Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer League Buckeyes 6/27 Update

Here is our first look at the seasons the men of Scarlet and Gray are having across America, headlined by Dean Wolosiansky, Jared Strayer, Drew Rucinski, Matt Streng, and a new face to Buckeye baseball.

Valley League

Luray Wranglers

Brian DeLucia: 9 G, 5 GS, 16 AB, 2 H, .125 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO, .188 SLG, .263 OBP,

Drew Rucinski: 4 G, 3 GS, 15.1 IP, 2-0 W-L, 16 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3.52 ERA, 5 BB, 12 SO, .286 BAA

Rucinski's last start came on Friday against Waynesboro when he lasted 3.1 innings. In that time Drew scattered six hits, while allowing two runs, one earned, with two strikeouts against three walks. The start was the roughest for Rucinski thus far this summer. Waynesboro is led by Akron CF Drew Turocy. In the Wranglers' last game DeLucia entered the game late and played at first base, however when receiving consistent playing time DeLucia is in rightfield. We know DeLucia can hit so his .125 average is not of concern.

Coastal Plains League

Asheboro Cooperheads

Jared Strayer: 2 G, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 1-0 W-L, 7 H, 0 R, 0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 8 SO, .292 BAA

Brett McKinney: 1 G, 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 0-0 W-L, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 9.00 ERA, 3 BB, 4 SO, .471 BAA

The story here is obviously the success Jared Strayer is having. Might not be of much surprise given his solid spring, and though his velocity presents a hittable ball, the action is hard to square a pitch up, moreso with the wood. For Jared it is nice to see a K/9 above 9, and the walks 1/4 of the strikeouts. For Brett it is the opposite. A rough spring continued into the summer as he was roughed up in his lone start. In 17 AB's McKinney allowed three doubles and a home run making half the eight hits of extra bases for a .471 BAA. It will be interesting to follow this two closey this summer.

Great Lakes League

Delaware Cows

Matt Streng: 13 G, 13 GS, 48 AA, 10 R, 14 H, .292 AVG, 3 2B, 4 RBI, .354 SLG, 8 BB, 6 SO, .404 OBP, 1-2 SB-SBA

Theron Minium: 3 G, 3 GS, 14.1 IP, 1-0 W-L, 15 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 5.02 ERA, 4 BB, 10 SO, .263 BAA

Streng is having a decent summer so far at the plate. In switching to the wood his average has actually increased which is a good sign, though there is not much power. Not much of a reason to worry as consistent contact for Streng is needed. The power will come if he keeps driving the ball. Pitching wise Theron has not been bad, but not exactly good, however for someone like Theron the numbers like wins and ERA are of less importance as now is a good time for him to make adjustments to become a more effective pitcher and with 10 K's to 4 BB's things going in the right direction. Interesting to see former Buckeye Ryan Meade on the roster serving as both a pitcher and position player, with his numbers from the mound being the better of the two.

Hamilton Joes

David Corna: 6 G, 2 GS, 9 AB, 2 R, 1 H, .111 AVG, 1 RBI, .111 SLG, 2 BB, 5 SO, .273 OBP

Not much to report here. Corna has struggled to crack the Joe's everyday lineup. With the departures of Michael Stephens and Zach Hurley, there will be competition in the outfield for playing time. Hopefully Corna gets more and more at-bats to see if he can be a viable option for Coach Beals.

Stark County Terriers

Ryan Cypret: 13 G, 12 GS, 47 AB, 6 R, 12 H, .255 AVG, 5 2B, 6 RBI, .362 SLP, 4 SO, 4 BB, .314 OBP, 2-2 SB-SBA

An up and down summer so far for what one would think is Ohio State's everyday second baseman. Though the average is not high, Cypret is leading Stark County in extra base hits with his five doubles and in the field as committed just one error in 37 chances so the positives are there.

Northwoods League

Wisconsin Rapid Rafters

Brad Hallberg: 8 G, 21 AB, 1 R, 3 H, .143 BAA, 2 RBI, .143 SLG, 3 SO, 4 BB, .217 OBP

Due to Ohio State's quarter system Hallberg has played in less than half of Wisconsin's games and the prolonged time away from baseball has produced a bit of rust one would think. Hopefully as the summer progresses Hallberg's bat picks up as he will be a Buckeye heavily depended on to deliver at the plate in 2011.

Prospect League

West Virginia Miners

Dean Wolosiansky: 3 G, 3 GS, 22.0 IP, 3-0 W-L, 16 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0.41 ERA, 7 BB, 12 SO, .208 BAA

So far the story of the summer has to be the play of Wolosiansky. The raw numbers of 3-0, .41, and .208 gives hope that the pitcher Dean was his redshirt freshman season is still in there. The deeper statstics of seven walks with 12 strikeouts further suggest that Dean will never have the stuff to get hitters out consistently without relying on his defense. Given the type of pitcher Dean is, and the fact he is going against wood, the numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt, but just a small one. Success like this for Wolosiansky will go a long way in restoring confidence that could play the biggest role in him returning to form.

Florida Collegiate Summer League

Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

Brad Hutton: 16 G, 47 AB, 9 R, 11 H, .234 AVG, 1 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .447 SLG, 5 BB, 17 SO, .393 OBP

Orlando Mavericks

Hunter Mayfield: 11 G, 34 AB, 2 R, 5 H, .147 AVG, 1 2B, 3 RBI, .176 SLG, 2 BB, 7 SO, .211 OBP

It looks like Ohio State may have struck gold yet again in the JUCO ranks. Incoming sophomore Hutton clearly has the best power numbers of any Buckeye this summer, more impressive given the fact he is a catcher. With 17 strikeouts in 47 at-bats he is a free swinger, something that was a rarity during the Todd era but the aggresiveness could play well for Beals. A lot has been made of the talent Hutton is, his summer is definitely one to follow. Like Hallberg, the numbers for Mayfield leave a bit to be desired for someone who could play a big role next year. The summer is young still and there is plenty of time for things for pick up for Hunter.


BaseballBucks33 said...

I really like the new look to the site man nice job. Nice read on the summer report also,good to see Wolo and Staryer throwing well. With a healthy Rucinski our pitching staff could be decent next yr. McKinney needs to get it together though.

Has Burkhart signed with the Giants and i missed it?? I understand Alex Wimmers taking some time being the 21st overall pick,but what is Danny waiting on?? I don't have a clue how these things work but i figured he would be playing ball by now. Kinda odd

Chris Webb said...

The commish won't approve of over-slot bonuses until the deadline 8/16.

Apparently Dan is being advised to take an amount significantly higher than slot.

It's interesting.