July 30, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Former Catamount catcher Adam Martin added his name to a list of baseball players with ties to Western Carolina to earn All-Star plaudits this summer. The slugger garnered Northwest League All-Star status in his first season of playing professionally for the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox.
Martin and five of his AquaSox teammates will take part in the 2014 Northwest League All-Star Game, which will be held on August 5th at 7:05pm at PK Park in Eugene, Ore.
Martin joins a list that includes former Catamount - and current Kansas City Royals - closer, Greg Holland, and three former teammates to earn All-Star nods. Returning Catamounts that played in all-star games in their respective summer leagues included Jacob Hoyle (California Collegiate League) and both Danny Bermudez and J.D. Long in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
White Promoted to Class A Advanced California League
Former Catamount infielder - and 2013 Southern Conference Player of the Year - Tyler White continued his rise within the Houston Astros organization, recently earning a promotion to the club's Class A Advanced California League squad, the Lancaster JetHawks.
Since his promotion, White is batting .209 (9-for-43) in 12 games with three doubles, a triple and a home run with six RBI.
White, a product of Forest City, N.C., opened the season with the Quad City River Bandits of the Midwest League. In 71 games, he was batting .305 (73-for-239) with 20 doubles, a triple and seven home runs, amassing 41 RBI with 41 runs scored. He boasted a .485 slugging percentage and a .414 on-base percentage to earn the promotion.
Selected by the Astros in the 33rd round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, White started his professional career in the summer of 2013, moving two levels in just 36 combined games - 18 with the Astros introductory Gulf Coast League squad and 18 with the rookie, Appalachian League squad in Greeneville, Tenn. He closed his first full season as a professional with the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League champion Tri-City ValleyCats. He began 2014 with Quad City in Davenport, Iowa, before making the move west in the California League.
Ridings Moves to Midwest League
Former Catamount outfielder Julian Ridings has been promoted to the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Class A Midwest League. Through 29 games with the Florida State League Charlotte Stone Crabs, Ridings was batting .272 with 28 hits including five doubles, four triples and two home runs with eight RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
Through his first 12 games with the Hot Rods, Ridings is batting .341 (15-for-44) with two extra base hits - a double and a home run - with five RBI and three stolen bases.
A native of Shelby, N.C., Ridings was an 18th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Additional Catamount Diamond Notes:
- Former Catamount right-hander Matt Benedict is back with the Double-A Eastern League squad, the Altoona Curve, as a reliever ... the Florida native has spent most of this season close to home with the Bradenton Marauders ... In 22 games with the Curve, Benedict has 24 strikeouts in 39.0 innings with an 0-5 record and 7.38 ERA ... Benedict was a 30th round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
- Former Catamount infielder Aaron Attaway continues to play for the Bluefield Blue Jays in the rookie Appalachian League ... Attaway is hitting .182 (8-for-44) in 21 games for the Blue Jays with two doubles, a triple and three RBI ... The native of Morganton, N.C., Attaway was a 20th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.