June 27, 2012
Columbia, Mo. -With the collegiate season over, Missouri baseball players have taken to Summer leagues to continue their play and improvement. The Mizzou team has been spread all over the country, from California to North Carolina as they take to the field in their offseason.
Patrick Quintanilla (San Luis Obispo Blues, California Collegiate League)
The catcher is batting a solid .265, going 9-for-34 in 11 game appearances so far for the Blues. He has four RBI and four walks, compared to just six strikeouts on the young season. Quintanilla boasts a .375 on base percentage, and he has scored seven runs. He also has stolen one base on the year and has accumulated a .640 OPS.
Ryan Yuengel (Wilson Tobs, Coastal Plain League)
Yuengel became a consistent pitcher out of the bullpen for the Tigers in the collegiate season, and that trend has continued through the summer. He can claim a 1.38 ERA in his three pitching appearances after giving up just two earned runs in 13 innings pitched. Yuengel has also fanned 10 batters while walking just five, and he has yet to give up a triple or a home run in his Summer season. Yuengel's WHIP stands at an impressive .923 so far, as he is holding opposing batters to just a .152 average.
Case Munson (Will County Crackerjacks, Midwest Collegiate League)
Munson's shining moment for Mizzou came as his sacrifice fly in the 10th inning against Texas to beat the Longhorns in early May. He has a .107 average in nine games with six RBI, a home run, and a triple. Munson has also scored seven runs, and has walked twice in addition being reaching on a hit-by-pitch three times.
Jake Ivory (Danbury Westerners, New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Through 10 games, Ivory has posted a .265 batting average a home run and two RBI. Ivory has also doubled once and has scored six runs for the Westerners. Ivory has a .688 OPS, with an on base percentage of .306. Ivory's average is good for seventh-best on the Westerners.
Brett Graves (Newport Gulls, New England Collegiate Baseball League)
The rising Sophomore has appeared in three games so far, starting one while racking up 10 innings pitched. Through that time, Graves has struck out 15 batters, walking five, and has posted a 3.60 ERA. Graves has also given up just six hits, and has a WHIP of 1.10. He has yet to record a decision, but he is credited with one save on the year.
Gavin Stark (Sanford Mainers, New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Stark is batting .231 for Sanford in three game appearances. He has one RBI and has walked five times. Stark has one double on the young season, and he can be credited with an OPS of .752.
Michael McGraw (Madison Mallards, Northwoods League)
McGraw provided security at first base for Mizzou before injuring a ligament in his hand, but he is off to a slow start in then Northwoods League. McGraw is batting .143 with a home run, six RBI, and six runs scored. He has made one pitching appearance, throwing a shutout inning and walking one batter.
Nick Moore (Quincy Gems, Prospect League)
Moore, who saw some game action in the collegiate season, is batting .205 in 13 game appearances. The infielder has tallied three RBI and five runs scored in 44 at bats.
Jake Walsh (Quincy Gems, Prospect League)
Walsh was solid for Mizzou as a closer early in the season before transitioning to setup man duties later on, and that trend has continued to Quincy. He has a 3.72 ERA with a save in six appearances. The lefty has tallied eight strikeouts and has been credited with one win.
Tyler House (Quincy Gems, Prospect League)
House has been plagued by spotty defensive play behind him so far, as he has been nailed with eight unearned run in just 17 innings pitched. He currently stands at 0-2, but has struck out 10 batters in his 17 innings.
Dillon Everett (San Diego Force, Western Baseball Association)
Everett has developed a reputation for great defensive play with Mizzou, but he has shined at the plate so far in San Diego. The second baseman is batting .318 with seven RBI and four runs scored in seven appearances. Everett also has a stolen base and claims a .718 OPS.
Sal Belfonte (San Diego Force, Western Baseball Association)
Belfonte has racked up an impressive .350 batting average through seven appearances, and he has scored nine runs for the Force. He has one RBI and has an on base percentage of .538. He is a perfect 4-for-4 in steal attempts on the season.
Scott Sommerfeld (Dodgers, St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League)
The outfielder has had an easy time at the plate so far in the season with a stellar .556 batting average through five games. He has tallied seven RBI in that time, and he has been credited with two doubles in the early running.
Other players playing Summer ball include: Justin Byrd, Brandon Platts, John Miles, Kyle Barbeck (Madison Mallards, Northwoods League).