PULLMAN, Wash. – Several current and former Washington State baseball players are making their mark in summer collegiate leagues and Minor League Baseball, respectively.
In the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a quartet of current Cougars has led the Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the Eastern Division title. Second baseman Shea Donlin, outfielder Ben Roberts and shortstop Trace Tam Sing are all batting at least .290 while right-handed pitcher Sean Hartnett has three wins and a 1.82 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
Roberts and Tam Sing earned back-to-back player of the week honors in the NECBL and have each recorded a league record 17 doubles with four games remaining.
In the West Coast League, right hander Jacob Schroeder is third in the circuit with a 2.02 ERA while pitching for the South Division’s first place Corvallis (Ore.) Knights.
At the professional level, left-hander Adam Conley (Southern), first baseman Jim Murphy (Eastern) and first baseman/outfielder Derek Jones (South Atlantic) each a earned a spot on their league’s All-Star Game rosters.
Conley is 10-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Suns in the Miami Marlins’ organization. His victories are tied for second in the league and his strikeout total is tied for fifth. In his last three outings, he is 3-0 while giving up a lone unearned run in 20 innings.
Murphy, property of the Philadelphia Phillies, is tied for the Eastern League lead with 19 home runs while playing for the Reading (Pa.) Fightin Phils. Jones (15 SB/13 HR) is one of four players in the South Atlantic League to have at least 15 stolen bases and double-figure home runs. He is a member of the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists in the Colorado Rockies’ organization.
Outfielder Kyle Johnson was traded from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the New York Mets earlier this season and has amassed a .291 batting average and 39 stolen bases while playing for three teams over two levels of competition.