Cory Luebke, Matt Angle, and Eric Fryer came to Ohio State in the Autumn of 2004 as part of a highly touted recruiting class as they were the 4th, 6th, and 17th best 2004 high schoolers according to The Buckeye Scout. The three-year starters would be mainstays in Coach Todd's line-up from day one littering the Buckeye record books until the trio was drafted in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft as top 10 round draft picks. Now in their third professional season the products of Maria Stein Marion Local, Whitehall-Yearling, and Reynoldsburg are making the climbs through the minors.
Luebke making his second start after spending nearly three weeks on the DL after tweeking his hamstring had a very strong outing last night for the AA San Antonio Mission the AA San Diego Padre farm team. Cory would toss two innings of one-run baseball allowing five hits, while striking out four and walking two. After dominating the High A California League Luebke while fighting injury has handled his own in the Texas League. On the season the lanky lefty is 2-0, with a 1.27 ERA, in 21.1 IP, he has struck out 13 walked 8, and opponents are batting .217 off of the 2007 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.
From the blazing heat of mid-Texas to the coastal breeze of the Atlantic in the Carolinas we see Angle and Fryer having solid nights.
Angle the everyday centerfielder of the High A Frederick Keys has been the prototypical leadoff hitter in his professional carrer. With an ability to make consistent contact and speed to kill for, it was the big fly that sparked Angle's evening last night from Winston-Salem. Angle would go 2-for-4 hitting a two-run homer to right, picking two RBI and a run scored on the evening. The long ball was the first this summer for 2007 seventh round pick of the Orioles who known for his speed is hitting .286 in 101 games, picking up 113 hits and stealing 32 bases in the process.
As Angle was getting the job done in North Carolina it was Fryer getting it done in South Carolina. Fryer echoed Angles 2-for-4 outing in Myrtle Beach for the Lynchburg Hillcats as Fryer was involved in a mid-season trade between the Pirates and Yankees. In splitting time between the outfield and behind the dish Fryers combined numbers have him hitting .241 with 15 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs.
As the summer seasons are coming to an end for the current Buckeyes I'll try to more actively cover the progress of the former players. We'll check in n 2008 draft picks JB Shuck and Dan DeLucia on Monday.
Didn't plan it but figured these three would be the 400th post on here. Oh well they're good guys, great friends and deserve it. As part of the 2004 HS class myself, knowing Angle for 10 years now, then later Luebke and Fryer through baseball, without them I honestly would not be interested in Buckeye baseball and be here doing this, so I should also send them a thank you.