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Mundell, Van Gansen on Opposing Teams in Professional Debuts

Mundell, Van Gansen on Opposing Teams in Professional Debuts


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — First baseman Brian Mundell and shortstop Peter Van Gansen were on opposing teams when the two members of the 2015 Cal Poly baseball team made their professional debuts this week.

Mundell played his first pro game Friday night for the Boise Hawks and singled and doubled, scoring once, in a 2-for-3 game against the visiting Tri-City Dust Devils.

Occupying the other dugout, Van Gansen produced singles in each of his first two pro games Thursday and Friday, going 1-for-4 in both games.

Mundell and Van Gansen were among six Cal Poly players drafted earlier this month. The other four — pitchers Casey Bloomquist and Danny Zandona, outfielder Zack Zehner and second baseman Mark Mathias — either have yet to sign contracts or have not been assigned to a team.

Meanwhile, Matt Imhof has returned to the mound for the Clearwater Threshers after suffering from biceps tendinitis, picking up a win against Bradenton on June 11.

Kevin Correia, who signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month, has started two games and compiled a 1.69 ERA so far.

Cal Poly's top hitters in the minor leagues are outfielder Nick Torres (.320 for the Fort Wayne TinCaps), outfielder Mitch Haniger (.285 for the Mobile BayBears) and third baseman Jimmy Allen (pictured above with Ogden Raptors in 2014) (.269 for the Great Lakes Loons).

Outfielder Bobby Crocker, who injured his throwing shoulder while making a diving catch April 18 for the Midland Rock Hounds, underwent labrum surgery May 6 and has retired from professional baseball.

Cal Poly currently has three former players in the Major Leagues — Correia, pitcher Bud Norris with the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins.

For updates on all former Cal Poly players in the pro ranks this season, click the link at the top of this story.