July 26, 2011

BASEBALL SUMMER LEAGUE REPORT: PART 3

Sixteen VCU baseball players are currently competing in summer wooden bat leagues across the country.  Similar to minor league baseball, leagues are designed to provide an environment for players to showcase their skills using wooden bats, while also enduring long road trips with little sleep, playing in front of undersized crowds in Smalltown USA, and on many occasions, occupying the guest room of a local host family.

But more importantly, professional scouts quickly discover how players respond to the grind of a minor league schedule.

On the heels of a 50-plus-game, three-month regular season, summer league players, which are required to have at least one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, will often endure another 50-plus game slate over a two-month span – a small sampling of what professional baseball is like.

Summer leagues have historically been a successful proving ground for collegiate athletes with aspirations of playing professional baseball.

Current MLB stars Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Verlander and Kevin Youkilis played in the Coastal Plain League, while former VCU standout Brandon Inge, along with Mike Lowell and David Eckstein, competed in the Valley League.  Widely regarded as the most prestegious summer league in the nation, the Cap Cod League boasted 236 former players on Major League rosters in 2010.


NOTE: ALL STATISTICS AS OF JULY 26

NICK ABRAHAMSON | C
Columbia Blowfish
Coastal Plain League

2011 STATS
AVG: .179
HR: 0
RBI: 5
SB: 0

THE VITALS
Class
: Junior
Hometown/High School:Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill
Height/Weight: 5-11/210
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Columbia CPL
.179
29
84
6
15
2
0
0
5
7
9
0
1
.250
.202



JOSH ALFORD | RHP/OF
Petersburg Generals
Coastal Plain League

2011 STATS
ERA:4.50
W-L: 0-2
SV: 2
SO: 13

THE VITALS
Class
: Junior
Hometown/High School: Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal
Height/Weight: 6-0/180
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats - Pitching
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Petersburg CPL
0
2
4.50
19
0
0
0
2
24.0
32
16
12
5
13
2011 Season Stats - Hitting
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Petersburg CPL
.000
7
14
2
0
0
0
0
1
2
5
0
0
.125
.000



CHRIS AYERS | C
Youse's Orioles
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
AVG: .328
HR: 0
RBI: 20
SB: 1

THE VITALS
Class
: Freshman
Hometown/High School:Chesterfield, Va./Manchester
Height/Weight: 5-11/185
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Youse's CRCBL
.328
33
116
17
38
8
0
0
20
10
10
1
0
.374
.397



JOEY CUJAS | 3B
Vienna River Dogs
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
AVG: .273
HR: 3
RBI: 21
SB: 2

THE VITALS
Class
: Freshman
Hometown/High School: Midlothan, Va./Manchester
Height/Weight: 6-0/185
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Vienna CRCBL
.273
41
143
17
39
5
1
3
21
8
4
2
0
.321
.385


BILL CULLEN | OF
Herndon Braves
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
AVG: .299
HR: 1
RBI: 15
SB: 3

THE VITALS
Class
: Freshman
Hometown/High School: Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale
Height/Weight: 5-9/165
Bats/Throws: L/L

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Herndon CRCBL
.299
36
144
21
43
6
2
1
15
7
15
3
5
.346
.389

 

SETH CUTLER-VOLTZ | RHP
Forest City Owls
Coastal Plain League

2011 STATS
ERA: 2.44
W-L: 3-2
SV: 0
SO: 36

THE VITALS
Class
: Junior
Hometown/High School: Richmond, Va./Henrico
Height/Weight: 5-11/170
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Forest City CPL
3
2
2.44
7
7
1
0
0
48.0
46
17
13
8
36

 

RYAN FARRAR | LHP
Youse's Orioles
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 1.13
W-L: 1-0
SV: 5
SO: 36

THE VITALS
Class
: Sophomore
Hometown/High School: Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
Height/Weight: 6-2/175
Bats/Throws: L/L

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Youse's CRCBL
1
0
1.13
14
0
0
0
5
24.0
15
6
3
5
36

 

MICHAEL GRAHAM | LHP
Herndon Braves
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 3.30
W-L: 3-2
SV: 0
SO: 32

THE VITALS
Class
: R-Junior
Hometown/High School: Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary
Height/Weight: 6-7/210
Bats/Throws: R/L

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Herndon CRCBL
3
2
3.30
8
8
0
0
0
43.2
48
24
16
20
32

 

SETH GREENE | RHP
New Market Rebels
Valley Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 6.08
W-L: 2-3
SV: 0
SO: 22

THE VITALS
Class
: R-Freshman
Hometown/High School: Richmond, Va./Deep Run
Height/Weight: 6-2/175
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
New Market
VBL
2
3
6.08
7
7
0
0
0
37.0
49
34
25
20
22

 

BLAKE HAUSER | RHP
Harwich Mariners
Cape Cod Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 2.51
W-L: 0-0
SV: 2
SO: 14

THE VITALS
Class
: Sophomore
Hometown/High School: Chesterfield, Va./Manchester
Height/Weight: 6-2/175
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Harwich CCBL
0
0
2.51
12
0
0
0
2
14.1
8
4
4
7
14



KYLE HAYNES | RHP
Peninsula Pilots
Coastal Plain League

2010 STATS
ERA: 1.64
W-L: 1-1
SV: 0
SO: 11

THE VITALS
Class
: Sophomore
Hometown/High School: Stafford, Va./Mountain View
Height/Weight: 6-2/195
Bats/Throws: R/R

2010 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Peninsula CPL
1
1
1.64
2
2
0
0
0
11.0
7
3
2
3
11

 

BRENNAN HUELSE | LHP
Forest City Owls
Costal Plain League

2011 STATS
ERA: 1.37
W-L: 0-2
SV: 0
SO: 24

THE VITALS
Class
: Sophomore
Hometown/High School: Stafford, Va./Mountain View
Height/Weight: 6-1/185
Bats/Throws: L/L

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Forest City
CPL
0
2
1.37
16
0
0
0
0
19.2
13
3
3
8
24

 

ROB MALAN | INF
Morganton Aggies
Southern Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
AVG: .346
HR: 0
RBI: 7
SB: 5

THE VITALS
Class
: R-Freshman
Hometown/High School: Ashburn, Va./Potomac Falls
Height/Weight: 6-0/175
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Morganton SCBL
.346
28
78
20
27
4
1
0
7
17
20
5
3
.477
.497

 

RYAN MORRISON | RHP
Youse's Orioles
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 4.26
W-L: 1-0
SV: 1
SO: 11

THE VITALS
Class
: Freshman
Hometown/High School: Chesterfield, Va./Manchester
Height/Weight: 6-2/175
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Youse's CRCBL
1
0
4.26
9
0
0
0
1
12.2
15
8
6
6
11

 

CHRIS SHAKLEE | RHP
Herndon Braves
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

2011 STATS
ERA: 3.67
W-L: 1-2
SV: 0
SO: 32

THE VITALS
Class
: Junior
Hometown/High School: Woodbridge, Va./Chesapeake College
Height/Weight: 5-8/172
Bats/Throws: R/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
W
L
ERA
G
GS
CG
SHO
SV
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Herndon CRCBL
1
2
3.67
7
6
0
0
0
34.1
35
17
14
9
32

 

KYLE SUTHERLAND | C
Neptune Beach Pearl
Far West League

2011 STATS
AVG: .000
HR: 0
RBI: 0
SB: 0

THE VITALS
Class
: Junior
Hometown/High School: Issaquah, Washington/Issaquah
Height/Weight: 6-2/205
Bats/Throws: L/R

2011 Season Stats
Team League
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
CS
OBP
SLG
Neptune Beach
FWL
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.000

Note: Sutherland's statistics unavailable.

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