Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shaw does surgery, misses summer ...

Gabriel Shaw, the St. Mary product who pitches collegiately at Louisville, recently underwent surgery to repair an impingement of the ulnar nerve in his elbow. Shaw was originally slated to pitch in the Cape Cod League, the most prestigious of the summer college leagues, but felt it was better to go on and have the surgery and make sure he's ready to pitch for Louisville next spring.

Roof, Wright, Jones shine in Northwoods League ...

Michigan State shortstop Jonathan Roof, a St. Mary product, is continuing his fine summer in the Northwoods League, one of the nation's better summer leagues for college players. Roof, who plays for St. Cloud, is fourth in the league in hitting with a .325 average and is in the top 10 with 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

Heath product Chad Wright, who started in the Kentucky outfield as a true freshman, is hitting .285 for the Wausau-based Wisconsin Woodchucks and is tied for third in the league with 26 stolen bases.

And former Ballard Memorial pitcher James Jones is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA at Battle Creek. Jones, who will pitch at Louisiana-Monroe, has allowed 54 hits in 61 innings with 27 walks and 51 strikeouts.

Chad Edwards, the Reidland product who now plays at Middle Tennessee, is 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA for Dubois County of the Prospect League. Edwards' ERA is in the league's top 10 and he was selected to play in the league's all-star game. In 53 innings, he's allowed 42 hits with 13 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Former Carlisle County pitcher Tim Dunn, now at Trevecca Nazarene, is making a case for the Cincinnati Reds to make him an offer after he was selected in the 47th round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft in June. Dunn was one of the best pitchers in the league, going 5-2 with a 1.93 ERA for the Fulton Railroaders. In 46.2 innings, Dunn allowed 39 hits with 16 walks and 43 strikeouts.

Fulton teammate Lee Kimbell, an infielder from Hickman County, hit .181 for the Railroaders. Also in the Kitty League, Heath product Drew Williams hit .147 for the Marion Bobcats.

Dog days of August ... minor league update

Brandon Braboy has been moved into the starting rotation at Charleston, the New York Yankees' low-Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, which bodes well for his future in the organization. Generally, in the low minors, teams try to keep their best arms in the starting rotation.

Braboy, a Heath product in his second year of pro ball, is 2-4 with a 3.66 ERA for Charleston with an impressive 59-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has allowed 57 hits in 66.1 innings.

Other area products and their numbers:

Shawn Roof (St. Mary) is hitting .248 for Erie, the Detroit Tigers' Double-A club in the Eastern League, while being used as a utility infielder.

Younger brother Eric Roof (St. Mary), also in the Tigers' organization, has come back strong a little time with a knee injury, hitting .326 since getting back on the field. Overall, he's hitting .271 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 59 at-bats for Oneonta of the rookie-level New York-Penn League.

Mike Broadway (Pope County) continues to struggle at Myrtle Beach, the Atlanta Braves' team in the High-A Carolina League. Broadway is 2-7 with a 4.53 ERA with 31 walks and 44 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.

Left-hander Daniel Calhoun (Murray State) continues to sparkle for Batavia, the St. Louis Cardinals' entry in the rookie-level New York-Penn League. In 21 innings, Calhoun has a 2.14 ERA and has allowed less than a baserunner per inning with 17 hits, three walks and 19 strikeouts.

Clint Tilford (Heath) is 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA in the thin air at Casper, Wyo., the Colorado Rockies' rookie-league team. Tilford has allowed 23 hits in 19.2 innings with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts.