Nine Beavers Named Top Prospects In Collegiate Summer Leagues
Sept. 9, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The national baseball publications Baseball America and Perfect Game have issued top prospects lists for collegiate summer leagues involving Oregon State players and seven Beavers find themselves ranked.
The publications ranked prospects for professional baseball in each league, regardless of the player's age and class standing. All told, nine Beavers were ranked in their respective leagues, including four in the top 10.
Two, Jace Fry and Ben Wetzler, stayed in Corvallis to play for the Knights of the West Coast League, and impressed. Each are the highest ranked of the seven Beavers, with Fry the No. 1 prospect in the league by both outlets. He was also named the top incoming freshman from every summer league - 21 in all - by Perfect Game.
Fry was 2-1 with a 1.41 earned run average for the Knights.
Wetzler, meanwhile, will enter the 2012 campaign as a sophomore for OSU; he was ranked third in the league by Perfect Game and fourth by Baseball America. Wetzler finished the summer with a 0-0 record and 0.47 ERA in 12 games.
The duo's teammate, Ryan Gorton, a senior for OSU in 2012, batted .301 for the Knights and was ranked 27th by Perfect Game.
Cole Baylis, who will be a sophomore for OSU next season, was one spot below Gorton after appearing in 16 innings for Wenatchee of the West Coast League, going 1-0.
Right-handed pitcher Dan Child, also a sophomore in 2012, went 3-2 with a 1.06 ERA for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. He was an all-league player and ended the summer as the No. 6 player in the league by Baseball America and ninth according to Perfect Game.
Incoming freshman Carlos Rodriguez, from Hawaii's Iolani School, also found himself in the top 10 after playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League. He was 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA for the Blues and finished as the No. 9 prospect in the league by Perfect Game.
Kavin Keyes, a sophomore in 2012, played for the Anchorage Pilots of the Alaska League and came away as the No. 22 prospect by Perfect Game. He hit .288 with six doubles and 13 RBI.
The Beavers saw two players who competed in the prestigious Cape Cod League - considered the top summer league on an annual basis - and they were ranked in Perfect Game's top 100 players for the league. Matt Boyd, who started his summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, went 0-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings for Orleans and was named the No. 36 prospect in the league.
Boyd will be a junior in 2011.
His OSU teammate, Jake Rodriguez, was ranked 88th after playing in 36 games for Falmouth. He batted .267 and played in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, held at Boston's Fenway Park. He will be a sophomore for the Beavers in 2012.
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