Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: August 15

Carter Jurica

Aug. 15, 2011

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.

National Baseball Congress World Series
Seven Wildcats played in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, which was held July 30-August 13, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan.

Liberal Bee Jays: Sophomores for the 2012 season – Ross Kivett, Mitch Meyer and Jared Moore – played for the Liberal Bee Jays in the NBC World Series… The Bee Jays defeated Clarinda, 2-1, last Monday, but they were eliminated by Nevada on Wednesday… Kivett went 0-for-3 against Clarinda and did not play against Nevada… In two games during the event, Kivett was 1-for-5 with two RBI… Meyer was a defensive replacement against Clarinda and did not play against Nevada, as he was 0-for-1 in two games… Moore allowed an earned run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts on Wednesday against Nevada… The left-hander threw in two games, allowing two earned runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Topeka Golden Giants: Shane Conlon, Blair DeBord, Gerardo Esquivel and Johnny Fasola – four more sophomores for the upcoming season – were eliminated from the world series on Tuesday by Haysville… Conlon started against the Heat and lasted 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts… At the plate, Conlon was 6-for-15 with five RBI in the tournament… DeBord went 0-for-3 against the Heat, and he finished the event 5-for-13 with one double, one triple and one RBI… Fasola pitched in two games, going 1-0 and throwing 4.2 scoreless innings with three walks and six strikeouts… Esquivel made one start, surrendering two unearned runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Jason King and the Falmouth Commodores advanced to the championship series of the Cape Cod League after sweeping a best-of-three semifinal matchup against Wareham, but they were swept in the championship series by Harwich… King went 1-for-4 in both games against the Gatemen, including a RBI on Wednesday, and he was 0-for-4 in both games against the Mariners… In 42 games this summer – including the playoffs – King hit .191 (25-for-131) with five doubles, one home run and 13 RBI.

Texas Collegiate League
A junior for the 2012 campaign, Ryan Moore played this summer for the East Texas Pump Jacks, who lost in the semifinals of the Texas Collegiate League playoffs… Moore finished the season on fire, going 8-for-16 with a double and one RBI over six games last week… He finished the season with a .308 average (20-for-65) with one double, two RBI and 13 stolen bases in 30 games.

West Coast League
Jake Doller and Matt Giller finished their seasons playing for the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League last week… Doller took the loss on Wednesday when he allowed two unearned runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings against Corvallis… He finished the season with a 1-2 record and a 4.74 ERA as he allowed 10 earned runs on 20 hits with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in 19.0 innings… Giller played in 12 games this summer, hitting .122 (5-for-41) with two RBI.

Note: For final summaries of other current Wildcats’ summers, click here.

K-State Pros
James Allen (Rookie: Billings/Cincinnati): A seventh-round pick by Cincinnati this season, Allen pushed his scoreless streak to three outings after two perfect appearances last week for the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League… The right-hander earned the save on Monday at Helena when he tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout… He then threw 0.2 innings on Friday against Great Falls, striking out both batters he faced… Allen holds a 2-0 record with a 1.52 ERA and seven saves in 17 outings… He has allowed four earned runs on 19 hits with four walks and 31 strikeouts… His seven saves are tied for first in the Pioneer League, while his 31 strikeouts are second among closers with two or more saves… Billings, which finished second in the north division during the first half, is in a three-way tie for first place during the second half with an 8-6 mark.

Drew Biery (Double A: Richmond/San Francisco): A 2009 draft pick of San Francisco, Biery has been on the disabled list for the Double A Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League since June 11… The third baseman was 7-for-32 (.219) with a double and four RBI in 10 games in Double A before going on the DL… Prior to his time in Double A, Biery played in 19 games for Low A Augusta of the South Atlantic League, hitting .280 with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI.

Justin Bloxom (High A: Potomac/Washington): Bloxom, a 2009 draft pick by Washington, played in just one game last week for the Potomac Nationals of the High A Carolina League, going 0-for-4 on Monday against Salem… Bloxom is hitting .266 (76-for-286) with 19 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 42 RBI in 78 games… He is 10th in the league in batting average, while he is seventh in slugging percentage (.448) and eighth in OPS (.780)… Potomac is in second in the northern division during the second half with a 26-23 record, four games behind Frederick for the division lead.

Jared Goedert (Triple A: Columbus/Cleveland): A 2006 draft pick by Cleveland, Goedert had a great week for Triple A Columbus of the International League, going 10-for-22 with four doubles, a home run and three RBI… He was 3-for-4 with two doubles on Tuesday at Louisville and hit a solo home run on Thursday against Indianapolis… He ended his week on a high note on Saturday at Rochester, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI… In 57 games this season for the Clippers, Goedert is hitting .252 (51-for-202) with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI… After recovering from an injury in spring training, Goedert played in eight games for Double A Akron of the Eastern League, hitting .276 (8-for-29) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI… Columbus continues to lead the International League West Division with a 77-45 record, 12.5 games ahead of second-place Indianapolis.

Ben Hornbeck (Double A: Midland/Oakland): A 2008 draft pick by Oakland, Hornbeck was placed on the disabled list on June 30 by Double A Midland and he remains on the DL… The left-hander has seen time at three different levels this year, pitching for both High A Stockton and Triple A Sacramento before joining the RockHounds… He holds a combined 1-0 record and a 3.22 ERA with seven walks and 30 strikeouts this season at all three levels.

Kyle Hunter (Class A Short-Season: Everett/Seattle): After being promoted to the Everett Aqua Sox of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, Hunter pitched in relief in one game last week and earned the win… On Thursday against Tri-City, the 2011 draft pick by Seattle tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts… In three outings for Everett, Hunter is 2-0 and has not allowed an earned run on six hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in 8.0 innings… The left-hander ended his time at Pulaski of the Rookie Appalachian League with a 1-2 record and a 1.61 ERA in 10 appearances… The Aqua Sox are tied with Salem-Keizer for the Northwest League West Division second-half lead with a 12-7 record.

Trevor Hurley (High A: Myrtle Beach/Texas): A relief pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the High A Carolina League, Hurley recorded a scoreless outing last week… A 2008 draft pick by Texas, the right-hander did not allow a hit in 2.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout on Thursday at Potomac… In 31 appearances, Hurley is 1-4 with a 2.91 ERA and four saves… He has allowed 22 walks and struck out 54 batters in 43.1 innings… The Pelicans, who won the first-half southern division title, is 24-25 during the second half.

Carter Jurica (High A: San Jose/San Francisco): After being placed on the disabled list by High A San Jose of the California League on June 12, Jurica continued his rehab assignment with the AZL Giants last week… A third-round draft pick by San Francisco last year, Jurica went 5-for-24 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI in five games last week… His homer came against the AZL Royals on Tuesday, while he was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI against the AZL Rangers on Friday… Through 11 games in Arizona, Jurica is hitting .263 (10-for-38) with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI… He was hitting .239 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI for San Jose before going to the DL.

Jason King (Class A Short-Season: Connecticut/Detroit): In six games last week for the Connecticut Tigers of the Class A Short-Season New York-Pen League, King tallied seven hits and five RBI… A fourth-round selection by Detroit in 2011, King went 2-for-4 on Monday against Lowell and had another two-hit game, including a triple, on Saturday at State College… In 53 games, King is hitting .251 (49-for-195) with six doubles, four triples, six home runs and 31 RBI… The third baseman is tied for sixth in the league in home runs, tied for seventh in triples and tied for eighth in games played… Connecticut has moved into second in the Stedler Division with a 25-28 record, two games behind first-place Vermont.

Evan Marshall (High A Visalia/Arizona): A fourth-round selection by Arizona in this year’s draft, Marshall pitched three times last week for High A Visalia of the California League… The right-hander, who was promoted from Class A Short-Season Yakima last month, earned a pair of saves on Monday against Lancaster and on Saturday against Inland Empire, tossing one inning with one strikeout in each appearance… He also tossed a scoreless inning on Thursday against Inland Empire… In nine games for the Rawhide, Marshall holds a 1.59 ERA with two saves, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 11.1 innings… He ended his time in Yakima with a 0.75 ERA and two saves in 11 appearances… The Rawhide is in fourth place in the northern division during the second half with a 24-25 record.

Nick Martini (Class A Short-Season Batavia/St. Louis): Martini, a seventh-round selection by St. Louis this season, played in just two games last week for the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… The outfielder went was 0-for-4 on Wednesday against Brooklyn before a 1-for-3 outing on Friday against Vermont… In 41 games this season, Martini is hitting .162 (22-for-136) with two doubles, two triples and 14 RBI… The Muckdogs are in fifth place in the Pinckney Division at 25-30.

A.J. Morris (AZL Cubs/Chicago NL): A fourth-round draft choice of Washington in 2009, Morris was traded to the Chicago Cubs during the offseason and has not pitched this year as he is rehabbing from offseason surgery.

Adam Muenster (Rookie Billings/Cincinnati): Muenster, a 2010 draft selection by Cincinnati, is a member of the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League but has not played since July 27… In 16 games, the second baseman is hitting .200 (12-for-60) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI in 16 games… Billings, which finished second in the north division during the first half, is in a three-way tie for first place during the second half with an 8-6 mark.

Nate Tenbrink (Double A Jackson/Seattle): A seventh-round draft pick by Seattle in 2008, Tenbrink has been on the disabled list for Double A Jackson since June 30… The third baseman was hitting .218 (46-for-211) with nine doubles, six triples, six home runs and 25 RBI in 64 games for Jackson before going on the DL.

Carlos Torres (Nippon Japanese League/Yomiuri Giants): Torres, a former starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, is playing for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Japanese League after signing with the Giants during the offseason… The right-hander has seen time in six games for Yomiuri, holding a 1-2 record and a 6.26 ERA… He has allowed 19 earned runs on 31 hits with 11 walks and 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched… Yomiuri is in third place in the Central League with a 43-43-6 record, 4.5 games behind Yakult for first place.