Baseball Notebook: Summer League Recap
Oct. 8, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Nine Kentucky baseball standouts earned all-star honors in their respective collegiate summer leagues. Learn all about Kentucky’s summer league participants in the latest UK baseball notebook.
Zach Arnold, So., C (Frankfort, Ky.)
Played in 36 games with 33 starts for Morehead City in the Coastal Plains League … Batted .198 (21-for-106) with 12 runs, four doubles and 10 RBI … Had a 9-23 walk-strikeout ratio, laying down three sac bunts, hanging one sac fly and sporting a .283 on-base percentage … Stole 4-of-4 bases and fielded .976.
Kyle Barrett, So., OF/2B (Douglasville, Ga.)
Had an all-star summer with the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League … Joined UK pitcher Dylan Dwyer and UK staff member and former star Mike Brown on the Mohawks, which won the league title for the second consecutive year … Played in 38 games with 35 starts, batting .343 (47-for-137) with 29 runs, four doubles, one homer and 11 RBI … Stole 18-of-22 bases, with a 16-13 walk-strikeout ratio and a .418 on-base percentage … Had one outfield assist, fielding a perfect 1.000.
Andrew Bryant, R-So., IF (Lexington, Ky.)
Won the batting title during an all-star summer in the All-American Collegiate League … Hit .453 (29-for-64) with 14 runs, three doubles, one triple and four RBI … Played in 22 games … Finished with a .573 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage … Went 4-for-4 on June 22 … Stole 11-of-12 bases ... Led Rowan to the league title and was named MVP of the tournament.
Kyle Cody, So., RHP (Chippewa Falls, Wis.)
Pitched in two games in the Cape Cod League for the Wareham Gateman, before returning home with a minor injury … Pitched nine innings in his two starts, allowing seven hits and five earned runs, walking four and striking out nine with a 5.00 ERA and a 1-1 record … Dominated in his Cape Cod League debut, working six shutout, two-hit innings, walking two and striking out four in a win … Second start ended his summer, taking a loss in three innings, allowing five hits and five runs, walking two and striking out five.
Austin Cousino, Jr., CF (Dublin, Ohio)
Played on the USA Collegiate National Team for the second consecutive summer, the first player in program history to earn a second spot on the prestigious 22-man roster … Hit .273 (18-for-66) in 22 games and 19 starts, with 11 runs, two doubles, three triples, one homer and seven RBI … Had a 3-20 walk-strikeout ratio, getting hit by five pitches and owning a .347 on-base percentage … Laid down a sac bunt and had a sac fly … Had one outfield assist on the summer … Led USA to a historic five-game sweep over Cuba in Omaha, Neb., and a series win over Japan in Tokyo ... Was coached by TCU head coach Jim Scholossnagle, with Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco serving as the pitching coach … Was joined on the team by UK teammate A.J. Reed during the trial portion of the summer.
Dylan Dwyer, So., LHP (Murray, Ky.)
Joined UK outfielder Kyle Barrett and UK staff member and former star Mike Brown in leading the Amsterdam Mohawks to the Perfect Game Collegiate League title … Made 11 starts on the summer, with a 2-2 record and a 4.87 ERA … Worked 40.2 innings, allowing 40 hits and 25 walks, striking out 40 and allowing opponents to hit .263.
Greg Fettes, R-So., C (Madison Heights, Mich.)
Played in 14 games with the Victoria HarbourCats in the West Coast League … Hit .135 (5-for-27) with three RBI and two runs … Had a 7-11 walk-strikeout ratio … Finished with a .273 on-base percentage … Summer ended on July 4.
Dorian Hairston, So., OF (Lexington, Ky.)
Played for the Lexington Hustlers in the Great Lakes League … Played in 28 games, hitting .211 (20-for-95) with seven runs, six doubles, two triples and 11 RBI … Had an 8-28 walk-strikeout ratio, stealing 5-of-5 bases … Finished with a .294 on-base percentage.
Max Kuhn, Jr., IF (Zionsville, Ind.)
Had an all-star summer in the Northwoods League, playing in a grueling 60 games … Batted .280 (63-for-225) with 39 runs, 13 doubles, six homers and 46 RBI … Known for his keen eye at the plate, sporting a 30-48 walk-strikeout ratio … Had a summer-high four-hit game on July 14, with three RBI and four doubles … Was named to the Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase, going 1-for-2 with two walks in the game, with the rosters selected by area scouts.
A.J. Reed, Jr., LHP/1B (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Started the summer with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League, before switching over to the USA National Team’s trials … After narrowly missing the USA National Team final 22-man roster, moved back to the Harwich Mariners … Played in 20 games at the plate in the Cape, batting .224 (15-for-67) with four runs, five doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI … Sported a 6-23 walk-strikeout ratio and a .583 slugging percentage … On the mound, went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts, tossing 25 innings, allowing 22 hits and seven walks, striking out 21 … Worked six one-run innings in his CCBL summer debut on June 15 … Did not appear regularly in the everyday lineup until August in the CCBL … Had a great trial run with the USA National Team, batting .364 in five games with two starts (4-for-11) with a double and three RBI … Drew two walks and struck out four times … Made one start on the mound for USA, working five shutout, one-hit innings, walking one and striking out five, allowing just a single and a .059 opponent average.
Matt Reida, Sr., SS (Russiaville, Ind.)
Had an all-star summer in the New England Collegiate League … Hit .273 (27-for-99) in 30 games, after joining the team following the MLB Draft in June … Played in the Cape Cod League in 2012 but did not have a summer assignment until the draft concluded … Had five doubles in 30 games, with five RBI and 11 steals in 12 attempts … Worked an 11-20 walk-strikeout ratio … Was named the starting shortstop for the NECBL All-Star Game on July 21.
Jacob Russell, R-So., C/1B/OF (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Played in 43 games with 38 starts for the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Collegiate League … Hit .199 (27-for-136) with 22 runs, three doubles, four triples, four homers and 27 RBI … Had an 11-45 walk-strikeout ratio, stealing 3-of-4 bases and notching four outfield assists.
Chandler Shepherd, Jr., RHP (Louisa, Ky.)
Earned All-Star honors in the Cape Cod League after a dominating summer in the top collegiate summer league in the nation … Went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in eight games and seven starts … Worked 36.2 innings, allowing 27 hits and nine walks, striking out 28 … ERA was the second-best in the league (0.87) before allowing eight runs in 4.2 innings in his summer finale … Did not allow an earned run through his first two starts in the Cape, working 14 consecutive shutout innings and had a stretch of 15 straight scoreless later in the year … Went six shutout, one-hit innings in his CCBL debut on June 16 … Worked another six shutout, three-hit innings in his next start … Took his first loss with three runs allowed in six innings, with nine strikeouts vs. Hyannis on July 2 … Worked a shutout frame in the all-star game … ERA took a hit in his finale, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings vs. Falmouth on July 31.
Zach Strecker, R-So., RHP (Louisville, Ky.)
Had an all-star summer in the Prospect League with the Slippery Rock Sliders, where he teamed with UK outfielder Storm Wilson … Was a workhorse in the league, going 5-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 games and eight starts … Worked 63.1 innings, allowing five walks and 66 hits, striking out 28 … Strecker worked one shutout and worked at least six innings in all eight of his starts … Was named an all-star, pitching a scoreless inning for the East squad … Worked a season-low six innings in his first start of the summer, winning his first three starts … Worked eight shutout innings on June 19, seven shutout innings on June 26 … Worked a complete game on July 20, allowing four runs.
Micheal Thomas, R-Sr., C/1B (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Earned all-star honors in the Alaska Collegiate League while playing with the Matsu Miners … Played in 25 games, batting .261 (23-for-88) with three doubles and 13 RBI … Had a 6-22 walk-strikeout ratio … Got off to a slow start before getting hot in the middle of the summer and finishing on a 0-for-13 streak that hurt his final average, which got as high as .295.
Ka’ai Tom, Jr., OF (Kaneohe, Hi.)
Played in 34 games in the New York Collegiate Baseball League for the Sherrill Silversmiths … Batted .278 (27-for-97) with 27 runs, four doubles, two triples, six homers and 25 RBI … Owned a 20-20 walk-strikeout ratio and stole 14-of-18 bases … Reached base safely in 29 of 34 games … Had a two-homer game on June 5, going 2-for-2 with four runs scored, also drawing a pair of walks … Hit over .300 for the first 30 games of the summer, before going 1-for-13 to finish at .278.
Trace Vorbeck, R-Fr., IF/RHP (Corbin, Ky.)
Played in the Valley League for the Stasburg Express … Played both ways, appearing in 11 games with one start on the mound, sporting a 1-0 record and a 3.54 ERA … Worked 20.1 innings with one save, allowing 19 hits and 10 walks, striking out 12 … At the plate, played in 27 games, batting .224 (19-for-85) with eight runs, seven doubles, six RBI, seven walks and 31 strikeouts.
Storm Wilson, R-Fr., OF (Somerset, Ky.)
Had a breakout summer in earning all-star honors in the Prospect League for the Slippery Rock Sliders, teaming with UK righty Zach Strecker … Played in 55 games, hitting .288 (61-for-212) with 33 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 17 RBI and a 16-21 walk-strikeout ratio … Stole 15-of-18 bases … Came off the bench in the all-star game, getting an at bat and adding a walk … Average was over .300 all summer until dropping below in the last two games of the year … Had a 4-for-5 game vs. Chillicothe and stole two bases twice.