Summer Baseball Update

Summer ball is starting to wrap-up for Stanford players throughout the country. Brian Hall headlines the list of top performers in the Cape Cod League this past week while Mark Romanczuk remained perfect for Team USA. Read on for a complete update on how various Cardinal players are faring in their respective summer leagues.

Cape Cod League
* Sam Fuld continues to put together a summer to remember in the Cape as his average currently stands at .368 (42-for-114) with seven doubles, one home run, 14 RBI, and eight stolen bases.  He's currently second in the league in hitting.  His .368 average would have been good enough to lead the league in batting in each of the last three summers.  Fuld's team (he's teammates with Lucy and Hall) has two more games remaining in the regular season and their squad is likely playoff bound.

* Brian Hall had a big week as he went 8-for-20 with a couple of doubles, a triple, and five RBI.  His season average is up to .252 (26-for-103) with four doubles, one homer, 15 RBI, and ten stolen bases.

* Donny Lucy is also swinging the bat well as his average is up to .272 (31-for-114) with two doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, and five stolen bases.  His .272 average is just outside the top ten in the league.  Another positive for Lucy this summer is that he's drawn seven walks.  Being patient at the plate and taking the walk hasn't been his strength while at Stanford, but he appears to be showing progress this summer in the Cape.

* John Mayberry, Jr. hasn't slowed down as he's now hitting .364 (24-for-66) with five doubles, one triple, and eight RBI.  Mayberry won't qualify for the league leaders this summer because he doesn't have enough at-bats and the regular season ends this week, but if he did have enough AB's, he would be third in the league in batting.

* Chris Carter is batting .200 (12-for-60) this summer.  He has two doubles, one homer, and five RBI.

* With a late push, Chris Lewis is bidding to hit above .200 in his first summer in the Cape.  After his 8-for-56 start, Lewis is 17-for-60 (.283) to raise his season average to .216.  Lewis also has two doubles, one home run, and eight RBI to his credit.  He continues to play almost exclusively at third base.

* In 11 games out of the bullpen, Kodiak Quick is 0-0 with a 5.00 ERA.  He's allowed ten earned runs on 22 hits in 18 innings while walking 12 and striking out 14.

US National Team
* Mark Romanczuk continues to dazzle as he picked up another win on Sunday in his fifth start of the summer.  Pitching in the Pan Am Games against the Bahamas, Romanczuk tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings with four hits allowed.  He didn't walk a batter while recording nine strikeouts.  For the summer, Romanczuk is a perfect 5-0 with a 0.81 ERA (33.1 IP/3 ER).  He's walked seven and struck out 35.  If Team USA makes a deep run in the Pan Am Games (the games run through August 12th) then Romanczuk may get another start this summer.

* Danny Putnam is now hitting .356 (32-for-90) for the Red, White, and Blue which is good for second on the team.  He has seven doubles, one triple, two homers, 19 RBI, and three stolen bases.

Cape Cod/Team USA Analysis
* Stanford players in the Cape and on Team USA are enjoying quite a bit of success this summer.  This especially holds true for Cardinal hitters.  Along with last year's team success, the lofty numbers Stanford batters are putting up in the Cape and on Team USA are a reason why expectations should be very high again next season, at least in terms of offense.  Here is a list of the top schools and their Cape Cod/Team USA representation for hitters only :

Stanford - 7 players
Georgia Tech - 6
LSU - 5
Arizona - 4
Washington - 4
Baylor - 4
Wake Forest - 4

Now here's only in the Pac-10 :
Stanford - 7
Arizona - 4
Washington - 4
Arizona State - 3
USC - 2
California - 2
UCLA - 1

* Next week (in the final summer update of the year) I'll take a look at the summers of Sam Fuld, Danny Putnam, and John Mayberry, Jr. and how they rank among the best in recent history for a Stanford player.

Alaska League
* Jed Lowrie and Jeff Gilmore have both concluded their summers in this high-profile league.  Lowrie finished with a .224 (22-for-98) average to go along with two doubles, one home run, and seven RBI.  Lowrie also drew a whopping 21 walks.

* Gilmore was turned into a starter in the closing weeks of the season.  In his first start, he allowed one run in seven innings while in his second (and final) start, he gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings.  For the summer, Gilmore compiled a 1.41 ERA in 32 innings pitched.  He surrendered 27 hits, five earned runs, walked seven, and struck out 25.  His progress in the fall will certainly be monitored as he looks to be ready to make a contribution.

Northwoods League
* Jonny Ash is currently hitting .256 (23-for-90) with three doubles and six RBI.

* David O'Hagan hasn't pitched since the last update.  In six games (five starts), he's 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA over 35 1/3 innings pitched.

California Coastal League
* Drew Ehrlich has completed his regular season and he certainly enjoyed quite a bit of success this summer.  In eight games (one start), Ehrlich went 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA.  In 19 1/3 innings pitched, he allowed nine hits, three earned runs (which all came in his lone start - 5 1/3 IP), he walked seven, and struck out 25.

* Ehrlich's teammate, Steve Papazian, tossed 6 2/3 innings out of the bullpen spanning six outings.  He yielded two earned runs on five hits (2.70 ERA) to go with five walks and nine K's.

* Noah Hawthorne is pitching in the same league (has season is not yet complete) and he's 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six games including two starts.  In 25 1/3 innings, Hawthorne has allowed 19 hits with ten walks and 19 strikeouts.

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