Summer Baseball Update #4: Hollenbeck Hitting Stride

June 26, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Redbird catcher Mike Hollenbeck used a four-hit game to push his batting average over .300 in Northwoods League play, capping an exciting week of summer ball for Illlinois State baseball players. Each Wednesday, we highlight the summer progress of all current and former Redbirds playing baseball right here on GoRedbirds.com, with daily updates occurring on the official Illinois State baseball twitter account @REDBIRDBaseball.

We have added Chad Hinshaw, Chris Razo, Eric Aguilera and Brett Kay, all of whom began their professional careers last week after guiding ISU to a 39-win season in 2013.

Illinois State Baseball Players in Collegiate Summer Leagues - Stats Updated as of Wednesday, June 26
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Sean Beesley | Southland Vikings | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Southland Stats
.358/.407/.434, 8 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 12 R, 12-12 SB
- Tallied two hits and scored three runs in a 12-4 win at Chicago, June 23.
- Collected a season-best four hits, including one double, with one RBI and two runs scored June 22 at DuPage County.
Jack Czeszewski | Northwest Indiana Oilmen | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Northwest Indiana Stats
.367/.506/.417, 13 RBI, 3 2B, 14 R, 7-9 SB
- Registered two hits and two runs scored at Michigan City, June 24.
- Had a pair of hits and one run scored June 21 at DuPage County.
Paul DeJong | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.275/.356/.333, 6 RBI, 3 2B, 5 R
- Went 3-for-3 with one HBP June 22 versus Southland.
- Currently has a six-game hitting streak, which has raised his batting average from .167 to .275.
Steve Heilenbach | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
1-1, 4.10 ERA, 15.1 IP, 15 K, 6 BB
- Made his longest start of the year June 21, allowing two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. Heilenbach struck out eight and walked none.
- Allowed an unearned run in five innings of work June 5 at Chicago
Mike Hollenbeck | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League | Link to Lakeshore Stats
.319/.385/.435, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 2B, 7 R
- Went 4-for-4 with one home run, one double and two RBI June 21 at Madison.
- Has six multi-hit games this summer.
Jack Landwehr | Lombard Orioles | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lombard Stats
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 7K, 0 BB
- Worked two scoreless innings with three strike outs June 6 versus Westmont.
- Struck out four in two scoreless innings June 2 against Oswego.
JD Learnard | Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
3-0, 2.67 ERA, 20.0 IP, 19 K, 5 BB
- Struck out four, but allowed five runs on seven walks, in seven innings of work June 19 at Northwest Indiana.
- Lasted seven innings, allowing two earned runs, with four strike outs and only two walks June 13 at Southland.
Jeremy Rhoades | Orleans Firebirds | Cape Cod League | Link to Orleans Stats
0-0, 1.92 ERA, 4.2 IP, 7 K, 0 BB
- Allowed one run on four hits with one strike out, June 23 at Chatham.
- Has struck out at least one batter in each of his four outings.
Brian Rodemoyer | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.353/.389/.490, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 4 2B, 8 R, 6-8 SB
- Went 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run scored June 22 versus Southland.
- Currently has a seven-game hitting streak, raising his batting average from .333 to .353.
Dan Savas | Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox | Cape Cod League | Link to Yarmouth-Dennis Stats
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB
- Worked 0.2 perfect relief innings June 25 against Chatham.
- Made his Cape Cod League Debut June 23 versus Harwich, striking out one in one scoreless inning.
Brock Stewart | Wareham Gatemen | Cape Cod League | Link to Wareham Stats
.200/.310/.200, 1 RBI, 2 R
- Collected his first RBI June 23 against Brewster.
- Went 1-for-3 with one walk June 21 against Falmouth.

Clint Stroud | Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 1 K, 0BB
- Tallied his first save, working a perfect inning versus Rockford June 18.
- Redshirted his junior season at Illinois State.
David Suarez| Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
3-0, 1.29 ERA, 14 IP, 14 K, 4 BB
- Worked four scoreless innings June 17 against Champaign. Suarez struck out two and walked two.
- Picked up a win after firing six innings of two-run ball June 9 versus Southland.
Cam Verbeke | Madison Mallards | Northwoods League | Link to Madison Stats
2-0, 2.32 ERA, 19.1 IP, 25 K, 5 BB
- Earned a victory in relief after working three innings with five strike outs June 25 against Battle Creek.
- Worked five innings and struck out eight June 20 versus Green Bay.
Cody Voelker | Dodge City A's | Jayhawk League | Link to Dodge City Stats
Joined Roster 6/25
- Will make his first appearance June 26 at Liberal.
- Went 1-for-3 with one RBI June 22 against Newport in his final game in the NECBL.
Former Illinois State Baseball Players in the Pros - Stats Updated Wednesday, June 26
Jeremy Accardo | Syracuse Chiefs | Triple-A (Washington Nationals) - International League | Link to Syracuse Stats
2-1, 5.56 ERA, 22.2 IP, 18 K, 12 BB, .273 BAA
- Worked one perfect inning with one strike out June 16 versus Toledo.
- Struck out two in a pair of scoreless innings June 13 against Toledo.
Eric Aguilera | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
286/.304/.619, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 2B, 2 R
- Launched a home run June 23 against Grand Junction.
- Went 2-for-4 with one home run and four RBI June 21 versus Idaho Falls.
Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Texas Rangers Stats
4-1, 0.45 ERA, 20.0 IP, 22 K, 7 BB, .159 BAA
- Struck out four in 1.2 perfect innings June 25 at New York Yankees.
- Earned his fourth win after working a scoreless relief inning June 21 at St. Louis.
Ryan Court | Mobile Bay Bears | Double-A (Arizona Diamondbacks) - Southern League | Link to Mobile Stats
.227/.433/.273, 3 RBI, 1 2B, 1 R, 1-1 SB
- Tallied hits in four-straight games from June 21-June 24.
- Was promoted to Double-A Mobile on June 18. 
Chad Hinshaw | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
.313/.389/.313, 1 RBI, 4 R,
- Went 2-for-5 with one run scored June 25 versus Grand Junction.
- Has hit safely in or scored a run in all five games he has appeared in. 
Brett Kay | AZL Giants | Rookie (San Francisco Giants) - Arizona League | Link to AZL Giants Stats
.214/.267/.214, 2 RBI, 2 R
- Collected his first professional hit June 21.
- Went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored June 23. 
Kenny Long | Corpus Christi Hooks | Double-A (Houston Astros) - Texas League | Link to Corpus Christi Stats
0-0, 8.71 ERA, 10.1 IP, 6 K, 10 BB
- Retired the only batter he faced June 22 at Frisco.
- Worked 0.1 of an inning, retiring the only batter he faced in his Texas League debut, May 10.
Chris Razo | Helena Brewers | Rookie (Milwaukee Brewers) - Pioneer League | Link to Helena Brewers Stats
2-0, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 K, 2 BB
- Has picked up the win in each of his two relief outings this summer.
- Struck out one and allowed zero runs in his professional debut, June 21.
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