Thirteen players from the Florida Gators’ national championship-winning baseball team are playing in summer baseball leagues around the country.
Here’s the latest update on how they are doing, organize league:
Cape Cod League
Third baseman Jonathan India and outfielder Austin Langworthy each had respectable weeks at the plate last week in Cape Cod.
India, playing for the Harwich Mariners, posted a .263 batting average (5-for-19) in seven games with an RBI and 3 runs scored. India also drew 8 walks to post a team-high .464 on-base percentage. For the summer, India is second on his team with a .293 batting average with 2 RBI and 9 runs scored in 17 games.
Langworthy, playing for the Falmouth Commodores, posted a .231 batting average (6- for-26) with 3 RBI and 5 runs scored. For the summer, Langworthy is hitting .258 with 9 RBI and 12 runs scored in 17 games.
Right-handed pitcher Michael Byrne, who is coming out of the bullpen for the Cotuit Kettlers, threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances last week. Byrne has yet to give up a run this summer in 10 1/3 innings spanning five relief appearances.
Infielder Deacon Liput, who began the summer in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores, is no longer on the roster. He played in one game.
Outfielder Austin Bodrato is coming off his best week of the summer. The rising sophomore posted a .346 batting average (9-for-26) with a home run, 7 RBI and 4 runs scored over his last eight games with the Kenosha Kingfish. Bodrato is now hitting .269 over the summer with 9 RBI and 9 runs scored in 21 games.
On the mound, Tyler Dyson was once again dominant for the Madison Mallards. The 6-foot-2 righty won both of his starts last week, giving up just 3 earned runs while striking out 13 batters in 11 2/3 innings. Dyson is now 3-0 for the summer with a 1.66 ERA (4 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings) and 21 strikeouts in four starts.
Here’s how the remaining four Gators in the Northwoods League have fared:
- Two-way player Andrew Baker posted a .346 batting average (9-for-26) with 6 RBI and 5 runs scored for the Madison. On the mound, Baker went 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA (3 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings) over two relief appearances. For the summer, Baker is hitting .244 at the plate and has a 2.79 ERA on the mound.
- Right-handed pitcher Nate Brown went 0-1 in two appearances (one start) for the Mallards last week, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) over 3 innings of work. For the summer, Brown is 0-1 with a 3.17 ERA.
- Right-handed pitcher Nick Long went 1-0 in two appearances (one start) for the Kingfish last week, giving up 1 run in 8 1/3 innings of work. Long’s stellar performance on the mound last week dropped his ERA for the summer from 25.07 to 9.69.
- Right-handed pitcher Billy McKay went 0-1 in his three relief appearances for the Kingfish last week, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) in 4 2/3 innings on the mound. For the summer, McKay is 2-3 with 9 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 22 relief appearances.
The Valley League is in the first round of its playoffs, and two Gators are still competing for the league title.
Left-handed pitcher Cole Maye and his Charlottesville TomSox went 2-0 to open the 2017 playoffs. Maye had a heavy hand in the first playoff game, throwing 3 innings of 1-run ball with 4 strikeouts to close out the TomSox’s 11-2 win over the Staunton Braves on Saturday.
For the summer, Maye is 2-0 in four relief apperances with a 2.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings.
Infielder Blake Reese and his New Market Rebels are 1-1 in the first round of the playoffs and will play a must-win game on Monday. After hitting .412 with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in nine regular-season games, Reese has struggled at the plate in the playoffs, going just 1-for-8.
Keenan Bell, who was a member of the TomSox along with Bell, is not active for the playoffs. He finished his time in the Valley League with a .158 batting average, 3 RBI and 4 runs scored in 11 games.
New York Collegiate Baseball League
Florida’s two players in the NYCBL — pitchers Kirby McMullen and Cam Weinberger — saw their summer ball season with the Olean Oilers come to an end after a 4-2 loss to Genesee Rapids on Monday. McMullen drew the season-ending loss on the mound after giving up 4 earned runs over 6 innings of work.
McMullen, a two-way player heading into his sophomore year at Florida, finished the summer with a .377 batting average (26-for-69) with 4 home runs and 22 RBI over 19 games. On the mound, McMullen went 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA (13 earned runs over 24 1/3 innings). He struck out 23 batters.
Weinberger went 4-0 in eight starts and had a 2.59 ERA over 52 innings of work. He struck out 43 batters while giving up 16 walks.