Blake Brown is off to a great start in the California Collegiate League
June 20, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - With summer baseball kicking into high gear, plenty of current Mizzou baseball players are playing with summer league teams throughout the country. MUTigers.com will take a weekly look at how each of the Tiger players are doing so far. In all, there are 15 Tigers playing in summer leagues throughout the country. Below is a look at how those players have fared so far this summer.
Eric Anderson - Falmouth, Cape Cod League
Anderson, who was just selected as an alternate to the USA Baseball collegiate national team, has put together a great start as a member of the Falmouth Commodores. In fact, he has started two games and owns an ERA of 1.50 in 12.0 innings pitched against some of the best competition in the nation. He has struck out five batters and shown great command, walking just one batter. He has yet to give up an extra-base hit in Cape Cod League play.
Eric Garcia - Falmouth, Cape Cod League
Garcia, who was the Tigers' top hitter (.328) over the final 18 games of the 2011 season, has gotten off to a slow start in the Cape Cod League, hitting just .129 in 31 at-bats. However, the Tiger infielder has five runs scored, four walks and has batted in a pair of runs while seeing action in 10 games so far this summer.
Brannon Champagne - San Luis Obispo
Champagne, the Tigers' starting center fielder last season, has started all 11 games for the SLO Blues this summer and is hitting .209 with eight runs scored. He has also tallied three RBI so far this season and has stolen five bases. He also boasts a perfect fielding percentage and is the only player on the team to start at least 11 games.
Sal Belfonte - San Luis Obispo
Belfonte is playing on the same team as Champagne this summer and has put together a great first 10 games with the team. He has started nine of 10 games played and leads the team in on-base percentage (.447) and stolen bases (six) while hitting .250 with a team-high 10 runs scored. He has drawn eight walks and been hit by two pitches to go along with his seven hits. He also owns a pair of doubles on the season.
Blake Brown - Santa Barbra Foresters, California Collegiate League
Brown, who developed into one of the Tigers' top power hitters last season, is off to a great start in the California Collegiate League, hitting .313 while slugging .438 with four doubles and seven RBI. He also owns an OBP of .405 and is 2-2 in the stolen base department. He has 10 hits in 32 at-bats to go along with five walks, which is one off of the team-lead. He has started nine games for the team, leading the Foresters to an 11-2 record so far this summer.
Jeff Emens - Sedalia Bombers, MINK League
Emens stayed close to Columbia this summer, playing with the Sedalia Bombers. He has arguably been the team's top pitcher this season, boasting an ERA of 1.88 with a perfect 2-0 record. He gave up five earned runs in his first two appearances, but has given up no earned runs in his last three outings, spanning 11.2 innings. He has allowed just five hits in that span as well while striking out nine. His WHIP is an outstanding 0.960 as well and he owns a 14/4 K/BB ratio this summer.
Kenny Burton - Sedalia Bombers, MINK League
Burton is teammates with Emens in Sedalia and has had a nice season so far. He took the loss in a tough outing on June 13th which has inflated his ERA, but he has had three solid outings aside from that performance. On June 3, he pitched 3.0 innings while allowing no earned runs and just one hit while striking out four. He followed that performance with 4.0 scoreless innings on June 6, allowing just two hits.
Drew Carlile - Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, Western Major Baseball League
Carlile, a backup catcher for the Tigers last season, is off to a fast start with Saskatoon this summer. In fact, through 13 games, he is hitting .400 with seven runs scored and seven RBI. He has also walked six times and owns an OBP of .464. He drove in four runs on June 7 and has multiple hits in seven of 13 games this season. He has also reached base safely in 11 of 13 games this season.
Dane Opel - Danbury Westerners, New England League
Opel, who was a staple for the Tigers in the outfield last season, has not yet seen time on the field with the Danbury Westerners but should see plenty of action throughout the summer.
Dillon Everett - Danbury Westerners, New England League
Everett, like Opel, is also playing with the Danbury Westerners in the New England League but has yet to see action in a game. One of the top Tiger bats off the bench last season, Everett should figure to see plenty of action as the summer progresses.
James Hudelson - East Texas Pump Jacks
Hudelson, a reliever for the Tigers in 2011, has assumed the same role with the Pump Jacks this summer. He is 2-1 in seven appearances this summer and owns an ERA of 4.73 with 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. He earned wins in each of his first two outings of the season as well. His best outing came on June 11 as he threw 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball while allowing no runs.
CJ Jarvis - East Texas Pump Jacks
Jarvis, who was one of the Tigers' key infielders during the second half of the season, is off to a great start with the Pump Jacks. He has played in six games and is hitting .313 with four runs scored and an RBI. He also owns a double on the season and a pair of multi-hit games, going 2-3 with two runs scored on June 10 and going 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI on June 12.
Dusty Ross - Klamath Falls Gems
One of the Tigers' top relievers last season, Ross has appeared in four games for the Gems this summer and has been pretty consistent. He threw two scoreless innings in his first two appearances against Corvallis on June 7 and 8, allowing just one hit in those 2.0 innings of work. He has given up just three earned runs all season while striking out five and walking just one.
Scott Sommerfeld - Mankato MoonDogs, Northwoods League
Sommerfeld, who was the Tigers' starting first baseman for the majority of the season in 2011, is having a good summer so far with Mankato. He is hitting .233 in 16 games and has 12 RBI and a home run. He has 14 hits in 60 at bats and has struck out just twice as he continues to put the ball in play. He had four RBI in a 9-3 win over St. Cloud on June 5 and drove in three more runs with a home run on June 3 against Rochester.
Ryan Yuengel - Cowlitz Black Bears, West Coast League
A righty for the Tigers, Yuengel has been sharp out of the bullpen for the Black Bears this summer. He has allowed an earned run in just two of his five appearances and owns an ERA of 4.50 in 10.0 innings pitched. He picked up his first win of the summer on June 17 against Kelowna, throwing 2.2 innings while allowing just two hits. In fact, his last two outings have been outstanding, allowing no earned runs over 5.2 innings while striking out four and walking just one. He has given up just three hits in that span.
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