Catamount Diamond Notes: Updates on Former, Current WCU Players

June 18, 2012

Update on Former Catamounts in the Major Leagues:

Jared Burton - Minnesota Twins, American League Central:
Made 28 relief appearances to date - his most since 2009 ... Tossed 26.2 innings with 28 strikeouts against three walks ... Opponents are hitting just .212 against the right-hander on the season ... Has three holds as a middle reliever ... Burton was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... He was later selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft in 2006 ... the Reds released Burton prior to 2012 spring training where he made the squad with the Minnesota Twins ... Made his Major League debut on April 4, 2007.

Greg Holland - Kansas City Royals, American League Central:
Has made 25 appearances out of the bullpen on the season ... Has posted a 2-2 record ... He has a 3.86 ERA on the season, striking out 32 through 23.1 innings worked ... For his MLB career, Holland is 7-4 with four saves and a career ERA of 3.18 ... Holland was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Made his Major League debut on August 2, 2010.


Update on Former Catamounts in the Minor Leagues:

Brent Greer - Potomac (Va.) Nationals - Class A Advanced, Carolina League:
Was released by the team that drafted him in March of 2012 before being signed by Washington in early-April and assigned to the Potomac Nationals ... Has only played in four games with Potomac, hitting .200 with an RBI ... Recently placed on the seven-day disabled list ... Greer was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th-round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

 

 

Nick Liles - Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels - Double A Advanced, Eastern League:
Is batting .276 through 33 games with Richmond ... Has 24 hits on the season including two extra base hits and 11 walks as a part of a .438 on-base percentage ... Has three stolen bases ... Liles was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Chris Masters - Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats - Class A Advanced, Carolina League:
Started the season with the Atlanta Braves Double-A affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, before being sent back to the Advanced A Lynchburg Hillcats ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 4.76 ERA through 12 appearances including five starts in Mississippi ... With Lynchburg, has started two games, tossing 10 innings with a 7.20 ERA and an 0-2 record ... Masters was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th-round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Matt Benedict - West Virginia Power - Class A, South Atlantic League:
Has a 4-4 overall record with a 3.42 ERA with 14 starts for the Pirates' Class A affiliate ... In 76.1 innings thrown on the season, has 44 strikeouts against 23 walks with opponents hitting just .250 against the right-hander ... Selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, to be played June 22 ... Benedict was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 30th-round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Ross Heffley - Rookie Workouts:
Currently working out in Orlando, Fla., with other Braves draft picks ... Is expected to report to Rome, Ga., to join Atlanta's Class A affiliate ... Heffley was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.


Updates on Current Catamounts in Various Summer Leagues:

Aaron Attaway - Thomasville (N.C.) HiToms, Coastal Plain League:
Has played in 13 of the HiToms 15 games, making 12 starts ... Has struggled with just a .140 average with the wooden bats, collecting seven hits in 50 plate appearances with three RBI and five walks ... Has one stolen base in one attempt, and was perfect in 24 fielding attempts.

Hunter Brister - Tennessee Big Train, Carolina Virginia Collegiate League:
His four appearances on the summer have all been starts, posting a 3-0 record through 24 innings of work ... Has 19 strikeouts against two walks with just one of the 23 hits allowed going for extra bases ... Has a 3.75 overall ERA on the summer.

Adam Curtis - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Has made two appearances, both starts ... Has a 0-1 overall record and a 3.97 ERA through 11.1 innings tossed ... Has four strikeouts against three walks ... Only one of the 16 hits he's allowed on the summer has gone for extra bases.

Bryce Danielson - Forest City (N.C.) Owls, Coastal Plain League:
Has made six appearances including two starts on the summer, tossing 13.2 innings with an 0-1 record and one save ... Struck out 12 batters against 15 walks issued with three of the 11 hits surrendered going for extra bases.

William Frazier - Lake Norman (N.C.) Copperheads, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Has made two relief appearances, combining to toss two innings with a 4.50 ERA ... Allowed one earned run on two hits, working around two walks with three strikeouts.

Luke Gragg - Lake Norman (N.C.) Copperheads, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Batting .211 (4-for-19), having seen action in seven games this summer ... Four hits have all been singles ... Has also driven in four runs ... Has walked twice and been plunked two times to add to his .333 on-base percentage.

Preston Hatcher - Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.) Red Sox - Cape Cod Baseball League
Recently joined the Y-D Red Sox in the prestigious Cape Cod League .. Has made one appearance, working around two walks and a base hit by striking out the side ... Has a 0.00 ERA.

Jacob Hoyle - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Is hitting a team-leading .426 (20-for-47) with four doubles and a triple for a .553 slugging percentage ... Has driven in a team-best 13 runners ... All 11 games played have been starts ... Has also pitched twice for a combined three innings, walking five against three strikeouts giving up one earned run.

Cody Jones - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Currently ranks ninth in the Coastal Plain League with a .342 batting average, collecting 25 hits in 73 at bats with two doubles ... Has played and started all 18 games this summer ... Has six stolen bases in eight attempts.

Adam Martin - St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox, Northwoods League:
Ranks fourth on the squad with a .319 batting average (15-for-47) with three doubles and a home run ... Has four RBI ... Drawn four walks against just seven strikeouts as a part of his .373 on-base percentage.

Tyler Powell - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Has made seven relief appearances with an 0-1 record and a 8.49 ERA ... Tossed 11.2 innings out of the bullpen, striking out nine against seven walks with opponents hitting .293 against him ... Has surrendered 12 runs, 11 of which have been earned.

Julian Ridings - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Ranks right behind WCU teammate, Hoyle, with a .418 batting average on the summer with seven extra base hits including five doubles, a triple and a home run ... Is a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases ... Has played in 12 games with 10 starts.

Austin Neary - Wisconsin Rapid Rafters, Northwoods League:
Is hitting .281 (18-of-64) to rank fifth on the team ... Has four extra base hits with three doubles and a home run with six RBI ... Has five stolen bases in seven attempts.

Bryant Noteboom - West Virginia Miners, Prospect League:
Is batting .250 (5-for-20) having played in six games ... Two of his five base hits have gone as doubles ... Has four walks against seven strikeouts.

Danny Schneider - 6-4-3 Cougars (Georgia), Sunbelt League:
Has made one appearance on the summer (0.00 ERA), working two innings of one-hit relief ... Pitched around five walks with a strikeout with the two runs allowed going as unearned.

Jordan Smith - Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers, Cape Cod League:
Has made one start this summer in the Cape, a league which starts later than most of the other wooden bat leagues ... Worked four innings in his start on June 17, surrendering five runs - only three of which were earned - on four hits with two strikeouts ... Has a 6.75 ERA.

Dykota Spiess - Forest City (N.C.) Owls, Coastal Plain League:
Is batting .256 through 11 games - all starts - on the season (10-for-39) with four RBI ... Is a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

Bradley Strong - West Virginia Miners, Prospect League:
Ranks third on the team with a .382 batting average (29-for-76) with three doubles and two triples ... Has driven in nine runs and has scored 16 ... Stolen nine bases in 12 attempts.

Dale Urquhart Jr. - Fayetteville (N.C.) SwampDogs, Coastal Plain League:
Has played in nine games, all starts ... Batting .195 (8-for-41) with three extra base hits including two doubles and a triple and drove in four runs ... Is 1-for-2 in stolen bases.

Tyler White - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Currently ranks fifth in the Coastal Plain League with a team-leading .348 batting average, having collected 24 hits in 69 at bats including five doubles and two home runs ... Has driven in 15 runs on the summer ... Has started all 18 games.


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