Arizona Baseball Summer Update
July 21, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- While summer time for most college students means a temporary job and moving back home with the parents, that is not the case for numerous members of the Arizona baseball team. Here is a quick run down of Wildcats participating in summer leagues and an update on Arizona's draftees.
Perhaps the most prestigious of the summer wood bat leagues, Arizona has a total of six players taking part in the Cape this summer.
- The league recently announced the midseason all-star team that will play on July 26 and Crowe (LF), Hardy (SS) and Mercado (C) were all named to the starting team of their respective divisions.
- Van Houten, who finished the 2003 collegiate season as the Pac-10 batting champion at .413, was named the starting right fielder in the Valley League's all-star game.
- Volunteer assistant coach Jeff Casper and former Wildcat reliever Mike Crawford are leading the Duluth Huskies as the head coach and pitching coach, respectively, in Minnesota this summer.
Arizona had four players selected in the June Major League Baseball draft.
- First round selection Brian Anderson signed with the White Sox and is currently playing for Chicago's single A team in Great Falls, Mont.
- Junior Richie Gardner, a sixth-round selection of the Cincinnati Reds, has not signed a professional contract.
- Junior Joe Little, who was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 26th round, recently signed to play professionally after spending most of the summer in the Cape Cod League.
- 50th round selection Sean Rierson remains unsigned by the San Diego Padres.
- Junior RHP Chris Goodman signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Expos.