All-Star Schutz Highlights Hoosiers in the Pros
Aug. 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Aberdeen IronBirds outfielder Kipp Schutz is one of several former Hoosiers that are enjoying standout seasons in the professional ranks. Schutz, who is currently fifth in the New York-Penn League with a .328 average, was recently named an All-Star for the first time.
Schutz has had a strong sophomore season for the short-season A-ball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, where he is also in the top 10 with 30 RBI to go along with seven doubles, four triples and three homers. Two weeks ago, he hit a walk-off grand slam for the IronBirds, who are currently in third place in the McNamara Division.
Among other members of the 2009 draft class, Josh Phegley has caught fire recently in the Carolina League. The catcher, who has played in just 23 games due to a pair of bouts with illness, is hitting .367 over his last 10 games with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. He is hitting .297 overall for Winston-Salem, the single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Evan Crawford has also had a solid first full season in the pro ranks, playing 107 games with 64 runs and 22 steals for the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League.
Hurlers Jake Dunning and Joey O'Gara have also had strong seasons from the 2009 class. In his first full season as a reliever, Dunning has surrendered just 25 hits in 29 2/3 innings with a whopping 38 strikeouts to his credit for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the short-season Northwest League. O'Gara, pitching for the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League, has a 5-3 record with a 2.69 ERA.
A pair of 2010 draftees have had solid starts to their pro careers as well. Chris Squires has pitched in eight games combined in the Gulf Coast League and the Florida State League, and has given up just nine hits and no earned runs with 10 Ks. After a slow start in the Pioneer League, Michael Earley has a .297 average in his last 10 games, and has 23 RBI, 25 runs and 10 steals in 37 games overall for the Great Falls Voyagers.
In the class of 2008, Tyler Tufts has earned a promotion to double-A. In three appearances for the Frisco Roughriders of the Texas League, Tufts has surrendered just three hits and one walk. Andrew Means has stolen 20 bases and scored 32 runs in 71 games for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Additionally, 2007 draftee Jon Fixler has a .265 average and five home runs for Corpus Christi, the double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
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