Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Professional Baseball Update

After the long holiday weekend, I thought it would be good to provide another update on how former Troy University baseball players are doing in the professional ranks.

First of all, Clint Robinson continues to shine for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Class AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. After earning a start in the Texas League All-Star game, during which he had two hits, including a homer, Robinson was named the Texas League Player of the Month for June.

During the month, C-Rob hit .409 with 24 runs, 10 doubles, eight homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games. He hit is 14th homer of the year on Independence Day to help the Naturals to a victory.

One of Robinson's former Troy teammates, Josh Dew, continued to shine for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden League in California. The Outlaws became the first team in league history to post 30 victories in the first half of the season and are currently 30-9 after a win on Monday which clinched a first half title.

Dew was one of five Outlaws selected to play in the Golden League All-Star game, which will be played on July 15 in Tuscon, Arizona.

Dew has appeared in 15 games for the Outlaws and owns a 2-0 record with a 0.42 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 21.1 innings of work. Chico manager Garry Templeton, who is probably best known as the player the Cardinals traded to San Diego for Ozzie Smith, is also letting Dew hit a little. He is 1-for-4 with three walks in seven plate appearances.

Another former Robinson teammate, Jared Keel, likely saw his professional career come to an end over the weekend. Keel, who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 2006-09, was released by the independent Sioux City Explorers of the American Association over the weekend.

Two members of the 2010 Trojans have embarked on their professional careers. Ryan Ditthardt signed with the Houston Astros and is played for their rookie Gulf Coast League. So far he is doing well, batting .357 in 10 games with a homer and two RBI.

Steven Felix inked a free agent deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and is on his way to played in the Arizona Rookie League. The only negative for Felix is that the signing takes him out of the College Home Run Derby, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Omaha.

Felix is scheduled to join the Arizona Brewers this week.

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