Summer Baseball Update: 3 `Birds Dubbed All-Stars
Eric Aguilera
Eric Aguilera

July 18, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Current Redbirds Eric Aguilera, Zac Johnson and Jeremy Rhoades have been selected to all-star teams in their respective summer collegiate baseball leagues. All three received significant playing time for the 2012 Illinois State baseball team that finished 33-19.

Aguilera is currently batting .376/.421/.541 with three home runs, 25 RBI and 19 doubles for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. The senior outfielder carries a 16-game hitting streak and a 27-game on-base streak into action Wednesday night. He will play for the South Division in the July 24 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Madison, Wis.

Johnson and Rhoades both currently play for the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). Johnson entered play Wednesday batting .314/.418/.405 with 19 RBI, five doubles and three triples. Rhoades has made 13 relief appearances, maintaining a 2.70 ERA with two saves. He has struck out 35 batters in 23.1 innings, while allowing only six walks. Johnson will represent Team Ebright, while Rhoades will pitch for Team Griffin, in the July 24 PGCBL All-Star Game in Amsterdam, N.Y.

 

Illinois State Baseball Players in Collegiate Summer Leagues - Stats Updated as of Wednesday, July 18
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Eric Aguilera | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League| Link to Lakeshore Bio
.376/.421/.541, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 19 2B, 27 R, 3-3 SB
0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 app. (start), 3 IP, 2 K, 6 BB

- Went 2-4 with one double, one walk, one RBI, and two runs scored versus Eau Clair, Sunday, July 15.
- Currently has a 16-game hitting streak and a 27-game on-base streak and leads his team in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Paul DeJong | Will County Cracker Jacks | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Will County Bio
.214/.274/.321, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 2B, 12 R
- Singled and scored a run Monday, July 16, versus DeKalb County.
- Has worked this summer primarily as a catcher.
Brett Kay | Thunder Bay Border Cats | Northwoods League | Link to Thunder Bay Bio
.297/.347/.390, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 11 2B, 1 3B, 32 R, 12-13 SB
- Went 2-3 with one run scored Sunday, July 15, at Waterloo.
- Reached base twice and scored two runs Saturday, July 14, against Waterloo.
Joe Kelch | Quincy Gems | Prospect League | Link to Quincy Bio
.316/.414/.379, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 2B, 27 R, 12-13 SB
- Reached base twice and scored two runs Monday, July 16, versus Dubois County.
- Doubled, walked, stole one base and scored two runs Friday, July 13, at Springfield.

Johnny Lieske | New Bedford Bay Sox | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to New Bedford Bio
2-0, 3.57 ERA, 10 app. (all relief), 22.2 IP, 2 SV, 17 K, 8 BB
- Earned a victory after allowing one run over three innings, with five strike outs, July 13, versus Mystic.
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
.353/.408/.471, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 10 R, 1-2 SB
- Collected two singles, two RBI and one run scored Tuesday, July 10.
Zac Johnson | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
.314/.418/.405, 19 RBI, 5 2B, 3 3B, 20 R
- Reached base twice and scored a pair of runs Monday, July 16, versus Albany.
- Went 2-3 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored Sunday, July 15, at Elmira.
Jeremy Rhoades | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
0-0, 2.70 ERA, 13 app. (all relief), 2 SV, 23.1 IP, 35 K, 6 BB
- Worked two scoreless innings, striking out six, Monday, July 16, versus Albany.
Matt Schmitt | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
1-4, 3.42 ERA, 9 app. (eight in relief), 23.2 IP, 20 K, 13 BB
- Allowed one unearned run over 1.2 innings, with two strike outs, Thursday, July 12, at Newark.
JD Learnard | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
2-0, 3.18 ERA, 6 app. (five in relief), 11.1 IP, 7 K, 6 BB
- Earned a victory after pitching 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run, with four strike outs, July 15, at Oak Forest.
Chris Razo | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
4-3, 4.05 ERA, 7 app. (all starts), 40.0 IP, 46 K, 23 BB, 3 CG
- Pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two runs, with two strike outs, Thursday, July 12, at Lombard.

Dan Savas | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
2-2, 4.34 ERA, 8 app. (six starts), 29.0 IP, 1 SV, 37 K, 24 BB
- Worked 1.2 scoreless relief innings, with two strike outs, July 12, at Lombard.
Cam Verbeke | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
0-1, 0.81 ERA, 4 app. (three in relief), 11 IP, 14 K, 2 BB
- Allowed one run over five innings, with eight strikeouts and only one walk Friday, July 6, at Illinois.
- Pitched one perfect inning, with one strike out, Sunday, July 1, versus Westmont.
Former Illinois State Baseball Players in the Pros - Stats Updated Wednesday, July 18
Jeremy Accardo | Cleveland Indians | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Cleveland Bio
0-0, 3.42 ERA, 20 app. (all relief), 26.1 IP, 22 K, 11 BB
- Worked one perfect inning with one strike out Tuesday, July 17, at Tampa Bay.
- Allowed one run over two relief innings Saturday, July 14, at Toronto.
Neal Cotts | Round Rock Express - Texas Rangers | Triple-A Pacific Coast League | Link to Round Rock Bio
1-1, 6.14 ERA, 12 app. (all relief), 14.2 IP, 2 SV, 15 K, 9 BB
- Earned his first victory of the season, working 1.2 scoreless innings Tuesday, July 17, at Nashville.
- Did not pitch in 2010 or 2011 and last pitched in Major League Baseball for the 2009 Chicago Cubs.
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.
- Has begun throwing bullpen sessions and is slated to return from the disabled list later this month.
Ryan Court | South Bend Silver Hawks - Arizona Diamondbacks | Class A Midwest League | Link to South Bend Bio
.251/.304/.320, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 10 2B, 1 3B, 33 R, 2-2 SB
- Capped a 12-game hitting streak, going 1-3 with one RBI Saturday, July 14, at Clinton.
- Had two hits, one RBI and one run scored Thursday, July 12, at Kane County.
Kenny Long | Tri-City ValleyCats - Houston Astros | Short Season Class A New York-Penn League | Link to Tri-City Bio
0-0, 2.00 ERA, 11 app. (all relief), 9.0 IP, 14 K, 4 BB
- Pitched one perfect inning, with one strike out, July 17, versus Lowell.
- Has worked 8.0 scoreless innings, with 13 strike outs, since his professional debut, June 19.
Matt Mirabal | Joliet Slammers | Independent - Frontier League | Link to Joliet Bio
.267/.333/.300, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1-1 SB
- Went 2-4 with one double and one run scored Sunday, July 15, at Southern Illinois.
Ty Wiesemeyer | Normal CornBelters | Independent - Frontier League | Link to Normal Bio
.212/.340/.294, 7 RBI, 5 2B, 9 R, 5-7 SB
- Singled, tripled, drew two walks, had one RBI and one run scored Tuesday, July 17, at Windy City.

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