July 7, 2014
The Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game is set for Wednesday, July 9 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. Frawley will be representing the MCL-leading DuPage County Hounds and Evak will be part of the Joliet Admirals' contingent of players
Frawley has pitched well for DuPage County this summer, compiling a 2.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 22 innings. June 20 in a 5-2 DuPage County win vs. Joliet, Frawley struck out eight over seven innings of one-run ball. Evak accounted for two of the three hits Frawley surrendered. Complete individual statistics for Joliet have not been made readily available.
Ryan Burvan was also selected for the MCL All-Star Game from the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. Burvan was part of the program in the fall and winter practice seasons as a walk-on during the 2013-14 school year.
In the Cape Cod League, Jordan Minch got off to a strong start this summer over his first three starts. He worked 16 innings of four-run ball in his first three outings, striking out 17 (including nine over five innings June 29). However, the lefty's Independence Day Weekend start did not go as well (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K).
In the Great Lakes League, Brett Carlson has a good chance to be an all-star thanks to a .333 average that ranked eighth in the league as of July 6. Carlson's Lima Locos team is in second place with a 15-10 record after winning five in a row.
Elsewhere in the Great Lakes League, Brian Ghiselli and Gavin Downs teamed up for nine innings of one-run ball in a July 4 win for the Lake Erie Monarchs (Flat Rock, Mich.). Ghiselli surrendered just one unearned run on five hits and five walks over seven innings to lower his ERA for the summer to 0.72 over 25 innings pitched, making him another all-star candidate. Downs retired four of the five batters he faced and induced a ground ball double play while closing out the July 4 win.
Downs and Ghiselli spent a long stretch in June as part of the Lake Erie travel party that made its way to Alaska for games against teams from the Alaska Baseball League. Carlson and Ghiselli redshirted during the 2014 season with Purdue as transfers from Austin Peay and Miami (Ohio), respectively.
In the Northwoods League, Kyle Wood helped lead the Lakeshore Chinooks to the South Division first-half title, clinching a playoff berth in the process. Lakeshore (Mequon, Wis.) is 28-11 overall this summer. Wood has compiled a .435 on-base percentage thanks to 18 walks and 19 hits to go along with 11 RBI in 26 games. He has also pitched in relief five times.
In the Coastal Plain League, Kyle Johnson's Peninsula Pilots (Hampton, Va.) team finished tied atop the Eastern Division standings at 21-7 with the Edenton Steamers at the end of the first half. After the teams split their first six meetings, their first head-to-head game of the second half was used as the tiebreaker. Edenton won the tiebreaker game, 6-4, to clinch a playoff berth.
Hayden Grant joined the Solana Beach Cardinals, a travel ball team in his native Southern California. Over the first eight games, he's batting .375 (12-for-32) while playing shortstop and third base.
In Minor League Baseball, Robert Ramer (2010-13) had an impressive debut with the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League. In his first MiLB outing for the San Francisco Giants' affiliate, Ramer worked five innings of two-hit relief, striking out six while not issuing a walk. He arrived in town fresh off a redeye flight from Arizona about three hours before the Sunday matinee. Ramer earned the win after Augusta rallied for five runs over the final four innings.
Cameron Perkins (2010-12) is back in Indiana this week with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs as the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A takes on the Indianapolis Indians for a four-game series at Victory Field in the heart of the Circle City. Perkins was 1-for-3 in Sunday's series opener, which the Indians won, 4-0.
Kevin Plawecki (2010-12) has been ranked No. 40 among Baseball America's Top 50 midseason update of Minor League prospects. Plawecki busted out of a recent slump with a three-hit game July 6 for the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets affiliate) of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Plawecki is set to play for the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday, July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. The game will be televised on MLB Network.
Finally, alumni Dan Black (2007-09) and Matt Bischoff (2007-10) were recently activated from the disabled list at the Double-A level. Black impressed in his first eight games with the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox affiliate), batting .406 (13-for-32) with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI. July 2, Bischoff made his first start since May 14 for the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles affiliate), giving up four runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander was off to a strong start thanks in part to an 8.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio at the time of his injury.