Alabama baseball players thrive in national summer leagues



Fourteen players from the current Alabama baseball team continue to play in five different leagues across the United States this summer. Six players are playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League, four are in the Northwoods League, two are in the Texas Collegiate League, one is playing in the New England Collegiate League and one is in the Florida Collegiate League.

The six players in the Cape Cod League are Ben Moore, Keaton Haack, Spencer Turnbull, Kyle Overstreet, Jon Keller and Justin Kamplain.

Moore is hitting .254 with 1 home run and 11 RBIs in 18 games for the Harwich Mariners. Moore has been playing in right field and had a breakout game July 3 – he went 4-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored against Brewster.

Haack has made three appearances for the Mariners, all as a starter. He has a 0-2 record with a 4.26 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched, while striking out 8 and walking 10.

Turnbull has made three appearances with two starts for the Wareham Gatemen, posting a 0-1 record with a 6.13 ERA. He has allowed 13 hits, walked 7 and struck out 2 batters in 7.1 innings.

Gold Glove second baseman Overstreet is hitting .167, with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a run scored in 17 games for the Brewster Whitecaps.

Kamplain is 1-1 in four appearances and three starts for Brewster. Kamplain has 20 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched, while allowing three earned runs with a 1.28 ERA. On June 19, Kamplain and fellow UA teammate Jon Keller combined to shutout the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.

Kamplain blanked the Harbor Hawks for the first six innings before Keller closed the door with three scoreless innings in relief. For the summer season, Keller has appeared in six games with two starts and has a 0-1 record with a 3.17 ERA.

With a late arrival to the Cape, Mikey White of the Wareham Gatemen had a .250 batting average with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs in nine games, before returning to Tuscaloosa July 6.

The four players in the Northwoods League are Georgie Salem, Ryan Blanchard, Mathew Goodson and Daniel Cucjen.

Of the four players competing in the Northwoods League, outfielders Georgie Salem and Ryan Blanchard continue to have a good summer season for the Alexandria Blue Anchors. Salem leads the team with a .384 batting average, with 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 18 runs scored and 10 stolen bases; he owns the third best batting average in the Northwoods League. Blanchard is hitting .347 with 3 home runs and is fourth on the team with 17 RBIs. He also has 6 doubles, 14 runs and 6 stolen bases.

After redshirting the 2013 season at Alabama, Mathew Goodson is hitting .229 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs in 26 games for the Battle Creek Bombers. Goodson also has six doubles and 11 runs scored.

Daniel Cucjen is also a member of the Bombers and has a .188 average with 4 RBIs in 27 games.

In the Texas Collegiate League, Chance Vincent continues to have a good summer for the Acadiana Cane Cutters. After posting 7 hits in 10 at-bats in two games against the Victoria Generals, Vincent is hitting .323 in 25 games this summer. He has a home run, 7 doubles, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while striking out 12 times in 96 at-bats.

Also in the Texas Collegiate League, UA redshirt Colton Freeman has been spending most of his playing time in the outfield for the Cane Cutters and is hitting .290 with 5 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

Mike Oczypok has made two starts for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate League, posting a 0-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in five innings.

Mitch Greer threw a total of 14.1 innings, making five appearances and three starts for Winter Park. Greer had a 0-1 record with a 5.65 ERA, before leaving the team in early July with shoulder stiffness.

Alabama lefty Taylor Guilbeau is also spending his summer in the Northeast, playing for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate League. Guilbeau has three appearances and two starts, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings.

 

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