Duquesne Baseball in the Pros

In an earlier report, DuquesneSports described DU alum Joe Beimel's strong season with the Dodgers. Couple more Dukes worked in professional baseball this summer.

Joe Beimel ('98 draft) pitched in three of the four Pittsburgh Pirates - Los Angeles Dodgers games this week, a series the NL West Division-leading club took, 1-3.

Beimel (5-1), who has pitched in a team-best 66 games, gave up one hit and one run while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings. His ERA is now 2.20.

Keith Meyer ('07 draft) finished his first full season in the Seattle Mariners farm system with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He had been selected as junior in the 15th round of the 2007 draft.

The Schenley High School grad was 3-5 this season, with four saves. He stuck out 69 while walking 29 and closed with a 4.35 ERA. His 42 appearances, all but three in relief, were two short of the team's high.

The Rattlers were 56-80 overall, last in the Midwest League. They were 25-45 in the second half.

Jim Popp ('02 & '03 drafts) finished his first season with the Schaumburg Flyers of the independent Northern League.

Popp was chosen in the 48th round by of 2002 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. He chose to return to Duquesne for his senior season. Popp became the first Duquesne baseball player ever to be drafted twice -- the San Francisco Giants picked him in the 50th round despite that fact he had suffered an injury during the 2003 season on the Bluff.

He joined the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League in 2004. The Brashear High School grad recorded a program-record 38 saves in three seasons with the Wild.

This summer, Popp was 3-6 in 39 games with six saves and a 4.81 ERA with 43 strikeouts vs. 20 bases-on-balls. Schaumburg was 30-66 this season.

One Duke has hung up the cleats. Dan Schwartzbauer had been selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 41st round of the 2004 Draft. He played with the Buccos' Bradenton Pirates, Hickory Crawdads and Lynchburg Hillcats. In 2007, the Shaler High alum hit .252 in 47 games before retiring.

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