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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.
Following a season that fell short of expectations and an early exit from the Horizon League tournament, many of Oakland’s ballplayers found summer homes in leagues across the state as well as the country. Players range from those recently graduated to those that are entering their sophomore year at Oakland University.
Ian Yetsko, C, Graduate: Westside Wooley Mammoths, United Shores Professional Baseball League
Yetsko ended his career at Oakland with a .249 average and a .349 OBP. Since joining United Shores PBL, he’s left those numbers in the dust. In 2017, he’s put up a .296 average and a .412 OBP combined with a decline in strikeouts and an increase in walks drawn.
United Shores PBL has definitely helped Ian Yetsko develop his skills and he will be interesting to watch as he progresses, possibly drawing some attention from professional clubs.
Matt DiLeo, C, Senior: West Virginia Miners, Prospect League Baseball
DiLeo ended 2017 as the cornerstone of Oakland’s defense, starting 53 games behind the plate. He put up a .332 OBP and a .264 batting average. He worked to draw more walks as a way to bounce back following a slump in his sophomore year.
For the Miners, DiLeo improved again with his strikeout to walk ratio to two to one. He finished with a .232 average, but over the course of the season, he hit his stride, ending with a .330 OBP. Overall, it was a good offseason for DiLeo as he returns to Oakland as the clear starter with the graduation of Yetsko.
Tyler Trovinger, INF, Sophomore: Muskegon Clippers, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League
Trovinger ended his freshman year at Oakland with a .215 average and an OBP of .355. In his first year with the Clippers, he’s improved in many areas. His walk to strikeout ratio is nearly one to one. His average sits at .241 at season’s end but much like DiLeo, he improved more and more as the season went on. At the end, his OBP was .418 and his average was .252. Trovinger did very well in his first year and it is my assumption he will continue to improve and should be a player to watch in coming years.
Ben Hart, INF, RS Senior: Green Bay Bullfrogs, Northwoods League
Ben Hart finished his junior season with a .197 average an a .303 OBP. This is a slump from his prior years but Hart did show promise in the Northwoods League. He posted a .271 average and an OBP of .393 over his last 10 games. Hart’s slump isn’t a visible trend and he should be a viable corner infield prospect in the future.
Nick Parr, RHP, Junior: Green Bay Bullfrogs, Northwoods League
Parr struggled in 2017, posting an ERA of 12.60. But in the Northwoods League, he showed improvement. His ERA sits at 6.32, slowly dropping since the start of the season. While Nick Parr is not a standout prospect, his improvement could continue if he can find a groove once the collegiate season starts again.
Many players have taken this opportunity to work on areas they fell short on in 2017. Several of these players were regular starters and they should create the backbone of the roster heading into 2018. This improvement should lead to another trip to the Horizon League tournament, and the potential to capture a tournament championship win–and maybe even a spot in the College World Series.