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Mustangs in the Pros: Howard, Uelmen Sharp on Mound; Ay Makes Debut

Mustangs in the Pros: Howard, Uelmen Sharp on Mound; Ay Makes Debut


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitchers Spencer Howard and Erich Uelmen are pitching in top form and Bobby Ay made his professional debut last week.

Uelmen (pictured at right) is 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in three July starts for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Carolina League. He allowed one earned run over six innings for his third win of the year against Down East on July 9 and, six days later, tossed five scoreless innings for win No. 4 against Lynchburg.

Uelmen is 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA for the season.

Howard, who spent 11 weeks on the injured list with soreness in his shoulder and then made two rehab appearances in the Gulf Coast League, was activated by Clearwater on July 8 and pitched four scoreless innings against Palm Beach that night, followed by five scoreless, hitless frames against Florida on July 14.

Howard (pictured at left) struck out seven in each game and earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors. He is 1-1 with a 1.55 ERA so far in 2019.

Ay, drafted in the ninth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks last month, started for the Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League on Saturday and retired the side in order. Orem won the game, however, 3-2.

At the plate, first baseman Brian Mundell sports a .337 batting average for Albuquerque while outfielder Nick Torres is hitting .305 for Puebla in the Mexican League. Torres is sixth in the league in home runs with 22 and 11th in RBIs with 70.

Outfielder Zack Zehner extended his hitting streak at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to eight games with a single and home run Tuesday against Columbus. He is 10-for-30 (.333) during the streak and is hitting .298 in July.

Middle infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .296 at Amarillo, including a .361 mark in 10 July games with three doubles and a triple.

Outfielder Alex McKenna sports a .297 mark at Quad Cities, middle infielder Mark Mathias is hitting .275 at Columbus and Kyle Marinconz, also a middle infielder, owns a .266 average at Hagerstown.

Cal Poly's lone Major Leaguer is outfielder Mitch Haniger, who was placed on the injury list June 6 after undergoing surgery for a ruptured testicle. His baseball activities have been limited to basic workouts as he continues to experience some pain and is not expected back in the lineup until early August at the earliest. Read a story on Haniger from the Tacoma News Tribune by clicking here.

On Tuesday, Haniger was named the Mariners' Heart & Hustle Award winner, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to the player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. "I feel very honored to receive this award!" Haniger tweeted.

The five Mustangs in Triple-A are Zehner, Mundell, Torres, Mathias and middle infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket, International League), who was activated July 15 after spending six weeks on the injured list.

Follow all the former Mustangs in the professional ranks by clicking the link at the top of the page.

Photo at top of page of Erich Uelmen courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans; photo of Spencer Howard courtesy of Baseball America