Baseball Beavers In The Pros - An (Almost) Year In Review

Sept. 24, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Minor League Baseball season has concluded, and aside from Jacoby Ellsbury and Jamie Burke, who are both at the Major League level, the 2009 professional seasons for former Oregon State baseball players have come to a conclusion.

Ellsbury is on pace to reach the playoffs with Boston while Burke, who was recently acquired by Washington, is playing out the rest of the season in the nation's capital. We will have more on those two later.

Nevertheless, here's a look at how the former Beavers did this past season. All told, OSU had 28 former players see time in professionally affiliated baseball in 2009.

Kyle Aselton - Pitched in five games for Birmingham (AA) while in the White Sox organization ... Threw in 4 2/3 innings ... Also worked 3 2/3 innings for Carolina (AA) while in Cincinnati's organization.

Andy Baldwin - Spent the entire season with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League (Seattle organization) ... Went 6-11 with a 4.57 ERA ... Pitched in 31 games, starting 21, while throwing 151 2/3 innings ... Struck out 103.

Brian Barden - Split the season in St. Louis and the organization's Triple-A club in Memphis ... Made 52 appearances with the Cardinals, batting .233 with three doubles and four home runs ... Named the NL Rookie of the Month for April ... Played in 61 games with Memphis, batting .267 with 11 doubles and four home runs ... Posted 28 RBI for the Redbirds.

Darwin Barney - Opened the season with the Tennessee Smokies (AA) in the Chicago Cubs organization ... Batted .317 in 74 games, doubling 12 times to go along with three home runs ... Drove in 32 and stole five bases ... Later promoted to the Iowa Cubs (AAA), where he batted .264 with 12 doubles and a triple in 63 games ... Drove in 17.

Dave Brundage - Managed Atlanta's Triple-A club in Gwinnett, his third year in the organization ... Took the club to a 81-63 record a year after moving from Richmond, Va. ... Braves earned a Wild Card berth after finishing two games back in their division ... Gwinnett lost to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in opening round of playoffs ... In three seasons with Atlanta organization, has a 221-205 (.519) managerial record ... In 12 seasons overall as a manager, has an 874-810 (.519) record.

Dallas Buck - Pitched primarily for Carolina (AA) in Cincinnati's organization ... Went 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA in eight appearances, all starts ... Worked 37 1/3 innings, striking out 25.

Mitch Canham - Spent the entire season in San Antonio, the Double-A affiliate of San Diego ... Appeared in 111 games, batting .263 with 20 doubles, three triples and six home runs ... Drove in 53 ... Has since been invited to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he will play as a member of the Peoria Saguaros.

Mike Ekstrom - Began the season with Portland (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and made 42 appearances with the Beavers, including one start ... Went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA ... Also saw action in 12 games with San Diego at the Major League level, posting a 0-0 record and 6.38 ERA.

Cole Gillespie - Opened the season on a rehab assignment with Brevard County (A), in Milwaukee's organization and batted .349 in 12 games ... Moved up to Nashville (AAA) and batted .242 with 12 doubles, five triples and seven home runs ... Later traded to Arizona's organization and finished season at Reno (AAA) where he hit .304 with six doubles, four triples and five home runs ... Drove in 27 and stole eight bases in eight attempts with the Aces.

Tyler Graham - Played in the entire season in San Francisco's organization, seeing action at all three levels ... Played in 17 games with Fresno (AAA), batting .204 with a double and a home run ... Spent time in 11 games with Connecticut (AA), batting .217 with an RBI ... Ended the season with San Jose (A), playing in 73 games, batting .272 with six doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 28 stolen bases ... Combined to steal 35 bases in 45 attempts during three stops combined.

Kevin Gunderson - Spent most of the season at Mississippi (AA) in Atlanta's organization, appearing in 42 games, all in relief ... Went 1-3 with a 2.55 ERA ... Saved two games and worked 49 1/3 innings ... Struck out 38 ... Also appeared in four games with Gwinnett (AAA), going 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings.

Chris Hopkins - Played the entire season with Auburn (A) in Toronto's organization ... Batted .217 with 10 doubles and a triple ... Drove in 12 and stole 10 bases in 11 attempts.

Andy Jenkins - Played a majority of the season in Jacksonville (AA) in Florida's organization ... Appeared in 79 games, batting .266 with 21 doubles and one home run ... Drove in 18 ... Promoted to New Orleans (AAA) at the end of the season and had 13 plate appearances in five games, batting .231 with a home run.

Eddie Kunz - Played the entire season with Buffalo (AAA) in the New York Mets system ... Appeared in 40 games, all in relief, and went 4-5 with a 5.02 ERA ... Saved one game and worked 61 innings, striking out 38.

Jordan Lennerton - Spent the entire season with West Michigan (A) in the Detroit organization, making appearances in 119 games ... Batted .282 with 30 doubles and 12 home runs ... Drove in 71 and walked 64 times ... Did strike out 127 times.

Aaron Mathews - Played for Las Vegas (AAA) in Toronto's system for the entire season ... Appeared in 132 games, batting .274 with 21 doubles, five triples and eight home runs ... Drove in 77 and stole four bases in six attempts.

Mark McLemore - Returned in 2009 after missing entire 2008 season due to injury ... Made 18 appearances, all starts, for Round Rock (AAA) in Houston's organization ... Went 5-10 with a 4.87 ERA, throwing in 92 1/3 innings ... Struck out 49.

Jonah Nickerson - Spent the entire season with Erie (AA) in Detroit's system, making 28 appearances, 27 of which were starts ... Went 8-12 with a 5.33 ERA in 165 1/3 innings of work ... Struck out 75 and finished with one complete game.

Jason Ogata - Began the season with Hickory (A) in Texas' system, batting .191 over 29 ... Finished season with Spokane (A), playing in 51 games where he batted .366 with 15 doubles, a triple and five home runs ... Also drove in 42.

Ryan Ortiz - Made professional debut in 2009 and appeared in 48 games for Vancouver (A) in Oakland's system ... Batted .258 with 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs ... Drove in 24 and walked 26 times while striking out 29 times.

Joe Paterson - Made 55 appearances for Connecticut (AA) in San Francisco's system ... Went 5-6 with a 1.96 ERA in 69 innings ... Posted 10 saves ... Allowed just 15 earned runs while striking out 69 ... Opponents batted just .197 against him.

Jorge Reyes - Made a short professional debut, appearing in three games, all starts, for Eugene (A) in the San Diego organization ... Went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings ... Struck out 12 while walking just two.

Daniel Robertson - Played in 121 games for Fort Wayne (A) in San Diego's organization ... Batted .296 with 23 doubles, three triples and five home runs while driving in 65 ... Walked 50 times compared to 51 strikeouts ... Stole 20 bases in 30 attempts.

Mike Stutes - Spent the entire season with Reading (AA) in Philadelphia's system ... Went 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 27 games, all starts ... Threw in 145 2/3 innings, striking out 109.

Daniel Turpen - Pitched most of the season for San Jose (A) in San Francisco's system, going 4-2 with a 1.24 ERA ... Appeared in 46 games, all in relief, and posted seven saves in 65 1/3 innings ... Struck out 55 and opponents hit .234 against him ... Pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief appearance for Fresno (AAA).

Joey Wong - Made his professional debut in 2009, playing in 70 games for Tri-City (A) in Colorado's organization ... Batted .215 with eight doubles and 17 RBI ... Stole nine bases in 11 attempts.

Oregon State Superlatives
Who led all former Beavers in categories in 2009 (Major League stats excluded)

Most Games Played: Aaron Mathews, 132 (Las Vegas)
Most At Bats:
Aaron Mathews, 518 (Las Vegas)
Most Runs:
Daniel Robertson, 78 (Fort Wayne)
Most Hits:
Aaron Mathews, 142 (Las Vegas)
Most Doubles:
Jordan Lennerton, 30 (West Michigan)
Most Triples:
Cole Gillespie, 12 (Brevard County, Nashville and Reno)
Most Home Runs:
Cole Gillespie, 13 (Brevard County, Nashville and Reno)
Most Runs Batted In:
Aaron Mathews, 77 (Las Vegas)
Most Walks:
Jordan Lennerton, 64 (West Michigan)
Most Strikeouts:
Jordan Lennerton, 127 (West Michigan)
Most Stolen Bases:
Tyler Graham, 35 (Fresno, Connecticut and San Jose)

Most Wins: Jonah Nickerson (Erie) and Mike Stutes (Reading), 8
Best ERA:
Daniel Turpen, 1.24 (San Jose and Fresno)
Most Games Pitched:
Joe Paterson, 55 (Connecticut)
Most Games Started:
Jonah Nickerson (Erie) and Mike Stutes (Reading), 8
Most Saves:
Joe Paterson, 10 (Connecticut)
Most Innings Pitched:
Jonah Nickerson, 165 1/3 (Erie)
Most Hits Allowed:
Jonah Nickerson, 217 (Erie)
Most Runs Allowed:
Jonah Nickerson, 108 (Erie)
Most Earned Runs Allowed:
Jonah Nickerson, 98 (Erie)
Most Walks Issued:
Mike Stutes, 58 (Reading)
Most Strikeouts:
Mike Stutes, 109 (Reading)

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