Sal Belfonte leads his team in steals, OBP, walks and runs
June 27, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson is busy coaching the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, plenty of Tigers are busy playing baseball in collegiate summer leagues around the country. Below is the second weekly update of the Tigers that are playing around the nation.
Eric Anderson - Falmouth, Cape Cod League/USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
Anderson, who is an alternate for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, had a great performance on Sunday, stating his case that he is primed to stay with the team for the rest of the summer. He fired 5.0 shutout innings and allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out two on 61 pitches, earning the win. He helped guide Team USA to a 4-1 win in the game. Combine that game with the two starts that Anderson has had in the Cape Cod League this summer, the Tiger righty has put together a great summer so far. He has thrown 17.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs, good for an ERA 1.05 in three starts this summer.
Eric Garcia - Falmouth, Cape Cod League
Garcia was one of the Falmouth Commodores' top hitters last week, tallying hits in three straight games. He raised his average from .129 to .195 last week and scored a pair of runs and drove in another. He went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI on June 24 against the Kettleers, helping Falmouth to a 5-2 win. He is hitting .195 this season in 42 at-bats and has played in 14 games this summer.
Brannon Champagne - San Luis Obispo
Champagne continues to start for the SLO Blues this summer, playing starting in 17 of 18 games. He is hitting .233 in 60 at-bats and has 11 runs and four RBI. He also leads the team in stolen bases with seven in nine attempts this summer and he ranks second on the team in walks with nine and has been hit by five pitches. Despite hitting .233, he owns an OBP of .378 this summer as well.
Sal Belfonte - San Luis Obispo
Belfonte is playing on the same team as Champagne this summer and is putting together one of the best summers among any player on the team. He is hitting .275 and leads the team in steals (seven), OBP (.439), walks (13) and runs scored (13). He has also driven in a pair of runs and has three doubles on the season.
Blake Brown - Santa Barbra Foresters, California Collegiate League
Brown continues to swing a hot bat for the Foresters this summer as he is hitting .311 through 14 games this summer. He also ranks second on the team with 11 RBI and has scored 11 runs. He is tied for the team lead with a pair of home runs and is slugging .578 this summer. He has also walked seven times, giving him an OBP of .396 and has stolen four bases while boasting a perfect fielding percentage. Brown has 14 hits this summer and half of those have gone for extra bases with four doubles, a triple and two home runs. He is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position this summer.
Jeff Emens - Sedalia Bombers, MINK League
Emens continues to shine as a member of the Sedalia Bombers in the MINK League. He had one start last weekend and fired 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, striking out eight and walking just one. He earned the win in the contest, good for his third straight. He lowered his ERA to 1.64 and he owns an eye-popping 22-5 strikeout-walk ratio this summer. He has given up just 21 hits in 25.2 innings this summer and walked just five, giving him a WHIP of 1.03.
Kenny Burton - Sedalia Bombers, MINK League
Playing on the same team with Emens, Burton has a solid week, appearing in one game. He started the June 23rd contest against the Outlaws and threw 2.0 scoreless innings before being relieved by Emens in the 12-1 win. Burton had one bad outing on June 13, allowing eight earned runs in just 0.1 innings, but in his other appearances, he has given up just two earned runs over 11.1 innings, good for an ERA of 1.62.
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 18 games he is hitting .349 with nine RBI and 11 runs scored. He has 22 in 63 at bats and has played in 18 games. Last week, Carlile went 2-10 with three runs scored, two RBI and three walks. He owns and OBP of .453 this summer as well.
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 earned his third win of the summer last week after throwing 4.2 shutout innings against the Generals on June 21. He then came back on June 25 and fired 3.0 shutout innings, helping the Pump Jacks to a 9-1 win. He lowered his ERA from 4.73 to 2.66 last week. He has given up just 17 hits in 23.2 innings pitched this season and owns a 15-8 strikeout-walk ratio. In all, Hudelson threw 10.1 scoreless innings last week. His 2.66 ERA is fourth on the team.
CJ Jarvis - East Texas Pump Jacks
Jarvis started the season hot, hitting .308 through his first six games, but he struggled last week, tallying just one hit in nine at-bats. He is hitting .190 on the season with six runs scored and three RBI while playing in nine games for the Pump Jacks.
Dusty Ross - Klamath Falls Gems
Ross appeared once last week and earned a win over Kitsap, good for his first of the season. He threw 1.1 innings in the win and struck out three of six batters. He owns a 4.50 ERA this summer and owns and 8-2 strikeout-walk ratio. He has thrown three scoreless outings this summer as well.
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. He did not play last week.
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 threw a pair of scoreless outings last week, firing an inning in each game. He earned a save on June 24 against Kelowna, preserving the team's 5-2 win. He has a win on the season as well and owns a 3.75 ERA this summer. He has struck out nine in 12.0 innings pitched and has allowed just 11 hits.
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