Summer Baseball Update: Redbirds Shine in All-Star Festivities
Eric Aguilera at bat for Illinois State
Eric Aguilera at bat for Illinois State

July 25, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State's Eric Aguilera, Jeremy Rhoades and Zac Johnson all appeared in summer collegiate all-star games Tuesday night, highlighting successful summers in wooden bat summer leagues. Rhodes and Johnson starred in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game in Amsterdam, N.Y., while Aguilera appeared in the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Madison, Wisc.

Aguilera finished the day 2-3 with one run scored, leading the South Division to a 4-3 victory. Rhodes represented Team Griffin and pitched one scoreless inning with two strike outs, while Johnson started at third base for Team Ebright and drew a pair of walks. All three players will return to ISU in August and be instrumental pieces to the 2013 Redbirds baseball team.

In affiliated Minor League Baseball, former Illinois State pitcher Ryan Copeland made his first appearance since undergoing thoracic outlet decompression surgery during spring training. He is currently rehabilitating for the in the St. Louis Cardinals organization with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.


 

 

Throughout the summer, GoRedbirds.com will update the status of current and former ISU baseball players every Wednesday, 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 25
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Eric Aguilera | Lakeshore Chinooks | Northwoods League| Link to Lakeshore Bio
.369/.416/.545, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 21 2B, 31 R, 3-3 SB
0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1 app. (start), 3 IP, 2 K, 6 BB

- Went 2-3 with one run scored in the Northwoods League All-Star Game, July 24.
- Maintained a 30-game on-base streak spanning from June 14 through July 20.
Paul DeJong | Will County Cracker Jacks | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Will County Bio
.217/.273/.317 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 2B, 12 R
- Singled, July 18, at Southland.
- Has worked this summer primarily as a catcher.
Brett Kay | Thunder Bay Border Cats | Northwoods League | Link to Thunder Bay Bio
.307/.358/.397, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 12 2B, 1 3B, 35 R, 12-13 SB
- Reached base four times with three hits, one walk, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday, July 22, versus Willmar.
- Went 2-4 with one run scored Saturday, July 21, against Willmar.
Joe Kelch | Quincy Gems | Prospect League | Link to Quincy Bio
.307/.407/.366, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 2B, 28 R, 13-14 SB
- Singled, July 19, at Terre Haute.
- Walked, stole one base and scored one run Wednesday, July 18, versus Hannibal.
Johnny Lieske | New Bedford Bay Sox | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to New Bedford Bio
2-0, 4.00 ERA, 13 app. (all relief), 27.0 IP, 2 SV, 20 K, 11 BB
- Pitched three scoreless innings, with three strike outs, July 21, versus North Adams.
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
.308/.406/.427, 25 RBI, 5 2B, 3 3B, 25 R
- Started at third base and drew two walks in the PGCBL All-Star Game, July 24.
- Went 2-4 with two runs scored Monday, July 23, versus Great Falls.
Jeremy Rhoades | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
1-0, 2.49 ERA, 14 app. (all relief), 2 SV, 25.1 IP, 37 K, 7 BB
- Worked one scoreless inning, with two strike outs, in the PGCBL All-Star Game, July 24.
Matt Schmitt | Oneonta Outlaws | Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League | Link to Oneonta Bio
1-5, 4.08 ERA, 10 app. (eight in relief), 28.2 IP, 21 K, 16 BB
- In his second start of the summer, lasted five innings, allowing four runs with one strike out, July 21, against Elmira.
JD Learnard | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
3-0, 3.86 ERA, 7 app. (five in relief), 16.1 IP, 12 K, 6 BB
- Picked up a victory, lasting five innings with five strike outs, Sunday, July 22, versus Oswego.
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
3-2, 4.36 ERA, 9 app. (seven starts), 33.0 IP, 1 SV, 43 K, 27 BB
- Struck out six over four innings, earning his third victory of the season, July 21, versus Beecher.
Cam Verbeke | Lexington Snipes | Chicago Suburban Baseball League | Link to Lexington Bio
1-1, 0.82 ERA, 5 app. (three in relief), 16 IP, 19 K, 3 BB
- Earned a victory after tossing five scoreless innings, with five strikeouts and only one walk Thursday, July 19, versus Colfax.
Former Illinois State Baseball Players in the Pros - Stats Updated Wednesday, July 25
Jeremy Accardo | Cleveland Indians | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Cleveland Bio
0-0, 3.42 ERA, 23 app. (all relief), 29.1 IP, 25 K, 12 BB
- Worked one scoreless inning, with a pair of strike outs, Thursay, July 19, at Tampa Bay.
- In seven July appearances, Accardo has a 3.00 ERA with four strike outs over nine innings.
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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