July 25, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina rising senior infielder Tyler White was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the Coastal Plains League's All-Star game held earlier this week. The honor was voted on by the media in attendance and presented to White following the game.
White helped lead the National CPL All-Stars over the American CPL All-Stars, 4-1, by doubling in his lone plate appearance, driving in and scoring a run. White, who is playing for the Gastonia Grizzlies this summer, is hitting .299 on the season to lead the team.
In addition to White in the CPL, Western Carolina also had summer league teammates Julian Ridings and Jacob Hoyle make the Valley League South Division All-Star game, while Bradley Strong was a starter for the East Division Squad in the Prospect League.
Here is a brief update on former Catamounts in the professional ranks, as well as the returning players in the various summer leagues:
Update on Former Catamounts in the Major Leagues:
Jared Burton - Minnesota Twins, American League Central:
Burton has made 39 appearances out of the Twins' bullpen this season, recording 13 holds and three saves ... Burton is 1-0 on the season with a 2.35 ERA ... He's struck out 35 batters against 10 walks in 38.1 innings pitched, limiting opponents to a .197 batting average ... For his MLB career, has appeared in 203 games with an 11-3 overall record with three saves ... 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 39 appearances out of the bullpen on the season for the Royals ... Tossed 37.2 innings this season with a 3.82 ERA ... Has 54 strikeouts against 22 walks with nine holds out of the pen ... For his MLB career, Holland is 9-5 with four saves and a career ERA of 3.25 ... 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 Arizona - 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 .261 through 61 games played with Richmond ... Has 64 hits on the season including five extra base hits (three doubles, two triples) and 19 walks ... Has five stolen bases ... Worked with former Giants great, Will Clark, this summer on his swing ... 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 five of the seven games in which he's seen action, tossing 30 innings with a 5.40 ERA and an 0-3 record ... Has 22 strikeouts against 12 walks on the year ... Masters was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th-round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Matt Benedict - Bradenton Marauders - Class A Advanced, Florida State League:
Started the season with the West Virginia Power, posting a 4-4 overall record with a 3.42 ERA with 14 starts for the Pirates' Class A affiliate ... In 76.1 innings thrown, recorded 44 strikeouts against 23 walks with opponents hitting just .250 against the right-hander ... Selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game ... Has since been promoted to the Class A Advanced Bradenton (Fla.) squad, roughly 30 minutes from his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla. ... Has gone 0-5 with a 9.88 ERA with his new squad, striking out 12 with 16 walks ... Benedict was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 30th-round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Ross Heffley - Rome Braves - Class A, South Atlantic League:
Opened his professional playing career with the Rome (Ga.) Braves ... Made his professional debut on June 21, 2012, at nearby McCormick Field in Asheville ... Is currently batting .265 with nine extra base hits including eight doubles ... Has driven in nine runs and stole five bases with just one walk ... 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 started 37 of the 38 games in which he's seen action ... Has struggled with just a .175 batting average with the wooden bats, collecting 24 hits including six doubles and two home runs ... Has 11 RBI and 19 walks ... Is a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases.
Hunter Brister - Rockbridge (Va.) Rapids, Valley League:
Left the Tennessee Big Train to join Rockbridge in the Valley League ... Three of his four appearances with Tennessee were starts, posting a 2-1 record ... Has made six appearances since joining the Rapids, tossing 4.2 innings with a 0-1 record.
Adam Curtis - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Has made seven appearances, all starts ... Has a 3-1 overall record and a 4.02 ERA through 40.1 innings tossed ... Has 25 strikeouts against 11 walks ... Only eight of the 43 hits he's allowed on the summer has gone for extra bases ... Earned the Generals' pitcher of the week honor earlier this summer.
Bryce Danielson - Forest City (N.C.) Owls, Coastal Plain League:
Has made 11 appearances including two starts on the summer, tossing 21.2 innings with a 0-1 record and one save ... Struck out 16 batters against 22 walks issued with just five of the 18 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 .266 (17-for-64), having seen action in 23 games this summer ... Has legged out three doubles ... Has also driven in 11 runs ... Has walked and been plunked five times.
Preston Hatcher - Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Cape Cod League:
Joined the squad later in the summer ... Has made 11 relief appearances with a 0-1 record and a 3.46 ERA ... Through 13 innings pitched, has 15 strikeouts against five walks.
Jacob Hoyle - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Ranks third on the team with a .354 (51-of-144) batting average with 16 extra base hits including eight doubles and a triple and seven home runs ... Has a .569 slugging percentage ... Has driven in 34 RBI ... Has also pitched nine for a combined 12 innings with a 2-1 record and a 1.50 ERA ... Has walked 12 against 17 strikeouts giving up three runs, two of which were earned ... Was selected as the Generals' player of the week earlier in the summer ... Named to the midseason All-Star team in the Valley League.
Cody Jones - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Is batting .285 to rank third on the team, collecting 45 hits in 158 at bats with five doubles ... Has played in 42 games making 40 so far this summer ... Recorded 13 RBI on the season ... Has 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
Adam Martin - St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox, Northwoods League:
Is batting .261 through 23 games this summer, collecting 24 hits including five doubles and two home runs ... Has nine RBI with a stolen base.
Tyler Powell - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Has made 15 appearances this summer with one start ... Has a 1-1 record and a 6.38 ERA ... Has tossed 24.0 innings collectively, striking out 12 against 15 walks with opponents hitting .286 against him ... Has surrendered 19 runs, 17 of which have been earned.
Julian Ridings - Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Leads the Valley League with a .430 batting average on the summer with 23 extra base hits including 14 doubles, three triples and six home runs ... Is 15-of-17 in stolen bases ... Has 35 of the 39 games in which he has seen action ... Ridings has been the Generals' player of the week twice this season ... Named to the midseason All-Star team in the Valley League.
Austin Neary - Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Northwoods League:
Ranks third on the team with a .301 batting average (52-of-173) ... Has 16 extra base hits including a team-best 10 doubles, one triple and five home runs ... Has scored 22 runs ... Has eight stolen bases in 12 attempts.
Bryant Noteboom - Wilson Tobs, Coastal Plain League:
Played in 17 games, making 55 at bats with West Virginia in the Prospect League before leaving the squad ... Was batting .218 with three doubles ... Joined the Coastal Plain League team and Wilson ... Has played in four games with one start since joining the Tobs, going 3-for-9 (.300) with a double.
Danny Schneider - 6-4-3 Cougars (Georgia), Sunbelt League:
Has made four appearance on the summer (12.00 ERA), working six innings of one-hit relief ... Has issued 12 walks with three strikeouts.
Jordan Smith - Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers, Cape Cod League:
Has made six appearances including three starts this summer in the Cape ... Has worked 19.1 innings with a 6.52 ERA and a 1-3 record ... Has posted 13 strikeouts against five walks.
Dykota Spiess - Forest City (N.C.) Owls, Coastal Plain League:
Has played in 32 games, making 28 starts ... Is batting .200 (19-for-95) with six doubles and a home run ... Posted seven RBI and is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
Bradley Strong - West Virginia Miners, Prospect League:
Ranks second on the team - and seventh in the league - with a .366 batting average (64-of-175) with 12 extra base hits including eight doubles, four triples and a home run ... Has driven in 25 runs and has scored 40 ... Stolen 20 bases in 24 attempts ... Named a starter for the East Division in the Prospect League All-Star game.
Tyler White - Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Leads Gastonia with a .299 batting average, having collected 46 hits in 154 at bats including 10 doubles and three home runs ... Has driven in 26 runs on the summer ... Was named a CPL All-Star, earning Offensive MVP honors in the game.