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)
.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.
.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.
.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.
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.
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.
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.
.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.
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.