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Minor Leaguers Complete Season

September 20, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A total of 10 former Blue Raider baseball players recently completed their minor league seasons, including a trio in Triple AAA and three more in the New York-Penn League.

Jason Maxwell played in 100 games for the Durham Bulls (AAA, Tampa Bay Devil Rays) in the International League, batting .264 with 41 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 55 RBIs. Maxwell started the season slowly because of a hamstring injury and also helped with the tutelage of Devil Rays prospect B.J. Upton for much of the year.

Jeremy Owens also spent the season in Triple AAA, playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) in the International League. Owens got off to a slow start and batted .228 for the season in 112 games, registering 16 doubles, 12 home runs, 52 runs scored and 41 RBIs.

Bryan Peck spent the season with the Visalia Oaks (A, Colorado Rockies) in the California League. Peck played much of the season at first base after shoulder surgery the previous year. The Athens, Tenn., native batted .240 in 105 contests, collecting 24 doubles, six home runs, 48 runs scored and 52 RBIs. He also walked 40 times and had 98 hits.

Former Blue Raider Adam Larson logged perhaps the most miles of any minor leaguer this season, shuffling between the Kannapolis Intimidators (A, South Atlantic League), the Winston-Salem Warthogs (A, Carolina League) and the Charlotte Knights (AAA, International League) in the Chicago White Sox organization. Larson posted a 4-3 mark with three saves, making 34 appearances and striking out 41 in 57.0 innings of work among his three stops.

Chris Mobley and Brett Carroll both played for the Jamestown Jammers (short season, Florida Marlins) in the New York-Penn League). Mobley compiled a 1-1 mark with two saves in 17 appearances, six starts, with a 2.72 ERA, striking out 52 in 53 innings of work.

Carroll batted .251 in 60 contests, collecting 16 doubles, six home runs, scoring 27 runs and driving in another 28.

Chad Cooper also played in the New York-Penn League for the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Devil Rays). Cooper batted .272 in 45 games, scoring 25 runs with six doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs. Cooper battled a hand injury in the middle of the season after getting off to a great start.

John Williams also played in a short season league, pitching for the Elizabethton Twins (Minnesota Twins) in the Appalachian League. Williams battled dead arm at the beginning of the summer but still pitched well, compiling a 3-1 mark with a 4.50 ERA in 14 outings, striking out 50 in 38.1 innings.

In the independent ranks, Jerry Knox helped the Shreveport Sports reach the Central Baseball League championship series before losing in the finals. Knox worked in 11 contests with three starts, compiling a 1-2 mark and 3.74 ERA in 33.2 innings while striking out 14.

Also, Josh Renick batted .283 in 86 games in helping the St. Paul Saints to the Northern League title. Renick had 12 doubles, four triples, three home runs, scored 71 runs and drove in 24 more. The 2001 Sun Belt Player of the Year also stole 26 bases and collected 100 hits while playing five different positions during the year.

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