I received this report over the weekend from the "jovial" Frank Fraas, the voice of Ohio State baseball on AM 920 WMNI. I think this report also ran on the radio broadcast on Sunday between games of the doubleheader vs. Michigan State, but he also wanted to share it with The Buckeye Nine.
Nick Swisher is the lone Buckeye in the Major Leagues. Swish was traded from the Oakland A's to the Chicago White Sox in January. He is hitting .269 with two home runs through the first eight games of the season.
Two former Buckeyes are currently in Triple-A. Josh Newman is with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, while Doug Deeds is with the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings.
Newman had a spectacular spring with the Rockies but was sent down to start the season. So far this season he has appeared in four games and earned one save. He has an ERA of 4.50.
Deeds has not played a game yet for the Red Wings, he is currently on the seven-day disabled list.
At the Double-A Level, there are three former Buckeyes are playing.
Mike Madsen is with the Midland Rock Hounds of the Oakland A's organization. Mike is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his first two starts of the season.
Drew Anderson is playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Cincinnati Reds organization and is hitting .125 through the first six games of the season.
Scott Lewis was scheduled to start the season in Akron playing for the Aeros, but has remained in Florida in extended spring training as he nurses a sore arm.
In Single-A, there are four buckeyes playing.
Ronnie Bourquin is playing for the West Michigan White Caps of the Detroit Tigers organization. Bourquin is hitting .308 through the first six games with five runs batted in.
After a year in Independent ball Matt Davis was signed by the Chicago White Sox. Davis is playing for the Winston-Salem Warthogs in the Carolina League. Davis has made one appearance and is 0-1.
Matt Angle started his second season in pro ball with the Delmarva Shorebirds in the Atlantic League. He has played in just three games.
Cory Luebke is playing in Single-A with the San Diego Padres affiliate Lake Elisnore Storm. Luebke has made struggled early. In his two starts this season he is 0-1 with a 12.86 ERA.
One former Buckeye is playing Independent ball. After three years in the Northern League, Chad Ehrnsberger has moved to the Atlantic League where he is playing for the Maryland Blue Crabs.
Two Buckeyes have not been assigned yet. Jedidiah Stephen is with the Baltimore Orioles organization and is still in spring training in Florida Eric Fryer is with the Milwaukee Brewers organization and is still in spring training in Arizona.
Thanks for the excellent report. We'll look forward to more updates throughout the late spring and summer. Keep up the great work on the radio broadcasts. I know Buckeye fans appreciate the job you do.