Aug 13, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
As the summer months grind towards the fall, collegiate summer league baseball, too, comes to a close across the nation. Western Carolina had, at most, 23 baseball players competing during the summer months in leagues ranging through the Carolina's to the Midwest, from the Northeast in the prestigious Cape Cod League to California.
Seven returning Catamounts landed on mid-season All-Star teams including three - Aaron Attaway, Cody Jones and Jordan Smith - in the California Collegiate League; Luke Gragg and J.D. Long in the Valley League; with Alex Barr in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League and rising senior Adam Martin in the Northwoods League.
Martin played in two different summer league all-star games, appearing in both the Northwoods League All-Star game and the Big League Dreams Showcase which was supported by the NL. Additionally, the 6-2, 235-lbs. Marietta, Ga., native claimed the second home run derby of his collegiate career, adding the Northwoods League derby trophy to his Alaskan League hardware from two summers ago.
Both Martin and Gragg additionally earned post-season plaudits for their play in their respective leagues.
Many of WCU's pitchers opened the summer with various teams, but only pitched half the summer, at most, sitting out the remainder of the off-season to rest for the renewal of fall practice.
2013 End of Summer Exposure Camp
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Childress Field / Hennon Stadium | Grades 9-12
Here is a brief update on the Catamount baseball players from their various summer leagues:
#1 Bradley Strong, St. Cloud Rox (Northwoods League):
Started the summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League ... Played in five games to start the summer, batted just .111 (1-for-9) with a couple of strikeouts in limited at bats ... Drew three walks to add to his .333 on-base percentage and stole two bases in his time on the diamond ... Joined WCU teammate Adam Martin with the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox in the Northwoods League on June 25 ... Finished with a .309 (25-for-81) batting average to rank third on the team ... Recorded two doubles and a triple with nine runs driven in ... Finished 7-for-8 in stolen bases.
#2 Aaron Attaway, San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League):
Played in 39 of the team's 46 games ... Finished the summer ranked second on the SLO team - and seventh in the league - with a .347 batting average (52-of-150) with 16 extra base hits including a team-high 13 doubles, a triple and two home runs ... His 13 doubles ranked fourth in the CCL ... Drove in 28 runs on the summer to rank third on the squad and tied for 11th in the league ... Finished 12-of-13 in stolen bases ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition in the California Collegiate League.
#3 J.D. Long, Winchester Royals (Valley League):
Played in 35 of the team's 43 games, primarily at shortstop ... Finished with a .272 (37-of-136) batting average, recording three doubles and a triple ... Had 11 multi-hit games ... Led Winchester with 20 runs scored on the summer ... Drove in 15 runs and stole four bases on the summer ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition in the Valley League.
#5 Luke Gragg, Winchester Royals (Valley League):
Finished the summer ranked second on the team with a .302 (32-for-106) batting average with five doubles and 18 runs scored ... Played in 35 of the team's 43 games on the summer spending most of the time behind the plate ... Recorded nine multi-hit games including two, three-hit outings ... Finished 5-for-9 in stolen bases including swiping three on July 25 against the Covington Lumberjacks ... Earned both Mid-season and Post-season All-Star recognition in the Valley League as the designated hitter, garnering a second-team nod on the post-season squad.
#6 Bryce Danielson, Waynesboro Generals (Valley League):
Pitched in 13 games during the summer including two starts, finishing with an 0-1 record and a 6.84 ERA ... Tossed 23.2 innings with 20 strikeouts against 18 walks ... Recorded strikeouts in all but four of his summer appearances ... Posted a summer-high four strikeouts in four innings of work against the Strasburg Express on June 21.
#8 Dale Urquhart Jr., Waynesboro Generals (Valley League):
Played in six games in right field early in the summer ... Recorded one base hit in 11 at bats (.091) with a walk and four strikeouts ... Later returned to Cullowhee and enrolled in summer school.
#11 Adam Martin, St. Cloud Rox (Northwoods League):
Played a variety of positions including catcher, first base and outfield ... Finished the summer batting .315 (84-of-267) with 29 extra base hits including 18 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs ... Recorded 25 multi-hit games during the summer ... Was named to the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star team as a catcher ... Named to the Mid-Season All-Star game, as well as to the Big League Dreams Showcase, hitting three-run home run in the latter to lead his squad to victory ... Claimed the Northwoods League Home Run Derby, finishing with 25 homers in the three-round event including 12 in the final round alone ... Nearly hit for the cycle, coming just a single-shy against Mankato on June 18 ... Collected a summer-high four hits (4-for-6) with three runs scored in a 24-12 win over Thunder Bay (Ontario) on June 13.
#12 Cody Jones, San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League):
Played in 37 games during the summer, finishing with a .299 (41-of-137) batting average ... Finished tied for second with 12 doubles and had one home run while posting 27 RBI ... Was 6-of-10 in stolen bases during the summer ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition in the California Collegiate League.
#14 Dykota Spiess, Thomasville Hi-Toms (Coastal Plain League):
Started 42 of the 47 games in which he saw action during the summer ... Batted .214 (34-of-159) with five doubles, a triple and two home runs ... Scored 16 runs with 17 RBI ... Drew 16 walks and was plunked four times against 32 strikeouts ... Was perfect in the field, recording 56 putouts to rank second on the squad and six assists without an error in his 62 chances.
#15 Jason Smith, Kernersville Bulldogs (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League):
Saw action in 37 games during the summer playing first base and catching ... Finished with a .213 (19-of-89) batting average and a .348 slugging percentage ... Recorded nine doubles and a home run ... Drove in 20 runs while scoring 16 times ... Walked 16 times with three HBPs to counter 29 strikeouts ... Recorded three multi-hit games including twice collecting three hits in a game ... Tallied three doubles and four RBI on July 27 against the Central Virginia BlueSox.
#16 Colton Davis, Forest City Owls (Coastal Plain League):
Made six appearances out of the bullpen, tossing 10.1 innings while boasting a 0.87 ERA before leaving the team to take the remainder of the summer off ... Surrendered six runs - only one of which was earned - on five hits with just one extra base knock ... Struck out 15 against seven walks while limiting opposing hitters to a .139 batting average.
#17 William Frazier, Lake Norman Copperheads (Southern Collegiate League):
Pitched in two games in relief, tossing an inning and a third ... Surrendered two runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout ... Finished the summer with a 6.75 ERA.
#18 Reece Strong, Kernersville Bulldogs (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League):
Played in 40 games during the summer ... Ranked fourth on the team with a .310 (31-of-100) batting average, finishing with five doubles ... Scored 28 runs with 12 RBI ... Laid down four sacrifice bunts with one sacrifice fly ... Walked 25 times against 17 strikeouts ... Finished 9-for-10 in stolen bases ... Even made two appearances on the mound, tossing a combined three innings with two strikeouts while allowing a run on one hit.
#19 Danny Schneider, Lake Norman Copperheads (Southern Collegiate League):
Pitched in 10 games for the eventual SCL regular season and tournament champion ... Tossed 14.1 innings in relief, scattering 11 hits and limiting opponents to four runs - only two of which were earned - and a .224 batting average against ... Worked around 10 walks with 15 strikeouts, posting a 9.42 strikeout per nine inning ratio ... Finished 0-1 overall with two saves and a 1.25 ERA ... Struck out a summer-high four batters in two separate outings.
#21 Danny Bermudez, Forest City Owls (Coastal Plain League):
Started all 10 games in which he saw action before leaving the team ... Batted just .077 (2-for-26) with four RBI ... Drew five walks and was hit by a pitch to counter 10 strikeouts ... Recorded 60 putouts with 10 assists while committing two errors for a .972 fielding percentage.
#26 Tyler Powell, San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League):
Made 12 appearances on the summer, finishing with an 0-3 record with three saves ... Scattered 13 hits and allowed nine runs, seven of which were earned ... Struck out 25 batters against nine walks ... Limited opposing hitters to a .236 batting average against.
#27 Jacob Hoyle, Morehead City Marlins (Coastal Plain League):
Started 44 of the 45 games in which he saw action ... Posted a .280 (45-of-161) batting average, collecting 10 doubles and four home runs ... Scored 23 runs while driving in 20 ... Walked 15 times and was hit by six pitches while striking out 49 times ... Additionally made four appearances on the mound including three starts ... Finished with an 0-1 record and a 5.79 ERA, tossing 14 innings with 16 strikeouts against four walks ... Surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits with just three extra base hits allowed and a .281 opposing batting average.
#28 Jordan Smith, San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League):
Pitched in seven games during the summer, tossing just over 28 innings ... Posted a 3-2 record with a 1.27 ERA ... Scattered 20 hits while holding opponents to eight runs, only four of which were earned ... Struck out 24 against eight walks and limited opposing batters to a .189 batting average against ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition in the California Collegiate League.
#29 Thomas Young, Waynesboro Generals (Valley League):
Pitched in nine games, all in relief, before leaving the team at the beginning of July ... Struck out seven batters against five walks in seven innings of work ... Recorded a 10.28 ERA, allowing eight earned runs during his time on the mound ... Posted a summer-high, two strikeouts in fanning both batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning of relief work against the New Market Rebels on June 8.
#36 Alex Barr, Kernersville Bulldogs (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League):
Pitched in 19 games during the summer with two starts ... Finished with a 2-1 overall record with three saves in three opportunities ... Finished with a 1.98 ERA while limiting opponents to a .189 batting average against ... Tossed a combined 35.1 innings, scattering 24 base hits and allowing 13 runs, 10 of which were earned ... Struck out 50 batters against 28 walks, recording at least one K in all but two outings ... Tossed a summer-long five innings in a start on June 4, picking up the victory ... Fanned a summer-best seven on two separate occasions.
#45 Taylor Sandefur, Waynesboro Generals (Valley League):
Pitched in seven games with three starts before leaving the squad at midseason ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 3.68 ERA through 22 innings of work ... Struck out 15 batters against six walks... Was named the Generals Player of the Week (June 17-23) after tossing five innings of two-hit relief in an 11-5 victory over Winchester on June 19 ... Additionally recorded four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-4 (.500) with a double and two strikeouts.
#46 Jeremy Null, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Cape Cod League):
Pitched in five games including two starts before leaving the team to take the remainder of the summer off ... Tossed 12 innings, striking out 15 batters in posting a 0-1 record with a save and a 6.00 ERA ... Surrendered 10 runs - eight of which were earned - on 15 hits in his five appearances with opponents hitting .294 against the right-hander ... Finished with a 11.25 strikeout per nine inning ratio.
#47 Jonathan Waszak, Winchester Royals (Valley League):
Made just four appearances on the mound before leaving the team following his June 20th appearance to take the remainder of the summer off ... Countered three walks with four strikeouts, surrendering just three hits without allowing a run in 5.1 innings on the mound ... Opponents were hitting just .188 against him.