By Matthew Sullivan, WSOE Sports
Great college baseball players are drafted and they are never heard of again. Take for instance Stephen Strasburg, the number one overall pick in this year’s MLB draft taken by the Washington Nationals; all you know is he will get a large contract (considering Scott Boras is his agent) and you will not hear of him again until he reaches the majors. Otherwise, you and I will not hear of a single stat of his in the minors until he gets to the “Big Show”. I wanted to update all of you on two former Elon baseball players: Chase Austin and Pat Irvine, who are both playing in the New York-Penn league which is a short-season single A league.
The Florida Marlins selected Chase Austin in the fifth round. He is playing for the Jamestown Jammers. They are currently 6-11 and four games behind Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the Pinckney division. Austin has been playing shortstop for them. He has appeared in 15 of their 17 games, batting .231, with an on base percentage of .310. He is second on the team with 52 at-bats. In those 52 at-bats, he has belted one home run and has driven in three RBIs. He has successfully stolen two bases, which is tied for the team high. However, he will need to improve his defense if he wants to advance in the Marlin’s farm system. He has a team high of seven errors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Pat Irvine in the 33rd round. He is currently on the State College Spikes. They also, compete in the Pinckney division and they have a record of 9-8 that leaves them one game behind the Scrappers. Irvine has played in 14 games so far. His offense has struggled in the early part of the season. He is batting .195 with an on base percentage of .294 and has struck out 12 times. However, all is not that bad. He has a team high of nine RBIs and three stolen bases. In the field, he has only created two errors, while splitting time between left field and third base.
I will be updating you periodically on their journey through this season.