Sep 6, 2013
WACO, Texas - With another Baylor baseball season well in the books already, the presence of Baylor in the game of baseball has lived on throughout the summer as several former Bears are excelling in both the majors and the minors. BaylorBears.com brings an update on each active Bear, beginning with the most recent draftees.
Cal Towey (2009-13)
After being drafted in the 17th round back in June by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Towey was assigned to the team's rookie affiliate, the Orem Owlz, in the Pioneer League. He has earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors in the Pioneer League (July 8, July 15) and leads all minor league players at any level in on-base percentage (.490). Towey also leads the Pioneer League in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.033), walks (63) and runs (62), ranks third in RBI (51) and triples (6) and fifth in slugging percentage (.543). In 66 games at third base for the Owlz, he is hitting .320 with 70 hits, 16 doubles, 10 steals and seven homers.
Max Garner (2009-13)
Since being drafted in the 18th round by the Miami Marlins, Garner has been assigned to the team's Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. As he did in his senior season at Baylor, Garner is working as a starting pitcher and sports a 1.62 ERA in 14 starts but only has on 0-2 record to show for it. Through 44.1 innings, he has allowed 40 hits and 16 walks with 30 strikeouts and a .244 opponent batting average.
Jake Miller (2010-13)
After being drafted in the 27th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Miller reported to the team's rookie affiliate, the Missoula Osprey, in the Pioneer League. Through 51 games at shortstop, Miller has hit .242 with 44 hits, 33 runs, 30 RBI, 21 walks, seven doubles, six home runs, four steals and two triples.
Crayton Bare (2010-13)
Following a 28th round selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bare was assigned to the team's Class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons, in the Midwest League. In 29 relief appearances, he has a 1-1 record with a 5.18 ERA and two saves while allowing 35 hits and four walks with 36 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Nathan Orf (2012-13)
After going undrafted and being signed to a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, Orf reported to the team's rookie affiliate, the Helena Brewers, in the Pioneer League. Making a position change to infield, he has hit .313 with 41 hits, 34 runs, 24 walks, 23 RBI, 10 doubles, three steals and two triples in 41 games.
Max Muncy (2010-12)
Muncy has been Baylor's biggest mover of the year as he started the season with the Oakland Athletics' Class A Advanced affiliate, the Stockton Ports, and has moved up to Oakland's Class AA affiliate, the Midland Rockhounds, in the Texas League. The first baseman hit .285 with 100 hits, 76 RBI, 67 runs, 64 walks, 21 homers, 13 doubles and one triple and steal, and was named California League Player of the Week (July 10), in 93 games with Stockton before moving up. In 47 games with Midland, he has hit .250 with 43 hits, 24 RBI, 24 walks, 22 runs, 12 doubles, four homers and two triples in 47 games. Muncy's combined totals are a .273 batting average along with 143 hits, 100 RBI, 89 runs, 88 walks, 25 doubles, 25 homers and three triples. MLB.com lists Muncy as Oakland's 17th-best prospect.
Josh Ludy (2009-12)
Ludy started the season with the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, in the South Atlantic League and has moved up to the Philadelphia's Class A Advanced affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers, in the Florida State League. In 33 games as catcher for Lakewood, Ludy hit .245 with 25 hits, eight doubles, seven walks, six runs, six RBI and one triple. In four games with Clearwater, he has hit .250 with three hits, two walks and two RBI and one homer. Combined, he has hit .246 with 28 hits, nine walks, eight RBI, eight doubles, seven runs and one triple and homer in 37 games.
Logan Vick (2010-12)
Vick began the season with the Cleveland Indians' Class A affiliate, the Lake County Captains, in the Midwest League and has moved up to Cleveland's Class A Advanced affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats, in the Carolina League. The left fielder played 108 games with Lake County and hit .281 with 98 hits, 81 walks, 61 runs, 45 RBI, 25 steals, 23 doubles, five homers and three triples. In 20 games with Carolina, he has hit .225 with 16 hits, 14 walks, 11 RBI, nine runs, three doubles, two homers, and one triple and steal. Combined, Vick has hit .271 with 114 hits, 95 walks, 70 runs, 56 RBI, 26 doubles, 26 steals, seven homers and four triples in 128 games.
Josh Turley (2010-12)
Turley has been with the Detroit Tigers' Class A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps, in the Midwest League all season as a reliever. In 51 appearances, he has an 8-4 record, two saves and a 2.09 ERA, allowing only 64 hits and 17 walks in 77.2 innings with 79 strikeouts and a .220 opponent batting average.
Tyler Bremer (2011-12)
Bremer has been with the Chicago Cubs' Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Boise Hawks, in the Northwest League all season as a reliever. In 23 appearances, he is 0-3 with seven saves and a 2.15 ERA, allowing 19 hits and 11 walks in 29.1 innings with 48 strikeouts and a .184 opponent batting average.
Trent Blank (2009-12)
Blank started the season with the Colorado Rockies' Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, in the Northwest League and moved up to Colorado's Class A affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, in the South Atlantic League. His short stint with Tri-City lasted only five relief appearances as he recorded four saves while allowing no runs and hit in 4.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. In 17 relief appearances with Asheville, Blank is 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA, surrendering 20 hits and six walks in 22 innings with 16 strikeouts and a .233 opponent batting average. Combined, he has a 1.35 ERA in 22 games and 26.2 innings with 21 strikeouts and has held hitters to a .200 batting average.
Logan Verrett (2009-11)
Verrett has been with the New York Mets' Class AA affiliate, the Binghamton Mets, in the Eastern League all season as a starting pitcher. In 24 games, he is 12-6 with a 4.25 ERA as he has allowed 136 hits and 31 walks in 146 innings with 132 strikeouts.
Brooks Pinckard (2009-11)
Pinckard has spent all season with the Cincinnati Reds' Class A Advanced affiliate, the Bakersfield Blaze, in the California League as a reliever. Through 48 games, he is 2-7 with a 4.57 ERA as he has surrendered 55 hits and 43 walks in 67 innings with 47 strikeouts and a .228 opponent batting average.
Shawn Tolleson (2007-10)
Tolleson pitched in one game with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season and gave up a pair of walks. He has had short stints at three different levels in the minors this season. He started with the Dodgers' Class AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, in the Pacific Coast League. Then went to LA's rookie affiliate, the AZL Dodgers, in the Arizona League before ending up with the Dodgers' Class A Advanced affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, in the California League. Tolleson picked up two saves in 5.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in three games with Albuquerque. In Arizona, he pitched one scoreless inning in his only appearance. With the Quakes, he earned a win in his only appearance as he allowed a solo homer in one inning. Combined, he is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings with two saves over five relief appearances.
Aaron Miller (2008-09)
Miller made the switch from pitcher to outfielder this season and started off with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Class AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts, in the Southern League before being assigned to LA's Class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons, in the Midwest League. In 10 games with Chattanooga, Miller had one RBI and walk in four at-bats. In 78 games with the Loons, he is hitting .266 with 77 hits, 47 RBI, 44 runs, 27 walks, 13 doubles, nine homers and two triples.
Jeff Mandel (2004-07)
Mandel has been with the Washington Nationals' Class AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, in the International League all season. He's made 10 starts in 36 appearances and owns a 3-9 record with a 4.61 ERA. In 107.1 innings, he's allowed 128 hits and 27 walks with 80 strikeouts.
Kevin Russo (2005-06)
With the Detroit Tigers, Russo has hit .308 in 21 games with 12 hits, eight runs, five RBI, four doubles and two homers. Russo has spent some of the season with the Tigers' Class AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, in the International League. In 103 games, he is hitting .213 with 80 hits, 41 RBI, 34 runs, 27 doubles, 19 walks, nine steals and three homers.
Drew Sutton (2004)
With the Boston Red Sox, Sutton has appeared in 21 games to hit .257 with nine hits, eight walks, six runs and two RBI. Sutton has also been with the Red Sox's Class AAA affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, in the International League. In 102 games at Pawtucket, he is hitting .245 with 88 hits, 58 walks, 55 runs, 48 RBI, 22 doubles, four steals, two homers and one triple.
David Murphy (2001-03)
In 128 games with the Texas Rangers, Murphy is hitting .222 with 91 hits, 47 runs, 43 RBI, 33 walks, 24 doubles, 13 homers and one triple. Earlier this season he picked up his 700th career hit in the majors and has 734 total.
Kelly Shoppach (1999-01)
Shoppach has been with four different MLB organizations this season. He started in the majors with the Seattle Mariners, where he hit .196 with 21 hits, 11 runs, nine RBI, seven doubles and three homers in 35 games. He then was let go and spent time with Washington, Pittsburgh and Cleveland before the Indians called him up when rosters expanded earlier this month.
In the minors, he spent time with three teams in the International League. He was with the Washington Nationals' Class AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, where he hit .219 with seven hits and two RBI in 10 games. With the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class AAA affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, he hit .192 with five hits and two RBI in seven games. With the Cleveland Indians' Class AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, he hit was 1-for-3 in his only game.
Kip Wells (1996-98)
Wells has spent all season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's Class AAA affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, in the Pacific Coast League. In six starts, he has a 1-3 record and 10.36 ERA with nine strikeouts in 24.1 innings.