Three Cardinal Rated by Baseball America Following Summer Ball
Sept. 2, 2009
DURHAM, N.C.-- Three Stanford baseball players, outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard and pitchers Alex Pracher and Scott Snodgress, were recently named to Baseball America's annual list of top prospects across various summer leagues.
Snodgress and Kiilsgaard were rated as the No. 4 and No. 7 best prospects in the Alaska Summer League, while Pracher was the No. 7-best prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League.
Snodgress (Yucaipa, Calif.), pitching for the Peninsula Oilers, went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA over 10 games and eight starts, striking out 55 over 43.0 innings. Opponents batted just .151 against the freshman lefthander from a year ago. He allowed just 22 hits all summer. He finished the summer leading the league in strikeouts and ranking in the top-10 in the league in ERA.
For Kiilsgaard (Auburn, Wash.), he batted .295 over 39 starts, with 24 runs and 26 RBIs. He also stole nine bases. He ranked amongst the Alaska League top-10 in batting, hits (43), runs and RBIs. Kiilsgaard, who batted .313 last year for the Cardinal, is the team's second leading hitter for 2010.
Pracher (Marlton, N.J.) produced an 0.82 ERA over five games and three starts, going 3-1 with 25 strikeouts over 22.0 innings. He allowed just 13 hits for the summer after a 5.53 ERA as a sophomore righthander in 2009.
Other players having strong summers for the Cardinal included: second baseman Colin Walsh, a starting All Star for Brewster in the Cape Cod League, who cooled off in the second half of the summer to bat .255; summer league teammate and righthander Danny Sandbrink, who had a 2.82 ERA over 12 relief appearances; righthander Elliott Byers who had a 2.40 ERA over 13 appearances, with 24 strikeouts over 15.0 innings for Amsterdam in the New York Collegiate; and outfielder Stanley Fich, who hit .305 over 30 games for Sag Harbor in the Atlantic Collegiate League.