Evan Frey of the Mobile BayBears
July 6, 2010
Two former Tigers have earned spots in their respective league's All-Star Games, led by Ian Kinsler, who will make his second-career appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Kinsler will take part in MLB's All-Star Game on July 13 in Anaheim, Calif. His first All-Star trip came at Yankee Stadium in 2008. Kinsler, who played at Mizzou in 2003, is currently hitting .304, with 15 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI for the Texas Rangers.
Brock Bond, a member of MU's team in 2006-07, has earned a spot on the Pacific Coast League's roster for the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played on July 14. Bond was the No. 6 vote-getter in the PCL. Bond is currently hitting .295 for the Fresno Grizzlies in the San Francisco Giants organization. He has 17 doubles, three triples, one home run and 28 RBI.
Several former Tigers are having success at the professional levels led by Major Leaguers Kinsler and Max Scherzer. Scherzer (04-06) is currently 5-6 with a 4.88 ERA for the Detroit Tigers. He has 82 strikeouts in 86.2 innings pitched.
Four members from last year's Missouri team have seen action in the minor leagues. Aaron Senne (07-10) has a .286 average in 13 games played for the Jamestown Jammers (Florida - A). He has four doubles and hit his first home run as a professional on June 29, as he went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs in that game.
Brett Nicholas (2010) is hitting .270 in 11 games played this summer. His last eight games played have been as part of the Spokane Indians (Texas - A) and he has had at least one hit in seven of those eight games.
Tyler Clark (08-10) has pitched in five games for the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit - A) and is 1-0, picking up the victory with two innings pitched in relief on last Friday, while Michael Liberto (09-10) has played in six games for the Arizona Royals as part of the Arizona Rookie League.
Other former Mizzou stars in professional baseball include Evan Frey (05-07), who continues to shine in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He has a .303 batting average for the Mobile BayBears, the AA-affiliate of the Diamondbacks. Frey has driven in 32 runs and has 13 doubles, three triples and one home run on the year.
Kyle Gibson (07-09) has been impressive for the New Britain Rock Cats, the AA-affiliate of Minnesota. Sporting a 2.97 ERA, Gibson is 9-4 on the year with 82 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched. He has two complete games, including one shutout.
Rick Zagone (2006-08) has been promoted by Baltimore to the AA-affiliate Bowie Baysox. He has started two games for the Baysox and has an ERA of 3.86 in those two outings. Before the promotion, Zagone stated 15 games for the Frederick Keys (Baltimore -A), where he had an ERA of 3.20 and recoreded 54 strikeouts.
After some early season struggles, Aaron Crow (06-08) is 2-0 in his last three starts for the Northwest Naturals (Kansas City - AA). He has five wins on the year and has 42 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.
Ryan Lollis (06-09) is currently hitting .292 for the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco - A). He has six triples on the year to go along with seven doubles, one home run and 24 RBI. Also in the San Fransico system is Kyle Mach (07-09), who has a .254 average with four doubles and a triple for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco - A).
Doug Mathis (2005) has started nine games for the Oklahoma Redhawks (Texas - AAA) and has a 3-4 record with a 5.09 ERA. Mathis spent time earlier in the season at the Major League level, pitching in relief in nine games for Texas.
Andrew Johnston (2005) is 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado - AAA). He has pitched in relief in 37 games this season. Nathan Culp (04-06) has 37 strikeouts and a 5.62 ERA for the San Antonio Missions (San Diego - AA).
Trevor Coleman (07-09) has hit three home runs and has seven doubles on the year for the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle - A), while Greg Folgia (07-09) has two homers, four doubles and three triples for the Lake County Captains (Cleveland - A) and Hunter Mense (04-06) has a .216 average for the Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida - A) with 10 doubles, a triple and 13 RBI.
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