Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: July 28

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


Coastal Plain League

Playing for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swap Dogs, sophomores-to-be Carter Jurica and Jason King continue to rank among the team’s leading hitters... Jurica went 5-for-15 to improve his season average to .235 with four doubles and 14 RBI... He is also 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts... Against Florence on Sunday, Jurica was 2-for-3 with one walk and one run scored... King was 4-for-14 last week with one RBI and two runs scored... King’s average improved for the second-straight week as he is now the team’s second-leading hitter... On the season, the third baseman is hitting .269 with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 12 RBI... Against Thomasville on Friday, King drove in the Swap Dogs’ lone run in an 8-1 loss... The Swap Dogs, who finished the first half of the season second in the south division, are in fifth during the second half with a 7-13 record.


Jayhawk Baseball League

Thomas Rooke and Daniel Dellasega have each spent part of the summer playing for the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons... Rooke holds a 0-1 record and a 7.20 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts, but has not pitched in three weeks... In 18 games, Dellasega is hitting .291 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI... On Wednesday, the Dellasega went 2-for-4 in Nevada’s 3-2 victory over El Dorado... Senior-to-be Jordan Cruz joined the 26-14 Derby Twins halfway through the season after recovering from an injury sustained during K-State’s season... In 13 games played, Cruz is hitting .292 (14-for-48) with four doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI... Against Liberal on Tuesday, Cruz went 2-for-4 with one double, one home run and two RBI... He also went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI on Sunday against Dodge City

Collegiate League

Playing for the TCL-leading McKinney Marshalls, who hold a 2.5-game lead with a 24-17 record, Justin Bloxom went 1-for-7 in just three games last week... Against Coppell on Tuesday, Bloxom went 0-for-2, but did record a pair of RBI on two sacrifice flies... On the season, Bloxom holds a .245 average with three doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI... He continues to lead the TCL with his six homers, two better than second place... Furthermore, his 21 RBI are tied for fourth in the league... Justin Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics but has yet to sign with the club, joined the East Texas PumpJacks on June 21... The Manhattan, Kan., native still holds a 0-1 with a 4.45 ERA and 27 strikeouts as he did not pitch last week... The PumpJacks are in third place in the TCL with a 20-22 record.


West Coast Collegiate Baseball League

Outfielder Dane Yelovich and pitcher A.J. Morris, playing for the 9-19 Moses Lake Pirates, were selected to the 2008 WCCBL All-Star Game and started for the East Team on Tuesday ... Morris pitched the first inning, yielding one run on three hits... Yelovich went 0-for-2 in his only two plate appearances... Yelovich, a senior-to-be, went 1-for-10 in three games after the break, with his lone hit coming against Kelowna on Friday... For the season, Yelovich is hitting .265 with six doubles, 14 RBI and is 18-for-26 in stolen base attempts, which leads the league... Morris has not thrown since the All-Star Game... He is 1-1 on the year with a 2.31 ERA and 43 strikeouts... His 2.31 ERA ranks seventh in the WCCBL, while his 43 strikeouts are fourth in the league... Furthermore, he is holding opponents to a .188 average, which also ranks fourth.

Central Plains Baseball League

Future seniors Lance Hoge (pitcher) and Rob Vaughn (catcher), junior Adam Muenster (infield), sophomore Justin Lindsey (pitcher) and incoming freshman Nick Martini (outfielder) are playing for the Junction City Generals this summer... The Generals made the championship game of the 2008 National Baseball Congress (NBC) Midwest Regional, but had to forfeit the championship game after two rainouts... However, Junction City still qualified for the 2008 NBC World Series, which begins Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan... Updated stats for the Generals have not been updated during the past week... However, Muenster did lead the team with a .333 average (17-for-51) last week with one double, one home run and five RBI... Martini was hitting .293 (17-for-68) with four doubles, eight RBI and an on-base percentage of .451... Vaughn, who hadn’t played in four weeks due to injury, was .257 (9-for-35) with three doubles, one home run and six RBI... In six appearances, three of which were starts, Lindsey held a 1-2 record with a 2.19 ERA in 24.2 innings... The sophomore right hander had struck out 25 batters as opposed to just nine walks... Hoge was 1-1 in four appearances (three starts) with a 0.00 ERA in 17.2 innings... All seven runs Hoge had allowed were unearned... The senior-to-be had walked eight and struck out 19.


M.I.N.K. League

Drew Biery, playing for the Topeka Golden Giants, was hitting .295 (13-for-44) with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI as of June 23, but updated statistics are not available.


Walter Johnson Baseball League

Matt Giller, who redshirted the 2008 season, is playing for the Salina Blue Jays this summer, but updated statistics are not available... The Blue Jays were 4-20 as of July 17 and are the No. 6 seed in the 3rd Annual Walter Johnson League Tournament, which begins Monday.


2008 Draft Picks

Ben Hornbeck: Ben Hornbeck, playing for the Vancouver Canadians in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, recorded his first professional save and win last week in two appearances... Against Yakima on Wednesday, Hornbeck threw 3.0 scoreless innings, holding the Bears hitless, while walking one and striking out four... On Saturday at Tri-City, Hornbeck gave up one run on three hits in 3.0 innings to take the win... A 32nd-round pick by the Oakland Athletics, Hornbeck is 1-1 with one save and a 5.14 ERA in 14.0 innings... The Canadians are 17-23 on the season and are third place in the west division.


Trevor Hurley: Trevor Hurley threw in two games last week, both coming against Salem-Keizer... A 26th-round pick by the Texas Rangers, Hurley allowed two runs on one hit and two walks in 2.0 innings on Monday, but bounced back to pitch 2.0 scoreless innings and held the Volcanoes hitless on Thursday... On the season, Hurley is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 19.2 innings... Spokane, in the east division of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, continues to lead the division with a 30-10 record, five games ahead of second-place Boise.


Nate Tenbrink: A seventh round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, Nate Tenbrink was 4-for-20 with one double, one home run, three RBI and four stolen bases last week... The third baseman was 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Tuesday against Boise... He also recorded a pair of steals against Spokane on Friday... In 38 games for the Everett Aqua Sox in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, Tenbrink is hitting .226 with five doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and is 19-for-22 on stolen base attempts... He is currently tied for third in the league with five homers and is first in the league in stolen bases... Everett is in fourth place in the west division with a 16-24 record, but is just four games behind first-place Salem-Keizer.


Byron Wiley: Byron Wiley, a 22nd-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds, recorded another productive week for the Billings Mustangs, despite playing in just three games... Wiley went 5-for-14 with two doubles, one triple and four RBI... At Helena on Thursday, Wiley was 3-for-6 with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and also scored two runs... Wiley’s season average has ascended to .276 with seven doubles, four triples and 14 RBI... Billings won the first half of the Pioneer Rookie League North Division with a 23-15 record.


Daniel Edwards (25th round, Philadelphia Phillies) and Justin Murray (29th round, Oakland Athletics) have not signed.


Other K-State Pros

Adam Cowart: Adam Cowart, a 2006 draft pick by San Francisco, saw action in just one game last week, a relief appearance on Tuesday against Portland... Cowart threw 3.0 scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out two batters en route to his first hold of the season... Cowart has an 8-6 record with a 3.82 ERA, while recording 54 strikeouts and issuing 21 walks... He is tied for 10th in the Eastern League in wins and 16th in ERA... The Defenders are in fourth place in the northern division at 53-51.


Eric Eymann: A 2005 draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds, Eric Eymann went 6-for-21 last week with one double and two RBI... The shortstop for Double A Chattanooga, Eymann’s best game was against West Tennessee on Thursday as he went 3-for-3 with a RBI... Eymann, a starter in the 2008 Southern League All-Star Game, is batting .297 on the season with 24 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 54 RBI... He is 16th in the Southern League in average, tied for 12th in hits (102), tied for 10th in doubles, and tied for 12th in RBI... The Lookouts are in fourth place in the north division at 15-21 during the second half of the season.


Jared Goedert: Playing for the Kinston Indians in the Class A Advanced Carolina League, Jared Goedert was 4-for-19 last week with one double, three RBI and three runs scored... On Wednesday against Potomac, the third baseman went 3-for-4 with one double, two RBI and two runs scored to lead Kinston to a 6-4 win... On the season, Goedert holds a .264 average with 18 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 54 RBI and 55 runs scored... Goedert is currently tied for 14th in runs, 12th in hits, and 13th in RBI... Kinston is in second place in the southern division during the second half with a 20-15 record, 1.5 games back of Myrtle Beach.


Steve Murphy: Playing for Double A Frisco in the Texas League, Steve Murphy went 7-for-25 last week with two doubles, one triple, one home run and four RBI... A 2005 draft pick by the Texas Rangers, Murphy’s best game of the week was on Friday against San Antonio as he went 2-for-4 with one double and a grand slam to lead the RoughRiders to a 6-3 victory... A starter for the south division in the Texas League All-Star Game, Murphy holds a .274 average with 29 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs and 69 RBI... The outfielder is tied for 14th in the league in hits, tied for first in doubles, tied for second in triples, tied for ninth in home runs and tied for seventh in RBI... The RoughRiders lead the south division during the second half with a 22-14 record after winning the first half of the season.


Eli Rumler: A 2007 draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Eli Rumler recorded a 5-for-24 week with one RBI... Playing for Class A South Bend in the Midwest League, Rumler went 2-for-5 against Beloit on Thursday and also went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored against the Snappers on Friday... Rumler’s average now sits at .226 with 15 doubles, one home run and 23 RBI... South Bend took the eastern division lead with a 24-12 second-half record, three games ahead of Dayton.


Carlos Torres: Carlos Torres, a 2004 draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, made his way back to Triple A Charlotte after being called back up on Monday... Torres, who started the season at Double A Birmingham, was called up to Triple A on July 10, but was sent back to Birmingham on July 17... Torres made his first career Triple A start on Monday at Indianapolis, but took a no decision after allowing three runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings... The righty also threw 1.2 innings of relief on Saturday against Buffalo, allowing one run on two hits striking out two... Torres has been outstanding at Double A this season, as he held a 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA before being called up... He also struck out 92 while walking just 29 before his promotion... Despite spending two weeks this season in Triple A, Torres is tied for second in the Southern League (Double A) in wins, sixth in ERA and tied for sixth in strikeouts... A 2008 Southern League All-Star, Torres also stands second in the league in WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) at 1.13.