Summer Baseball Update #7: Seven Redbirds Named All-Stars

July 24, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Seven current Illinois State baseball players were named to summer collegiate league all-star teams. Sean Beesley, Paul DeJong, Jack Czeszewski, Mike Hollenbeck, JD Learnard, Brian Rodemoyer and Dan Savas all achieved all-star status.

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.

Illinois State Baseball Players in Collegiate Summer Leagues - Stats Updated as of Wednesday, July 24
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Sean Beesley | Southland Vikings | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Southland Stats
.361/.417/.402, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 24 R, 20-23 SB
- Was named to the 2013 Midwest Collegiate League All-Star team.
- Currently has a 13-game hitting streak.
Jack Czeszewski | Northwest Indiana Oilmen | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Northwest Indiana Stats
.339/.469/.417, 17 RBI, 6 2B, 2 3B, 25 R, 21-24 SB
- Reached base three times, scored two runs and tallied one RBI July 23 versus Rockford.
- Was named to the 2013 Midwest Collegiate League All-Star team.
Paul DeJong | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.287/.404/.415, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 7 2B, 1 3B, 14 R, 1-1 SB
- Tallied two doubles, scored two runs and added one RBI July 20 at Chicago.
- Was named to the 2013 Midwest Collegiate League All-Star team.
Steve Heilenbach | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
2-1, 3.22 ERA, 22.1 IP, 19 K, 9 BB
- Allowed one run in six innings of work, adding two strike outs, winning July 18 at Northwest Indiana.
- Worked one perfect inning July 6, adding two strike outs versus the U.S. Military All-Stars.
Mike Hollenbeck | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League | Link to Lakeshore Stats
.313/.376/.395, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 9 2B, 14 R, 1-2 SB
- Was named to the 2013 Northwoods League All-Star team.
- Went 2-for-2 with one RBI in the 2013 Northwoods League All-Star Game.
Joe Kelch | Springfield Sliders | Prospect League | Link to Springfield Stats
.278/.358/.306, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 10 R, 2-2 SB
- Reached base five times, scored one run and stole one base July 15 at Hannibal.
- Went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored against Terre Haute July 14.
Jack Landwehr | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League | Link to Lakeshore Stats
0-0, 9.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 2 K, 0 BB
- Struck out one in 1.2 innings of relief work July 20 at Wisconsin.
- Made his Northwoods League debut July 17 at Battle Creek.
JD Learnard | Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
3-1, 2.70 ERA, 30.0 IP, 24 K, 13 BB
- Allowed one earned run in three innings of work July 13 against Quad Cities.
- Was named to the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game.
Jeremy Rhoades | Orleans Firebirds | Cape Cod League | Link to Orleans Stats
0-2, 5.74 ERA, 15.2 IP, 14 K, 7 BB
- Worked 1.1 scoreless innings with one strike out July 18 at Wareham.
- Worked two scoreless innings July 8 against Bourne.
Brian Rodemoyer | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.359/.416/.500, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 7 2B, 19 R, 8-10 SB
- Was named to the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game.
- Has driven in at least one run in three consecutive games.
Dan Savas | Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox | Cape Cod League | Link to Yarmouth-Dennis Stats
3-0, 2.33 ERA, 27.0 IP, 29 K, 6 BB
- Named to the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
- Worked eight innings of one run ball, with 12 strike outs July 18 versus Harwich.
Brock Stewart | Madison Mallards | Northwoods League | Link to Madison Stats
.317/.339/.367, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 12 R
- Tallied two hits, scored two runs and added one RBI July 18 against Green Bay.
- Collected three hits July 11 versus Wisconsin.

Clint Stroud | Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 13.0 IP, 8 K, 1 BB
- Worked one perfect inning, with one strike out, July 17 at Southland.
- Worked two scorelss innings July 15 versus McLean County.
David Suarez| Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
3-2, 2.05 ERA, 22.0 IP, 22 K, 11 BB
- Struck out five in five innings of work July 2 versus the U.S. Military All-Stars.
- 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
5-2, 3.55 ERA, 43.0 IP, 49 K, 12 BB
- Fired 5.1 innings, with three strike outs, July 20 at Wisconsin.
- Struck out five in five innings of work, earning the win July 14 versus Lakeshore.
Cody Voelker | Dodge City A's | Jayhawk League | Link to Dodge City Stats
.296/.424/.389, 7 RBI, 5 2B, 8 R
- Reached base three times and scored one run July 19 against Wellington.
- Doubled and scored one run July 17 at Liberal.
Former Illinois State Baseball Players in the Pros - Stats Updated Wednesday, July 24
Eric Aguilera | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
.294/.319/.523, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 10 2B, 10 R
- Went 3-for-5 with one double and one run scored July 23 at Billings.
- Had one hit and one RBI July 21 at Billings.
Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Texas Rangers Stats
4-1, 0.95 ERA, 28.1 IP, 33 K, 10 BB, .173 BAA
- Worked one perfect inning July 23 against New York Yankees.
- Struck out one in 0.2 innings of relief work July 21 versus Baltimore.
Ryan Court | Mobile Bay Bears | Double-A (Arizona Diamondbacks) - Southern League | Link to Mobile Stats
.247/.404/.299, 11 RBI, 4 2B, 9 R, 1-1 SB
- Drew four walks and scored one run July 20 versus Montgomery.
- Is hitting .330/.439/.528 in 95 MiLB games this summer, split between three different levels of professional baseball. 
Chad Hinshaw | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
.370/.500/.391, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 13 R, 3-3 SB
- Reached base three times and scored two runs July 22 at Billings.
- Has reached base safely in all 13 professional games he has appeared in. 
Brett Kay | AZL Giants | Rookie (San Francisco Giants) - Arizona League | Link to AZL Giants Stats
.333/.417/.487, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 12 R, 1-1 SB
- Went 2-for-5, including his first professional triple, with two runs scored July 22 at AZL Brewers.
- Reached base three times and scored three runs July 7 at AZL Royals. 
Kenny Long | Lancaster Jethawks | Advanced-A (Houston Astros) - California League | Link to Lancaster Stats
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 8 K, 1 BB
- Returned to Lancaster after a two month stint in AA Corpus Cristi.
- Worked one perfect inning, earning the save, July 23 versus San Jose.
Chris Razo | Helena Brewers | Rookie (Milwaukee Brewers) - Pioneer League | Link to Helena Brewers Stats
5-0, 1.59 ERA, 11.1 IP, 4 K, 4 BB
- Worked one perfect inning July 21 at Ogden.
- Earned the victory in relief, July 15 versus Ogden.
GoRedbirds.com