Kansas State Summer Baseball Update: August 22

Jared Goedert

Aug. 22, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – While current Kansas State baseball players finished their summer seasons last week and return to campus, k-statesports.com takes one final look of former player playing in the minor leagues.

James Allen (Rookie: Billings/Cincinnati): Allen, a seventh-round pick by Cincinnati in June, is a member of the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League but has not pitched since August 12… The right-hander 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 second in the Pioneer League, while his 31 strikeouts are fifth among closers with two or more saves… The Mustangs, who were second in the north division during the first half, are in a three-way tie for first place during the second half with a 12-9 record.

Drew Biery (Double A: Richmond/San Francisco): Due to injury, Biery, a 2009 draft pick of San Francisco, has decided to retire… The final stop of his professional career was Double A Richmond of the Eastern League… In his three-year career, Biery hit .273 (201-for-736) with 33 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs and 131 RBI playing for Salem-Keizer of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, Augusta of the Low A South Atlantic League and San Jose of the High A California League before his time in Richmond… He was named the 2009 Topps Northwest League Player of the Year and the Northwest League Most Valuable Player.

Justin Bloxom (High A: Potomac/Washington): A 2009 draft pick by Washington, Bloxom was placed on the disabled list on August 10 by the Potomac Nationals of the High A Carolina League, and he remains of the DL… In 78 games, the third baseman is hitting .266 (76-for-286) with 19 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 42 RBI… The Nationals are in second place in the northern division during the second half with a 30-26 record, four games behind Frederick for the division lead.

Jared Goedert (Triple A: Columbus/Cleveland): In seven games last week for Triple A Columbus of the International League, Goedert went 6-for-24 with three extra-base hits and three RBI… A 2006 draft pick by Cleveland, Goedert went 1-for-3 on both Tuesday and Thursday against Pawtucket, including a two-run homer on Thursday… He then went 2-for-4 on Friday before going 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday… Goedert is hitting .258 (59-for-229) with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 65 games for the Clippers… 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… The Clippers continue to lead the International League West Division with an 80-50 record, 13.0 games ahead of a second place tie between Indianapolis and Louisville.

Ben Hornbeck (Double A: Midland/Oakland): Hornbeck, a 2008 draft pick by Oakland, was placed on the disabled list on June 30 by Double A Midland and 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): Hunter, a 31st-round draft pick this year by Seattle, pitched three times in relief for the Everett Aqua Sox of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… The left-hander, who was promoted earlier this month, tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts on Monday at Eugene before allowing one run on three hits in 2.1 innings on Thursday at Vancouver… He ended his week on Sunday by throwing three scoreless innings with one hit and four strikeouts to earn his first career save… Hunter is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA and one save in six outings with Everett… He has allowed one run on 12 hits with three walks and 19 strikeouts in 15.1 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… Everett leads the west division during the second half with a 17-9 record, three games ahead of Eugene.

Trevor Hurley (High A: Myrtle Beach/Texas): Hurley, a relief pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the High A Carolina League, pitched three times last week… A 2008 draft pick by Texas, the right-hander tossed a scoreless innings on Monday at Salem before allowing an unearned run with two strikeouts on Thursday against Kinston… He also surrendered a run to the Indians with another two strikeouts on Saturday… Hurley is 1-4 with a 2.85 ERA and four saves in 34 appearances… He has allowed 26 walks and struck out 58 batters in 47.1 innings… Myrtle Beach, which won the first-half southern division title, is 27-29 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 rejoined the club on Sunday when he went 1-for-4 against High Desert… He spent over two weeks on a rehab assignment with the AZL Giants where he hit .224 (11-for-49) with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI… In 46 games with San Jose, the shortstop is hitting .239 (38-for-159) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI… San Jose, which won the north division during the first half, is currently in second place during the second half with a 31-24 record, 2.5 games behind first-place Modesto.

Jason King (Class A Short-Season: Connecticut/Detroit): A fourth-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers this season, King was placed on the disabled list on Monday by the Connecticut Tigers of the Class A New York-Penn League… King is hitting .251 (49-for-195) with six doubles, four triples, six home runs and 31 RBI in 53 games for Connecticut… The Tigers are second place in the Stedler Division with a 30-29 record, 1.5 games behind Vermont for first place.

Evan Marshall (High A Visalia/Arizona): Marshall, a fourth-round selection by Arizona in this year’s draft, pitched in back-to-back games during the week for High A Visalia of the California League… The right-hander, who was promoted from Class A Short-Season Yakima last month, tossed a pair of scoreless innings on Wednesday and Thursday at Bakersfield and Modesto, respectively, while he recorded a save by striking out the side on Thursday… Marshall holds a 1.35 ERA with three saves in 11 appearances for Visalia, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings… He ended his time in Yakima with a 0.75 ERA and two saves in 11 appearances… Visalia holds a 27-29 record during the second half.

Nick Martini (Class A Short-Season Batavia/St. Louis): A seventh-round selection by St. Louis this year, Martini played in four games last week for the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League… The outfielder recorded a double in three-straight games – Wednesday through Friday – with two RBI on both Wednesday and Friday… Martini raised his batting average to .170 (25-for-147) with five doubles, two triples and 18 RBI in 45 games… Batavia is 28-31 this season.

A.J. Morris (AZL Cubs/Chicago NL): Morris, a fourth-round draft choice of Washington in 2009, 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): A 2010 draft selection by Cincinnati, Muenster decided to retire after playing in 16 games for the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League this summer… The second baseman held a career batting average of .209 (33-for-158) with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 18 RBI in 47 games between the AZL Reds and Billings over the past two seasons.

Nate Tenbrink (Double A Jackson/Seattle): Tenbrink, a seventh-round draft pick by Seattle in 2008, 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): A former starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Torres 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… Torres has also spent time with the Giants’ Farm Team, going 7-2 with a 1.75 ERA.

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