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Bears In Summer Leagues Update
3:45 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

DAVID KAYE

We blogged about a month ago about the 12 members of Baylor's 2012 team playing summer league baseball. Now that they've had a chance to put together more than just a small sample size, let's take a look at how each of them are playing. All of these stats are through games of July 26.

Brad Kuntz has made five starts for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.

Baylor's only player in the Cape Cod League is LHP Brad Kuntz. He's made five starts and compiled a 1-2 record with a 4.81 ERA over 24.1 innings. He's continued to post an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio with 28 strikeouts and only nine walks. Kuntz has gone 5+ innings in four of five outings, and he's had two very good starts. He struck out eight and allowed only two runs in 5.2 innings on July 21, and he allowed only one run on two hits in 5.0 innings with six strikeouts on June 27.

Junior RHPs Dillon Newman and Trae Davis are playing for the Victoria Generals in the Texas Collegiate League, and both earned spots on the South team in the TCL All-Star Game. Davis worked a hitless eighth inning and Newman closed out the South's 10-2 win by striking out all three batters in the ninth.

Including stats from the All-Star Game, Newman is 2-1 with one save and a 1.63 ERA. He's allowed only 17 hits over 27.2 innings, and he's struck out 33 batters while walking only three. Newman earned TCL Pitcher of the Week honors on July 17 after throwing 7.0 shutout innings with no walks and strikeouts. Newman has made three starts and three relief appearances for the Generals.

Davis is 1-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 24.0 innings over seven appearances. He's made four starts and allowed only one hit with 13 strikeouts and nine walks. His 1-2 record is deceiving, as he's taken losses in each of his last two outings despite pitching well. Davis allowed only one run on one hit in 5.0 innings of a loss on July 21, and he also took a loss after allowing two earned runs on two hits in 6.0 innings on July 13.

The Bears also have a trio of pitchers on the same team in the Futures Collegiate League, as Miles Landry, Crayton Bare and Josh Michalec are all pitching for the North Shore Navigators. Landry made the FCL All-Star Game and pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the New 5 team.

Bare is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings over seven appearances. He's struck out 27 and walked 13 while allowing only nine hits. In his most recent outing, Bare picked up a win by allowing only two hits and striking out six in 5.0 innings on July 23.

Landry is 4-3 with a 2.77 ERA over 17 relief appearances. He's allowed only 17 hits, struck out 25 and walked 14 in 26.0 innings. His longest outing of the season came July 7 when he worked 3.0 hitless innings and struck out four of 11 batters faced.

Both Bare and Landry pitched for the Navigators in 2011, but Michalec is in his first summer with the team. He's worked as the closer, recording five saves and posting a 4.73 ERA over 12 appearances. He's struck out 21 and allowed only 11 hits over 13.1 innings. He's worked 1.1 innings or less in all but one outing, but he struck out five of 15 batters faced in 3.0 innings of work in his only extended appearance on July 13.

Rising sophomore Logan Brown is playing for the Oneonta Outlaws in the Perfect Game League. He's made 31 starts and is hitting .311 with 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, a .393 on-base percentage and 13 stolen bases.

In other leagues, Grayson Porter has played in 28 games for the Old Orchard Beach Tide of the FCBL, Doug Ashby has made 10 appearances on the mound for the Walla Walla Sweets in the West Coast League, and Joe Kirkland has pitched in three games for the Luray Wrangles in the Valley Baseball League. Stats are unavailable for Adam Toth's and Nate Goodwin's summer league teams.

Volz went 3-1 with six saves and a 2.19 ERA in 16 outings in Double-A this season.

In unrelated news, former Baylor RHP Kendal Volz has retired from professional baseball. He was pitching for the Kansas City Royals' Double-A affiliate in his third pro season, but an injury ended his season and Volz decided to call it a career. He was having his best year in pro ball, posting a 3-1 record with six saves and a 2.19 ERA over 16 relief appearances for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

For updates throughout the offseason, follow the Baylor Baseball Twitter feed (@BaylorBaseball).


Catching up with Bears in the Pros
8:50 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

DAVID KAYE

Five of Baylor's six 2012 MLB Draft Picks have signed professional contracts, and another former Bears has returned to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2009, so now is a great time to update the list of Bears in the Pros.

Trent Blank (Colorado Rockies), Tyler Bremer (Chicago Cubs), Josh Ludy (Philadelphia Phillies), Max Muncy (Oakland Athletics) and Josh Turley (Detroit Tigers) have all signed professional contracts. Logan Vick (Cleveland Indians) has until July 13 to decide whether to return to Baylor for his senior season or sign a professional contract.

Five former Bears have played in the Major Leagues this season. Shawn Tolleson made his MLB debut on June 7, becoming the 40th former Bear to play in the majors. He has since been sent back down to Triple-A Albuquerque. Update: As this blog was being posted, news broke that Tolleson has been called back up to the Dodgers.

Kip Wells returned to the majors for the first time since 2009 when he debuted for the San Diego Padres on June 26. Wells was pitching against his hometown Houston Astros in the game, and he took a tough-luck loss after allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings, but in his second outing he went 7.0 shutout innings in a win at hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado. Here are links to keep up with the Bears' five Major Leaguers:

MAJOR LEAGUERS
David Murphy
- Texas Rangers
Kelly Shoppach - Boston Red Sox
Drew Sutton - Pittsburgh Pirates
Shawn Tolleson - Los Angeles Dodgers
Kip Wells - San Diego Padres

Five players from Baylor's 2012 team are in pro ball, though only three have made their professional debuts. Most recent draft picks begin their careers in rookie ball or at short-season leagues, but the Oakland A's showed some faith in Max Muncy by beginning his pro career with the Class A Burlington Bees in the Midwest League. That looks like a good decision so far, as Muncy is hitting .323 with five extra-base hits and six RBI in his first nine games.

Josh Ludy also began his pro career in Class A with the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League. Trent Blank started pro ball in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League with the Tri-City Dust Devils, and Josh Turley is in the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League with the Connecticut Tigers, though he hasn't yet played his first professional game. Tyler Bremer has signed with the Cubs, but he's not yet listed on any of their minor league rosters. Here are links to keep up with those five:

MINOR LEAGUERS FROM 2012 BAYLOR TEAM
Max Muncy
- Burlington Bees (Oakland Athletics)
Josh Ludy - Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies)
Trent Blank - Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies)
Josh Turley - Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers)
Tyler Bremer - TBD (Chicago Cubs)

There are also quite a few Bears from previous teams playing at various levels of the minors. Landis Ware was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, but an injury forced him to postpone his professional debut until June 20 this year. Two more members of the Bears' 2011 draft class are playing in the minors, as Logan Verrett is with the Savannah Sand Gnats in the Class A South Atlantic League and Brooks Pinckard is with the Bakersfield Blaze in the Advanced-A California League.

MINOR LEAGUERS FROM 2011 BAYLOR TEAM
Logan Verrett
- Savannah Sand Gnats (New York Mets)
Brooks Pinckard - Bakersfield Blaze (Cincinnati Reds)
Landis Ware - Arizona League Angels (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)

The only Bear who has been in the minor leagues for more than two seasons and isn't playing at the Double-A or Triple-A level is Michael Griffin, but there's a reason he's at Advanced-A. After playing his first seven professional seasons as a position player (and advancing as high as Triple-A), Griffin converted to full-time pitching in 2012. He's playing with Pinckard on the Bakersfield Blaze in the Advanced-A California League.

Baylor fan favorite Beamer Weems is one step away from the Majors with the Triple-A Tucson Padres in the Pacific Coast League. Weems missed more than three weeks with an injury, but he returned to action on June 29, and he's having the best offensive year of his five-year professional career.

Jeff Mandel is in his sixth minor league season and is currently with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in the International League. Kevin Russo played in the Majors with the Yankees in 2010 and is also in his sixth professional season. He is playing in the same league as Mandel but with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, and he went on the disabled list on June 25.

Three Bears are playing in Double-A. Kendal Volz is with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the Texas League, but he's been on the disabled list since May 25. Aaron Miller is with the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League, where he was teammates with Tolleson before the latter was called up to Triple-A. Cory VanAllen is with the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League, but he went on the disabled list on June 22. VanAllen has also spent time this season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he was a teammate of Mandel.

BEARS WITH 3+ YEARS IN MINORS
Beamer Weems
- Tucson Padres (San Diego Padres)
Jeff Mandel - Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals)
Kevin Russo - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (New York Yankees)
Kendal Volz - Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals)
Aaron Miller - Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Cory VanAllen - Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals)
Michael Griffin - Bakersfield Blaze (Cincinnati Reds)

For updates throughout the offseason, follow the Baylor Baseball Twitter feed (@BaylorBaseball).

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