Baseball Summer League Update No. 2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JULY 06, 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. 2
In the Cape Cod League, junior shortstop Aaron Reza leads the Chatham A’s with a .417 batting average (15-36) and a .447 on base percentage.

Reza went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs on July 2 in a 14-3 win over the Falmouth Commodores. The A’s have lost back to back games since, and are currently in third place in the East Division at 7-7.  

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Also in the Cape Cod League, juniors Kody Kaiser and Joe Dunigan have helped the Orleans Cardinals to a five game win streak and first place in the East Division with a record of 12-5. Kaiser recently went 2-for-5 and scored two runs in an 11-5 win against fellow Sooner Jackson Williams and the Hyannis Mets. Williams is batting .317 for the Mets, who are in third place in the West Division.

In the Texas Collegiate League, junior Brad Burns has only allowed two runs in three starts on the mound for the Weatherford Wranglers. Burns is currently 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA, while senior teammate Matt Lovelady has pitched in six games and surrendered two earned runs. The Wranglers are in last place in the Rogers Hornsby Division with a 6-15 record.
Also playing in the Texas Collegiate League are the following Sooners: seniors Jimmy Rollins and Joseph Hughes (Coppell Copperheads), junior Jarod Freeman (Graham Roughnecks) and sophomores Nich Conaway (Weatherford Wranglers) and Brandon Moss (Euless Stars).

In the Alaska League, junior utility player Ryan Mottern has lowered his ERA to 1.12 in the last two appearances. Mottern has not recorded a decision in five appearances for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers. 

In California, junior Kevin Duke is pitching for the Southern California Fire of the Southern California Baseball League and senior Chris Henry is pitching in the California Collegiate League for the Salinas Valley Packers.

Senior outfielder Aaron Ivey (Kanuai Menehunes - Hawaii Collegiate League) is the remaining current Sooner playing this summer and was recently named to league's all-star game.

In the Majors, seven players from last year’s OU club continue to work their way up in class A baseball. 

Chuckie Caufield moved up in the rookie league after batting .481 in seven games with the AZL Bewers. Now with the Helena Brewers, Caufield is hitting .353 at the plate in four games. 

After an impressive debut for the Staten Island Yankees (NY Yankees), Daniel McCutchen moved up in Class A and struck out four batters in three innings in his lone appearance for the Charleston River Dogs. With Stanton Island, McCutchen was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

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

 Player  Team - League
 Brad Burns  Weatherford Wranglers - Texas Collegiate League
 Nich Conaway  Weatherford Wranglers - Texas Collegiate League
 Kevin Duke  S. California Fire - S. California Baseball League
 Joe Dunigan

 Orleans Cardinals - Cape Cod

 Jarod Freeman  Graham Roughnecks - Texas Collegiate League
 Chris Henry  Salinas Valley Packers - Calif. Collegiate League
 Joseph Hughes  Coppell Copperheads - 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

In addition, fans can also access stats of former Sooners participating in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates.

 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  Charleston RiverDogs (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   Helena Brewers (R) - Milwaukee Brewers



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