Summer Baseball Update: Three 'Birds Make Pro Debuts
Cam Verbeke
Cam Verbeke

June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Former Illinois State baseball players Ty Wiesemeyer, Matt Mirabal and Kenny Long made their professional debuts over the last week. Wiesemeyer and Mirabal signed with the Normal CornBelters of the Independent Frontier League June 13, while Long was a 22nd round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He is currently assigned to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.

Jeremy Accardo (Cleveland Indians) continues to shine in Major League Baseball following his promotion May 14. The former ISU pitcher has appeared in 13 games, tossing 17.2 innings with 20 strike outs and a 3.08 ERA. Opponents are hitting .254 against the right-hander, who has helped guide the Indians to a first-place standing in the American League Central Division.

Current Redbird Cam Verbeke will make his 2012 summer league debut Friday, when he pitches for the Lexington Snipes of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League. Verbeke will be joined by fellow Redbirds teammates J.D. Learnard, Chris Razo and Dan Savas.

 

 

 

Illinois State Baseball Players in Collegiate Summer Leagues - Stats Updated as of Wednesday, June 20
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Eric Aguilera | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League| Link to Lakeshore Bio
.354/.393/.532, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 8 2B, 8 R, 2-2 SB
0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 app. (start), 3 IP, 2 K, 6 BB

- Went 3-5 with his team-leading eighth double Tuesday, June 19, at Wisconsin.
- Made his first pitching appearance of the season Sunday, June 3, throwing three innings of one-run ball

Paul DeJong | Will County Cracker Jacks | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Will County Bio
.182/.250/.409, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 5 R
- Clubbed a home run and a double, along with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk Friday, June 15, Versus DuPage County.
- Hit a RBI-single Monday, June 18, in an 18-0 rout at Southland.

Brett Kay | Thunder Bay Border Cats | Northwoods League | Link to Thunder Bay Bio
.319/.346/.444, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 4 2B, 1 3B, 15 R, 7-7 SB
- Went 2-3 with a triple, three RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base Wednesday, June 13, versus St. Cloud.
- Knocked four hits and scored two runs Monday, June 11, against St. Cloud.
Joe Kelch | Quincy Gems | Prospect League | Link to Quincy Bio
.333/.434/.444, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 14 R, 7-7 SB
- Had three hits, including a double and two runs scored, Sunday, June 17, versus Springfield..
- Has successfully stolen a team-best seven bases without being caught.
Johnny Lieske | New Bedford Bay Sox | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to New Bedford Bio

1-0, 4.50 ERA, 3 app. (all relief), 6.0 IP, 4 K, 1 BB
- Worked a perfect inning in relief Sunday, June 17, at Mystic.
- Earned a victory in relief after throwing two scoreless innings with one strike out Friday, June 15, at Holyoke.

Brian Rodemoyer | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Bio
.200/.294/.400 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1-1 SB
- Clubbed his first home run of the summer, Wednesday, June 6, at Southland.
- Went 2-4 with one walk, one stolen base and one run scored at Illinois Tuesday, June 5.
Kyle Stanton | Alton Indians | St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Alton Bio
.400/.424/.433, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 4 R
- Knocked two hits, including one double and two RBI, Thursday, June 14, against Bridgeton.
- Went 4-4 with one RBI and one run scored Monday, June 11, at Kirkwood.
Zac Johnson | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
.256/.362/.385, 9 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 7 R
- Reached base four times, including three walks, with one RBI and one run scored Tuesday, June 19, at Cooperstown.
- Had two hits, scored two runs and recorded one RBI, Sunday, June 17, at Albany.
Jeremy Rhoades | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
0-0, 4.50 ERA, 5 app. (all relief), 1 SV, 6.0 IP, 11 K, 2 BB
- Worked a scoreless inning in relief, fanning two and walking one, Tuesday, June 19, at Cooperstown.
- Recorded his first save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning with one strike out, at Elmira Sunday, June 10.
Matt Schmitt | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
1-1, 1.00 ERA, 3 app. (all relief), 9.0 IP, 8 K, 5 BB
- Was handed a tough loss in relief, allowing just one unearned run over 3.2 innings Wednesday, June 13, versus Amsterdam.
- Pitched two scoreless innings, with three strike outs and one walk, Monday, June 18, against Glens Falls.
JD Learnard | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
0-0, 13.50 ERA, 2 app. (all relief), 2.0 IP, 3 K, 2 BB
- Struck out the side in one inning of work Friday, June 15, versus Central Illinois.
Chris Razo | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
2-1, 1.93 ERA, 3 app. (all starts), 18.2 IP, 26 K, 9 BB, 2 CG
- In his shortest outing this summer, Razo lasted 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs, while fanning two, June 16, at Lombard.
- Tossed complete-game shutouts in each of his first two starts, striking out 24 over 14 innings.
Dan Savas | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
1-0, 6.59 ERA, 4 app. (3 starts), 13.2 IP, 1 SV, 14 K, 12 BB
- Earned a victory as a starter, completing four innings with three earned runs and three strike outs, June 16, versus Addison.
- Notched his first save, working a perfect seventh inning Wednesday, June 6, against DuPage. .
Cam Verbeke | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
Has Not Pitched
- Will make his 2012 debut Friday, June 22, versus Springfield.
Former Illinois State Baseball Players in the Pros - Stats Updated Wednesday, June 20
Jeremy Accardo | Cleveland Indians | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Cleveland Bio
0-0, 3.06 ERA, 13 app. (all relief), 17.2 IP, 20 K, 7 BB
- Tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three, Sunday, June 17, against Pittsburgh.
- Threw two scoreless innings, fanning four, Thursday, June 14, at Cincinnati.
Neal Cotts | Round Rock Express - Texas Rangers | Triple-A Pacific Coast League | Link to Round Rock Bio
0-0, 2.08 ERA, 4 app. (all relief), 4.1 IP, 1 SV, 6 K, 4 BB
- Registered his first save of the summer, pitching a scoreless ninth inning with one strike out, Tuesday, June 19, versus Iowa.
- Struck out two over one scoreless inning Sunday, June 17, against Oklahoma City..
Ryan Copeland | Palm Beach Cardinals - St. Louis Cardinals | Class A-Advanced Florida State League | Link to Palm Beach Bio
Has not pitched (60-day disabled list)
- Last year went 4-4, 4.94 ERA, 19 app. (11 starts), 82 IP, 82K, 15 BB for the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Midwest League A-affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Named a 2010 MiLB.com St. Louis Cardinals Organizational All-Star.
Ryan Court | South Bend Silver Hawks - Arizona Diamondbacks | Class A Midwest League | Link to South Bend Bio
.226/.278/.301, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2-2 SB
- Went 2-4 with two runs scored Friday, June 15, versus West Michigan.
- Entered the Midwest League All-Star break on a four-game hitting streak, batting .316/.316/.421 during that stretch.
Kevin Dubler | Kannapolis Intimidators - Chicago White Sox | Class A-Advanced South Atlantic League | Link to Kannapolis Bio
.229/.317/.429, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 3 R
- Reached base three times, with one home run and two RBI, Saturday, June 15, at Delmarva..
- Spent time earlier this year with the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Kenny Long | Tri-City ValleyCats - Houston Astros | Short Season Class A New York-Penn League | Link to Tri-City Bio
0-0, 18.00 ERA, 1 app. (relief), 1 IP, 1 K, 3 BB
- Made his professional debut Tuesday, June 19, at Vermont.
- Selected in the 22nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday, June 6.

Matt Mirabal | Normal CornBelters | Independent - Frontier League | Link to Normal Bio
.143/.143/.143, 1 RBI, 1-1 SB
- Recorded his first professional hit and RBI Tuesday, June 19, at Southern Illinois.
- Signed a professional contract with Normal Wednesday, June 13.

Ty Wiesemeyer | Normal CornBelters | Independent - Frontier League | Link to Normal Bio
.333/.391/.429, 1 RBI, 2 2B, 5 R, 2-4 SB
- Went 2-3 with two doubles and two runs scored in his first professional game, June 13, against Evansville.
- Inked a professional contract with Normal, Wednesday, June 13.

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