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Summer League Updates
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/28/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Here is a quick look at how some of the Lobos are doing in summer ball:

Ray Birmingham - Hitting coach, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
The head coach of the Lobos had a tremendously successful summer as the hitting coach for Team USA. He helped guide the Collegiate National Team to the championship of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week in the Netherlands as Team USA outscored its opponents by 28 runs over the eight games they played there. The summer series ended with a disappointing showing in Cuba, as the CNT was swept in five games in a place where it's always difficult for Team USA to win. In a number of pitching-friendly environments, Team USA hit .266 under Birmingham en route to an 18-8-2 record over the course of the summer.

Sam Haggerty - Hyannis Harbour Hawks, Cape Cod League
Haggerty has appeared in 35 games for Hyannis and is third on the team (min. 60 at bats) with a .250 average. He also ranks third in runs (20), hits (30) and steals (nine) and has knocked five doubles and one home run in what is generally considered to be the best summer league in the country.

Taylor Duree - Eau Claire Express, Northwoods League
Duree was recently added to the Big League Dreams Showcase, which features the top 100 professional prospects in the Northwoods League. He is third on the Express with 11 appearances and has struck out 29 in 31.1 innings. He's 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA and a pair of saves. Opponents are hitting just .215 off him, and he has been a vital part of Eau Claire's 29-28 record this summer.

Conner Rusch - Eau Claire Express, Northwoods League
A teammate of Duree's in Eau Claire, Rusch has started four games and appeared in three others, and leads the team in ERA (min. 15 IP) at 2.39. He is 2-1 in 26.1 innings and has allowed just a single extra base hit (a double) all summer. On July 27 he earned his second win by tossing 7.1 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and did not walk a single batter.

Lane Milligan - Eau Claire Express, Northwoods League
The third of four Lobos on Eau Claire this summer, Milligan is one of just three Express players hitting over .300. He is 31-for-103 (.301) with 16 runs, four doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and six walks in 25 games. From June 7-12 earlier this summer he hit .538 (14-for-26) with five multi-hit games. His lone home run proved to be the winning run in Eau Claire's 4-1 win over Mankato on June 7.

Jack Zoellner - Eau Claire Express, Northwoods League
The fourth and final Lobo on Eau Claire, Zoellner has struggled making contact at times this summer, striking out 48 times in 37 games, but he has made hard contact all the same. Despite a 2-for-22 slide that has dropped his average to .189, he has five doubles, three home runs and is fourth on the team with 21 RBIs. He had a six-game hitting streak from July 10-18 with a pair of multi-hit games.

Kirby McGuire - Wisconsin Rapid Rafters, Northwoods League
McGuire leads the Rapid Rafters in games played with 48. Despite hitting just .213 (35-for-164), he is second on the team with 29 walks drawnm which boosts his OBP to .345. He has three doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs and has also stolen nine bases. From July 19-26 he had a five-game hitting streak that culminated with a triples, two walks and three runs against Lakeshore in an 17-11 loss.

Mike Gould - Kelowna Falcons, West Coast League
Has made five appearances spanning 6.2 innings for Kelowna. On July 24 he suffered four runs allowed in just one inning that saw his ERA balloon from a very respectable 3.18 to an inflated 8.10. Has not allowed an earned run in three of his other four appearances.

Chris DeVito - Medford Rogues, West Coast League
DeVito enjoyed a solid summer as he hit .282 (24-for-85) in 26 games for Medford. He hit a pair of home runs and seven doubles while driving in 10 runs and scoring 14. He also walked 12 times to boast a .374 OBP.

Andre Vigil - Medford Rogues, West Coast League
Suffered through a disappointing summer after hitting .311 in 52 games for UNM last season. He hit just .189 (10-for-53) in 19 games for Medford with four doubles and 13 RBIs. His best game came on July 3 against Northwest Star Academy when he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a run scored.

Carson Schneider - Victoria HarbourCats, West Coast League
After setting a freshman record for appearances at UNM last season, Schneider is tied for the lead on Victoria with 11 games out of the bullpen. He is 0-0 with one save and a 4.00 ERA over 18.0 innings. He earned his only save of the season by hurling three shutout innings over Cowlitz on July 22. His longest outing of the summer came at Bellingam on July 15 when he tossed 4.0 shutout frames in a 3-1 loss. 

Preston Ryan - Victoria HarbourCats, West Coast League
Ryan is tied with Schneider for the team lead in relief appearances with 12, and he leads the entire squad in games with 12. He's 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA and two saves over 25.1 innings. He is averaging nearly a K per inning with 25 on the summer. Don't let his record fool you as he has been the losing pitcher in three one-run games and one two-run game. He earned his saves on June 12 vs. Cowlitz and June 14 at Bend.

Danny Collier - Victoria HarbourCats, West Coast League
A Freshman All-American last season, Collier is hitting .230 (14-for-61) in 22 games for Victoria. He has scored eight runs, driven in four and has one double. After a stretch that saw him go nearly a week without a hit, he followed that up with back-to-back two-hit games against Corvallis on July 26 and 27, including his first extra base hit of the season.

Aaron Siple - Wellington Heat, Jayhawk League
Siple is hitting .282 (33-for-117) for the Heat, which are 28-6 and own a seven-game lead in the standings. He leads the team, and is third in the league, with 27 runs scored. His 10 stolen bases also lead the squad and are tied for second in the league. He has five doubles, 12 RBIs and has walked more often than he has struck out (18-16). He has multiple hits in nine of his 31 games played.

Tyler Gibson - Winchester Royals, Valley League
Gibson has made 13 appearances, including two starts, for the Royals and is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 30.0 IP. He has 26 strikeouts and earned his only save of the season by recording the final two outs against the Front Royal Cardinals on July 10. Struck out a season-high four and allowed just one unearned run in 3.1 innings against the Woodstock River Bandits on July 1.

Cody Bower - Winchester Royals, Valley League
Started off the summer very well by hitting .467 (7-for-15) over his first five games, but is hitting just .104 (7-for-67) since.  He has three doubles and seven RBIs, but after raising his average back to .250 on July 5, he has struggled through a 2-for-30 slide and is now hitting .171 in 28 games this summer. He has three multi-hit games this summer and has scored or driven in multiple runs on three other occasions.

Matt Reyes - Winter Garden Squeeze, Florida League
Reyes is currently hitting .282 (37-for-131) with 20 runs and 15 stolen bases in 40 games for the Squeeze. Named Player of the Week for games June 12-15 after hitting .526 (10-for-19) with six runs, two doubles, four RBIs and four steals. Earned Player of the Game honors on July 24 after going 2-for-4 with two runs, a steal and his first home run of the summer. Reyes has helped keep the Squeeze near the top of the standings, only three games out of first place.

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