BLACKSBURG, Va. – With the school year off and running and the Virginia Tech baseball program getting set to start its fall baseball season, it’s a good time to take a look back on how the returning players, who played during the summer, fared in their respective leagues.
Five Hokies being named all-stars, three winning titles and more than a handful being named top prospects of their respective leagues highlighted the summer. In fact, Tech had four players recognized by Baseball America, which was the most among any ACC school and tied for the fourth-most in the country.
Below (in alphabetical order) is a recap of all returning Hokies who played baseball this summer with team/league in parenthesis.
Logan Bible (Lake Norman/Southern) – One of five Hokies named an All-Star in his respective league … Batted .328 for the summer (fourth on the team) with 21 hits in 24 games, scored eight runs and drove in nine.
Ryan Burns (North Fork/Atlantic) – Batted .265 with 26 hits (six doubles, three home runs) in 26 games played, 24 starts … Crossed the plate 16 times and drove in 12 more runs.
Eddie Campbell (Harwich/Cape Cod) – Started eight games and threw a total of 36.0 innings, both third on the team … Posted a 3-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, while striking out 44 batters, which was second on the team and tied for eighth in the league ... Perfect Game named him the No. 98 prospect in the league.
Brendon Hayden (Wisconsin/Northwoods) – One of five Hokies named an All-Star in his respective league … Led his team in hits with 74, doubles (18), RBI (51) and sacrifice flies (6), while finishing second in at-bats (216) and batting (among eligible players) with a .343 average, and was third in home runs (6) … Among league leaders, was tied for first in sac flies, tied for fourth in doubles, tied for seventh in RBI and was 11th in batting … Also walked 19 times and stole five bases and had two hits, including a home run, and four RBI in the playoffs … Saw action on the mound as well, tying for third on the team with seven starts and threw in 10 games overall … Tossed 27.1 innings with 17 strikeouts and posted a 1-2 record ... Perfect Game named him the No. 43 prospect in the league.
Carson Helms (Mystic/New England) – Played in seven games this summer, posting four hits, three walks and scoring five runs.
Ricky Hodges (Mystic/New England) – Threw just one inning with a strikeout before shutting down for the summer.
Tyler Horan (Wareham/Cape Cod) – Honored with the John Claffey Award, signifying the top New England Prospect in the league … Helped his team to the league championship title, with seven hits, seven runs, seven RBI and two home runs in the seven playoff games … One of five Hokies named an All-Star in his respective league, was named to the all-league team and was once named player of the week (Aug. 7) … During the regular season, batted .342 (second on the team) with 52 hits (third), seven doubles (fourth) and a triple, hit a wood bat league-record tying 16 home runs (first), knocked in 40 runs (first) and scored 32 times (second) … Also had 11 walks for a .410 on-base percentage and stole three bases … Among league leaders, was first in home runs, second in RBI, tied for fourth in runs, fifth in batting and tied for fifth in hits … Perfect Game named him to the Summer College All-America Team as a first team DH … FanGraphs listed him as the third best hitting prospect in the league … Baseball America named him as the No. 30 prospect and Perfect Game named him the No. 36 prospect in the league … Also finished second in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb.
Jake Joyce (Chatham/Cape Cod) – Honored with the Zane Carlson Most Outstanding Relief Pitcher Award from his team … Appeared in a team-high tying 15 games while tossing a total of 18.2 frames … Also finished tied for first on the team in wins (2), lead the team in saves (6), which was tied for second in the league, and tied for third in strikeouts (35) – averaging almost two per inning … Led the league with a strikeout per nine inning ratio of 16.875 … FanGraphs listed him as the sixth best pitching prospect in the league.
Sean Keselica (Baltimore/Cal Ripken) – One of five Hokies named an All-Star in his respective league … Helped his team to the league championship title, with a .385 batting average in three games – five hits, including a home run, four runs scored and two RBI … Saw action both at the plate and on the mound … Led the team in batting at .342 (among those who qualified), hits with 54, doubles with 12 and triples with four triples, and added two home runs in 39 games … Also, walked 17 times, stole 10 bases (second), scored 29 times (second) and knocked in a team-high 26 RBI … Among league leaders, was fourth in hits, tied for third in triples, tied for eighth in doubles and was 12th in batting … On the mound, was 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA in seven starts (tied for second-most) in eight total appearances … Struck out 30 batters (fourth) in 31.2 innings pitched (fourth) … Perfect Game named him a top performer and the No. 16 prospect in the league.
Clark Labitan (Harwich/Cape Cod) – Finished third on the team in appearances with 14, while tossing 20.2 frames … Posted a 2-1 record with 20 strikeouts … In only playoff appearance, threw 3.1 innings and struck out seven batters.
Tanner McIntyre (Humboldt/Far West) – Helped his team to the league championship title, leading the team in innings pitched (60.0), starts (8), complete games (2) and strikeouts (35) … Posted a 1.35 ERA (second on team), with a 6-2 record (tied for team-lead in wins) and combined on two shutouts, while throwing one on his own … Allowed just four extra base hits all summer (all doubles) and opponents hit just .191 against him … Was also named a Horizon Air Summer Series First Team pitcher … Perfect Game named him in “others in consideration” for top prospects in the league.
Chad Morgan (Chatham/Cape Cod) – Played in 25 games, collecting 16 hits – two doubles, a triple and a home run – driving home eight and scoring six times … Also drew 12 walks during regular season, while walking twice in the playoffs (in two games) and scored a run.
Colin O’Keefe (Peninsula/Coastal Plain) – Made one start before shutting down for the summer, throwing 2.1 innings and striking out three.
Alex Perez (North Fork/Atlantic) – Batted .278 with 31 hits, including seven doubles and five home runs (second on the team) in 34 games played, 33 starts … Was third on the team in runs scored with 25 and produced 17 RBI … Also stole five bases … Perfect Game named him in “others in consideration” for top prospects in the league.
Chad Pinder (Chatham/Cape Cod) – Limited to just 21 games, but still finished second on the team in batting (.278), RBI (25) and triples (2), while tied for third in home runs (4) … In all, had 22 hits including four doubles and scored 12 runs … Baseball America named him as the No. 13 prospect and Perfect Game named him the No. 10 prospect in the league.
Gary Schneider (Rockville/Cal Ripken) – In 38 games, had 31 hits, three doubles and a triple while batting .248 … Drew 10 walks and drove in 15 runs, while scoring 24 times … Finished second in the league with 22 stolen bases, while being caught just three times.
Matt Snyder (Albany/Perfect Game) – One of five Hokies named an All-Star in his respective league … Was second on his team with 45.1 innings thrown while compiling a 3-3 record in seven starts … The three wins tied him for second-most on the team … Appeared in two other games out of the pen and struck out 25 batters this summer.
Isaac Sterman (Danbury/New England) – Helped his team to a runner-up finish in the NECBL … Pitched in 10 games, tossing a total of 13.0 innings while striking out 17 batters, but posted an 0-2 record.
Kyle Wernicki (Danbury/New England) – Helped his team to a runner-up finish in the NECBL … Played in just 26 games, limited by injury, but still collecting 12 hits – three doubles, a triple and a home run – with eight RBI and scored five runs … Played center and did not commit an error.
Mark Zagunis (Baltimore/Cal Ripken) – Helped his team to the league championship title, while earning MVP honors in the postseason after batting .429 with four runs and five RBI in three games … For the summer, hit .360 with 32 hits (fourth), including five doubles and two home runs in 25 games played … Drew 10 walks with seven stolen bases (third), while scoring 19 times and driving in 21 runs (fourth) … Baseball America named him as the No. 2 prospect and Perfect Game named him the No. 8 prospect in the league.
And even though this was a recap of returners, it should be noted that incoming freshman Saige Jenco was rated by Baseball America and Perfect Game as the eighth-best prospect in the Futures League.
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