at Greensboro, but took the loss as he allowed two earned runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 4.0 innings… In six appearances before his promotion for Brooklyn, Hoge had allowed three earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 11.2 innings… Savannah is fourth in the South Atlantic League Southern Division, but is just 1.5 games out of first… Brooklyn continues to hold the best record in the New York-Penn League and leads the McNamara Division with a 25-11 mark.
A.J. Morris: A fourth-round pick by the Washington Nationals, Morris made two predetermined starts for the GCL Nationals last week... On Monday against the GCL Astros, the right-hander pitched two no-hit innings with a pair of strikeouts… He came back to toss three no-hit innings with another two strikeouts at the GCL Astros on Saturday… The GCL Nationals are two games out of first place in the Gulf Coast League East Division with a 16-11 record.
Rob Vaughn: A 30th-round selection by the Chicago White Sox, Vaughn went 1-for-8 (.125) in two games last week for the Bristol Sox of the Rookie Appalachian League… The Humble, Texas, product went 1-for-3 with a run scored on Friday at Pulaski after going hitless at Danville on Monday… The catcher is hitting .244 (10-for-41) in 12 games this summer with a double and a RBI… Bristol is in fourth place in the west division with a 14-19 mark.
Other K-State Pros
Adam Cowart: Cowart, a member of the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association Independent League, helped the North All-Stars earn a 6-2 victory in Tuesday’s all-star game at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas… The right-hander threw a hitless seventh inning, allowing one walk, in his only appearance of the week… In 11 appearances this season, which includes 10 starts, Cowart is 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA, which is tops on the Wichita pitching staff… In 61.0 innings, Cowart has allowed 18 earned runs, walked 13 batters and struck out 23, while opponents are hitting .243 against him… Cowart is tied for first in the American Association with three complete games, while he is second in ERA… Wichita is fourth in the north division with a 7-10 second-half record after winning the first half division title.
Eric Eymann: Eymann remained in Triple A Louisville last week after spending a majority of the season at Double A Carolina… In five contests last week for the Bats, Eymann went 2-for-16 (.125) with a double and two RBI… On Thursday against Buffalo, the second baseman went 1-for-3 with a RBI double in the second inning of a 3-1 Louisville victory… He then went 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored at Syracuse on Friday… In nine games this season for Triple A Louisville, Eymann is hitting .167 (5-for-30) with two doubles, one triple and two RBI… The Bats hold a 10-game lead in the International League West Division with a 58-43 record… Eymann has played 69 games this season for the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League (Double A)… A 19th-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2005, Eymann was hitting .233 with nine doubles, one homer and 20 RBI before being reassigned to Triple A… Carolina, which finished second in the north division in the first half, is 12-18 in the second half.
Jared Goedert: A 2006 draft pick by the Cleveland Indians, Goedert played in just one game last week for the Akron Aeros of the Eastern League (Double A), going 0-for-4 against Altoona on Saturday… In 70 games this season Goedert is hitting .235 with 15 doubles, one triple, four homers and 28 RBI… Akron, which had its lead in the southern division cut to three games over the past week, is 61-41 this season.
Ben Hornbeck: Hornbeck, who had made 10 starts for the Stockton Ports of the Class A Advanced California League, made his first relief appearance in High A this season on Sunday at San Jose in his only appearance of the week… The left-hander threw one inning of no-hit ball with a walk against the Giants… 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 4.56 ERA… The Phoenix, Ariz., product has allowed 27 earned runs in 53.1 innings, while he has walked 22 batters as opposed to his 74 strikeouts… Hornbeck is tied for 25th in the California League in strikeouts, while he would be 18th in ERA and tied for 19th in WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) if he had pitched the required minimum of innings… Stockton owns a 17-14 record to start the second half, good for second in the north division.
Trevor Hurley: Hurley made one start last week for the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, taking a no decision against Vancouver on Friday… The right-hander allowed three unearned runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings in a game the Indians eventually lost, 7-6… The Tomball, Texas, native, who has also pitched in Low A this season, is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in six starts in short season, while he has allowed 14 walks and struck out 36 batters in 34.0 innings… Hurley is fourth in the Northwest League in strikeouts, 12th in innings pitched and 17th in both ERA and WHIP (1.47)… Spokane is third in the east division with a 13-23 tally.
Steve Murphy: Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list on July 9 by Triple A Oklahoma City, is hitless in four games for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League (Double A)… A 2005 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Murphy played in 36 games for Oklahoma City before being placed on the DL and sent down to Double A… In 33 games this season in Triple A, Murphy is hitting .231 (24-for-104) with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 10 RBI… Oklahoma City is 52-48 this season, 1.5 games back of Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League American South Division… In Double A, Murphy is hitting .221 (27-for-122) in 36 games with nine doubles, one triple, five homers and 21 RBI… Frisco leads the south division with a 16-13 second-half record.
Justin Murray: Murray, a 2008 draft pick by the Oakland A’s, suffered his loss of the season for the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League… On Monday at West Michigan, Murray entered a scoreless game to begin the bottom of the ninth and retired the side in order… However, he gave up a pair of singles in the 10th before a hit to center field won the game for the Whitecaps… Murray was able to bounce back on Friday against Fort Wayne as he pitched a hitless ninth inning… In 22 appearances for the Cougars this season, Murray is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA and eight saves… The right-hander has allowed six earned runs on 27 hits with seven walks and 30 strikeouts in 26.1 innings… His eight saves are tied for 12th in the Midwest League… Kane County is fifth in the western division with a 13-16 second-half record after winning the first-half division title.
Eli Rumler: Rumler, who spent two weeks in Double A Mobile, was sent back down to Visalia of the Class A Advanced California League on Tuesday… The second baseman returned to the Rawhide with a three-game hitting streak, but went hitless in his final two games of the week… In five games last week, Rumler was 3-for-17 (.176) with one homer and two RBI… His two-run homer came against San Jose on Thursday in the second inning, which proved to be the only two Rawhide runs of the evening… A 2007 draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rumler is hitting .205 (46-for-224) in 61 games for High A this season with eight doubles, two homers and 13 RBI… The Little River, Kan., product was 2-for-21 with a run scored, a double and four RBI in eight games for Double A Mobile… Visalia has struggled in the second half as it is 8-23 since the break.
Nate Tenbrink: A 2008 draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, Tenbrink saw his average remain steady after a 6-for-21 (.286) week in five games last week for the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League… The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI against Peoria on Monday… He also recorded a multi-hit game on Saturday against West Michigan, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI… Tenbrink’s average remained at .285 (93-for-326) in 90 games this season with 18 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 45 RBI… He is tied for 10th in the Midwest League in triples, tied for 12th in runs scored and total bases (145), and tied for 18th in hits… Clinton is 12-16 in the second half.
Carlos Torres: Torres became the first Wildcat to play in a major-league game since 2000 as he was called up and started for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday… Drafted in the 15th round by the White Sox, Torres’ contract was purchased from Triple A Charlotte in time for the right-hander to make his major-league debut… The rookie did not disappoint as he recorded a quality start, allowing three earned runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts as he took a no decision against the defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays… The Sox offense came to life after Torres left the game, scoring once in the sixth and three times in the seventh to win, 4-3… Torres was then sent back down to Triple A on Friday, but remains on the White Sox 40-man roster… In 17 games in Triple A this season, which includes 16 starts, Torres holds an 8-4 record with one save and a 2.20 ERA, 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… Torres is tied for second in the International League in shutouts (1), tied for second in complete games (2), fourth in strikeouts, tied for fourth in wins and seventh in WHIP (1.12)… Charlotte is fourth in the International League South Division with a 47-54 record.
Byron Wiley: A 2008 selection by the Cincinnati Reds, Wiley extended his hitting streak to eight games after going 6-for-23 (.261) with two doubles, one triple and four RBI in six games last week for the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League… Wiley went 1-for-2 with three walks, two RBI and a triple at Wisconsin on Wednesday… Wiley is hitting .273 (70-for-256) in 74 games this season with 18 doubles, five triples, 10 homers and 51 RBI… Wiley is fifth in the Midwest League in slugging percentage (.500) and OPS (.894), tied for fifth in walks (52), tied for ninth in on-base percentage (.394), tied for 10th in triples, tied for 13th in RBI and tied for 17th in homers… Dayton is tied for third in the eastern division in the second half at 14-15.