As the 2017 summer league season comes to an end, it is time to roll out CBBSN’s collegiate summer league updates from around the country. Over the next two weeks, our scouts will be sharing how their school’s players have fared over the season, and how they look to project going into fall practice.
by RC Maxfield
The Red Raiders overachieved this past year but their season ended much sooner than they wanted, as they lost to Sam Houston State in the Lubbock Regional Final. SHSU would go on to lose to Florida State in the Supers. Tech, on the other hand, would send 16 players away for summer ball. The headliners of the group are Josh Jung, John McMillon and Steven Gingery.
Steven Gingery, USA Collegiate National Team
Steven Gingery didn’t play summer ball in the California Collegiate League but he did play for team USA. The reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year was masterful per usual. He pitched 16 innings while only allowing two earned runs over that span. He also struck out nine in those 16 innings.
Brian Klein, Rockford Rivets, Northwoods League
Brian Klein played for the Rockford Rivets in the Northwoods League. In 208 at-bats he really showed what kind of potential he has at second base. He hit .298 with 21 extra base hits and scored 40 runs, he also had an OBP of .357.
Zach Rheams, Rockford Rivets, Northwoods League
Zach Rheams joined Klein on the Rockford Rivets. In 196 at-bats Rheams hit .245 with 13 extra base hits and 30 runs scored. He also had an OBP of .363. Looking ahead to the fall and spring, he will compete for the DH role in 2018 for the Red Raiders.
Trevor Paradoski, Rockford Rivets, Northwoods League
In 36 at bats Paradoski hit.333 behind 12 hits, with a double & a triple. He also has 12 runs scored and seven RBI. Paradoski has had a multi hit game in 5 of his 7 starts.
TY Harpenau, Conejo Oaks, California Collegiate League
Harpenau pitched in one game for the Conejo Oaks of the CCL, where he threw 1 2/3 innings and struck out two.
Erikson Lanning, Conejo Oaks, California Collegiate League
Lanning also pitched for the Oaks this summer. Lanning pitched in one game and threw three frames, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
Clay Koelzer, Healdsburg Prune Packers, California Collegiate League
Koelzer has played in four games this summer for the Healdsburg Prune Packers. He has three hits and four walks with a .214 average.
Grant Little, Healdsburg Prune Packers, California Collegiate League
Little has also played in four games for the Prune Packers. Little is hitting .222 with four hits, a RBI and a run scored. Little will likely be the starting shortstop for the Red Raiders in 2018.
Andrew Davis, Neptune Beach Pearl, California Collegiate League
Davis played in the California Collegiate League for the Neptune Beach Pearl. In 29 1/3 innings, he had a 3.68 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks. He will look to compete for a bullpen spot next year.
Caleb Freeman, Neptune Beach Pearl, California Collegiate League
Caleb Freeman played with Davis for Neptune Beach Pearl. He pitched 24 innings with a 5.62 ERA and a 27 to 14 strikeout to walk ratio. Head coach Tim Tadlock likes this kid but he might only have a chance in a long relief role next year.
Connor Beck, Orange County Riptide, California Collegiate League
In 77 plate appearances, Beck had 22 hits and seven extra base hits. He had an average of .278, and will look to compete for the left field job next year, but will probably end up as the fourth outfielder.
Caleb Kilian, Orange County Riptide, California Collegiate League
Kilian was the starter in the CCL All-Star game. He was electric this summer for the Orange County Riptide with fellow Red Raider Beck. Killian was a standout though, in 24 innings pitched, he had a 3.38 ERA with a five to 29 strikeout to walk ratio. He also led the Riptide in strikeouts with 37.
Josh Jung, Santa Barbara Foresters, California Collegiate League
Where do I even start with this guy? He won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award and his success carried into summer ball. In 117 at-bats, Jung hit .368 with 11 extra base hits. He only struck out 12 times while walking 16. This guy is the next best player in the Big 12. He will bat third and play third for the Red Raiders in 2018.
John McMillon, Santa Barbara Foresters, California Collegiate League
The do it all kid had a rough summer hitting the ball with fellow Red Raiders Jung and Jake McDonald for the Santa Barbara Foresters. John only had five hits in 45 plate appearances, but he did cut down on the strikeouts and almost had a one to one strikeout to walk ratio. He did, however, pitch really well. He had a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings pitched. In those innings, he had 35 strikeouts to only seven walks. He will be the high leverage guy for Tech in 2018.
Jake McDonald, Santa Barbara Foresters, California Collegiate League
McDonald was not to be outdone by his fellow teammates. In 33 ⅓ innings pitched, he had 1.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts to only nine walks. If McDonald could put it together like this for Tech in the spring, he and Kilian will be fighting for that mid-week starter role.
All in all, Texas Tech comes into the fall season will a roster full of talent ready to compete for positions after a summer full of baseball. Thus, making the Red Raiders one to keep an eye on once again come 2018 for a coveted spot Omaha.