Baseball News and Notes

Things may be slow right now on-campus concerning the Stanford baseball team, but that's hardly the case off-campus. In this news and notes article, get the latest on the signed and unsigned drafted players, how current players are faring in their respective summer leagues along with various other random pieces of information.

US National Team
* Mark Romanczuk continues to pitch well for Team USA.  In his last start back on July 11th, he fired eight shutout innings while allowing just two hits.  Romanczuk walked only one and struck out six.  He was pitching against a team from the Great Lakes League (Ben Summerhays, John Hester, and Chris Minaker are playing in this league this summer, however they were not on the team Romanczuk faced).  In two starts with Team USA, Romanczuk has thrown 15 2/3 shutout innings with only five hits allowed.  He's walked three and struck out 15.  His next start will likely come against Mexico on Friday the 18th.

* Danny Putnam currently boasts a .349 average which is good for second on the team.  He's rapped out three doubles, hit one homer, driven home seven, while he also has two stolen bases.

Cape Cod League
* Sam Fuld is leading all Cardinal in the Cape with a .283 (13-for-46) average.  His on-base percentage is a stellar .389 while he also has two doubles and four RBI.

* Brian Hall is playing well after his slow start as his average is up to .227 (10-for-44).  Hall is mainly playing third base with some time at first base mixed in.

* Donny Lucy has slowed down a bit after his red-hot start.  His average currently sits at .245 (13-for-53) with a home run and six RBI.

* John Mayberry, Jr. is 5-for-14 (.357) since a 1-for-13 start in the league to increase his average to .222.  He's done a nice job producing runs with five RBI already.  Junior is primarily playing left field.

* Chris Carter (.176, 6-for-34) and Chris Lewis (.143, 8-for-56) are both hitting below .200.

* Mark Jecmen had a rough second outing this summer as in 1/3 of an inning he allowed two unearned runs, walked two, and uncorked two wild pitches.  He's allowed three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings with three walks and five K's through two relief outings.

* Kodiak Quick has also struggled with four earned runs allowed through six innings over four games.  His control continues to be a problem with seven walks (and three strikeouts) in those six innings.  

Alaska League
* Jeff Gilmore is pitching very well in Alaska right now.  As a reliever, Gilmore has a 1.72 ERA over 15 2/3 innings pitched.  He's walked six and struck out 13.  Gilmore threw only 2 1/3 innings this season as a freshman (1 hit, 0 earned runs), but should see more time out of the bullpen next season as a sophomore.

* Billy Paganetti hasn't seen any plate appearances over the last week.  As a relief pitcher, he's allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Northwoods League
* Jonny Ash is hot again as the infielder has brought his average up to .281 to go along with six RBI.  Ash is almost exclusively playing second base.

* David O'Hagan also continues to pitch well as in three games (two starts), he's 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

California Coastal League
* It's been the Drew Ehrlich show in this league thus far as the 6'5" righthander has fired 13 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Santa Barbara Foresters.  He's yielded only four hits and three walks while recording 17 strikeouts.


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Professional Baseball Update
* Four of the six drafted Stanford players this season have signed including first round pick Carlos Quentin.  Quentin's contract included a 1.1 million dollar signing bonus and he hopes to be ready for spring training next season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery a couple of weeks ago.

* Ryan Garko, a third round pick of Cleveland, has signed with the Indians which included a $270,000 signing bonus.  Garko made his professional debut yesterday with Mahoning Valley (short-season A ball, New York-Penn League) and went 1-for-3 with a home run.  Garko is teammates with former Cardinal pitcher Dan Rich.

* Tim Cunningham has agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers and is playing in Spokane of the Northwest League.  Through two games, Cunningham has pitched three innings while allowing two earned runs.

* Ryan McCally continues to pitch for Charleston of the South Atlantic League.  A 23rd round pick of Tampa Bay, McCally has thrown four innings with two runs allowed out of the bullpen.

* John Hudgins, who was drafted in the third round by Texas, has yet to sign with the Rangers.  The main reason why Hudgins has yet to agree to terms is because the Rangers don't feel a sense of urgency right now to sign him.  Because of Hudgins' heavy workload this year (165 1/3 innings pitched - led the nation), the Rangers were likely going to give him the summer off anyway.  They were hoping to lowball Hudgins in the hopes he would get anxious and sign, but that hasn't happened and negotiations are ongoing.  It's expected that Hudgins won't sign for a little while longer, but that it will happen eventually.

* Sam Fuld (24th round, Chicago Cubs) continues to play in the Cape Cod League and it's becoming increasingly unlikely that he will sign.  Fuld still has credits remaining to graduate and is looking forward to returning.


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News and Notes
* Opening day next season is January 30th as the Cal State Fullerton Titans come to Sunken for a three-game series.

* The College World Series is being pushed back a week again next year.  The CWS is scheduled to start on June 18th and will run through June 27th or 28th.  Regionals won't get underway until June 4th.

* Fall practice will begin shortly after school starts which is in late September.

* Pitcher Moses Kopmar is transferring, likely to a local JC, to get some innings.

* Recruiting is in full swing these days as high school players throughout the country are participating in various summer leagues, tournaments, and showcases.  Expect word of verbal commitments for entering high school seniors to start trickling in over the next few months until the early signing period in November.

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