While the off season is still only a few weeks old, there is still plenty of news and notes as the players are participating in the various summer leagues and receiving national awards.
McKay Racking Up National Awards
Following a stellar rookie season with the Cardinals that resulted in ACC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-ACC accolades, two-way standout Brendan McKay continues to have his named called for multiple national awards.
Already the receipient of the Freshman of the Year honors by both Baseball America and College Baseball newspaper, McKay added two more to his resume on Monday morning
He was selected as the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year and D1Baseball chose his as the Freshman of the Year.
The award, named for the Washington State star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a left-handed pitcher, will be presented Monday night in Lubbock, Texas, at the Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions event .
“We had another outstanding class of two-way players this season, all of whom could have won the award," Olerud co-chairman George Watson said. "What set Brendan apart was his competitiveness as a freshman to solidify tough roles both at the plate and on the mound and to do so with the maturity and mental toughness of a seasoned veteran.”
The Darlington, Penn., native became a key member of Louisville's ACC record-setting team as both a pitcher and first baseman. He joined the Cardinals weekend starting rotation, where the lefty compiled a 9-3 record with a 1.77 ERA 117 strikeouts. He also registered four saves out of the bullpen before joining the starting staff. McKay hit .308 with four home runs and 34 RBI, while hitting in the clean-up spot for the final 32 games of the season.
McKay is currently playing with the USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team.
A trio of Cardinals – Zack Burdi, Brendan McKay and Corey Ray – are currently playing with Team USA. Led by the hot-hitting of Ray, the American squad has won five straight to improve to 6-3. They close out a series with Chinese Taipei on Monday afternoon before beginning a five game series against Cuba in Durham, N.C.
After leading the Cardinals with a .325 average last season, sophomore Corey Ray has remained hot at the plate. On Sunday, Ray went 4-for-4 to lead Team USA to a 10-2 victory. That performance improved his nine game average at the plate to .441. One of three players on the roster to play each game, Ray has hit safely in each and has four doubles, one triple and is tops on the team with nine stolen bases.
McKay has appeared in five games, including three as a pitcher, where he holds an 0.00 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched. Burdi has made three appearances, but has yet to pick up a save.
Summer League Updates
A total of 23 members of the U of L roster are participating in various summer leagues. Here's a quick look at some of the recent top performers:
Cape Cod League
- Nick Solak is currently second on the Bourne Braves roster with a .314 average. He has six RBI and three stolen bases in nine games.
- Josh Rogers has made two appearances for the Braves and has compiled a 1-0 record with a 0.93 ERA.
- Playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Blake Teberi is hitting .409 with four RBI in nine games.
- Brewster Whitecap teammates Will Smith and Colin Lyman are leading their team in hitting. Smith's .350 average is team-high, with Lyman second at .345.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
- Shortstop Devin Hairston is hitting .360 for the Vermont Mountaineers.
- Logan Taylor is hitting .339 in 15 games for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Taylor also leads his team with nine stolen bases.
- Jake Sparger has made four appearances and has a 1-0 record with an 0.00 ERA while playing for the Rochester Honkers.
Coastal Plain League