Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Former Beavs still playin' - Oregon State Baseball

Jacoby Ellsbury:
The former Beaver centerfielder had the biggest week of his life. After only a few seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, Ellsbury got called up to the big leagues. In his first game, the speedster beat out an routine grounder to Texas Ranger shortstop Michael Young. The Boston crowd erupted as Ellsbury was called safe. In his second game, starting in centerfield for an injured Coco Crisp, Ellsbury got on base in all four plate appearances. He singled in his first two at bats and drew a walk in his third and fourth. The kid from Madras also got his first stolen base of his big league career. The recent success has brought discussion on whether Ellsbury (right - picture from soxprospects.com) should become the BoSox’s perminant centerfielder.

Dallas Buck:
Buck, the ace of the 2006 Oregon State staff, struggled a little bit in his recent outing. Starting for the Visalia Oaks (Class A for the Arizona Diamondbacks), the 6-2 righthander scattered six hits across four innings pitched. Buck allowed a second inning home run, along with two other runs while walking three and striking out two. Despite the sub-par numbers, Buck (4-4) got a no decision and kept his earned run average at 3.41.

Jonah Nickerson:
Jonah Nickerson has struggled a bit this year on the mound for the West Michigan Whitecaps, Single A affiliate of the Detriot Tigers. In his last outing, against the South Bend Silver Hawks, Nickerson (right - picture from minorleaguebaseball.com) manged to escape with a decent performance. The righthander lasted seven innings and somehow only gave up three runs (two earned) while giving out five walks and giving up 10 hits. Nickerson, who lowered his ERA to 5.31, left the game with his team trailing 3-0. Four runs in the last two innings for the Whitecaps took Nickerson off the hook for the loss, keeping his record at 5-6.

Kevin Gunderson:
For the past ten games, former Beaver closer Kevin Gunderson has been spectacular. In his last outing, the left-handed reliever went two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out four. That sensational lowered his ERA for the past ten games to 0.64. On the year, Gunderson has done well for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The little fella with the big arm has a 2-3 record on the year with 7 saves and a 3.34 earned run average.

Cole Gillespie:
The former Pac-10 Player of the Year is not looking as hot playing for Single A Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers). Playing left-field for the Manatees (I know, what a name) Gillespie has struggled the last ten games. He is 6 for his last 34 (.176) knocking in only three. On the year, the former Beaver stud is hitting .226 with 7 home runs and 42 RBI. The Manatees, however, are atop the eastern division of the Flordia State Leauge with a 7-5 record.
Story by Jesse Severson

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