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Brent Morel, Jeff Johnson Continue to Post Impressive Stats in Minors

Brent Morel, Jeff Johnson Continue to Post Impressive Stats in Minors


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — With the 2015 minor league season winding down, pitcher Jeff Johnson and third baseman Brent Morel continue to post impressive numbers this summer.

Pitching for the Akron RubberDucks in the Double-A Eastern League, Johnson has 27 saves and a stingy 0.88 ERA through 51 games on the mound. He has struck out 56 batters over 51 innings and has not allowed a home run this season.

Morel, now in the Oakland Athletics organization, is hitting .321 for the Nashville Sounds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBI against Omaha last Saturday.

Second baseman Mark Mathias went 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and six RBI against Auburn on Sept. 2 and has 18 multiple-hit games and a .286 batting average for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League. He has not gone hitless in back-to-back games since August 12-13.

Joey Wagman earned victories in each of his first four August starts at Beloit and is 8-4 with a 3.98 ERA.

Chase Johnson of the Richmond Flying Squirrels earned his ninth win of the season and first in Double-A, allowing two runs and three hits with five strikeouts in five innings Sept. 2 at Harrisburg. Matt Imhof (pictured above) of the Clearwater Threshers and Wagman both have eight wins while Eric Massingham (Stuttgart Reds) and Kyle Brueggemann (Rockford Aviators) have seven victories each.

Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues — outfielder Logan Schafer with the Milwaukee Brewers, pitcher Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins and pitcher 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 in late July.

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 the Johnson pitchers along with catcher Chris Hoo (Jacksonville Suns).

Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.272) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.332) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.286) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.275) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.273) with the Lake Elsinore Storm, Morel (.321) with Nashville and Peter Van Gansen (.267) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.

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 Matt Imhof courtesy of