June 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm #20255
Creating a thread to track Lehigh baseball players in their summer collegiate leagues. I assume there will be a few wrap up articles on lehighsports.com and this can serve as a place for discussion.
The players I’ve tracked thus far:
Mike Garzillo – Bourne Braves – Cape Cod League
Kevin Long – Lakeshore Chinooks – Northwoods League
Jacen Nalesnik – Allentown Railers – ACBL
James Bleming – Quakertown Blazers – ACBLJune 12, 2015 at 11:06 pm #20256
Garzillo is DH’ing tonight in his first appearance for Bourne. Not sure how this plays into his negotiations with the Yankees. I assume that playing well in a league as prestigious as the Cape Cod League would help with his leverage, or perhaps his playing in a summer league is an indication that he could be returning to Bethlehem next year.
Kevin Long is on the Lakeshore roster in the Northwoods League, which is excellent competition as well, but is yet to make an appearance on the year.July 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm #20468
Here is a recent interview with Mike Garzillo. I’m thinking he is back with Lehigh next year.August 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm #20852
As the summer leagues wrap up, it certainly wasn’t the banner year that last summer was for Lehigh guys, but a few guys put together nice stat lines. Below is a summary of a few returners I took the time to look up.
Garzillo (Cape Cod League) – struggled quite a bit against the best competition in the country. Ended the year hitting .232 with 37 strikeouts and just 22 hits in 95 at bats. Hopefully he can use it as a learning experience and have a huge sr year to get his pro prospects back on track.
Donnelly (ACBL) – Missed a few weeks at the beginning and end of the year, and ended up hitting .271 in 85 at bats.
Bleming (ACBL) – hopefully he can breakout next spring as he had a solid summer. It looks like he played every day at shortstop and hit .281 with only 2 errors in 132 chances. It would be great if he could win the everyday job at short as a soph and but together a solid year as a two way player.
Nalesnik (ACBL) – hit .283 in 60 at bats but didn’t play at all after July 7th. Not sure if by choice or injury.
Kulp (ACBL) – had an excellent 1.88 ERA and 16 K’s in 14 innings. Didn’t pitch after July 13th.
Peter Moore (ACBL) – 7.1 ERA in 34 innings.
John Scarr (ACBL) – Had a nice summer hitting .303 and finished 5th in the league with 21 RBIs in 34 games.
Kevin Boswick (Coastal Plains) – 3.56 ERA with 43 K’s in 30 innings.
Kevin Long (Northwoods) – 4.6 ERA with 26 K’s in 33 innings. Northwoods is a tough league, so not a bad summer overall.
Connor Donavon (Northwoods) – 3.73 ERA with 33 K’s in 41 innings.
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