Minor League, Summer League Baseball Update

June 17, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee currently has nine former players in minor league organizations as well as 14 current players and one coach taking part in summer league play around the country.


Heading the list of former Blue Raiders in the minors is veteran Jason Maxwell. The Lewisburg, Tenn., native is in the Cincinnati Reds organization with the AAA Louisville (Ky.) Bats, batting .291 in 55 games with 11 doubles and eight home runs.


Bryan Peck was batting .259 in 35 games through mid-May for the Visalia (Calif.) Oaks, the High A club for the Colorado Rockies, before a torn labrum sidelined him, most likely for the rest of the season. Jeremy Owens is batting .313 with 17 doubles, nine home runs and 12 stolen bases in 63 games for the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.


2001 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Josh Renick has taken his game to the New Britain (Conn.) Rock Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Renick and Owens have faced each other this year in the Eastern League. Renick started fast but a hamstring injury has slowed his rapid rise through the organization, with the third-year professional batting .243 in 52 games with 11 stolen bases.


Justin Sims is also in the Twins organization but has been sidelined this season by a broken left wrist suffered diving for a fly ball in spring training. The cast was removed and then put back on and Sims is just now getting back into the swing of things at the Twins extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.


Also in Florida is Jason Moates, a righthander in the Detroit Tigers organization and Lakeland, Fla. Moates is 1-2 with two saves and 43 strikeouts in 19 outings and 39.0 innings pitched.


The only former Blue Raider pitcher in the minors is Adam Larson. The Germantown, Tenn., native is hurling for the Kannapolis Intimidators this season, compiling a 0-0 mark with one save as a middle relief-setup pitcher. Larson has 24 strikeouts in 27.2 innings, pitching in 14 games for the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.


Chad Cooper was an 11th-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays two weeks ago and has been assigned to the Rookie League Princeton (W.V.) Devil Rays, while teammate Jerry Knox signed a free agent contract late last week with the Shreveport (La.) Sports of the independent Central Baseball League.


Complete information and updated stats for all minor league players may be accessed through a search at minorleaguebaseball.com.


Of course, Middle Tennessee's only major leaguer, Dewon Brazelton, is 1-5 in eight starts with the Devil Rays. The Tullahoma, Tenn., native has 22 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched and is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday night against the New York Yankees in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.


Current Blue Raider players span the country from Alaska to Massachusetts for summer league play.


Lefthanded pitcher Steve Kline is hurling for the Mat-Su Miners in Palmer, Alaska this summer. Kline compiled a 7-4 mark with a 4.75 ERA this past season for the Blue Raiders, leading the club in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and starts in his redshirt sophomore campaign.


A pair of Blue Raiders are playing in the highly publicized Cape Cod League in Massachusetts, as Chuck Akers and Josh Archer are teammates on the Harwich Mariners. Akers played for the Mariners last season, scoring 16 runs and stealing 11 bases in 42 games last summer.


Three players are in the Coastal Plain League, with Brett Carroll and Chris Mobley joining forces as teammates on the Florence (S.C.) Redwolves, while Nate Jaggers is playing for the Wilmington (N.C.) Sharks.


Troy Harp and Chris LeGuenec are both in the Northwoods League, with Harp toiling for the Madison (Wis.) Mallards and LeGuenec playing for the Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, Ontario) Border Cats. Also in the Northwoods League, Blue Raider assistant coach Andy Haines is the manager of the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks.


A trio of Blue Raiders are also in the Clark Griffith League in Maryland, as Shay Horseman and Marcus Taylor are with the Bethesda Big Train, while Chase Eakes is playing for the Baltimore Pride.


Shane Kemp and Danny Borne are teammates this summer on the Stark County Terriers in Canton, Ohio, in the Great Lakes League, while Chase Swing is with the Staunton (Va.) Braves in The Valley League.


A link on the baseball page at goblueraiders.com has team information and websites to keep up-to-date on all of the current Blue Raiders.

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