After the drafting of Miguel Rodriguez and the signing of Andrew Smith and Joe Yermal, the 49ers baseball program had quite a summer in the pros and summer leagues. Here is a statstical look back at how all of the guys did in 2012.
John Maine: The Yankees signed and placed Maine in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the 31-year old did not disappoint, finishing with an 8-5 regular season mark and 66 strikeouts in 79.2 innings, easily his best season since an injury with the Mets ended his time with New York. Maine won his last three regular-season starts, tossing 19 innings, allowing just two runs in that span, with 14 strikeouts. His Yankees were defeated by Pawtucket in the first round of the Internatinoal League playoffs. The former Conference-USA Pitcher of the Year got a loss his only start of the series after 4.2 innings in his final out on September 5.
Andrew Smith: After his call up after the All-Star Break to High-A Inland Empire after five appearances and one start in the Arizona League, Smith went 5-2 in 10 starts in the California League, earning Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors in the last week of the season after a seven-inning gem at Lake Elsinore, giving up just five hits and an unearned run. The former A-10 Pitcher of the Year and All-American won three of his last four starts and will carry that momentum into 2013.
Other notables from 2012:
Miguel Rodriguez played 31 games for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, batting .183 with 10 RBI for the summer.
Brad McElroy played in 56 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Eastern League. He stole 10 bases and hit a home run for ther Blue Jays farm team, with a .196 average.
Joe Yermal made five appearances for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, logging a svae and a 1.42 earned run average, with two starts. He took two losses, giving up just two unearned runs on August 14 and one earned run in five innings in his last outing on August 24. In that start, he struck out six in five innings on five hits as his team lost 1-0.
Rob Lyerly was injured one week into the season and came home to rest and rehab. He appeared in five games, cranking a pair of home runs in 17 at bats.
Former Niner Justin Wilson is on his way to South Africa, to continue his playing career in that country's professional league. Former 49ers Pat Lawson is on his way to the Australian League to compete in that nation's pro circuit.
Several current 49ers had good seasons of summer league action.
Shane Basen - He was named an All-Star in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, getting a hit in two at bats and driving in a run for the South Team. He batted .315 with the Ballantyne Smokies, scoring 30 runs and blasting a pair of home runs in 33 games.
Derek Gallello - He played opposite Basen in the SCBL All-Star game, with a hit and a run for the North Team. Gallello batted .292 for the Statesville Owls, hitting three homers and driving in 22 in 37 games.
Patric King - Played with Gallello on the North All-Star squad. King hit a homer and drove in four for the Owls, with a .279 average in 22 games.
Tony Montalbano -Played with King and Gallello on the North All-Star Squad. For the Lake Norman Copperheads, he finished with a .351 average, with a homer and 13 RBI in 25 games.
Brad Elwood - Elwood also earned an All-Star nod, playing in the Futures League All-Star Game. For the North Shore Navigators, he batted .304 with a home run and three triples in 49 games, driving in 25 RBI. He collected a pair of hits in the FCBL postseason and was named on of three team MVPs.
Patrick Raley - Raley played with Elwood on the Navigators, batting .320 in 33 games, with a home run and nine RBI. He also had a pair of hits in the postseason.
Wes Hatley - The rising senior was named to the Coastal Plains All-Star Game. He was 6-2 this summer, with a miniscule 1.62 ERA. He logged a pair of saves in 26 appearances for the Wilmington Sharks, all out of the bullpen. He fanned 29 in 39.1 innings and was part of six combined shutouts.
Justin Seager - The junior was an All-Star in the Northwoods League for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. He batted .260 in 50 games, with three home runs and a team-best 20 doubles, also leading the squad with 34 RBI and finishing second with 29 runs scored.
John Hamilton - The senior closer registered 12 saves for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League. He finished with a 1-1 record in 23 appearances, and a 2.14 ERA. He struck out an astounding 44 and walked just nine in 29.1 innings.
Brett Lang - Lang was named to the All-American List at the National Baseball Congress Tournament in Kansas. He posted a .312 batting average with the Hays Larks in the Jayhawk Baseball League.
Incoming freshmen Jason Harris and Hunter May were named to the North Team All-Stars of the SCBL. Harris was 1-0 in five starts for the Lake Norman Copperheads, with a 3.47 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. May pitched in six games for Statesville, with 12 strikeouts in 22.1 innings against college-level competition.
Other notable stat lines from the summer...
Jordan Hudson made 20 appearances and posted a 2-1 record, with three saves with the Thomasville HiToms...
Brock Hudgens was 4-2 in 11 starts with the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League...
Sean Pope was 2-1 with the Ballentyne Smokies, striking out 29 in 24.1 innings...
Tyler Barnette got a win in eight starts with Hyannis in the Cape Cod League...
J.J. Elseser batted .231 in 20 games with the Pittsfield Suns...
Ryan Mas was 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 13 appearances with the Hays Larks...
Justin Roland batted .207 with Thomasville in 42 games, with four doubles and nine RBI...
Corbin Shive hit .221 with the Asheboro Copperheads in 21 games before ending early due to injury. He will miss the 2013 season with Charlotte. He had six doubles and six RBI in summer action...
In other Niners notes, the 49ers will hit the field at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium this weekend, with a 1:30 practice time scheduled for Friday and 2:30 sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The team will again attend Miracle League games Saturday morning at the University YMCA. Next weekend, the team will practice at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw while the field surface ungoes fall conditioning.
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