Baseball Summer League Update No. 1

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JUNE 28, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- As part of continuing coverage of Oklahoma baseball throughout the summer, will bring fans weekly updates of current Sooners competing in the numerous summer baseball leagues around the country, including former Sooners playing in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates.

Update No. 1
In the Cape Cod League, junior catcher Jackson Williams is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with 2 RBIs and a .526 on-base percentage. 

On June 23 versus the Wareham Grahams, Williams led his Hyannis Mets to a 4-3 victory on a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, including a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning.  The Mets are 4-6 as of June 27 and sit in fourth place of the West Division.

Summer League Baseball Central

Also in the Cape Cod League, junior shortstop Aaron Reza is helping the Chatham A's to a 5-3-1 record, good for first place in the East Division.  Reza recently went 3-for-5 against two Sooners, junior Kody Kaiser and Joe Dunigan, of the Orleans Cardinals.  Despite Reza's performance, the A's fell 2-1 to the Cardinals, who are a close second in the division at 6-4.  Dunigan and Kaiser each finished the game 0-for-4.

Down south in the Texas Collegiate League, several Sooners are competing, including sophomore utility player Brandon Moss.  Moss is tied for the team lead on the Euless Stars with a .333 batting average (11-for-33).  He has also connected for three doubles and five RBI in 10 games for the Stars, who are in third place in the Tris Speaker Division. 

Also playing in the Texas Collegiate League are seniors Matt Lovelady (Weatherford Wranglers) and Jimmy Rollins (Coppell Copperheads), juniors Brad Burns (Weatherford Wranglers) and Jarod Freeman (Graham Roughnecks) and sophomore Nich Conaway (Weatherford Wranglers).

In the Alaska League, junior utility player Ryan Mottern continues to see time at the plate and on the mound.  Mottern has made three appearances for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers and is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA.  In addition, Mottern has struck out seven and walked three over 3 1/3 innings pitched.

Senior outfielder Aaron Ivey (Kanuai Menehunes - Hawaii Collegiate League) is the remaining current Sooner playing in a league this summer.

In the Majors, seven members of the 2006 team have all made their debuts in Class-A baseball. 

Ryan Rohlinger, who plays for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants), had a successful debut on June 20.  The former third baseman went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as Salem-Keizer defeated the Spokane Indians.  Rohlinger is currently hitting .346 with four doubles in seven games played.

Daniel McCutchen also had an impressive debut as he made his first start on June 24 for the Staten Island Yankees (NY Yankees).  McCutchen lasted three innings in his lone appearance so far this summer, after surrendering two hits and a walk to go along with his five strikeouts.  Also playing on the Yankees' squad are Kevin Smith and Russell Raley.  Below is a look at how they did in their profressional debut along with other former Sooners:

Kevin Smith (Staten Island Yankees - NY Yankees) 
-  June 20, pinch-hitter, 1-for-1 (RBI double)

Russell Raley (Staten Island Yankees - NY Yankees) 
-  June 22, second base, 1-for-4

Will Savage (Batavia Muckdogs - Philadelphia Phillies)
-  June 21, relief appearance, 1-0, 2 IP, 2 SO

John Brownell (Batavia Muckdogs - Philadelphia Phillies)
-  June 21, relief appearance, 2 IP, 3 SO

Chuckie Caufield (AZL Brewers - Milwaukee Brewers) 
-  June 23, right field, 2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs

In addition to the minor leaguers listed above, Reggie Willits (2002-03) made his Major League Debut this season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Willits is currently playing in AAA with the Salt Lake Bees.

Below is a look at all the Sooners, current and former, playing in various leagues this summer:

 Sooners  Team - League
 Brad Burns  Weatherford Wranglers - Texas Collegiate League
 Nich Conaway  Weatherford Wranglers - Texas Collegiate League
 Joe Dunigan

 Orleans Cardinals - Cape Cod

 Jarod Freeman  Graham Roughnecks - Texas Collegiate League
 Kody Kaiser  Orleans Cardinals - Cape Cod
 Aaron Ivey  Kauai Menehunes - Hawaii Collegiate League
 Matt Lovelady  Weatherford Wranglers - Texas Collegiate League
 Brandon Moss  Euless Stars - Texas Collegiate League
 Ryan Mottern  Kenai Peninsula Oilers - Alaska League
 Aaron Reza  Chatam A’s - Cape Cod
 Jimmy Rollins  Coppell Copperheads - Texas Collegiate League
 Jackson Williams  Hyannis Mets - Cape Cod

 OU Alum  Team - Affiliate
 Geoff Geary  Philadelphia Phillies
 Russ Ortiz   Baltimore Orioles 
 Mark Redman 

 Kansas City Royals

 Brian Shackelford  Cincinnati Reds
 Jason Bartlett  Minnesota Twins
 Greg Norton  Tampa Bay Devil Rays
 Derek Wathan  Memphis Redbirds (AAA) - St. Louis Cardinals
 Jeff Bajenaru  Tucson Sidewinders (AAA) - Arizona Dbacks 
 Kyle Denney   New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA) - Wash. Nationals 
 Greg Dobbs  Tacoma Rainers (AAA) - Seattle Mariners
 Tommy Whiteman  Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) - Colo. Rockies
 Reggie Willits  Salt Lake Bees (AAA) - LAA Angels
 Aaron Looper   Tacoma Rainers (AAA) - Seattle Mariners
 David Purcey     New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) - Tor. Blue Jays
 Eddie Cornejo  Midland Rockhounds (AA) - Oakland Athletics 
 Rocky Cherry  West Tenn. Diamond Jaxx (AA) - Chicago Cubs
 Jason Fransz   Frederick Keys (A) - Baltimore Orioles 
 Garrett Patterson  Charleston RiverDogs (A) - New York Yankees
 Ryan Rohlinger  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (A) - SF Giants
 Mark Roberts  Lake Elsinore Storm (A) - San Diego Padres
 Daniel McCutchen  Staten Island Yankees (A) - NY Yankees
 Kevin Smith  Staten Island Yankees (A) - NY Yankees
 Russell Raley   Staten Island Yankees (A) - NY Yankees
 John Brownell  Batavia Muckdogs (A) - Philadelphia Phillies
 Will Savage  Batavia Muckdogs (A) - Philadelphia Phillies
 Ole Sheldon  Lexington Legends (A) - Houston Astros
 Chuckie Caufield   AZL Brewers (R) - Milwaukee Brewers





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