July 31, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The 2008 summer continues to move along, and one current and one former UCF baseball player have both experienced a memorable July. After playing four years for the Knights, Tyson Auer made his professional debut with the Orem Owlz, while current hurler Austin Hudson pitched his way onto the prestigious Cape Cod League All-Star Team.
Auer signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and reported to the rookie level with the Owlz. Reunited with UCF second baseman Dwayne Bailey, Auer saw his first action at the plate with the Owlz at the Ogden Raptors July 28 and proceeded to go 2-for-5.
Bailey has already competed in 18 games and posted a .270 average, helping Orem claim a spot in the playoffs by having the best record in the first half of the season. His best outing of the season came on the same night Auer stepped onto the field for the first time, as Bailey crushed a homer vs. Ogden in a 2-for-3 affair with two walks.
Another member of the 2008 Knights, Robert Lara is still lighting it up for the Arizona League Padres, going .375 at the dish with a pair of homers and a .998 on-base plus slugging percentage. And on the hill, Mitch Herold owns a 1.50 ERA and a 2-0 record for the Class A Lowell Spinners (Boston).
Hudson will be returning to UCF for his junior season in 2009, and is making great progress in the Cape Cod League this summer, one of the top collegiate wood-bat leagues in the country. Playing for the Hyannis Mets, the righty is 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts in seven starts.
For more information on current and former Knights playing ball this summer, check out the list below.
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Former UCF Players in the Minor Leagues
OF Tyson Auer - Orem Owlz (R, LAA) - .300, 3-for-10, 1 R, 1 BB
IF Dwayne Bailey - Orem Owlz (R, LAA) - .270 BA, 17-for-63, 16 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB
OF Dee Brown - Potomac Nationals (Class A, WASH) - .289, 72-for-249, 40 R, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 6 SB
C Drew Butera - New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A, MIN) - .219, 54-for-247, 36 R, 13 2B, 6 HR, 31 RBI
C Robert Lara - Arizona League Padres (R, SD) - .375, 33-for-88, 11 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 22 BB, 11 K
OF Clay Timpner - Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, SF) - .238, 77-for-324, 46 R, 15 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 39 RBI, 9 SB
RHP Tim Bascom - Frederick Keys (Class A, BAL) - 3-5, 7.08 ERA, 13-13 GP-GS, 61.0 IP, 43 K
RHP Matt Fox - Fort Myers Miracle (Class A, MIN) - 5-6, 4.25 ERA, 26-9 GP-GS, 1 SV, 82.2 IP, 73 K
RHP Bo Hall - Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A, HOU) - 0-0, 17.47 ERA, 3-0 GP-GS, 5.2 IP, 7 K
LHP Mitch Herold - Lowell Spinners (Class A, BOS) - 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 7-0 GP-GS, 12.0 IP, 9 K
LHP Mitch Houck - Drafted in 2008, member of the New York Mets organization
RHP Justin Pope - Reading Phillies (Double-A PHI) - 1-0, 1.82 ERA, 22-0 GP-GS, 6 SV, 24.2 IP, 12 K
Current Knights in Collegiate Summer Leagues
IF Stephen Branca - Staunton Braves (Valley) - .259, 42-for-162, 25 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 7 SB
IF/OF Shane Brown - Beltway Blue Caps (CGL) - .366, 53-for-145, 35 R, 11 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 1.048 OPS
IF/OF Chris Duffy - Beltway Blue Caps (CGL) - .290, 38-for-131, 36 R, 7 2B, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 8 SB
IF Eric Kallstrom - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (FCSL) - .183, 15-for-82, 5 R, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 2 SB
IF Josh Siebenaler - Orlando Suns (FCSL) - .298, 34-for-114, 20 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 12 RBI, 14 SB, 24 BB, 13 K
RHP Cody Allen - Bethesda Big Train (Ripken) - 3-3, 4.00 ERA, 8-7 GP-GS, 36.0 IP, 48 K, .222 OPP BA
RHP Brennan Dobbins - Orlando Suns (FCSL) - 3-1, 2.06 ERA, 8-8 GP-GS, 1 CG, 48.0 IP, 47 K
RHP Austin Hudson - Hyannis Mets (Cape Cod) - 1-2, 1.50 ERA, 7-7 GP-GS, 36.0 IP, 25 K
RHP Evan Stobbs - Orlando Suns (FCSL) - 0-2, 2.90 ERA, 6-5 GP-GS, 31.0 IP, 45 K