MUSTANGS IN THE PROS (pdf)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Following in the footsteps of Chase Johnson, former Cal Poly catcher Chris Hoo has been elevated to Double-A ball.
Replacing injured catcher Chris Orthman, Hoo is now with the Jacksonville Sun of the Southern League after playing 86 games for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League.
In his Double-A debut Sunday against Tennessee, Hoo went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Hoo hit .201 for Jupiter with eight doubles, a pair of home runs and 14 RBI. A 27th-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins in 2014, Hoo is the first member of the Marlins' 2014 draft class to reach Double-A.
Meanwhile, third baseman Brent Morel has been on a tear at the plate for the Nashville Sounds, the Triple-A club of the Oakland Athletics.
Morel, who went 10-for-23 (.435) in six games from August 9-18, is 14-for-28 in seven games from August 22-28. The two streaks bumped his average up 128 points to .333 with 10 doubles, a home run and 15 RBI.
Morel was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on July 25 and Oakland signed him to a minor league contract six days later.
Joey Wagman earned victories in each of his first four August starts at Beloit and is 8-3 with a 3.66 ERA.
Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues — outfielder Logan Schafer with the Milwaukee Brewers, Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins and Bud Norris with San Diego. Pitcher Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley while Morel played three games with Pittsburgh before the Pirates designated him for assignment.
Morel and middle infielder Mike Miller with the Pawtucket Red Sox are the pair of Mustangs currently playing Triple-A ball. Those in Double-A include Johnson (Richmond Flying Squirrels), Hoo and Jeff Johnson with the Akron RubberDucks, who is second in the Eastern League with 24 saves and has lowered his ERA to 0.95.
Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.283) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.332) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.273) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.279) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.281) with the Lake Elsinore Storm, Morel (.333) with Nashville and Peter Van Gansen (.271) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Wagman and Chase Johnson currently lead all former Mustangs this summer with eight wins while Matt Imhof (Clearwater Threshers) and Eric Massingham (Stuttgart Reds) have seven wins each this season. Kyle Brueggemann (Rockford Aviators) has six victories.
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 Brent Morel courtesy of Sound Bytes Blog (http://soundbytes.mlblogs.com)