Former Hatters Thriving in Professional Baseball
With the calendar flipping to July and attention on the MLB All-Star Game, it is time to take a look at how former Hatters who are playing professionally are doing this summer.
Of course, the first two names that come to mind when the subject turns to Stetson and pro ball are Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom. The former Hatter hurlers are having banner seasons and both were named Sunday to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game rosters.
The All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Fox will televise the All-Star Game with the live broadcast starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For his part, Kluber had posted an 11-4 record by early July in 17 starts for the first place Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. He had a stretch earlier in the season in which he did not allow a single walk over six consecutive starts.
deGrom does not have the luxury of playing for a contending team as his New York Mets, after a hot start in April, were in fourth place in the National League East in early July. Despite that fact, he is at, or near, the top of the NL in almost every statistical category this summer.
Besides the Hatters’ two Major League players, here is a run-down of where other former Stetson players are playing this summer. Included are the six drafted from the 2018 team, which ended up being ranked No. 10 in the final polls after advancing to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in Hatter history.
Nick Rickles – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)
Rickles has put up solid numbers in his first season in the Phillies organization, batting .241 in 41 games with five home runs and 16 RBI.
Lindsey Caughel – Tacoma Raniers (AAA)
After having a solid season for the Class AA Arkansas Travellers as a starter last year, the Mariners decided to move him into a bullpen role, where he struggled. He posted a 3-2 record with a 6.47 ERA in 14 games this year split between AA and AAA but was released sometime after his last outing, a win in relief against Iowa, on June 17. An aspiring musician, Caughel is getting married in October and may have played his final game as a professional.
Walker Sheller – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)
In his first full season at AA, Sheller has pitched in 23 games, all in relief, this summer. He has a 3-2 record with a 4.09 ERA and one save with 20 strikeouts against just nine walks in 33.0 innings of work.
Patrick Mazeika – Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AA)
After initially being assigned to class AAA Las Vegas, Mazeika has played the entire season alongside Tim Tebow in Binghamton. In 52 games the former Stetson standout is hitting just .211 with eight doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI in 180 at bats.
Vance Vizcaino – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Advanced A)
After opening the year in Lexington, Vizcaino stepped up to the Carolina League and his production jumped with the move. In 28 games in Wilmington, he is hitting .258 with three doubles and a home run. For the year, he is hitting .234 with seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 145 at bats.
Mitchell Jordan – Beloit Snappers (A)
Back in the Midwest League for a second year, Jordan has enjoyed a solid season so far. Despite just a 2-2 record, he has a 2.73 ERA in 13 appearances, including nine starts, covering 62.2 innings of work with 48 strikeouts.
Brooks Wilson – Danville Braves (A-SS)
The 2018 ASUN Player of the Year has been used strictly as a pitcher in three appearances so far. He has a 2.45 ERA in 3.2 innings of work, having allowed one earned run on five hits.
Logan Gilbert – Everett AquaSox (A-SS)
The two-time ASUN Pitcher of the Year is yet to make his professional debut, which is not a surprise after having thrown 112.1 innings this spring for the Hatters.
Jack Perkins – Williamsport Crosscutters (A-SS)
Made his professional debut on June 23 for the GCL West Phillies before getting moved up from the Gulf Coast League team to the Class A short season team. He pitched two innings against the GCL West Yankees, allowing a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
Austin Hale – GCL Twins (R)
Hale continued his hot hitting from late in the spring season in his first four games for the Twins’ Rookie League team. He has three hits in his first four games, including a double, and has driven in a pair of runs.
Joey Gonzalez – GCL Astros (R)
Made his pro debut on June 22 against the Nationals’ GCL club. He took the loss in that game after allowing a pair of earned run on five hits over 1.2 innings. He came back against the same team five days later and earned a win in an inning of work, striking out three.
Ben Onyshko – unassigned
The Vancouver native has been working out VISA issues that allow him to work in the United States. He indicated on Monday that those issues have been taken care of and is waiting to see if he will stay in Arizona, where he has been working out with the AZL Mariners, or if he will head north to rejoin Gilbert as a member of the Everett AquaSox.