Summer Roundup: June 1

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It's time for the first 2015 edition of Gopher baseball's weekly summer roundup. Throughout the rest of the summer, we'll be bringing you the latest news and notes about current and former Gophers.

Major Leagues
*First-year MLB manager Paul Molitor's Minnesota Twins are on a roll. The ballclub won 20 games in May, its winningest month since June 1991.
*Glen Perkins has played a role in that success. The closer leads Major League Baseball in saves, converting all 19 of his opportunities. Perkins has a 1.88 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24 innings.

Minor Leagues
*Seth Rosin has a 2.22 ERA in 20 appearances for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A). The right-hander has notched two saves. He made two appearances last week.
*Another Gopher in the Phillies' system, Tom Windle, has made nine starts for the Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A). He has a 4.53 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. Windle went 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and allowed two runs in his most recent start.
*Nate Hanson is back with the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A) in the Twins' organization, but is currently on the seven-day disabled list. He has played in 13 games this spring.
*D.J. Snelten is with the San Francisco Giants' Class A Augusta GreenJackets. He has a 4.84 ERA in eight starts. Snelten has 31 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.
*Alec Crawford was briefly recalled to the Rockies' triple-A club, but was back with the Rookie Grand Junction Rockies before getting a chance to pitch.
*You can save a list of Gophers to follow on Minor League Baseball's website. Search for players on and click the "bookmark" button.

Northwoods League
*See the full list of Gophers' NWL teams here to check for complete stats and updates.
*Alex Boxwell (.353) and Matt Stemper (.304) are the Waterloo Bucks' leading hitters through six games. Boxwell has seven runs and five RBIs and Stemper has five runs and two doubles.
*Tyler Hanson (Willmar Stingers) and Toby Anderson (Duluth Huskies) each pitched a one-hit, five-inning start.
*Austin Athmann had a 4-for-6, three-RBI game at the plate for the St. Cloud Rox on May 28.
*Jordan Jess struck out the side in an inning of relief May 28.

Incoming Freshmen
*Eddie Estrada was named Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year. The Litchfield, Minn., native was batting .565 with 1.097 slugging at the time of his selection. He had seven home runs, 36 RBIs, 35 runs and 11 stolen bases through 20 games. 
*Estrada, Jake Stevenson (Waconia) and Ben Humbert (International Falls) are all finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Baseball Award.
*Estrada (South), Humbert (North), Cole McDevitt (Eastview, Metro East), Jordan Kozicky (Minneapolis Southwest, Metro West), Stevenson (Metro West) and Ben Mezzenga (Totino-Grace, Metro West) have all been selected to participate in the Play Ball! Minnesota All-Star Series.
*Stevenson helped his team to two playoff wins in one day with 11 innings pitched. He added a grand slam at the plate a few days later.
*Kozicky was named his school's male athlete of the year.
*Estrada, Kozicky and McDevitt are currently still in section playoffs.
*Riley Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla./Bishop Kelley HS) was named to the Northeast Oklahoma All-Metro Coaches Association Team.
*Nick Lackney (Whitefish Bay) and Terrin Vavra (Menomonie) are still in action in Wisconsin.

*Mike Kvasnicka is now playing for the St. Paul Saints. The Pioneer Press wrote a feature on him a few weeks ago.
*There is still time to register for Gopher baseball summer camps.

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