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.

Summer Leagues

Cape Cod League

Perhaps the most prestigious of the summer wood bat leagues, Arizona has a total of six players taking part in the Cape this summer.

- Playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox are sophomores-to-be John Meloan (RHP), Trevor Crowe (INF/OF) and Nick Hundley (C).

- Playing for the Hyannis Mets is junior-to-be Richard Mercado (C)

- Playing for the Cotuit Kettlers is junior-to-be John Hardy (SS). Former Wildcat Joe Little (LHP), who recently agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, also pitched for Cotuit before signing.

- Sophomore-to-be Kevin Guyette is pitching for the Wareham Gatemen.

- 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.

Shenandoah Valley League

- Playing down the eastern coast in the Valley League are juniors-to-be Jeff Van Houten and Pat Reilly and senior-to-be Moises Duran. All three are playing for the Harrisonburg Turks.

- 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.

Northwoods League

- 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.

Central Illinois Collegiate League

- Sophomore-to-be Chris Frey is pitching and playing in the outfield for the Bluff City Bombers in Bethalto, Ill.

Signing Updates

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.



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