SAINT LEO, Fla. – Here's a quick look at how several Saint Leo alumni and current players fared during the summer in the minors and in collegiate summer leagues:
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Danny Torres – Bakersfield (Calif.) Blaze, California League (Class A-Advanced)
Torres finished the season with a .228 batting average (59-for-259) over 74 games played with the Blaze, with 10 doubles and two home runs. He crossed for 29 runs and 32 RBI, and posted a .310 on base percentage and .290 slugging percentage for a .599 OPS. During Bakersfield's post-season run in the California League, Torres boosted his average to .316 with a .856 OPS after going 6-for-19 with a pair of doubles.
Bakersfield finished the season with a 76-64 record, winning the California League's North Division. The Blaze defeated San Jose, two games to one, in the first round of the California League playoffs, before falling to Visalia in three games in a best-of-five series in the semifinals. The Bakersfield franchise was folded at the end of the season, and the Seattle Mariners signed a working agreement with the Modesto Nuts for the 2017 season.
Troy Sieber – Greeneville (Tenn.) Astros, Appalachian League (Rookie Advanced)
After 12 games with the GCL Astros where he posted a .289 average (11-of-38), Sieber was assigned to the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League. With Greeneville, Sieber posted a .242 batting average (30-for-124) over 33 games with nine doubles and one home run. He tallied 10 runs batted in with 12 runs scored, and his 20 walks were second-most on the team. He charted a .356 on base percentage and .339 slugging percentage for a .695 OPS.
Greeneville posted a 33-34 record, and finished third in the Appalachian League's West Division.
Rick Teasley – Southern Illinois Miners, Frontier League (Independent)
Teasley was one of the workhorses of the Miners' pitching staff in 2016, logging 108.2 innings pitched – second-most on the team – over 17 appearances in 2016 including three complete games and two shutouts. He posted a 4.80 ERA with an 8-5 record, and his 80 strikeouts was also second-most among Miner pitchers.
Southern Illinois posted a 63-33 record, and dropped a best-of-five playoff series in the Frontier League's Divisional Round.
COLLEGIATE SUMMER LEAGUES
Brett Coffel – Knights, St. Louis Metro Collegiate Summer League
Coffel's team did not advance to the league's post-season, and he finished the season with a .256 batting average (23-for-90) with 13 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Derek Gibree – Winchester (Va.) Royals, Shenandoah Valley Baseball League
Gibree posted a .286 batting average (34-for-119) with Winchester, with 20 runs scored and 10 runs batted in. He also logged seven doubles, and his 19 walks were second-most on the team. Gibree finished the season with a .728 OPS. As a team, Gibree's Royals finished second in the Valley League's North Division, seven games out of first place.
Shane Haight – Winter Garden (Fla.) Squeeze, Florida Collegiate League
Haight recorded a 1.96 ERA over 36.2 innings in seven appearances with the Winter Garden Squeeze, and was a workhorse of the staff with six starts on his way to a 4-1 record. He recorded 41 strikeouts against 18 walks, and allowed just eight earned runs on the season. Haight was named Second Team All-Florida League at the end of the season.
Ethan Lichtenberg – Brockton (Mass.) Rox, Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Lichtenberg finished the season with a 5.40 ERA and a 1-1 record, over 16.2 innings of work across 16 appearances. He charted 17 strikeouts against just 10 walks, while allowing 10 earned runs. Brockton finished the season with a 27-29 record in the FCBL's East Division.
Chad Miller – Worcester (Mass.) Bravehearts, Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Miller logged a .270 batting average (37-for-137) over 39 regular season games played for Worcester, with six doubles, three triples, and three home runs. He recorded 18 RBI, and his 29 runs scored were tied for second-most on the team. Miller was second on the team with seven stolen bases in nine attempts. Worcester won the FCBL's West Division with a 37-18 record, and fell to the Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights in the best-of-three league championship series.
Dylan Harris – Worcester (Mass.) Bravehearts, Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Harris joined the Bravehearts late in the season, and went 8-for-24 for a .333 batting average over six regular season games played. However those eight hits included two doubles and one home run, giving Harris a .542 slugging percentage. He also tallied two RBI and five runs scored, with two walks and two strikeouts. Worcester won the FCBL's West Division with a 37-18 record, and fell to the Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights in the best-of-three league championship series.
Zach Whitaker – Worcester (Mass.) Bravehearts, Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Whitaker put together a 4-2 record with one save over 10 appearances and four starts with Worcester, compiling a 6.81 ERA over 33.0 innings pitched. He fanned 28 batters against just seven walks, and allowed 25 earned runs. Worcester won the FCBL's West Division with a 37-18 record, and fell to the Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights in the best-of-three league championship series.
Alex Mata – New Bedford (Mass.) Bay Sox, New England Collegiate Baseball League
Mata posted a .213 batting average (26-for-122) with three doubles and two home runs over his 38 games played with the Bay Sox. He also recorded 11 runs batted in with nine runs scored. New Bedford finished the regular season with a 22-23 record, and went 1-2 during the post-season.
Zack Sabo – Lenoir (N.C.) Oilers, Carolina Virginia Collegiate League
Sabo posted a .282 batting average (35-for-124) over 40 games with Lenoir, with nine doubles and one home run. He plated 17 runs with 23 runs scored, and recorded seven walks and seven HBP. Sabo compiled a .348 on base percentage and .379 slugging percentage for a .727 OPS. Lenoir posted a 39-17 overall record, winning the 2016 CVCL championship with a 10-5 win over the defending champion Catawba Valley Stars.
Chase Turner – Lenoir (N.C.) Oilers, Carolina Virginia Collegiate League
Turner finished the summer with a .318 batting average (49-for-154), and was fourth on the team in hitting. He was second on the team with 32 runs scored, to go with his 29 RBI. Among his 49 hits were six doubles and one home run, and he recorded just nine strikeouts over 170 plate appearances. Turner put together a .371 on base percentage and .377 slugging percentage for a .747 OPS. Lenoir posted a 39-17 overall record, winning the 2016 CVCL championship with a 10-5 win over the defending champion Catawba Valley Stars.
Dan Twitty – Leesburg (Fla.) Lightning, Florida Collegiate League
Twitty put together a 3-0 record with two saves over 23 appearances and 24.0 innings pitched with the Leesburg Lightning. He struck out 23 batters while issuing a mere five walks, and allowed 10 earned runs to finish the season with a 3.75 ERA. Against Twitty, opposing batters posted just a .237 batting average. Leesburg posted a 21-23 record during its 2016 season.
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