Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with one of 2010’s breakout stars.
No. 12 — OF Jared Andreoli — Western Kentucky University
Jared Andreoli; WKU photo
WKU Junior outfielder Jared Andreoli burst onto the Kentucky baseball scene in 2010, batting .341 with five home runs, 49 RBI, 61 runs scored and 14 stolen bases as a sophomore. Andreoli led WKU with 32 multi-hit games in 2010. He tallied a 15-game hitting streak from March 12 to April 3. Andreoli’s 2010 statistics rank first in runs scored, fifth in stolen bases and fifth in on-base percentage among returning Kentucky collegians.
During the summer 2010 Andreoli stole 16 bases and scored 32 runs for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League. In 30 2010 Sun Belt Conference games, Andreoli batted .318 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 22 runs scored. Andreoli’s 61 runs scored last season ranked eighth in the Sun Belt Conference and his four triples were tied for fifth most in the conference. His 119 total bases last season ranked third on the team and are the most of any returning Hilltopper. Andreoli also proved to be quite the team player with seven sacrifice bunts.
Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with one of the top returning Kentucky catchers.
Taylor Davis; Morehead St. photo
No. 17 — C Taylor Davis — Morehead State University
Junior catcher Taylor Davis batted .350 with 11 home runs, 57 RBI and 40 runs scored for the Eagles in 2010. The right-handed hitter’s .350 2010 batting average ranks fourth among returning Kentucky collegians, his 57 RBI rank fourth and his 11 home runs rank fifth. Davis started 36 games at catcher for the Eagles last season, six as the designated hitter and three at third base.
Davis boasted the longest hitting streak of any Morehead St. batter in 2010 at 13 games. He tallied 19 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games last season. Davis tallied five hits and nine RBI against Eastern Kentucky University on April 17. During the summer Davis batted .300 with four home runs, 34 RBI and 35 runs scored for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League. Davis is scheduled to spend summer 2011 in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
In our third installment of the Summer League Wrap-Up we’ll look at the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers who spent time honing their skills in summer league ball.
Coastal Plain League
- 2b Matt Payton — Peninsula Pilots — Payton joined the Pilots at mid-season and batted .235 with seven RBI and 15 runs scored in 18 games. Playing in his third season with Peninsula, Payton started 17 games for the Pilots.
- Kess Carter — Peninsula Pilots — Carter appeared in 43 games for the Pilots and made 41 starts. Kes batted .272 with 22 RBI and 19 runs scored for the Pilots and stole 14 bases in 19 attempts.
- Logan Robins — Peninsula Pilots — Robbins batted .235 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 47 games for Peninsula. Logan made 42 starts for the Pilots and, scored 47 runs and stole 17 bases in 19 attempts.
Yesterday we looked at the UK players summer league summary. Today we head west on I-64 to check out the rival UofL Cardinals summer league results, including a World Championship.
- RHP Tony Zych — Zych was UofL’s summer star, contributing to the Team USA’s World Challenge Championship with an 0-1 record and 2.93 ERA in six games. Tony struck out 17 batters in 15.1 innings and held opponents to a .224 batting average. UofL coach Dan McDonnell also served on the Team USA coaching staff.
Coastal Plain League
- Stewart Ijames — Thomasville HiToms– Ijames was named a mid-season All Star for the National League squad and finished the season tied for league lead in home runs with 12. Ijames batted .282 in 48 games on the season and drove in 37 runs.
- Drew Haynes — Florence RedWolves — Haynes batted .235 in 28 games with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored for Florence. Drew was a perfect 7-7 in stealing bases.