Aug. 16, 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.
National Baseball Congress World Series
Four Wildcats – Nick Cocking, Jake Doller, Brandon Faulkner and Tyler Sturges – helped the Liberal Bee Jays win the 76th Annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, held July 30-August 13 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan… It was the second-straight season K-State had players win the NBC World Series after Matt Giller and Justin Lindsey helped the El Dorado Broncos win the event in 2009.
The Bee Jays ran through the tournament with a 7-1 record and avenged an earlier loss to the Seattle Studs with a 9-6 victory in the championship game on Friday… They began the week on Tuesday with an 11-10 win over Haysville, which saw Faulkner earn the save after throwing 2.1 no-hit innings with a pair of strikeouts… On Wednesday, Liberal dropped a 5-0 decision to the Studs in which Cocking went 1-for-4 and Doller tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit… Thanks to a RBI hit by Cocking on Thursday, the Bee Jays topped Denver to advance to the championship game… Faulkner started the game, allowing five runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts, but Sturges came in to throw two solid innings, allowing a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout to earn the win.
Texas Collegiate League
Sophomore-to-be Chase Graskewicz helped the East Texas PumpJacks earn a berth in the Texas Collegiate League championship series, but they eventually lost to the Victoria Generals in a best-of-three series… In nine games after joining the PumpJacks from the Junction City Generals, the Graskewicz went 5-for-20 (.250) with six RBI.
Drew Biery: Biery, a 2009 draft choice by San Francisco, went 4-for-23 with a pair of doubles in six games last week for the High A San Jose Giants… His best game of the week came on Wednesday at Lancaster when he was 2-for-5 with two doubles… In 98 games this season, Biery is hitting .254 with 11 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 57 RBI… San Jose punched its ticket for the playoffs by winning the California League North Division first half championship, but the Giants are just 20-29 in the second half.
Justin Bloxom: One of the top hitters in the South Atlantic League, Bloxom has not played since August 7… In 104 games this season, the 11th-round draft pick in 2009 is hitting .309 with 29 doubles, four triples, 11 homers and 70 RBI to go along with 10 stolen bases… Despite not playing for eight days, he still ranks fourth in the league in average and hits (129), is fifth in total bases (199), seventh in slugging percentage (.476), ninth in RBI and OPS (.831) and 10th in doubles… The Suns, who are 55-64 overall this season, are 19-30 in the second half to sit seventh in the northern division.
Adam Cowart: Cowart, a second-year pitcher for the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, did not pitch last week after winning consecutive starts for the first time since May 29 and June 5 the previous week… In 16 starts for Wichita, Cowart is 5-6 with a 4.09 ERA and has allowed just 26 walks in 92.1 innings (2.53 walks-per-nine innings)… Wichita is 28-29 this season and 18-11 in the second-half, just 2.5 games out of first place.
Eric Eymann: Eymann, who was called up to Triple A Louisville on August 9, saw action in five games for the Bats last week… A 2005 selection by the Cincinnati Reds, the first baseman was 1-for-4 in each of his first three games, logging one RBI on Tuesday against Toledo… He came back with four RBI against the Mud Hens on Thursday on a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly… In five games with the Bats, Eymann is 3-for-19… Before being promoted from Double A Carolina, Eymann was hitting .259 with 18 doubles, two triples, five homers and 38 RBI in 90 games… The Bats are second in the International League West Division with a 68-54 record, 2.5 games back of Columbus.
Jared Goedert: Goedert, a 2006 draft pick by Cleveland, was 7-for-26 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI in seven games last week for Triple A Columbus… Goedert began the week on Tuesday by going 2-for-3 in both games of a doubleheader, recording a triple in the first game followed by a double and a solo home run in the second… He also had a two-hit game against Louisville on Friday, logging two doubles and two RBI… The third baseman, who was promoted from Double A in early June, is hitting .279 with 21 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 44 RBI in 62 games for the Clippers… His slugging percentage (.591) and OPS (.951) would both rank second in the International League if he met the required minimum of at-bats… Goedert does rank seventh in the league home runs despite playing just half the season in Triple A… Columbus sits atop the west division at 71-52, 2.5 games ahead of Louisville.
Ben Hornbeck: A 2008 draft selection by Oakland, Hornbeck won his only start of the week on Thursday at Inland Empire… The left-hander allowed one run on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings for his fifth High A victory of the season… Hornbeck, who began the season at Double A Midland, is 5-3 with a 5.03 ERA in High A… In 82.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 37 walks as opposed to 100 strikeouts, including 54 in his last eight starts (6.75 per game)… He ranks eighth in the league in strikeouts, but tops among pitchers with 16 or less starts… Stockton is 60-59 overall but 29-20 in the second half to sit second in the California League North Division standings… They are one game back in both the division standings and the wild card.
Trevor Hurley: A 2010 South Atlantic League All-Star, Hurley made three appearances last week for High A Bakersfield of the California League… A 2008 draft pick by Texas that was promoted in early July, combined to throw six scoreless innings… He began the week by allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout in one inning Tuesday at High Desert… Against the Mavericks two days later, the right-hander picked up his first High A win by tossing two scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts… He also earned a win against Visalia on Saturday when he threw three no-hit innings with two walks and five punch outs… In 11 games for the Blaze, Hurley is 2-1 and a save with a 1.77 ERA, while walking 13 and striking out 22… The right-hander was 0-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 11 saves in 26 appearances at Class A Hickory before being promoted… Bakersfield, which finished fifth in the north division standings in the first half, leads the division during the second half with a 30-19 record, one game ahead of Stockton.
Carter Jurica: In the midst of a nine-game hitting streak, Jurica, a third-round selection this year by San Francisco, was 5-for-16 with two doubles and five RBI in four games last week for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A Short Season Northwest League… The shortstop tallied a 2-for-4 evening with a double and three RBI on Tuesday against Eugene before hitting a two-run double against Spokane on Saturday… In 46 games this season, Jurica is hitting .208 (36-for-173) with five doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 RBI and 18 runs scored… The Volcanoes are 23-33 overall and 6-12 in the second half to sit fourth in the west division.
A.J. Morris: Morris, a fourth-round draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2009, came off the 7-Day Disabled List last week to throw two games in relief for the High A Potomac Nationals… The right-hander tossed 1.2 no-hit innings on Tuesday to earn the win against Lynchburg before allowing a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts on Friday against Myrtle Beach… In 15 games, including 12 starts, for Potomac, Morris is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA… He has allowed 23 walks and struck out 55 in 63.1 innings… The P-Nats hold a 59-58 overall record, while they lead the northern division during the second half with a 28-19 mark.
Adam Muenster: A 29th-round draft choice by Cincinnati, Muenster saw action in two games last week for the Arizona League (AZL) Reds… On Wednesday at the AZL Mariners, the second baseman was 3-for-5 with two RBI before going 0-for-1 on Friday at the AZL Royals… In 29 games this season, Muenster is 21-for-89 (.236) with two doubles, 10 RBI and 14 walks… The AZL Reds are third in the central division at 19-26.
Justin Murray: Murray, a 2008 draft selection by Oakland, earned the win in both of his relief appearances last week for the High A Stockton Ports of the California League… On Wednesday at Inland Empire, Murray allowed an unearned run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings… He also allowed an unearned run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 4.0 innings at Rancho Cucamonga… Murray, who has spent time in both High A and Double A this season, is 9-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 26 games between the two levels… He has worked 113.1 innings this season, while walking 59 and striking out 81… Stockton is 60-59 overall but 29-20 in the second half to sit second in the California League North Division standings… They are one game back in both the division standings and the wild card.
Nate Tenbrink: In six games last week for Double A West Tenn of the Southern League, Tenbrink went 6-for-19 with a double… A 2008 selection by Seattle, the infielder/outfielder recorded back-to-back two-hit games in a doubleheader on Saturday Huntsville, including a double in the first game… In 52 games in Double A, Tenbrink is hitting .279 (48-for-172) with nine doubles, two triples, four homers and 22 RBI since being promoted to the club from High A High Desert on May 26… West Tenn is 63-56 overall and 24-26 in the second half to sit third in the north division standings.
Carlos Torres: Torres, a 2004 selection by the Chicago White Sox and the latest former Wildcat in the MLB, earned his second-straight win for Triple A Charlotte on Friday night… The right-hander, who was called up and started for the White Sox on August 3, surrendered three runs to Norfolk on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in five innings… Torres, a 2010 Triple A All-Star, is 9-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 141.1 innings pitched with 63 walks and 129 strikeouts in Triple A this season… The right-hander is second in the International League in strikeouts, third in innings pitched and sixth in ERA… Charlotte sits second in the south division at 60-62 and is eight games back in the Wild Card race.
Rob Vaughn: In his only game last week for the Great Falls Voyagers of the Rookie Pioneer League, Vaughn went 2-for-4 on Thursday against Billings… A 30th-round pick in the 2009 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Vaughn is 13-for-47 (.277) with five RBI in 19 games this season… Great Falls won the north division during the first half with a 23-15 record and leads the division during the second half at 8-6.
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 remains on the 7-Day Disabled List… In nine games this season for Visalia, Wiley is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with a homer and seven RBI… The Rawhide are 54-53 overall and 24-13 in the second half to sit fourth in the north division.