K-State Baseball Summer Update - July 27

K-State Baseball Summer Update – July 27

A weekly summer update of current and former Wildcats.

PRO CATS

Evan Marshall, Chicago White Sox

Marshall has appeared 27 times for the Chicago White Sox in 2021, totaling 27 1/3 innings and 26 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.60. He last appeared on June 29 against the Minnesota Twins, going two-thirds of an inning with two earned runs on two hits. It marked the first earned runs Marshall has allowed over his last six outings (5 2/3 innings) dating back to June 8. He was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 30 with a right flexor pronator strain. Marshall is in his third season with the White Sox and finished the abbreviated 2020 season with a 2-1 record and a 2.38 ERA, helping Chicago to its first playoff appearance since 2008. Marshall made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and has spent time with the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians and was a fourth-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2011.

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Nick Martini, Iowa Cubs (Triple-A, Chicago Cubs)

Martini has split time between the Iowa Cubs and the Cubs’ Major League roster this season. He is hitting .253 with five doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 23 RBI in 44 games with the Iowa Cubs this season. He has homered in each of his last two games, including a 2-for-5, four-RBI effort on July 24 at Columbus. In July, Martini has a slash line of .273/.418/.444 with three homers and 11 driven in. Martini has been called up to Chicago twice this season, making his debut with the club on May 7. In 12 games, he is 1-for-12 with an RBI and two walks this season. Last season, Martini was sent to the Phillies’ Alternate Training Site in Allentown, Pa., to be part of the team’s player pool for the taxi squad. Martini spent time with both the Oakland A’s and San Diego Padres in 2019, hitting .226 with a home run, four doubles and 14 runs batted in. The former All-American outfielder was a seventh-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

 

Drew Mount, Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A, Cincinnati Reds)

Mount was assigned to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) after playing five games with the Arizona Complex League (ACL) Reds following a stint on the seven-day injured. In 13 games with the Lookouts, Mount is slashing .333/.385/.500 with two home runs and three RBI. Mount is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 13 of 15 games in the month of Jul, including five multi-hit games. In five games with the ACL Reds, he went 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. Mount enters his third season in the Reds’ organization and was assigned to Class-A (advanced) Daytona after spending the 2018 season with the Billings Mustangs (rookie). In his minor league career, he has a slash line of .286/.341/.422 with 12 home runs and 98 RBI. Mount was the only Wildcat taken in the 2018 MLB Draft when he was selected in the 16th-round by Cincinnati.

 

Will Brennan, Lake County Captains (High-A, Cleveland Indians)

Brennan was assigned to Lake County ahead of the 2021 season and has a slash line of .290/.368/.441 with 22 doubles, four homers and 30 runs batted in. Brennan leads the Captains in average, on-base percentage, doubles and ranks second in steals (13). Brennan has 11 hits over his last eight games, including a pair of three-hit efforts. During the month of July, he has a slash line of .291/.380/.443 with two home runs and nine RBI. In 2019, Brennan slashed .266/.354/.369 with 11 doubles, four triples, a homer and 32 RBI with the AZL Indians (Rookie) and Mahoning Valley (Low-A). Brennan was the only Wildcat taken in the 2019 MLB Draft, as he was taken in the eighth round (No. 250 overall) by the Cleveland Indians.

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Brett Lockwood, Daytona Tortugas (Low-A, Cincinnati Reds)

Lockwood has appeared in 18 games in his ­first minor league season, posting a 3.03 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings pitched. He has registered a pair of holds, a save and owns a WHIP of 1.45 with opponents hitting .208 against him. Lockwood earned his first career save in his last appearance on July 24, retiring all three he faced against Fort Myers. Lockwood went a season-long four innings and struck out four on July 15 vs. Bradenton. He has held opponents scoreless in 11 of 18 games this season. Lockwood spent two seasons at K-State (2019-20) with a 3.22 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 17 relief appearances. He was a nondrafted signee of the Cincinnati Reds following the shortened 2020 MLB Draft.­

 

Nate Griep, ACL Rockies (Rookie, Colorado Rockies)

Griep was assigned to the Arizona Complex League (ACL) Rockies on Jun 28 and made his season debut on July 13. He has made three appearances for the ACL Rockies (one start) and has not allowed an earned run over three innings while striking out seven. Griep started against the ACL Rangers in his season debut, striking out the side in his inning of work. Griep added another scoreless frame on July 17, striking out two against the ACL Diamondbacks and struck out two in his last outing on July 20. He has surrendered just two hits this season. In 2019, Griep spent time with the Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A) and the San Antonio Missions (Triple-A) within the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies following the 2019 season. In his six-year minor league career, Griep has a 3.13 ERA with a 13-7 record to go with 110 saves in 127 opportunities. He has struck out 239 hitters in 206 career appearances. He has been named an all-star each of the last three seasons he has pitched and was an eighth-round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2015 MLB Draft.

 

WILDCATS IN THE 2021 MLB DRAFT

Jordan Wicks, Chicago Cubs

Wicks was drafted in the first round (21st overall) by the Chicago Cubs.

 

Carson Seymour, New York Mets

Seymour was drafted in the sixth round (172nd overall) by the New York Mets.

 

Zach Kokoska, Colorado Rockies

Kokoska was drafted in the 10th round (290th overall) by the Colorado Rockies.

 

Eric Torres, Los Angeles Angels

Torres was drafted in the 14th round (411th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels.

 

Kasey Ford, Houston Astros

Ford signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Houston Astros following the 2021 MLB Draft.

 

Tyler Eckberg, Miami Marlins

Eckberg signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Miami Marlins following the 2021 MLB Draft.

 

 

SENIORS IN 2021-22

Austin Garrett, Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League)

Garrett is playing for the Mankato (Minnesota) MoonDogs of the Northwoods League. In 24 games this season, he has put together a slash line of .222/.351/.333 with five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI. Garrett doubled and drove in a run on July 23 vs. Eau Claire. On July 13, he went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Duluth. The MoonDogs finished the first half of the season in second place of the Great Plains West division (24-9) and are 12-7 during the second half of the season.

 

JUNIORS IN 2021-22

Griffin Hassall, Sioux Falls Sunfish (The Expedition League)

Hassall has made six starts for the Sioux Falls Sunfish, going 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA. He has struck out 29 while walking eight in 33 innings. Hassall earned the win in each of his last two starts, striking out four over seven innings in a 3-2 win over Fremont. He struck out four over 5 2/3 innings with two earned runs allowed against Pierre on July 2. He struck out seven hitters in seven innings in back-to-back outings vs. Wheat City and Hastings. Over his last four starts, he has 22 strikeouts against five walks. In their inaugural season, the Sunfish went 14-17 during the first half of the season and are currently 13-9 during the second half and are in third place in the Clark Division.

 

Cole Johnson, Winnipesaukee Muskrats (New England Collegiate Baseball League)

Johnson is playing for the Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was named an NECBL All-Star. In 23 games, Johnson has a slash line of .333/.406/.644 with four doubles, eight home runs and 14 RBI while stealing 17 bases. He is the team leader in average, homers and stolen bases. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-23 with three home runs, two doubles, four RBI and seven steals in that stretch. Johnson went 3-for-4 with a home run on July 22 against North Adams. Johnson put together a nine-game hitting streak from June 16-July 10, including five multi-hit efforts. The Muskrats are 11-24 and in seventh place in the Northern Division standings.

 

Dylan Phillips, Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod Baseball League)

Phillips made his debut with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League on July 17 and in nine games has a slash line of .333/.421/.647 with three home runs and 10 RBI. He is on a seven-game hitting streak, going 11-for-26 with a double, three home runs and 10 RBI in that stretch. Phillips hit a grand slam on July 25 in a 7-4 victory over Bourne to cap a stretch of three consecutive games with a home run. Phillips went 3-for-4 on July 24 against Hyannis and drove in three on July 21 at Yarmouth-Dennis. The Mariners are 16-9-4 and in second place in the East Division standings.

 

SOPHOMORES IN 2020-21

Elijah Dale, Alaska GoldPanners (Alaska Baseball League)

Playing for the Alaska GoldPanners of the Alaska Baseball League, Dale has made nine appearances on the mound with five games in the field. On the hill, Dale is 0-1 with a 6.54 ERA (8 ER, 11 IP) with seven strikeouts and six walks. He has held opponents scoreless in five of nine outings, going a season-long two innings twice (June 30 and July 22). He tossed a scoreless inning on July 24 and struck out two over two innings on July 22. At the plate, he is 0-for-10 with six walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases. The GoldPanners have won six straight games are 27-9 this season.

 

Nick Goodwin, Bourne Braves (Cape Cod Baseball League)

In 22 games with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League, Goodwin is slashing .203/.266/.271 with a double, home run and five RBI. He has three multi-hit games this season, with a season-high four hits coming on June 23 against Falmouth. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI vs. Yarmouth-Dennis on July 10 and was 1-for-4 with a stolen base on July 13 against Hyannis. The Braves are 21-5-3 and have clinched the West Division title.

 

Dom Hughes, Alaska GoldPanners (Alaska Baseball League)

Hughes, with the Alaska GoldPanners of the Alaska Baseball League, has put together a slash line of .226/.377/.452 in 24 games this season. He has two doubles, three triples, two home runs and 12 RBI while drawing 12 walks, stealing 19 bases and scoring 19 runs. Hughes went 1-for-4 with a triple in his last game on July 26 and homered with two RBI on July 24. He has five hits over his last five games with four walks. The GoldPanners have won six straight games and are 27-9 this season.

 

Dominic Johnson, Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod Baseball League)

Johnson has played 25 games with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League, slashing .253/.343/.396 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI. He has registered a hit in 11 of his last 13 contests, with five multi-hit games in that span. Johnson went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored on July 25 at Orleans. He has driven in a run in each of his last three outings, with a pair of RBI coming in his last game on July 26 vs. Cotuit. He has walked 11 times, stole six bases and scored 14 runs on the year. The Harbor Hawks are 7-22 and in fifth place in the West Division standings.

 

Cameron Uselton, Princeton WhistlePigs (Appalachian Baseball League)

In 29 games (24 starts) with the Princeton WhistlePigs of the Appalachian League, Uselton has a slash line of .205/.423/.218 with a double and eight RBI. He has drawn 23 walks, stole three bases and scored 18 times. He has scored a run in each of his last four games, including two against Johnson City on July 25. Uselton went 2-for-4 with two RBI on July 16 vs. Burlington and 2-for-2 with two runs scored on July 9 vs. Johnson City. Princeton is 24-19 and in second place in the East Division standings.

 

FRESHMAN IN 2020-21

Brady Day, Princeton WhistlePigs (Appalachian Baseball League)

Day is playing for the Princeton WhistlePigs of the Appalachian League and was named an Appy League All-Star. Day has a slash line of .268/.340/.433 with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs and 31 RBI in 35 games (33 starts). He went drove in three and homered in his last game on July 25 against Johnson City. He is second on the team in RBI and home runs. Day did not appear in a game for K-State during the 2021 season (redshirt). Princeton is 24-19 and in second place in the East Division standings.

 

Kaelen Culpepper, Norwich Sea Unicorns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)

Culpepper is playing for the Norwich Sea Unicorns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and was named a FCBL All-Star. He boats a team-best .301 batting average to go with a .421 on-base percentage and .391 slugging percentage. Culpepper has six doubles and two home runs on the season while driving in 18 runs. He went 3-for-5 on July 24 and drove in two on July 25. In the FECBL All-Star Game, Culpepper was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Culpepper was named FCBL Player of the Week on July 5 after going 4-for-11 with a home run and five RBI during the week. The Sea Unicorns are 22-28 and in seventh place in the FCBL standings.

 

Dylan Hufft, U.S. Nationals (U.S. Nationals Baseball League)

Hufft was selected to the U.S. Nationals Upperclass Scout Team for the 2021 summer season.

 

Brendan Jones, Pittsfield Suns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)

With the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, Jones has a slash line of .292/.378/.375 with eight doubles, 18 runs batted in and 14 steals in 29 games. He has 10 hits and four RBI over his last eight games with three multi-hit efforts in that stretch. Jones has three doubles over his last seven outings and went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on July 23. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on July 5 against Westfield. The Suns are 26-21 and in third place in the FCBL standings.

 

Kyan Lodice, Norwich Sea Unicorns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)

Lodice plays for the Norwich Sean Unicorns and has posted a slash line of .262/.373/.426 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 12 runs batted in over 17 games. He has added five steals while drawing 10 walks and scoring eight times. Lodice turned in a season-high three hits on June 1 against the Westfield Starfires, going 3-for-5 with a triple and RBI. He has four multi-hit games, going 2-for-4 with a double on June 26 against the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Sea Unicorns are 22-28 and in seventh place in the FCBL standings.

 

Grant Nicholson, Pittsfield Suns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)

Pitching for the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, Nicholson is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA. He has struck out 38 batters over 35 2/3 innings in 11 games (seven starts). He scattered five hits with two earned runs allowed over 5 2/3 innings in his last start on July 26. Nicholson punched out six over four innings on July 16, scattering three hits with a pair of runs allowed. On June 10, he logged five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit as he registered a season-high nine strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the Nashua Silver Knights. His performance earned him Futures League Pitcher of the Week honors. Nicholson did not appear in a game for K-State during the 2021 season (redshirt). The Suns are 26-21 and in third place in the FCBL standings.

 

Raphael Pelletier, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)

Pelletier has played in 18 games for Upper Valley Nighthawks of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He has put together a slash line of .255/.323/.273 with a double and 11 RBI. Pelletier has recorded an RBI in each of his last three games with five hits and five RBI over his last five contests. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI on July 13 at Sanford. He has helped the Nighthawks to a 21-16 record, as they sit in third place in the Northern Division standings. Pelletier did not appear in a game for the Wildcats during the 2021 season (redshirt).

 

Andrew Rantz, Lawrence Travelers (Mid-Plains Baseball League)

In 23 games with the Lawrence Travelers of the Mid-Plains League, Rantz posted a slash line of .265/.333/.500 with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 15 RBI. In three postseason games against the Midwest A’s, Rantz hit .300 with a double, homer and three RBI. In the season’s final game on July 21 vs. the A’s, he went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in on July 13 against the Kansas City Monarchs. He has seven multi-hit games on the season to go with seven walks, four stolen bases and nine runs scored. The Travelers finished the regular season 10-21 and in sixth place in the Mid-Plains League standings.

 

Tyler Ruhl, Pulaski River Turtles (Appalachian Baseball League)

Ruhl has a 4-2 record with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts for the Pulaski River Turtles of the Appalachian League. He has tallied 31 strikeouts over 39 innings and opponents are hitting .226 against him. He allowed just one run on three hits in five innings in his last outing, earning the win against Johnson City on July 20. Ruhl struck out a season-high seven over five innings on July 13, picking up the win after not allowing an earned run and scattering five hits. He has gone at least five innings in six of his last seven starts. Ruhl did not appear in a game for K-State during the 2021 season (redshirt). The River Turtles are 26-17 and leading the East Division.

 

 

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