Friday, March 21, 2014

3600 miles of HarbourCat updates

We’re another week closer to the start of the 2014 WCL season, and our boys playing Div-1 ball this spring are putting up some fabulous numbers. Let’s take a road trip around the south-west and check in on a few...

We start our journey in beautiful San Jose California. The SJ State Spartans aren't having a great year. Currently ranked #148 in the nation, they are struggling through a 6-16 season (3-6 in Mountain West Play). We’re here to watch RHP Mikey Wright. Originally a starter, Mikey has been sent to the bullpen and has seen limited action in the last couple of weeks. His 11.57 ERA and 4 losses are both team highs. Perhaps rushed into a starter role to start the season, he’s getting plenty of opportunities to work on his stuff out of the pen – he leads the Spartans with 8 appearances.

Heading down the coast to Malibu, located along a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway just minutes from some of the best surfing beaches in the world, we find Pepperdine University. Pepperdine has produced a fair number of MLB players over the years – and an even more impressive number of Miss America/USA contestants!

The baseball program is currently ranked #48, and we’re here looking in on freshman catcher Aaron Barnett, and on sophomore outfielder Devin Carter. Barnett’s torrid pace to start the season tapered off this week – he’s currently in a 2-18 slump, but still sits second on the Waves with a .342 batting average on 26 hits. All but 2 of his hits have been singles. Carter is seeing very little playing time, going 1-2 in a couple of pinch hit appearances this week. He sits at .267 for the season.

Heading East to Albuquerque New Mexico, we find the team currently ranked #41 at 14-7 (4-2 in Mountain West). The UNM Lobos are riding a five game winning streak and are tied for second in their conference. Ex-HarbourCat Alex Real continues to impress, sitting fourth in team average at .325, while still maintaining a 1.000 fielding percentage in 20 games behind the plate. Current HarbourCat outfielder Danny Collier is building on his remarkable freshman year, although he slowed the pace this week going 5-23. He continues to hit .306 while also maintaining a perfect fielding percentage. Pitcher Carson Schneider saw limited action this week, giving up a hit against the only batter he faced, (luckily the runner was stranded). He is still sporting a 0.00 ERA, with one save.

If you want to whet your appetite for ball further, the Lobos stream each game live on the web here.

Done on the mainland, lets swing offshore to Honolulu to visit the #90 ranked Hawaii Warriors. Outfielder Alan Bladwin played in only one game this week, going 1-4, raising his average to .139. Pitcher Quintin Torres-Costa had his first mound appearance of the season, picking up a win while giving up a hit and two walks in a single inning of work. Ex HarbourCat Scott Kuzminsky continues to be solid on the mound for the Warriors, this week pitching an absolute gem 2-hit shutout against the Nevada Wolfpack.

That’s it from the road for this week. Hope you enjoyed the scenery!

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