MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Twenty University of Memphis baseball student-athletes continue to improve their skills across six different collegiate summer league teams.
“I am very happy with the effort our guys are giving in summer baseball,” head coach Daron Schoenrock said. “The biggest part of summer baseball is continuing to experience the grind of playing every day and get the guys a taste of what professional baseball is like. This experience greatly enhances what these guys can do for us in the spring of 2013.”
Derrick Thomas (Brewster Whitecaps – Cape Cod League) The outfielder is batting a solid .344 to rank ninth in the premier collegiate summer league, going 11-for-32 in 11 games for the Whitecaps. He has five RBI and five walks on the young season. Thomas boasts a .432 on-base percentage, and he has scored five runs. After stealing a team-high 20 bases for the Tigers in 2012, Thomas has three steals thus far in Cape Cod League action.
Ethan Gross (Wareham Gatemen – Cape Cod League) Through 11 games, Gross sports a .200 average going 7-for-35. He has scored seven runs and has a triple for the Gatemen. Gross gets on base at a .268 clip and has a .525 OPS.
Bryce Beeler (Gastonia Grizzlies – Coastal Plains League) Beeler has played in 21 games while making 19 starts. The soon-to-be sophomore is hitting .136 (8-for-59) with three RBI thus far. He has 17 walks to 16 strikeouts and is 4-for-6 in stolen bases.
Zac Carter (Asheboro Copperheads – Coastal Plains League) Carter has eight starts and has played in 15 games for the Copperheads. He has an .061 average (2-for-33) with one RBI thus far.
Ford Wilson (Asheboro Copperheads – Coastal Plains League) Wilson has matched his Memphis career home total as he has two homers for the Copperheads in 16 games, 15 starts. He has eight RBI and is hitting .204 (10-for-49). Wilson is 2-for-2 on stolen bases and he has scored 10 runs.
Tucker Tubbs (Hamilton Joes – Great Lakes League) Tubbs ranks fifth in the Great Lakes League with a .373 batting average in 16 games. He has three doubles and six RBI to go with his .472 on-base percentage. Tubbs is 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
Colton Simbeck (Hamilton Joes – Great Lakes League) Simbeck is hits .255 (12-for-47) in 14 games played to date. He has two doubles, a triple and two RBI and is 1-for-1 on stolen bases. Simbeck has a .327 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage.
Jacob Moody (Hamilton Joes – Great Lakes League) Moody, a dual-role player in high school, was used as a reliever for the Tigers last year, but he has played 14 games for the Joes, all as an outfielder. He is hitting .182 (6-for-33) with two RBI and four runs scored to date. Moody has showed good plate discipline as he has 13 walks to eight strikeouts.
Dylan Toscano (Hamilton Joes – Great Lakes League) Toscano has made one start and three appearances for the Joes thus far. He has pitched 10.2 innings and carries a 5.06 ERA. Toscano has an impressive 15 strikeouts to one walk and he has a 1-1 record.
Keaton Aldridge (La Crosse Loggers – Northwoods League) Aldridge has hit .362 in 14 games for the Loggers. He has four doubles and five RBI to go along with six runs scored. Aldridge has a .400 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging clip.
Zach Willis (Dodge City A’s – Jayhawk League) Willis is hitting .244 with one home run and seven RBI in 10 starts. He sports a .390 on-base percentage and is 1-for-1 on stolen bases.
Sam Moll (Brewster Whitecaps - Cape Cod League) Moll, a C-USA Second Team selection in 2012, has pitched nine innings for the Whitecaps and allowed six runs. The southpaw has made two starts and has 11 strikeouts to just one walk. Opponents muster a .250 average against and Moll sports a 1.11 WHIP.
Erik Schoenrock (Brewster Whitecaps – Cape Cod League) Schoenrock has 4.1 innings pitched in three appearances for the Whitecaps. He has a 10.39 ERA with six strikeouts to date.
SIGNEE Conner Porter (Lima Locos – Great Lakes League) The JUCO transfer and Memphis signee has pitched 12.1 innings over three starts for the Lima Locos. He carries a 5.84 ERA and a 1-2 record with nine strikeouts and 11 walks.
SIGNEE Jon Reed (Alexandria Beetles – Northwoods League) A two-time Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night, Reed has a 2.97 ERA in 30.1 innings of work. Reed has 29 strikeouts to seven walks on the mound and he has a 2-1 record in three starts, eight appearances.
SIGNEE Alex Gunn (La Crosse Loggers – Northwoods League) Like Reed, Gunn is a Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night this year. Gunn has a 3.48 ERA in 31 innings on the hill. In five starts, Gunn has piled up 17 strikeouts to eight walks and he sports a 3-1 record.
Jonathan Van Eaton (La Crosse Loggers – Northwoods League) Coming off a school record 30 appearances, Van Eaton has made 11 appearances for the Loggers. nHe has six saves, tied for second in the league, and sports a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings of work. He has allowed eight hits and recorded 13 strikeouts.
Craig Caufield (Dodge City A’s – Jayhawk League) Caufield has pitched 4.2 innings for the A’s after missing all of the 2012 season due to arm surgery. He has a 1-0 record and a 3.86 ERA with five strikeouts and six walks.