Quick AU Summer Ball Update
Just a quick look around at some current Auburn Tigers making a bit of noise in the various Summer Ball League’s around the country.
The Cotuit Keetlers have a preview of the upcoming season, singling out Kevin Patterson and his solid year last year:
The 2009 Kettleers include four returning veterans including first baseman Kevin Patterson, who blasted four home runs and drove in 27 runs during the 2008 season, leading him to be named the Kettleers’ MVP and a West Division All-Star.
Trent Mummey had a big game this past Tuesday for the Harwhich Mariners; proving to be the difference maker:
Auburn's Trent Mummey hit a walkoff homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Harwich a 2-1 Cape Cod Baseball League victory over Orleans last night at Whitehouse Field.
Mummey had doubled and scored the Mariners first run in the second inning on a Joe Loftus (Vanderbilt) fielder's choice.
Two Auburn Players are playing for the Falmouth Commodores and one writer thinks the Hunter Morris and Brian Fletcher will be the key for the ‘dores offense. However, Morris will be missing a few games as he tries out for Team USA, however, that’s nothing new to the team:
Chad Bettis, a right-handed pitcher from Texas Tech, Hunter Morris, a first baseman from Auburn and Kyle Winkler, a right-handed pitcher from TCU are trying out for Team USA.
The trio will participate in trials thru June 24, which includes drills and scrimmages. Following that period the Team USA roster will be trimmed from 36 to 22 players. If they are not selected, they will have the option of returning to play for the Commodores.
That scenario is familiar to Dunn.
“We have been through it before. In 2004 we got Jacoby Ellsbury after he was not asked to play [for Team USA]. That worked out very well; he had a successful season and we consider him a Commodore for life. He speaks very fondly of his time on the team,” says Dunn.
Tony Caldwell has found a Summer home with the Waynesboro (VA) Generals of the Valley Baseball League. A team that counts current MLBers Brandon Inge and Mike Lowell as alumni. He won’t be alone either. He’ll be joined by fellow Tigers Casey McElroy and Adam Purdy.
Caldwell and McElroy’s are on absolute tears right now. C-Mac is hitting .409 through 6 games and Caldwell is a smooth .381 behind the plate.
Caldwell is already leading the team in *deep breath* AVG, RBI, Hits, HRs, HBPs and At Bats.