Summer Baseball Update

Summer ball action rolls on throughout the country with numerous Stanford players performing very well. Headlining the list this past week is pitcher David O'Hagan who has settled in nicely as a starting pitcher in the Northwoods League while John Mayberry, Jr. is sizzling hot in the Cape Cod League. Read on for an update.

Cape Cod League
* Sam Fuld continues to impress in the Cape as the center fielder is currently second in the league with a .355 (33-for-93) batting average.  He also hit his first homer of the summer last week while his on-base percentage is at a league-leading .425 clip.  Fuld generally hits first in the lineup with an occasional start in the #3 spot.  Last weekend, Fuld was named the MVP of the West Division in the Cape Cod All-Star Game.  Scouts value heavily players' performances in the summer leagues and after Fuld struggled last summer with Team USA (.190 average) you would think he's put any doubt out of the minds of pro teams that he can hit with a wood bat.  With another big year in 2004, Fuld should be a very high draft pick next June.

* John Mayberry, Jr. is sizzling hot in the Cape as well as the Freshman All-American has raised his average all the way up to a whopping .360 (18-for-50).  Junior started slow with only one hit in his first 13 AB's, but has hit .459 since then.  His .360 average would rank second in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.  Mayberry has recorded five doubles and eight RBI as well.

* Donny Lucy is currently hitting .247 (23-for-93) with a double, homer, ten RBI, and four stolen bases.  For reference, Lucy hit .159 with a home run in the Cape last summer.

* Brian Hall is now batting .217 (18-for-83) for the summer with two doubles, one home run (which he hit last week), ten RBI, and nine stolen bases.  Hall continues to play everyday at third base.

* Chris Lewis, like his classmate Mayberry, Jr., struggled mightily early on this summer, but he has appeared to have turned things around.  Lewis only had eight hits in his first 56 at-bats, but is hitting .275 (11-for-40) since then to improve his season average to .198 (19-for-96).  He also has a double, a home run, seven RBI, and five stolen bases while starting everyday at third base.

* Chris Carter participated in the Home Run Derby last weekend and is currently hitting .196 (9-for-46) with a home run and five RBI.

* Kodiak Quick continues to slowly but surely lower his ERA as it's down to 5.14 for the summer.  Over eight appearances out of the bullpen, Quick has thrown 14 innings with nine walks and 11 K's.

USA National Team
* Mark Romanczuk was finally touched up for a few runs in his last start, but still won the game to improve to 4-0 for the summer.  It should be noted though that Team USA scored 11 runs for Romanczuk in the first inning and he pitched well with the lead as he surrendered three runs in six innings of work.  In his four starts, Romanczuk has a 0.96 ERA (28 IP/3 ER).  He's allowed 17 hits, walked seven, and struck out 26.

* Danny Putnam is now hitting .341 (28-for-82) with two home runs and 16 RBI while continuing to play left field and bat third in the order.  The .341 average is good for second on the team.  And like Fuld, Putnam is making the case to be a high draft pick next June with his performance this summer.  That is assuming that Putnam has another successful campaign in '04.

Northwoods League
* David O'Hagan is having a lot of success this summer as a starter in the Northwoods League.  Last Sunday the 20th, O'Hagan tossed a three-hit complete game shutout.  He walked only one, struck out six, and allowed only one runner to advance past first base.  In his next start last Friday, O'Hagan was saddled with the loss but he still pitched very well with only two earned runs allowed in seven innings of work to go with 7 K's.  In six games (five starts), O'Hagan is 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA.  Spanning 35 1/3 innings, O'Hagan has yielded only 27 hits, walked 13, and struck out 34.

* Jonny Ash is hitting .268 (22-for-82) with six RBI as the everyday second baseman for Mankato.

Alaska League
* Jeff Gilmore is putting together a great summer in the Alaska League.  The entering sophomore has a 1.37 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.  He's walked six and struck out 20.

* Jed Lowrie is currently batting at a .211 (19-for-90) clip with two doubles, a home run, and six RBI.

California Coastal League
Through seven relief appearances, Drew Ehrlich has a perfect 0.00 ERA.  In 14 innings pitched, he's allowed just five hits, walked four, and struck out 19.

* Steve Papazian has allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in six appearances.  He's walked five and struck out nine.

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