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Mustangs in the Pros: Trio of Mustangs Sign; Uelmen Tosses Second Gem

Mustangs in the Pros: Trio of Mustangs Sign; Uelmen Tosses Second Gem

UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2018, 2:35 p.m.


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly catcher Nick Meyer, middle infielder Kyle Marinconz and outfielder Alex McKenna, all juniors this spring, have signed professional contracts.

Meyer, a sixth-round pick of the New York Mets, signed Wednesday and has been assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. His deal is worth $350,000.

Marinconz (pictured above at right), drafted in the 24th round by the Washington Nationals, inked his pact Tuesday and has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Nationals based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

McKenna (pictured below) was selected in the fourth round by the Houston Astros and signed his $432,500 contract Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. "Can't wait to get to work," said McKenna, who likely will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Astros, also in West Palm Beach, or the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.

Meanwhile, Nick Torres continues to hit well for the independent Kansas City T-Bones, sporting a .338 average with 14 doubles and 23 RBI in 31 games. He has hit safely in 28 of his 31 games so far, including 15 of the last 16.

Another outfielder, Zack Zehner, returned to Scranton-Wilkes Barre after playing 19 games at Trenton and smashed a walkoff pinch-hit two-run home run Wednesday night in a 5-3 RailRiders win over Lehigh Valley.

On the mound, Erich Uelmen (pictured above at left) turned in his second straight scoreless outing, following 5 2/3 shutout innings against West Michigan on June 8 with 6 2/3 scoreless frames versus Dayton on June 14. He struck out 14 batters in the two games combined and is 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA.

At Richmond, Chase Johnson, bouncing back from Tommy John Surgery a year ago, hurled four scoreless innings against Portland (Maine) with six strikeouts on June 13, lowering his ERA over 20 2/3 innings to 1.74.

After more than two months in Extended Spring Training, Slater Lee made his 2018 debut June 16 for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League and allowed one unearned run over three innings with five strikeouts for the win in a victory over Tri-City.

Cal Poly is represented in the Major Leagues by pitcher Bud Norris of the St. Louis Cardinals and outfielder Mitch Haniger with the Seattle Mariners.

Norris has 13 saves in 15 opportunities with three wins and a 3.16 ERA, allowing no runs in 16 of 18 relief appearances before giving up single runs against Pittsburgh on May 31 and June 2. His wins are against the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

View a video player profile of Norris by clicking here.

After homering twice in a game for the second time in his Major League career, then hitting his second career walkoff home run the next day, throwing out a runner in each contest, both against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Haniger's bat and glove have quieted down a bit.

Haniger, who made another specatular catch Thursday against the New York Yankees, robbing Giancarlo Stanton of a home run, is hitting .264 in 73 games with 11 doubles, 16 home runs, matching last year's total, and 54 RBI, a career high just 40 percent into the 2018 season. He is No. 3 in the Majors in RBI and his 16 home runs is tied for No. 12.

The pair of ex-Mustangs in Triple-A are Zehner and infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). First baseman Brian Mundell (Hartford), middle infielder Peter Van Gansen (San Antonio), pitcher Chase Johnson (Richmond) and infielder Mark Mathias (Akron) are in Double-A. Catcher Chris Hoo (Jacksonville) was released on May 28.

Follow all former Cal Poly baseball players in the professional ranks by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Video of Mitch Haniger's catch at Yankee Stadium courtesy of ROOT Sports