SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomore-to-be southpaw Chase Watkins has yet to give up a run while pitching for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League this summer.
In three appearances (two starts) on the mound, Watkins has tossed 14 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. He is 2-0 with wins over Yakima Valley on June 24 (one hit, seven strikeouts over six innings) and Portland on July 2 (two hits, nine strikeouts over seven frames).
Also at Corvallis, incoming freshman shortstop Brooks Lee is hitting .440 with 22 hits in 50 at-bats, including seven doubles and a home run, a two-run shot at Portland on July 4. Lee also produced an RBI single in that game.
Lee has scored 16 runs and knocked in 11 more in 13 games with the Knights, stealing five of six bases, and he has struck out just four times in 57 plate appearances. For a story by the Corvallis Gazette-Times on Lee's start with the Knights, click here.
Corvallis earned its 15th straight victory Sunday night and is 21-6 on the year.
Another incoming freshman, second baseman Taison Corio (middle player in photo below at left, with Myles Emmerson, Andrew Alvarez, Derek True and Connor Wilford), is hitting .343 for the San Luis Obispo Blues with 37 hits in 30 games, including four doubles and a home run. He has knocked in 24 runs and has stolen 10 of 12 bases.
Corio has 12 multiple-hit games with the Blues and, in a recent eight-game stretch, went 17-for-32 at the plate (.531). The San Joaquin Delta College transfer homered against the Humboldt Crabs on June 16.
Relief pitcher Taylor Dollard (on the right in picture below at right) is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League. In 10 1/3 innings over six appearances on the mound, the junior-to-be right-hander has struck out 18 batters. He pitched two scoreless innings for a win at Orleans on June 20.
Two other Mustangs are playing at Yarmouth-Dennis as well. First baseman Tate Samuelson (on left in picture at right) is hitting .243 with two doubles and a solo home run, versus Wareham on July 2, while center fielder Bradlee Beesley (middle) sports a .167 mark at the plate with seven hits, including three doubles and a two-run home run against Hyannis on July 4. Both have four RBIs.
Sophomore-to-be right-hander Ryan Jameson has an 0-2 record at Yakima Valley, but a 3.17 ERA with 27 strikeouts over just 17 innings. He struck out 10 in 6 2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and three walks in a 1-0 no-decision at Portland on July 5.
Also at Yakima Valley, Bo Henderson is 0-0 with a 6.94 ERA, striking out eight over 11 2/3 innings, while junior-to-be third baseman Nick DiCarlo has a .294 average with five hits, five runs, two RBIs and two steals. Incoming freshman catcher/first baseman Brett Wells is hitting .240 with two doubles and one RBI.
Three Mustangs are playing at Eau Claire in the Northwoods League, led by outfielder Cole Cabrera. The junior-to-be is hitting .372 with a lofty .640 on-base percentage, thanks in large part to 30 walks over just 16 games.
The Honolulu native has 16 hits, 12 runs scored, four doubles and 11 RBIs, stealing 10 of 10 bases. He produced a three-hit game at Duluth on July 5 and has made out just 27 times over 75 plate appearances as the leadoff hitter for the Express.
Also at Eau Claire, senior-to-be right-hander Craig Colen is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out 16 batters over 20 innings. He allowed one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings for the win against La Crosse on June 17 and two earned runs with one walk and six strikeouts over six frames in a victory at Mankato on July 1.
Junior-to-be right-hander Dylan Villalobos is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA at Eau Claire, striking out 10 over six innings.
At Waterloo, outfielder Blake Wagenseller is hitting .300, going 9-for-30 at the plate with two doubles and one home run with five RBIs. He collected a single, double and home run for three RBIs at Thunder Bay on July 1.
Three Mustangs are playing for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.
Incoming freshman right-hander Drew Thorpe (on the left in picture at left, along with Bryan Woo and John Mackay) not only has a 2-2 record and stingy 1.68 ERA on the mound, he also is hitting .295 with 13 hits, including three doubles, and three RBIs. He has struck out 15 batters over 21 1/3 innings in seven mound appearances.
Also at Peninsula, catcher John Mackay is hitting .214 with nine hits, including two doubles, and has driven in four runs while sophomore-to-be right-hander Bryan Woo is 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA, striking out 16 batters in nine innings over three mound appearances (two starts).
Emmerson is hitting .154 in eight games with two singles and an RBI. Alvarez is 0-1 with an 0.64 ERA, striking out 13 batters over 14 innings, while True and Wilford both sport 2.57 ERAs. True, from Santa Barbara High School, has a 1-1 record with 18 strikeouts over 14 innings and pitched three innings for the win against the Conejo Oaks on June 25, while Wilford, from San Clemente High School, has no decisions in five appearances on the mound, striking out seven over seven innings.
Back to the West Coast League, sophomore-to-be designated hitter Conagher Sands is hitting .226 at Kelowna with seven singles, six runs scored and two RBIs, while sophomore-to-be outfielder Noah Taylor has just one hit in 20 at-bats at Ridgefield. The lone hit was a two-run double against Bend on July 2 and he also had a sacrifice fly in that game.
Three incoming freshmen — outfielder Kyle Ashworth (Foothill High School in Santa Ana) and pitchers Cameron Mahaffy (Newport Harbor High School) and Kyle Scott (Mater Dei High School) — are playing for the Utah Marshalls in Kearns, Utah. The Marshalls won the 2019 Pathway Games in Omaha last week, going 3-1 after a 21-0 start to the season, and currently are hosting the 2019 Marshall Gates World Series (in photo at right are, from left, Marshall players Cameron Mahaffy, Kyle Scott and Kyle Ashworth).
Shut down for the summer are pitchers Aiden Goicovich, Matt Arens, Jake Kenny and Darren Nelson, catcher AJ Esperanza, infielders Connor Gurnik and Jack Kuzma, utility player Scott Ogrin and incoming freshman pitcher Kaden Sheedy of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield.
Infielder Willie Cano will report to Ridgefield on July 15 while Nick Marinconz (Valley Christian High School in San Jose) is expected to report to Eau Claire in the coming days.