JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Each week throughout the summer, AStateRedWolves.com takes look at current and former Red Wolves in collegiate summer leagues and in the professional ranks.
A-State Players in Summer Leagues
David Owen continued his outstanding season in summer league action this past week by pitching another scoreless inning on June 25th with the Hays Larks in Hays Kansas. Owen pitched an inning in relief and struck out two batters in a 7-1 victory over Dodge City. Owen now has a 0.00 ERA in 10 appearances this season and has struck out 15 in 12.1 innings pitched. The Larks are 19-3 on the season and 14-3 within their conference.
Derek Birginske is proving to be a valuable asset to the Chillcothe Mudcats as both a pitcher and a hitter. Over the past week, Birginske picked a win on the mound after tossing five innings in an 18-5 victory over the Sedalia Bombers on June 28th. For the season, Birginske is 2-0 on the mound with a 2.34 ERA and 11 strikeouts. At the plate, the A-State sophomore-to-be hit his second home run of the summer league season on June 24 against the Ozark Generals in the first game of a doubleheader. He came back in the second him and drove in two RBIs to raise his total to seven RBIs on the year. He his hitting .381 and has collected eight hit's in just 21 at-bats this year.
Jon Glidewell has continued his long road back to the mound with the Chillcothe Mudcats as well. After missing the entire 2013 Red Wolves baseball season due to injury, Glidewell has appeared in three games for the Mudcats this season with the most recent coming on June 29 where he picked up his first win of the season. Glidewell tossed four innings in the win, gave up two runs on four hits and struck out seven. The four innings was his longest outing of the summer league season.
Tanner Ring made three pitching appearances with the Bend Elks this past week but suffered two hard luck losses despite good efforts. Ring took his first loss of the season on June 23 in a 3-2 loss to Victoria despite striking out four in the contest in 2.1 innings of work. He came back to pitch on June 26 against Corvallis and also took the loss in that game, but finished the week strong with a solid performance against Kelowna on June 29. Ring also had six at-bats this past week, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored. He has a season batting average of .440 during summer league action.
Adam Grantham made two relief appearances with Bend Elks this past week and did not allow a run in either outing. On June 23 against Victoria he tossed two innings of scoreless baseball and recorded one strikeout. Two days later on June 25 he tossed an inning of scoreless baseball and had two strikeouts. For the season he is 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA and 15 strikeouts. Grantham has also made several appearances at the plate this past week and has a .341 batting average of five RBIs on the year.
Stuart Levy enjoyed the best of his summer season with the Quincy Gems this past week, collecting eight hits and helping the Gems win three games. Levy began the week with a 2-for-3 day against Springfield on June 22 and then added a walk and scored a run against Terre Haute on June 25. He added another hit against Terre Haute on June 26 and wrapped up his week with a 1-for-2 performance against Danville on June 30.
Austin Baker is off to a fantastic start with the West Olympia Linx summer league team back in his home state of Washington. The A-State sophomore-to-be is hitting .353 with one double, one triple and two RBIs thus far. He has on on-base percentage of .560 and is slugging .529.
Daniel Wright made his first professional pitching appearance of his career on June 26 when he tossed three innings of scoreless relief for the Billings Mustangs. The former A-State pitcher gave up one run on one hit and struck out four in the outing. He suffered the first loss of his career on June 30.
Logan Uxa has continued to improve his game after being drafted by the Reds' in the past June's MLB Amateur Draft. Uxa has now collected five hits through eight games and has seven RBIs on the year playing for the Reds' rookie league team in Arizona.