WACO, Texas – After Baylor baseball’s very successful second season under Steve Rodriguez, several players were assigned to play in various summer collegiate leagues across the country. The yearly tradition allows players to keep improving their skills in a live-game atmosphere against some of the country’s top talent, and quite a few Bears excelled in their summer season.
Levi Gilcrease (Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks) and Andy Thomas (Matsu Miners) played in the Alaska Baseball League. Gilcrease hit .248 in 44 games with 23 runs, 36 hits, five doubles, two triples, one home run, 17 RBI, 21 walks and eight steals. Thomas helped the Miners win the 2017 ABL title, was selected to the 2017 ABL All-Star Game and had an RBI in the contest. In 32 games, Thomas hit .284 with 13 runs, 27 hits, three doubles, one homer, 11 RBI, nine walks and one steal.
Shea Langeliers (Chatham Anglers) played in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, was named Baseball America’s 12th best prospect in the CCBL in 2017 and was a 2017 CCBL All-Star Game starter. In 34 games, Langeliers had 15 runs, 30 hits, eight doubles (ranked fourth in CCBL), two triples (led league), six homers (fourth in CCBL), 21 RBI (eighth in CCBL) and 14 walks.
Josh Bissonette (Wilmar Stingers) and Joe Heineman (Lakeshore Chinooks) played in the Northwoods League. Bissonette hit .299 in 60 games with 35 runs, 69 hits, eight doubles, four homers, 35 RBI, 29 walks and three steals. Heineman went 5-0 (wins ranked fourth in NL) with a 2.91 ERA (fourth in NL) in 21 relief appearances (eighth in NL) while posting four saves (ninth in NL) and allowing 14 runs (12 earned) on 28 hits and 19 walks with 48 strikeouts in 37 innings.
Alex Griggs (Danville Dans) played in the Prospect League. He went 3-0 with a 4.26 ERA in six starts (one complete game) and seven relief appearances, allowing 27 runs (21 earned) on 48 hits and 17 walks with 49 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.
Trevor Harris (Front Royal Cardinals), Ryan Leckich (Front Royal Cardinals) and Hunter Seay (Harrisburg Turks) played in the Valley Baseball League. Harris went 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in one start and 11 relief appearances, allowing 11 runs (seven earned) on 16 hits and 11 walks with 25 strikeouts in 24 innings. Leckich went 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance, giving up 13 runs (six earned) on 17 hits and 19 walks with 23 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. Leckich then moved to the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores late in the season, tossing two scoreless relief innings while giving up two hits in his lone appearance. Seay went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing no runs on two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings in two relief appearances on the mound. As a hitter, Seay posted a .262 average in 29 games with nine runs, 22 hits, two doubles, one triple, 11 RBI, 10 walks and one steal.
Tucker Johnson (Victoria Harbourcats), Daniel Caruso (Gresham Greywolves) and Cole Weaver (Gresham Greywolves) played in the West Coast League. Johnson helped the Harbourcats to the WCL championship series while hitting .283 in 35 games with 24 runs, 36 hits, six doubles, one homer, 18 RBI, 13 walks and six steals. Caruso went 2-1 in two starts and six relief appearances with 18 strikeouts in 21 innings. Weaver hit .286 in 30 games with 13 runs, 22 hits, six doubles, eight RBI and 12 walks.