Baseball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 4/16/18)
Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we look back at notable performances from around the game of baseball, across high school, collegiate and professional ranks.
Nick Castellanos – The former Under Armour All-American is swinging a hot April bat. He has 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR and 16 RBI through 22 games.
Tommy Pham – The Cardinals outfielder has picked up where he left off last year. Through 21 games this season he’s hitting .343 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 5 stolen bases.
Rick Porcello – Porcello appears to be back in Cy Young form in the early part of the 2018 season. He is already 4-0 sporting a 1.93 ERA and has 32 Ks and only 4 BBs.
Bo Bichette – Adjusting to AA pitching has not been an issue for Bo. He is currently hitting .303 with 4 doubles, 3 triples and 7 runs driven in.
Joe Gatto – Joe is off to a tremendous start for the Inland Empire 66ers. He is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and has struck out 25 in 19 innings.
Michael Kopech – Kopech threw 6 strong innings in his last start allowing only 1 hit and striking out 8. For the season he has a 2.14 ERA with 29 Ks in 21 IP.
Andrew Cabezas, Miami – Andrew was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week after a dominant complete game victory over Pitt. He threw 9 innings allowing only 3 hits while striking out 11.
Mike Dellicarri, Oswego State – Dellicarri went 7-13 in a 3-game sweep of Plattsburgh. He had a double, triple and home run, scored five and drove in five runs.
Jonathan Engelmann, Michigan – The University of Michigan outfielder earned Big 10 Player of the Week honors by hitting .545 for the week with a double, home run, 6 runs score and 6 runs driven in.
Josh Jung, Texas Tech – Josh was named the Big 12 Player of the Week and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Co-Hitter of the Week. Josh hit for the cycle against New Mexico going 5-5 with 2 HRs, and he had 10 hits (7 for extra bases) during the week.
Steven Wells, Florida State – Wells was not only honored as the ACC Player of the Week, but he joined Jung as NCBWA National Co-Hitter of the Week. Wells had a monster week for the Seminoles going 14-17 with 2 2B, 2 HR and 7 RBI in leading them to a 5-0 record.
Cooper Benson, San Luis Obispo (CA) – The junior LHP continues to dominate. He has recorded double digit strikeouts in 6 of his outings this spring. His record is 7-0 with a 0.34 ERA and 82 Ks in 41.2 IP. He’s also hitting .405 at the plate.
Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s Episcopal (AL) – The Under Armour All-American continues to put up monster numbers this spring. Despite being pitched around often (30 walks on the year), Jackson is hitting .636 with 8 doubles, 3 triples, 11 home runs, 37 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases.
Connor Noland, Greenwood (AR) – The 2-sport star is a 2-way star on the baseball field and he is having a big spring. On the mound Connor is 7-0 with 0.58 ERA. He has struck out 87 hitters in 48.2 IP. As a hitter he has a .446 average with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 29 RBI.
Cole Roederer, Hart (CA) – In 18 games, the left-handed hitter is hitting .392 with 5 doubles and 7 home runs. He’s scored 17 times, driven in 19 and stolen 6 bases.