Another Summer Update on The Georgia Bulldogs Baseball Athletes
SOURCE: UGA ATHLETICS
Here’s the latest on the Georgia Bulldogs playing summer baseball including seven who were named All-Stars in their respective leagues, one who represented the United States around the globe and the six from the 2019 squad that signed professional contracts.
Infielder Cole Tate, utility player Chaney Rogers and catcher Shane Marshall are playing for the Anchorage Bucs who lead the wood bat league with a 26-12 mark. Tate and Rogers were selected to the All-Star team. Currently, Tate ranks fourth in the league in batting at .303 to go with four doubles, three triples, a home run and 14 RBI in 36 games. In 27 games, Rogers is batting .239 with three home runs and 17 RBI plus he has made three relief appearances for a total of two innings. Marshall has been limited to eight games and 26 at bats for a .154 average and a pair of RBI.
Cape Cod League
Outfielder/infielder Riley King earned All-Star honors for Yarmouth-Dennis in Yarmouth, Mass. He ranks among the league leaders in batting at .319 to go with three home runs and nine RBI in 27 games. The Red Sox are 20-13-2. King was a 26th round pick of the Atlanta Braves last month as a draft-eligible sophomore and has opted to return to Georgia for his junior year.
Coastal Plain League
Georgia newcomer Garrett Blaylock made the All-Star team as an infielder for the Forest City (N.C.) Owls. In 34 games, he is hitting .316 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 31 RBI. He ranks fourth for in the league in home runs. The Owls are 22-19. Pitcher Jack Gowen has two wins and a save in seven appearances with the Savannah Bananas who are 26-14. In 11 innings, he as 18 strikeouts and 12 walks. Also, pitcher Garrett Brown made one appearance for the Macon Bacon before an injury ended his time with the club.
Great Lakes League
Outfielder Randon Jernigan was named an All-Star while playing for the Lima (Ohio) Locos. In 27 games, he’s batting .333 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, 11 RBI and 14 stolen bases. The Locos own a league-best 26-14 record and have already clinched their division and a spot in the playoffs.
New England Collegiate League
Outfielder Connor Tate is on a hot streak for the Sanford (Maine) Mainers as he’s improved his batting average to .304 to go with seven doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI. The Mainers are 13-24.
Outfielder Ben Anderson was named an All-Star while playing for the Madison (Wis.) Mallard who are 33-20. Anderson, who sat out the 2019 season after transferring from Furman, is batting .299 with six doubles, four triples, a home run and 20 RBI. He has a team-high 39 walks and eight stolen bases too. Meanwhile, outfielder Kaden Fowler, who redshirted in 2019 with the Bulldogs, is batting .165 with a pair of doubles, a home run and 12 RBI for the Willmar (Minn.) Stingers who are 29-24.
Pitcher Darryn Pasqua (Alpharetta Aviators) earned All-Star honors as he’s playing in the Atlanta-based Sunbelt League. He ranks among the league leaders in ERA at 2.79 and strikeouts with 38 in 42 innings. Overall, he is 1-1 in six starts for the Aviators who are 10-15. In June, Riley Crean (Gwinnett Tides) made seven appearances for a total of 10 innings and posted a 1.80 ERA. He tallied 16 strikeouts and just four walks in his summer league stint with the Tides.
USA Collegiate Baseball National Team
Pitcher Cole Wilcox went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA with the USA Collegiate National Summer Team as they posted an 8-6 mark, playing in North Carolina, Taiwan and Japan. Wilcox made four appearances for a total of seven innings with four walks and seven strikeouts. His highlights included pitching three scoreless innings with three strikeouts in earning a win over Cuba, and he was part of a combined one-hit shutout of Japan. Wilcox began his summer pitching briefly for Orleans in the Cape Cod League before making the USA Team.
Newest Professional Bulldogs
Six Bulldogs drafted from last season’s squad have made their professional debut this summer.
Aaron Schunk: 2nd Round pick of Colorado: Batting .315 with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 RBI in 33 games for the Boise Hawks in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League. He had a 4-for-4 night last Saturday.
Tony Locey: 3rd Round pick of St. Louis: Owns a 0-1 mark and 2.25 ERA in six relief appearances covering eight innings with 16 strikeouts and nine walks between GCL in Palm Beach and now the Peoria Chiefs in the Class A Midwest League. Last week in Peoria, he pitched two scoreless innings with six strikeouts against Great Lakes.
Tim Elliott: 4th Round pick of Seattle: Currently 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in eight starts for the Everett AquaSox in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League. In 17.2 innings, he has 20 strikeouts and 10 walks.
LJ Talley: 7th Round pick of Toronto: Batting .160 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI in 24 games for the Lansing Lugnuts in the Class A Midwest League.
Zac Kristofak: 14th Round pick of the Los Angeles Angels: Owns a 1-2 mark and 6.75 ERA in nine relief appearances covering 12 innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks for the Rookie level Pioneer League.
Tucker Maxwell: 22nd Round pick of Philadelphia: Batting .041 with one double, a home run and one RBI in 15 games between Williamsport of the Class A Short-Season New York Penn League and the Gulf Coast League.
(Press Release Provided by UGA Athletics)