Baseball Summer League Update No. 3

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JULY 11, 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. 3

Kody Kaiser and Joe Dunigan have helped the Orleans Cardinals to a 7-3 mark over the last 10 games, comfortably holding on to the top spot in the Cape Cod Eastern Division. Through 22 games, Kaiser leads the team in total bases (28) and is tied for the top spot in RBIs (12). In a recent game that featured Sooners on both sides, Dunigan went 2-for-4 while Kaiser added an RBI and a run in a 6-5 victory over fellow Sooner Aaron Reza and the Chatham A’s.

Also in the Cape Cod League, Jackson Williams went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, leading the Hyannis Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Cotuit Kettleers on July 4. Hyannis sits in fourth in the Western Division, winning five out of its last 10.

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Reza leads the Chatham A’s in batting average (.358), placing him second in the Cape Cod League standings. The A’s find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Division, losing eight out of their last 10 games.

In the Texas Collegiate League, Sooners Brandon Moss (Euless LoneStars) and Matt Lovelady (Weatherford Wranglers) played in the All-Star Game after a successful first half to the season. Lovelady currently holds a 1.98 ERA with a save in seven appearances for the Wranglers, while Moss is near the LoneStar lead in runs, doubles and RBIs.

Joining Lovelady on the Wranglers pitching staff is Brad Burns, who is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts. Fellow Sooner pitcher Jimmy Rollins holds a 1.42 ERA with one save in two appearances for the Coppell Copperheads.

The Sooners are also represented in the Texas Collegiate League by: senior Joseph Hughes (Coppell Copperheads), junior Jarod Freeman (Graham Roughnecks) and sophomore Nich Conaway ( Weatherford Wranglers).

The lone Sooner in the Alaska League, junior utility man Ryan Mottern holds a 1.20 ERA in six appearances this season. Mottern recorded his first decision of the year, earning the save in a recent Oilers win.

Sooner pitchers Kevin Duke (S. California Fire) and Chris Henry (Salinas Valley Packers) continue to pitch well in the California Leagues. Duke is 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA while Henry is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five appearances.

In the Hawaii League, Aaron Ivey, who was recently named to the All-Star Game, and the Kauai Menehunes are currently in third place in the seven-team league with a record of 8-7.

Turning to the Major Leagues, seven players from last year’s OU club continue their quest to move up the ranks. Ryan Rohlinger is batting .284 and leads the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in doubles with seven.

Daniel McCutchen currently holds an ERA of 3.00 in two appearances with the Charleston RiverDogs. McCutchen, who was called up to Charleston on July 1, has struck out six batters while scattering five hits.

Russell Raley continues to play well for the Staten Island Yankees. With an average of .379, he sits in second place in batting average for the Yankees. Raley’s teammate Kevin Smith is batting .267 and leads the team in doubles (6).

Will Savage is 1-0 in seven appearances for the Batavia Muckdogs with an ERA of 0.00. Joining Savage on the team is fellow pitcher John Brownell who holds a 4.91 ERA in five appearances.

In just his second game with the Helena Brewers, Chuckie Caufield went 2-for-4 with two runs in a 6-1 victory over the Great Falls White Sox on July 3. Caufield is hitting .265 in his short stint with the team.

Former Sooner Mark Redman is on the American League All-Star Team that will face the National League All-Stars Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, Pa., at PNC Park. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CST and will be aired on FOX.

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

Jason Bartlett Minnesota Twins
Greg Norton Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brian Shackelford Cincinnati Reds
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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