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Follow All 29 Former Mustangs in Professional Baseball

Follow All 29 Former Mustangs in Professional Baseball


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Two more former Cal Poly baseball players made their professional debuts last week while two others await their first game.

Second baseman Mark Mathias went 0-for-4 in his debut with Mahoning Valley on June 21 at West Virginia, but the next day at Batavia he went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, one RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

Outfielder Zack Zehner also made his professional debut June 21 for the Staten Island Yankees and singled in a 1-for-3 performance with a walk.

Pitcher Danny Zandona has been assigned to the Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League but has yet to make an appearance on the mound while pitcher Casey Bloomquist, who signed with the Chicago Cubs on June 24, has yet to be assigned to a team, working out at the Cubs' spring training camp in Arizona.

Shortstop Peter Van Gansen and designated hitter Brian Mundell made their professional debuts two weeks ago. All six played on Cal Poly's 2015 baseball team and were drafted earlier this month. Mathias, Zehner and Zandona all are in the New York-Penn League.

Meanwhile, outfielder Mitch Haniger (pictured above) was demoted to the Visalia Rawhide last week despite his .281 batting average at Mobile. In his first four games with the California League team, Haniger went 10-for-21 (.476) with three doubles, one triple, a pair of home runs, four runs scored and nine RBI in a four-game series at High Desert.

Cal Poly's top hitters in the minor leagues are Mundell (.333 at Boise), outfielder Nick Torres (.324 for the Fort Wayne TinCaps), Haniger (.476 for the Visalia Rawhide), third baseman Jimmy Allen (.262 for the Great Lakes Loons), Van Gansen (.258 at Tri-City) and third baseman Brent Morel (.252 for the Indianapolis Indians).

Torres currently has a 13-game hitting streak with six doubles and six RBI, going 19-for-51 (.372) during the run. He leads the Midwest League with his 24 doubles.

Morel homered in three consecutive games last week and has gone 10-for-24 in his last six games with two doubles and four home runs.

Pitcher Frankie Reed was released by the Miami Marlins on June 16 after posting a 1-0 record and 4.43 ERA at Jacksonville.

Cal Poly currently has three former players in the Major Leagues — Kevin Correia with the Philadelphia Phillies, 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.

Photo above of Mitch Haniger courtesy of Owen Main |