Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina’s Justice Bigbie and Andrew Bullock have both been named to rosters for the Northwoods League All-Star Game. The 25th installment of the Northwoods’ mid-season classic is slated for Tuesday, July 16 at 7:05 pm CT / 8:05 pm ET at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.
Bigbie, one of the mid-season favorites to garner the league’s top player honors at summer’s end, ranks among the Northwoods League leaders in many statistical categories in suiting-up for the Madison (Wis.) Mallards. He ranks sixth in overall batting average at .346 that includes a league-leading 55 base hits. His eight home runs – including a pair of grand slams – rank tied for second in the league while his 13 doubles are third, two behind WCU teammate, Bullock, who paces the Northwoods with 15, two-base hits. Bigbie also has a league-leading 40 RBI entering weekend play.
In addition to the 15 doubles, Bullock is batting .333 with 47 hits including three homers and 28 RBI for the Fond du Lac (Wis.) Dock Spiders.
Here’s an update on other Catamounts in the various wooden-bat, summer leagues – a combined 10 now playing this summer (statistics through Saturday, July 6):
Kitt Capell – Lexington County (S.C.) Blowfish (Coastal Plains League): In slightly limited ABs (30) over 11 games played, Capell is batting .233 (7-for-30) with a double and two RBI
Jalen Jones – Danville (Ill.) Dans – (Prospect League): Is batting .255 (24-for-94) with five doubles and a pair of home runs over 25 games played … 10 has been a popular number with the returning freshman – Jones has driven in 10 runs while drawing 10 walks while swiping 10 bases on the summer.
Luke Robinson – Fond du Lac (Wis.) Dock Spiders (Northwoods League): Joined the team in the mid-season, seeing action in 17 games … Is batting .255 with 13 hits including six doubles in 51 at bats … Has drawn five walks and been hit four times with five total RBI.
Mitch Rogers – Lenoir (N.C.) Oilers (Southern Collegiate Baseball League): Has made four appearances this summer including two starts, tossing 12 innings … Has a 1-2 overall record with a 9.00 ERA with 14 hits allowed, striking out 12 against 10 walks.
Ryan Mitschele – (Woodstock (Va.) River Bandits): Joined the squad mid-summer … Has made two appearances, both starts, tossing 10.0 innings … Has a 2.70 ERA, limiting opponents to four runs – three earned – on 11 hits with 14 strikeouts and five walks.
Daylan Nanny – Savannah (Ga.) Bananas (Coastal Plain League): After completing a temporary contract in the prestigious Cape Cod League in June, Nanny is playing in Savannah in the CPL the remainder of the summer … Batted .333 (4-for-12) in four games in the Cape with a triple and a RBI, scoring three runs … In nine games with the Bananas, has collected five hits in his first 29 at bats including a double and a home run with five RBI.
Jack Snyder – Fond du Lac (Wis.) Dock Spiders (Northwoods League): the right-hander joined the squad mid-summer, making two relief appearances … Has tossed 3.2 innings with one unearned run on three hits allowed … Has countered three walks with three strikeouts.
Chase Walter – Yarmouth-Denis (Mass.) Red Sox (Cape Cod League): After being drafted in the 32nd round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, Walter is poised to return to WCU in the fall – but first, will take a temporary contract in the prestigious Cape Cod League …
Eric Wallington – Staunton (Va.) Braves (Valley Baseball League): Made three appearances with the summer league squad before shutting it down … Recorded three innings of work with eight strikeouts, but was saddled with 13 runs – 10 earned – with 13 walks for the left-hander … Only allowed three base hits during his three innings of work.
Immanuel Wilder – Harrisonburg Turks (Valley Baseball League): Joined the Turks midway through the season, playing in nine games … Is batting .227 with five hits – including two doubles with four RBI and six runs scored … Has drawn three walks.
Greg Holland Collects 200th Career Save
In other baseball news, former Catamount RHP Greg Holland collected his 200th career save back in late June. He became the 51st member of the 200-saves club all-time and remains just one of six active closers to reach the milestone. His career save percentage is upwards of 89-percent.
His milestone save came in an 8-5 victory for his Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 25, 2019.
During his career, Holland racked-up 93 total saves in 2013-14 with Kansas City, earning the American League Reliever of the Year honors in 2014. After returning from injury that sidelined him in 2016, he led the National League with 41 saves with the Colorado Rockies back in 2017.
Holland was a 10th-round draft pick by Kansas City back in 2007 and made his MLB debut in 2010.