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Mustangs in Pros: Marinconz, Meyer Hitting Well in Start to Pro Career

Mustangs in Pros: Marinconz, Meyer Hitting Well in Start to Pro Career


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The top hitters for former Cal Poly position players in professional baseball are Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners, Kyle Marinconz of the Auburn Doubledays, Nick Meyer of the Brooklyn Cyclones and Nick Torres of the Kansas City T-Bones.

Preparing for his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearance, Haniger is hitting .274 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 89 games. He is No. 4 in the Major Leagues in RBI and No. 21 in home runs.

Haniger has 23 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit contests, and his 18th home run of the year was a first-inning three-run shot Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The 89th All-Star Game, to be televised by Fox, will be played Tuesday, July 17, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, Marinconz (pictured above at left) is off to a hot .357 start with the Doubledays in the New York-Penn League with one double and three RBI. He went 2-for-3 in each of his first two games at Auburn and was 2-for-5 at West Virginia on Monday.

Meyer (pictured above at right) is hitting .333 in 10 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, also in the New York-Penn League, with a double, triple and three RBI. He has a quartet of two-hit games and has hit safely in his last nine contests.

Read a story by Elite Sports New York on Meyer's potential future with the Mets by clicking here.

Torres, playing in the independent American Association, sports a .312 average at Kansas City with 18 doubles and 35 RBI in 49 games.

Grant Desme, returning to baseball after an eight-year hiatus, including seven years pursuing a career in the priesthood, is hitting .250 in 23 games for the Lancaster (Penn.) Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.

On the mound, Slater Lee is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League. He tossed three scoreless, hitless innings for his second win July 4 at Tri-City, striking out four.

Besides Haniger, Cal Poly's other Major Leaguer is St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Bud Norris, who has 17 saves in 19 opportunities with three wins and a 2.87 ERA. He has given up just one earned run in his last 10 outings (9 1/3 innings) and his wins are against the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.

Trent Shelton is 2-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA for the Arizona Rookie League's Padres, retiring 22 of the 24 batters he has faced over four relief appearances so far, 11 via strikeout.

Erich Uelmen sports a 3-1 mark and 3.31 ERA at Myrtle Beach, tossing five innings and giving up two runs and five hits for his third win Tuesday against Carolina.

The pair of ex-Mustangs in Triple-A are outfielder Zack Zehner (Wilkes-Barre) and infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). Pitcher Chase Johnson (Richmond), second baseman Mark Mathias (Akron), first baseman Brian Mundell (Hartford) and middle infielder Peter Van Gansen (San Antonio) are in Double-A.

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