LAS CRUCES, NM – Highlighted by one of the top pigeons in the Alaska Baseball League, the NM State baseball program continues to be well represented in summer ball leagues around the country.
Chris Jefferson (Trenton Thunder / MLB Draft League):
Former NM State rightly so Chris Jefferson was a strong summer with the Trenton Thunder which eventually resulted in the rightful receiving a contract from the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. In five starts for the Thunder, Jefferson went perfectly 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA. The Batters struck just .222 outside Jefferson when the Attorney General recorded 28 strikes in his 21 innings. Considered to have the best promotion in the MLB Draft League, Jefferson signed with the Mustangs back on July 20 and debuted in the Pioneer League a day later, throwing six strong innings. Jefferson allowed only six hits and four runs and recorded four strikes.
Kevin Jimenez (Fredrick Keys / MLB Draft League):
Kevin Jimenez was a machine on site this summer for Fredrick Keys, as the player recorded a .403 percentage on the base. Jimenez pulled nine innings in 16 games and recorded 19 hits and 10 RBIs. Jimenez ended the summer hitting .317 with a .752 OPS.
Hayden johns (Amarillo Sod Squad / Texas Collegiate League):
NM state right Hayden johns has also had a strong summer and pitched for the Amarillo Sod Squad in the Texas Collegiate League. Johns has broken a 2-1 record this summer, and has eight games in total and four starts. The straight has really shone too late, allowing only three earned runs of his last 15 innings of work. Johns has struck out 13 of his 29 strokes during this race, and currently sits in the top 10 in the ERA (3.55), strike (29) and innings pitched (33.0).
Ethan mann (Anchorage Glacier Pilots / ABL):
NM State infielder Ethan mann continues to rake this summer. The right one hits an ABL best. 352 for the season with eight doubles, four home runs and 12 stolen bases. Mann’s base percentage is currently at .441, and his 38 total hits are tied for most in the ABL. The right’s 12 stolen bases are second most in ABL, and he has scored ABL’s best 21 races.
Sammy Natera (Wareham Gatemen / Cape Cod League):
Left jug Sammy Natera made the most of his two appearances in the Cape this summer, when the Juarez native threw six pointless rounds for Wareham Gatemen. Before he saw the contract expire, Natera fired four perfect innings back on June 28 with seven strikes. In what is considered the best summer ball league in the country, Natera recorded 11 strikes over its six pointless rounds. Natera’s first start with Gatemen was called after two rounds due to rain.
Tommy Tabak (Anchorage Glacier Pilots / ABL):
Player Tommy Tabak continues to produce for Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The outfielder strikes. 304 for the summer, with seven doubles and three triples. Tabak’s three triples are the most in the ABL this season, and the outfielder has an OPS of .820 and has stolen 11 total bases. Tabak is currently third in the ABL on average, and joins Mann in the top three.
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