NORMAN, Okla. — Throughout the summer, SoonerSports.com will bring fans weekly updates of current Sooners competing in the numerous summer baseball leagues around the country. Fans can also access information on former Sooners playing in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates.
The seventh installment, along with links to each of the players’ statistics, are listed below:
Summer Collegiate League
Doug Buser (Kitsap Bluejackets) and Garrett Buechele (Palm Springs Power) continue their outstanding play in the West Coast League. On July 18 and 20, Buser hit .500 for the Bluejackets in their series against the Corvallis Knights. The first game the Bluejackets won 4-2 but the second game they fell 3-1. For the season, Buser is hitting .328 with 13 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
Bryant Hernandez and Elliott Blair (Lodi Grapesox) were both named Wednesday to the Sierra Baseball League All-Star game. The game is set for July 12 at historic Tony Zupo Field in Lodi, Calif. Hernandez is currently hitting .325 with one home run, 11 RBIs and four stolen bases. Blair has been on a tear lately, raising his average to .311 with three home runs, 14 RBIs and seven extra base hits.
In the Cape Cod League, Aaron Baker (Warhem Gatemen) continues to be a productive player for the Gatemen increasing his stats to 16 hits, 10 RBIs and one home run.
Texas has 4 players on the Wareham Gateman Roster- Brandon Workman, Connor Rowe, and Russell Moldenhauer-( Russell had successful Knee surgery and will be rehabbing it this summer) To read more about Wareham
Lee Johnson, Tant Shepherd and Jordan Danks (Jordan was drafted in the 7th round by the White Sox and is showing the White Sox that he can use a wooden bat.) are playing in the M.I.N.K. League with the Beatrice Bruins. Roster, Schedule, and Stats
It was a busy summer for Texas Baseball as 23 current Longhorns and four newcomers stayed active with summer action throughout the country. Twenty-two players participated in collegiate summer leagues, while Jordan Danks spent the summer touring with the U.S. National Baseball Team.
Danks, who struggled early at the plate, rebounded to be one of Team USA’s top hitters and helped the squad earn a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Brazil. Playing in a team-high 35 games, he led the team with 37 runs scored, 14 more than the nearest teammate. Danks hit .287 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, five stolen bases and 12 RBI.
The best part of Collegiate summer leagues is being able to go and watch the players that you have watched at the University. I went to several games this summer and was able to get to know the Players better that played at Texas. It is a more relaxed atmosphere and the boys are always more than accommodating to my Son. We were able to get pictures with the players that Played on the Coppell Copperheads team of the Texas Collegiate League. We were also able to get pictures with the pitching Coach for Texas (Skip Johnson) and autographs on a baseball.
I bet a lot of our readers already know about the Alaska Goldpanners tradition of playing a game at midnight on the summer solstice. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has written a very good article on the game which can be read here. Jim Caple of ESPN.com also visited the game in 2005. The full article is available for ESPN Insiders here.
Our buddy at Summer Ball is an excellent reference on all Summer Leagues including the Alaskan League.