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Eight Former Mustangs Swinging Hot Bats in the Minor Leagues

Eight Former Mustangs Swinging Hot Bats in the Minor Leagues


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly baseball players Jimmy Allen, Mitch Haniger, Mark Mathias, Mike Miller, Brent Morel, Nick Torres, Peter Van Gansen and Zack Zehner all produced significant bumps in their batting averages in the minor leagues last week.

Allen has an active 11-game hitting streak, going 16-for-42 (.381) to lift his average 42 points for the Great Lakes Loons while Mathias, who was 3-for-28 in his first seven games, has elevated his average at Mahoning Valley to .225, going 8-for-18 in his last four contests.

Miller (pictured at right) has hit safely in seven of his last eight games to lift his average at Pawtucket to .231 while Brent Morel has gone 23-for-64 (.359) in his last 17 games at Indianapolis to bump his average up to .262.

Van Gansen sports a .305 average at Tri-City, hitting safely in 10 of his last 12 contests (17-for-53, .321), while Zehner has elevated his average from .125 to .239 at Staten Island.

Haniger and Torres were assigned to new teams over the last couple weeks. Haniger was demoted to Visalia on June 24 and sports a .370 average for the Rawhide with an active nine-game hitting streak while Torres, hitting .326 at Fort Wayne, was elevated to Lake Elsinore last week and is 5-for-9 (.444) in his first two games with the Storm.

Torres was a single shy of hitting for the cycle July 12 at Stockton.

Former Mustang pitcher Jeff Johnson has a 1.34 ERA and 14 saves for Akron of the Double-A Eastern League.

In addition to Morel and Miller, Cal Poly's other former player in the Triple-A ranks is outfielder Logan Schafer (.249 for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox).

Cal Poly currently has just two former players in the Major Leagues — pitchers Bud Norris with the Baltimore Orioles and Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins. Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley.

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