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Burnett to play in New York-Penn League All-Star Game

McClure moved up to Class A; Brentz name Player of the Game

August 8, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - There are currently 19 former Blue Raiders playing either minor league or independent professional baseball. Here is an update on how a few of them are doing.

Tyler Burnett has been selected to represent the Tri-City Valley Cats in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game which will be held in Staten Island, N.Y., on Tuesday, August 17. Burnett has been an on-base machine for the team this season with a .402 on-base percentage with a league leading 27 walks. Most impressively, Burnett has reached base safely in each of the last 32 games, a streak that dates back to June 30, and is eight more games than any other player in the league to date.

Burnett, who was a third baseman for Middle Tennessee, has been playing first base for Tri-City most of the season. For the All-Star Game Burnett will return to third base. He also has 13 doubles on the season which are just two behind the league leader. Burnett also leads the team with a .848 OPS.

Alex McClure, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals after taking a redshirt at Middle Tennessee, has been moved up to Class A and is now playing for the Burlington Bees in Burlington, Iowa. He has played just one game with his new team. Prior to his move up, McClure was batting .236 with 35 hits, five doubles, 15 RBI and had scored 15 runs with an OPS of .575.

Kevin Whittaker recently signed a contract to play for the Florence Freedom in Florence, Ky., in the Frontier League. Whittaker joins former teammates Chad Edwards and Tyler Hyde along with Josh Horn as Blue Raiders competing in the Frontier League. Whittaker has worked 3.2 innings in four appearances. He has recorded two strikeouts after facing 24 batters.

Bryce Brentz continues to improve with the Lowell Spinners and on Saturday night broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with his second home run giving the team a 4-2 lead. The Spinners' bullpen took over and the team held on taking a 4-3 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Brentz ended the night 1 for 4 with two RBI and was named the Player of the Game. His home run broke a three-game hitless streak.

He is now batting .220 over the last 10 games with nine hits, two doubles, a triple, home run, seven RBI and has scored seven runs. Brentz's OPS percentage during that time is .663 and on the season his OPS is .520.

Rawley Bishop continues to perform well in Double A with the Erie Seawolves. He is currently batting .230 with 34 hits, seven doubles, six home runs, 24 RBI and has scored 27 runs for an OPS of .722.

Brett Carroll has raised his batting average with the New Orleans Zephyrs and is now batting .234 with 15 doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI. In the last 10 games, he is batting .289 with 11 hits, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. During the span, Carroll has posted an OPS of .833 and a slugging percentage of .500.

For a complete list of former Blue Raiders playing on the professional level, visit the baseball page at goblueraiders.com.

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