Summer Baseball Update

Summer baseball is in full-swing as current Cardinal players are particpating in leagues throughout the country. In this update, we've got all the latest news and statistics. Read on about numerous Cardinal pitchers off to strong starts, a hitter faring well in the Cape, and what's going on with the three players on Team USA.

HITTERS

US National Team
Jed Lowrie and John Mayberry, Jr. each made the 22-man US National Team and both are seeing a considerable amount of playing time.  Lowrie is starting at second base and often batting second in the order.  Meanwhile, Mayberry, Jr. is seeing most of his time at first base (occasionally in right field or DH) and batting anywhere from fourth to eighth in lineup.  Neither player is putting up spectacular numbers, however both are doing a decent job with the bats (Team USA uses wood like all the other summer leagues).  Lowrie is currently hitting .250 (7-for-28) with three doubles, a home run, and five RBI.  Mayberry, Jr. is at .222 (8-for-36) with a home run and six RBI.

The Red, White, and Blue swept a six-game series from Canada here in the US before getting swept themselves in a five-game set at Japan earlier this week.  The return to action on July 11th with games back here in the United States.

Cape Cod League
Three Stanford hitters are playing in the Cape - Chris Lewis, Jim Rapoport, and Adam Sorgi.  Lewis is in his second season in the Cape and is playing very well.  Starting at second base for his team, Lewis has an excellent .250 batting average (17-for-68) with two home runs and eight RBI.  Anything over .200 in the Cape is very respectable while hitting above .250 is very impressive.

Not surprisingly, the two newcomers to the league in Rapoport and Sorgi are both struggling with the bat.  Rapoport has a .145 average (8-for-55).  He does though have nine RBI and four stolen bases while hitting leadoff or ninth for his team and starting in center field.  Meanwhile, Sorgi is currently at a .162 mark (6-for-37) with one home run and one RBI.  The homer is significant as Sorgi did not connect for a home run in 70 at-bats as a freshman at Stanford.  Sorgi is playing shortstop and third base for his team.  It will be interesting to see if these two players pick things up a little bit as the second half of the season rolls around and they get used to the pitching.

Alaska League
Chris Minaker and John Hester are each playing up in Alaska - widely considered the second most high-profile summer league.  Minaker is off to a big start with the bat with his .328 batting average (20-for-61), five doubles, two homers, and six RBI.  Minaker figures to play a much bigger role at the plate for Stanford in 2005 and his performance this summer thus far is very encouraging.

Hester is off to an average start with a .208 average (11-for-53).  The catcher has clubbed one home run to go with seven RBI.  The 53 at-bats already surpasses the 34 he had with Stanford this past spring.

Texas League
Ryan Seawell is the only Cardinal hitter playing in the brand new Texas Collegiate Baseball League.  Seawell is bouncing all around the field playing primarily in the outfield or at third base.  He's swinging the bat well thus far with a .258 average (8-for-31) with a home run and five RBI.

California Coastal League
Ben Summerhays was a 23rd round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, but the slugging first baseman has yet to sign and so is currently playing in the California Coastal League (an indication that there's a very good chance he'll be back at Stanford for the '05 season).  Summerhays is batting .303 (10-for-33) with a home run and five RBI.


PITCHERS

US National Team
On paper, pitching figures to be the top strength of the 2005 Stanford Cardinal and numerous Cardinal pitchers are off to good starts this summer.  Mark Romanczuk made the US National Team and has the second lowest ERA on the team at 2.45 (7.1 IP/2 ER).  He's walked three, struck out eight, and opponents are batting just .192 against the lefty.  Romanczuk has made one start for the Red, White, and Blue to go along with three relief appearances.  The main starters for Team USA are currently Mike Pelfrey (Wichita State, 4.35 ERA), Ricky Romero (Cal State Fullerton, 3.00 ERA), Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State, 3.52 ERA), and Ian Kennedy (USC, 6.00 ERA).

Cape Cod League
Greg Reynolds and Blake Holler are both pitching in the Cape and each has had some good moments thus far.  In two starts and two relief appearances, Reynolds is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA.  Over 14 1/3 innings, he allowed ten hits, walked six, and struck out 11.  Meanwhile, Holler has also made two starts and two relief appearances and is currently 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.  In 12 innings, he's surrendered 11 hits with eight walks and nine strike outs.  Nothing spectacular from these two, but still very solid starts especially considering it's their first appearances in the Cape.

Alaska League
Four Cardinal pitchers are throwing in this league and all four are off to good starts, especially Jeff Gilmore and Matt Manship.  Gilmore burst onto the scene last summer up in Alaska when he compiled a 1.41 ERA in 32 innings.  So far, he's even better this year.  Being used as a closer, Gilmore has a sparkling 1.08 ERA (8.1 IP/1 ER) to go with three saves.  The right hander has yet to walk a batter while he's struck out a whopping 12.

Gilmore is teammates with Manship and the Texas native is off to an even better start.  Manship began his summer as a reliever and has since moved into the starting rotation.  Over 11 innings, Manship has allowed a grand total of zero runs while he's walked none and struck out 11.

Matt Leva is being used exclusively as a starter for his ballclub up in Alaska and is off to a very solid start.  In three starts, Leva is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA.  In 18 1/3 innings, Leva has allowed 19 hits with only four walks and 13 strike outs.

Finally, Jeff Stimpson is also throwing up in Alaska and like his fellow teammates, is playing well.  In three starts and one relief outing, Stimpson has a 1-1 record to go with a 2.70 ERA.  He's thrown 20 innings, surrendered 16 hits, walked six, and struck out 17.

Texas League
Pete Duda is pitching well down in Texas as the right hander has made three starts and one relief appearance thus far.  His record currently sits at 1-1 to go with a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.  Duda has walked seven and struck out 13.

California Coastal League
Logan Ardis has a 5.40 ERA in 13 1/3 innings with 15 walks and 12 strike outs.

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US Junior National Team
Incoming freshmen Erik Davis and Randy Molina each made the 18-man US Junior National Team.  Davis is a pitcher who was one of the top hurlers for the US Jr. Team in the summer of 2003.  Davis was a consensus top 25 player his senior year in high school and could have been a top five round draft pick if not for his strong commitment to Stanford.  He was eventually drafted in the 47th round by Anaheim.

Molina's name has popped up on a few top 100 lists as this 6'3" power-hitting third baseman also made the final cut for the US Junior Team.

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