Princeton Baseball In The Pros - Barnes' Fabulous Season - 6/6/16
PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Princeton baseball player, Danny Barnes, has had a fabulous 2016 campaign as he sits with a 1.20 ERA in 18 appearances for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA). The reliever, drafted in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB draft, has allowed just four earned runs in 30 innings and boasts a 10.5 K/9 rate.
Princeton has had four players, Chris Young ’02 (Kansas City Royals), Matt Bowman (St. Louis Cardinals), David Hale ’11 (Colorado Rockies) and Ross Ohlendorf ’05 (Cincinnati Reds) reach the majors this year.
This weekly blog will keep tabs on any former Princeton players in the big leagues and in the minor league system.
Here’s how the rest of former Tigers have fared so far:
Chris Young ’02 – Kansas City Royals (MLB) – Young was activated off the disabled list and made a start for the Royals on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. He struck out five hitters in 4 2/3 innings.
Matt Bowman – St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) – The reliever has a 3.80 ERA in 17 games for the Cardinals this year. He’s finished six games and has struck out 18 hitters in 23 2/3 innings.
Ross Ohlendorf ’05 – Cincinnati Reds (MLB) – Ohlendorf has not allowed a run in seven of his last eight outings and has secured a 1.13 ERA during that span. The former Tiger scored his fourth win of the season on Saturday vs. the Washington Nationals.
Ohlendorf’s Baseball Reference Page
David Hale ’11 – Norfolk Tides (AAA) – Hale made a start against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last Tuesday and faced off against another Princeton alum, Will Venable. Hale struck out Venable in their only at-bat against each other.
Hale's Baseball Reference Page
Will Venable – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) – Venable had a stellar performance yesterday vs. the Charlotte Knights, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The veteran outfielder hit his second home run of the season in eighth inning. He has a hit in four of his last five games.
Venable's Baseball Reference Page
Tyler Servais - Servais is the most recent Princeton Tiger to be drafted as he was selected in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He played in 15 games at the professional level last season for the Gulf Coast and Connecticut Tigers.
Alec Keller – Potomac Nationals (A+) – While Keller’s offensive pace has slowed over the last three games, the outfielder is still a major contributor for the Nationals. Keller is currently hitting .298 with a .361 on-base percentage. His 36 RBIs is the seventh highest in the Carolina League.
Mike Fagan – Beloit Snappers (A) – Fagan has played in seven games for the Snappers and has struck out seven hitters in 6 2/3 innings.
Mike Ford – Tampa Bay Yankees (A+) - Ford is currently on the 60-day disabled list. In his ten games prior to an injury, Ford secured a .371/.439/.571 slash line with 14 RBI.
Jack Murphy – Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA) – The catcher has hits in three of his last five games. For the year, Murphy has two home runs, seven RBI and four doubles.