Here are some News and Notes for July 13th from Around the Nation.
Kennesaw State MLB Assignments and Summer League Update
KENNESAW – Four former Kennesaw State baseball standouts that inked Major League Baseball (MLB) contracts found new homes and began their journeys at the professional ranks.
Austin Upshaw, who was assigned to the South Bend Cubs on July 2, hit a three-run homer last weekend, marking his first career HR for the Class-A Affiliate. In 10 games with South Bend, Upshaw is batting .386 (17-44) with four doubles, one home run and seven runs batted in,
Gabe Friese, who inked a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent, earned his first victory at the professional ranks with the AZL Brewers on Wednesday, July 5 in a 6-3 victory over the AZL White Sox. In five games, the righty has allowed just one unearned run and six hits in 10.0 frames.
Oklahoma rounds out Coaching Staff
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma baseball head coach Skip Johnson completed his coaching staff with the addition of Clay Van Hook and Clay Overcash on Thursday morning. Van Hook joins the Sooners after a six-year run at Rice, while Overcash arrives in Norman after 18 years as a scout for the Chicago White Sox.
“We have a unique staff,” began Johnson, who was hired as the 10th head coach in program history on June 19. “We’re going to mesh really well as baseball coaches. I might be a pitching coach, but I’m also a baseball coach. Our staff will have the capability to work in multiple roles across all facets of the game. I think it’s a dynamic coaching staff that we’re developing with the intention of having a cooperative unit to help us get better as a team each day.”
South Florida rounds out Coaching Staff
TAMPA, JULY 12, 2017 – University of South Florida first-year head baseball coach Billy Mohl is pleased to announce the addition of Chuck Jeroloman and the promotion of Chris Cates to his coaching staff.
A West Plam Beach, Fla., native, Jeroloman brings six years of college baseball coaching experience to the Bulls, four of which were spent in the state of Florida. A three-year starting shortstop at the University of Auburn, Jeroloman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and played professionally for seven seasons, advancing as high as Class AAA. He has NCAA Regional experience from his two seasons as an assistant at TCU (2012-13) and helped Jacksonville University improve its win total in each of his four seasons there, going from 21 victories in 2014 to 36 wins in 2017.