Aug 30, 2013
WACO, Texas - Over the summer, 15 players from Baylor baseball took part in various collegiate wooden bat leagues throughout the country. As they all continued to better their collective games, several excelled before returning to campus for the beginning of the new school year.
Grayson Porter picked up where he left off after a breakout junior season for the Bears as he earned a spot on the All-West Coast League second team at the end of the season and was a mid-season all-star selection. In 49 games for the Kelowna Falcons, he led the team with 62 hits, 35 runs, 29 RBI and one triple. He also ranked second in home runs with four, third in doubles with 11 and fourth in batting average at .316. His 62 hits were third in the WCL, while his 35 runs were fifth and 29 RBI were sixth.
Sean Spicer started 10 games for the Albany Dutchmen of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and ranked seventh in the league with a 3.42 ERA. A mid-season all-star selection, Spicer posted a 3-2 record with one complete game while allowing 50 hits and a .240 opponent batting average with 38 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.
Doug Ashby earned a team-high four wins (4-4) with a 3.93 ERA for the McKinney Marshals of the Texas Collegiate League. A member of the Baylor bullpen thus far in his career, Ashby made the switch to starter for the summer with success as eight of his nine appearances were starts. Earning a spot on the mid-season all-star team, Ashby had one complete game as he allowed 46 hits and only 22 walks with 42 strikeouts.
In the Northwoods League, Bobby McCormack went 2-1 with one save in 25 relief appearances while posting a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 innings for the Willmar Stingers. He struck out 31, walked only 15 and gave up just 15 hits. Joe Kirkland also played with the Stingers as he made one start in nine appearances, compiling 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. Matt Menard played in the league as well, hitting .257 over 44 games for the Eau Claire Express. He had 39 hits, 29 runs, 23 walks, 16 RBI, six doubles, four steals and one home run.
A pair of Bears played for the Saratoga Brigade of the New England College Baseball League. Hunter Abbe went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 26.2 innings over 16 relief appearances. He allowed 29 hits and struck out 20 while ranking second on the team with three saves. Duncan Wendel posted 17 hits, nine walks, eight runs, three RBI, one double and steal in 33 games.
Three Bears also played for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League. Lawton Langford hit .357 in the postseason and had 25 hits, 17 walks, nine RBI, eight steals, four doubles and one triple in 35 games. Josh Michalec compiled a 3.85 ERA in three relief appearances. Austin Stone went 1-2 with a 4.90 ERA in eight appearances, six of which were starts. He posted 31 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Adam Toth played 33 games for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He compiled 25 hits, 13 runs, 11 walks, seven doubles, six RBI and four steals.
Jimmy Landes participated in 21 games for the New York Collegiate Baseball League's Niagara Power. He tallied 16 hits, 13 RBI, seven runs, four walks, three doubles and two home runs.
Ben Carl did not see any action with Baylor in 2013 as he redshirted, but put together 25 hits, 14 runs, eight RBI, five doubles, two steals, two walks and one triple in 35 games for the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley Baseball League.
West Tunnell played in 24 games for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League. He had nine hits and four steals in 24 games.