Summer Baseball Update #8: Razo Promoted to Midwest League

July 31, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Former Redbird starting pitcher Chris Razo has been promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class-A Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Razo, who had been pitching in the Pioneer League, earned a victory in his first game for Wisconsin, working two scoreless relief innings. The Chillicothe, Ill., native became the first Illinois Statepitcher to win the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year Award following a stand out senior season for the Redbirds in 2013.

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 31
(Batters splits are Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage)
Sean Beesley | Southland Vikings | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Southland Stats
.343/.415/.380, 11 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 28 R, 23-26 SB
- Went 2-for-5 with one RBI July 28 at Chicago.
- Reached base twice and scored one run July 27 at DuPage County.
Jack Czeszewski | Northwest Indiana Oilmen | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Northwest Indiana Stats
.333/.470/.409, 17 RBI, 6 2B, 2 3B, 27 R, 22-25 SB
- Went 2-for-5 with two runs scored July 30 versus Lexington.
- Reached base twice and scored one run July 28 at DuPage County.
Paul DeJong | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.289/.393/.430, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 9 2B, 2 3B, 23 R, 2-2 SB
- Tallied two hits, with one triple and one run scored, July 28 versus Northwest Indiana.
- Currently has an eight-game hitting streak.
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
.327/.391/.428, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 11 2B, 1 3B, 19 R, 1-2 SB
- Went 3-for-5 with one double, one triple, four RBI and three runs scored July 28 versus Waterloo.
- Currently has a five-game hitting streak.
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, 2.65 ERA, 34.0 IP, 26 K, 15 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
1-2, 5.40 ERA, 16.2 IP, 14 K, 7 BB
- Worked one perfect inning July 28 against Wareham.
- Worked two scoreless innings July 8 against Bourne.
Brian Rodemoyer | DuPage County Hounds | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to DuPage County Stats
.345/.397/.500, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 8 2B, 21 R, 8-10 SB
- Homered and drove in three runs July 28 versus Northwest Indiana.
- Currently has an eight-game hitting streak.
Dan Savas | Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox | Cape Cod League | Link to Yarmouth-Dennis Stats
3-0, 3.30 ERA, 30.0 IP, 32 K, 7 BB
- Named to the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
- Struck out two batters in one scoreless relief inning at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
Brock Stewart | Madison Mallards | Northwoods League | Link to Madison Stats
.312/.329/.351, 10 RBI, 3 2B, 15 R
- Went 2-for-5 with two RBI July 26 against Battle Creek.
- Has hit safely in four-straight games.

Clint Stroud | Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 19.2 IP, 15 K, 2 BB
- Struck out four over two scoreless innings July 27 versus Chicago.
- Worked one scoreless inning July 26 against Southland.
David Suarez| Lexington Snipes | Midwest Collegiate League | Link to Lexington Stats
4-2, 2.00 ERA, 27.0 IP, 28 K, 14 BB
- Worked five innings, with six strike outs, earning the win July 27 against Chicago.
- 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
5-3, 3.71 ERA, 46.0 IP, 52 K, 13 BB
- Worked one perfect inning, with two strike outs, July 29.
- 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
.229/.443/.393, 7 RBI, 5 2B, 9 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 31
Eric Aguilera | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
.305/.336/.547, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 13 2B, 12 R
- Went 2-for-5 with one home run and two RBI July 30 at Idaho Falls.
- Collected two doubles, and two RBI, July 27 versus Ogden.
Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | American League - Major League Baseball | Link to Texas Rangers Stats
4-1, 0.83 ERA, 32.2 IP, 38 K, 11 BB, .168 BAA
- Worked two perfect innings, with two strike outs, July 27 at Cleveland.
- Struck out two in one scoreless inning July 29 versus Los Angeles (AL).
Ryan Court | Mobile Bay Bears | Double-A (Arizona Diamondbacks) - Southern League | Link to Mobile Stats
.264/.409/.352, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 12 R, 1-1 SB
- Launched his first AA home run, July 31 at Pensacola.
- Reached base twice and scored one run July 27 at Birmingham. 
Chad Hinshaw | Orem Owlz | Rookie (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - Pioneer League | Link to Orem Stats
.313/.451/.344, 7 RBI, 2 2B, 19 R, 4-5 SB
- Drew one walk and scored three runs July 29 at Idaho Falls.
- Has reached base safely in all 19 professional games he has appeared in. 
Brett Kay | AZL Giants | Rookie (San Francisco Giants) - Arizona League | Link to AZL Giants Stats
.294/.397/.412, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 13 R, 3-3 SB
- Reached base three times July 24 versus AZL Diamondbacks.
- Tripled July 23 at AZL Brewers. 
Kenny Long | Lancaster Jethawks | Advanced-A (Houston Astros) - California League | Link to Lancaster Stats
0-0, 1.59 ERA, 11.1 IP, 12 K, 2 BB
- Retired the only batter he faced for a save July 26 at Rancho Cucamonga.
- Worked one perfect inning, earning the save, July 23 versus San Jose.
Chris Razo | Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | Class-A (Milwaukee Brewers) - Midwest League| Link to Wisconsin Stats
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 0 K, 0 BB
- Made his Midwest League debut, July 28 versus Burlington, earning the win in two scoreless relief innings.
- Is 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA in eight professional appearances this year.
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