Summer Roundup: June 8

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Major Leagues
*The New York Times wrote about Paul Molitor and the Twins this past weekend.
*Glen Perkins has converted all 21 of his save attempts.
*The MLB Draft runs June 8-10.

Minor Leagues
*Alec Crawford made his season debut June 3 for the Colorado Rockies' Class A Asheville Tourists. He pitched a scoreless inning that day, and struck out the only batter he faced the next day.
Seth Rosin made two appearances for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate) since the last update. He went 1 1/3 with one hit June 4, and one inning with a run, a hit and two strikeouts June 7.
*You can save a list of Gophers to follow on Minor League Baseball's website. Search for players on milb.com and click the "bookmark" button.

Northwoods League
*See the full list of Gophers' NWL teams here to check for complete stats and updates.
*Dan Motl (Willmar Stingers) is batting .359 to lead his team and all Gophers in the Northwoods League (minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game). He hit 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk June 3, and 2-for-3 with three runs, an RBI, two walks and a double June 5.
*Eddie Estrada, also playing for Willmar, debuted Sunday following the conclusion of his high school season. He batted 3-for-4 with a double as the designated hitter.
*Lance Thonvold struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings in his first appearance for the La Crosse Loggers.
*Matt Fiedler (Rochester Honkers) struck out five in two innings on June 4.
*Jordan Jess has eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 shutout innings this season.
*Toby Hanson (St. Cloud Rox) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk June 4.
*Tyler Hanson (Willmar) notched a victory on June 5 with 5 2/3 innings pitched, four hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. He is hitting .296.
*Alex Boxwell is hitting .318 with 12 runs and eight RBIs for the Waterloo Bucks.

Midwest Collegiate League
*Micah Coffey has been leading off and playing shortstop for the Joliet Admirals. He is batting .565 in five games with a .696 slugging percentage.

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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 milb.com 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.

Other
*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.

Summer Roundup: Aug. 11

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Major Leagues

*Glen Perkins made three appearances last week and earned one save for the Twins.
*Jack Hannahan played in two games for the Reds last week.

Minor Leagues  
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) had a 3-for-4 game with a run, two doubles and two RBIs on Saturday. Nate Hanson, back with the Rock Cats, hit a pair of doubles last week. Kyle Knudson went 2-for-3 on Sunday.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) made three scoreless appearances in relief last week. He has a 2.70 ERA in his last 10 games.
*Tom Windle (Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) made two starts last week, pitching five shutout innings in the first one. His season ERA is 4.34.
*DJ Snelten is now pitching for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Class A Short Season).
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) pitched three times last week and has a 1.42 ERA in 18 games.

Northwoods League
*Dalton Sawyer (St. Cloud Rox) closed out the first game of the Big League Dreams Showcase for the North last Tuesday.
*Jordan Smith went 3-for-4 with a double last Wednesday for the Rochester Honkers.
*Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) walked nine times during the week.

Other
*Lance Thonvold finished the season with five saves for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod League).
*Jeff Fasching's Legion team made it to the Minnesota State Legion Tournament championship last Monday after defeating Luke Pettersen's team earlier in the day. Fasching received the Fred Wannamaker Award as the tournament's most outstanding player.
*A good time was had by all at the Golden Era of Gopher Baseball reunion
*Pitching coach Todd Oakes helped women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings get ready to throw out the first pitch at a Twins game. 
*Registration for the Dan Morgan Open ends today. Sign up here.

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Summer Roundup: Aug. 4

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Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins earned two saves for the Twins last week. His ERA is 2.72 on the season and he has 27 saves.
*Jack Hannahan has played in three more games with the Reds since his season debut on July 27. He is still looking for his first Major League hit of 2014.

Minor Leagues  
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) picked up four hits last week, including a three-run homer on July 31.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) made three appearanes, two of them scoreless.
*Tom Windle (Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) gave up one run and struck out two batters in a seven-inning start July 31.
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) has a 1.10 ERA after three shutout innings of relief over three games last week. He struck out two in a July 30 appearance.

Northwoods League
*Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) hit 8-for-25 last week, including a 3-for-5, two-RBI effort against the Woodchucks on Tuesday.
*Jordan Smith (Rochester Honkers) hit 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI on July 31, then went 2-for-4 with a run and a double the next day.
*Connor Schaefbauer (Rochester) was added to the NWL's Big League Dreams Showcase roster. The Mallards will host the showcase on Tuesday.

Other
*Toby Hanson (Delano) hit 14 home runs in two runs to win the home run derby at the state Legion tournament. Hanson, Jeff Fasching (St. Cloud Chutes) and Luke Pettersen (Excelsior) all made the state tournament. Fasching and Pettersen's teams face off Monday for third place or a chance to play in the championship.
*Gopher Sports Update's interview with head coach John Anderson aired last week. You can listen here.
*Click the links for more information about Siebert Field Fall Instructional Camp and the Dan Morgan Golf Open (Aug. 18).

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Summer Roundup: July 28

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Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins has picked up three saves since our last update, bringing his season total to 25.
*Paul Molitor has continued to coach first base for the Twins while usual first base coach Scott Ullger fills in for the injured Joe Vavra. Molitor took some time off from that duty this weekend to attend the Baseball Hall of Fame induction.
*The Reds activated Jack Hannahan, who had been on the DL all season, and he started at first base on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
*Nate Hanson's seven-game hitting streak ended Sunday. He hit 10-for-27 during that stretch for the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A).
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain) had two 2-for-4 games last week, playing all seven days.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) pitched three one-inning outings, two of them scoreless, last week.
*Drew Ghelfi made a scoreless relief appearance for the Helena Brewers (Rookie).
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) lowered his ERA to 1.35 with two scoreless innings. Crawford has five saves.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold pitched twice last week and earned one save, his fifth.

Northwoods League
*Jordan Smith had a pair of two-hit games for Rochester this past week.
*Dan Motl went 2-for-5, 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs, a home run and a double during a three-game stretch.

Other
*All of Golden Gopher Athletics will miss Bob McNamara, who passed away last week. After his days as a football star, he remained involved in the athletic department for the rest of his life. Bob was a great friend to all Gophers, and he was part of the Siebert Field campaign.
*Alex Boxwell led his Coon Rapids Legion team with a .496 batting average (66-for-133) and 48 RBIs. The incoming freshman blasted eight home runs, eight triples and 17 doubles, and added seven stolen bases.
*Jeff Fasching (St. Cloud Chutes Legion) and Toby Hanson (Delano Legion) are also headed to the state tournament. Fasching has contributed both on the mound and at the plate this summer.
*As of Sunday afternoon, Luke Pettersen (Excelsior Legion) was hitting .409 with just nine strikeouts in 189 at bats. He will play in the Minnesota Legion State Tournament.
*As of July 23, Reggie Meyer (Totino-Grace Legion) had a 6-3 record and 1.55 ERA, leading the team with 70 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitched.
*Recent graduate Kevin Kray is now coaching Legion ball. He is sporting No. 14 just like his college coach.
*Tony Skjefte is batted .404 for the Minneapolis Lakers during the regular season.
*Former Gophers outfielder Logan Gerken was on a SABR panel at the All-Star FanFest.
*Click the links for more information about the Siebert Field Fall Camp and the Dan Morgan Golf Open (Aug. 18).

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Summer Roundup: July 21

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Major Leagues
*The big news last week was Glen Perkins' All-Star Game save. Find links to video, articles and a Twitter summary here. Perkins has made one appearance since the All-Star break, striking out two in a scoreless inning on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain Rock Cats) picked up two runs, four RBIs, a home run and a double in the last week. He is hitting .272 overall, and .329 in the month of July.
*Kyle Knudson is batting .321 in July for New Britain.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) gave up one run in four innings (two appearances) last week. He also struck out four batters.
*Drew Ghelfi made a scoreless relief appearance for the Helena Brewers (Rookie) lasts week.
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) did not give up an earned run until his 10th minor league appearance, which came last Friday. He has a 1.59 ERA on the season after giving up two runs. Crawford has four saves, and has struck out eight in 11 1/3 innings.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold has four saves and a 2.89 ERA for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He has 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. The Minnesota Daily featured Thonvold in last week's edition.

Northwoods League
*Connor Schaefbauer is batting .321 this summer with the Rochester Honkers. He went 9-for-25 (.360) last week, including a game in which he batted 3-for-5 and scored three times, and a three-RBI game the next day. Three of Schaefbauer's hits last week were doubles.
*Also for the Honkers, Jordan Smith had a 3-for-7 day at the plate with two RBIs on Saturday.
*Dalton Sawyer has a 2.41 ERA for the St. Cloud Rox. He pitched twice last week, striking out six and giving up one run in four innings.
*Dan Motl hit 7-for-21 last week for the Willmar Stingers and is at .265 on the summer.
*Jake Bergren was 5-for-13 at the plate last week and is hitting .262 for the Alexandria Blue Anchors.

Other
*The Gopher baseball program announced a new Siebert Field Fall Camp format. Interested teams can find more information about it and how to sign up here.
*Learn more about the Dan Morgan Golf Open and find the sign-up form here. The annual event raises money to support the Gopher baseball program. 

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Summer Roundup: July 14

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MLB is taking an All-Star break, but the Gopher baseball summer roundup keeps right on going.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins enters the All-Star break with 22 saves, fourth in the American League. He has a 2.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings pitched. Tuesday night, he will hope to make an appearance for the AL in the All-Star Game at Target Field.
*Seven former Gophers (plus Dick Siebert) have appeared on MLB All-Star rosters. Check out our photo gallery of all of them.
*Former Gophers and past All-Stars Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield will be among those throwing out ceremonial pitches at the All-Star Game.
*Jack Hannahan is still on the DL for the Reds, but has gotten a few minor league at-bats recently as part of his rehab.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka is hitting .342 (13-for-38) in his last 10 games with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats. His past week included a four-game stretch of 10-for-16 hitting with three runs, four doubles a home run and five RBIs. The outfielder has a .275 season average.
*Kyle Knudson had a pair of 2-for-3 games last week for the Rock Cats. He scored twice and drove in three runs.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A), Tom Windle (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Advanced A) and Alec Crawford (Grand Junction Rockies, Rookie) all pitched twice last week. Crawford has a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. He has only walked one batter.

Northwoods League
*Jake Bergren went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double, a triple and a walk for the Alexandria Blue Anchors on Sunday.
*Connor Schaefbauer turned in three multi-hit games in the past week and is batting .311 for the Rochester Honkers. He also stole two bases on July 10.
*Jordan Smith hit 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs for the Honkers on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a run on July 9.
*Dalton Sawyer picked up his third and fourth saves of the summer for the St. Cloud Rox.

Other
*With the All-Star Game and all its surrounding festivities coming to town, baseball in Minnesota has taken center stage. ESPN.com featured the state's baseball culture. The Star Tribune included the Gophers' championship teams in its series of articles leading up to the All-Star Game. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine put together a Minnesota-born All-Star roster that included a handful of Gophers.

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Summer Roundup: July 7

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An All-Star Game selection highlights this week's roundup.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game. The Twins closer will be a reserve for the American League team. Read more here.

Minor Leagues
*Nate Hanson notched a pair of three-hit games for the Rochester Red Wings last week. He went 3-for-4 with a three runs, a double and two RBIs on July 1. Hanson hit 3-for-7 with a run and a double on July 5. He is now hitting .286 in his seven games at the Triple-A level this summer.
*Mike Kvasnicka (New Britain) hit 7-for-21 during the past week and is hitting .344 in his last 10 games. Those hits included a double and a home run last week.
*Tom Windle got the win with a six-inning, one-run start on July 2. He is 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced) this season.
*DJ Snelten has maintained a low ERA all season for the Class A Augusta GreeenJackets. After 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings last week, the number is 1.23. Snelten has struck out 32 batters in 29 1/3 innings.
*Alec Crawford has yet to allow an earned run for the Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie). He made two relief appearances last week and has pitched eight innings since joining the roster.

Northwoods League
*Connor Schaefbauer hit .375 (9-for-24) last week to raise his season average to .308 for Rochester. He had three consecutive two-hit games.
*Dan Motl hit 3-for-5 with a run on July 4, and 6-for-14 on the week for Willmar.
*Dalton Sawyer made two scoreless relief appearances for St. Cloud last week.

Incoming Freshmen
*Fred Manke was named Wisconsin State Journal Area Player of the Year. He also pitched recently for the South All-Stars in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Classic. Manke was also named the WBCAC South Central District Player of the Year while earning first-team all-state recognition and his fourth All-Capitol North Conference nod. This past season, he had a 7-1 record and 1.01 ERA with 101 strikeouts, also batting .488.
*Through July 2, Alex Boxwell was leading his Coon Rapids Legion team with a .483 average.
*Reggie Meyer is 4-0 for the Totino Grace Legion team.
*Luke Pettersen's Legion team won the Palmetto Legion Invitational Tournament in South Carolina June 27-29.

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Summer Roundup: June 30

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Here are your weekly updates on current and former Gophers playing summer ball across the country:

Major Leagues

*Glen Perkins earned his 20th save of the season by striking out the side in an inning of work at Texas yesterday. He know ranks
3
rd in the American League in saves. The MLB All-Star teams will be unveiled July 5th, Perkins has put together a good enough season to hear his name called.

Minor Leagues

*Nate Hanson is headed to AAA, the Rochester Red Wings called the third baseman up. He has played in two games, but has gone hitless in seven at-bats.

*Alec Crawford made two more appearances for the Grand Junction Rockies. He pitched a total of 2.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with a strikeout.

*In back-to-back days, Mike Kvasnicka (New Britian Rock Cats) hit a double and drove in a run. In his past 10 games, Mike is hitting
.387 with seven RBI.

*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils) made two relief appearances, allowing a run. He is now 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA on the season, in the minors.

*Augusta GreenJackets pitcher DJ Snelten made two appearances this past week. On Friday, DJ pitched 4.0 innings allowing one run while striking out three.

 

Cape Cod League

*In 3.0 innings pitched, Lance Thonvold (Hyannis Harbor Hawks) struck out four batters. In 10.2 innings pitched on the season, Lance owns a 0.84 ERA.

 

Northwoods League

*Thanks to a 3-for-3 effort on Sunday, Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) upped his batting average to .328.

*Dan Motl's Willmar Stingers club wrapped up the first half title this past weekend. On the season, Motl is hitting .235 with 7 RBI in 81 at-bats.

*Connor Schaefbauer (Rochester Honkers) had a nice weekend. The infielder had back-to-back three hit games on Saturday and Sunday. He is now batting .278 in 54 at-bats this season. Outfielder Jordan Smith also had a pair of multi-hit performances this week. In addition, he plated two RBI on Sunday.

*Troy Traxler played in a 15-inning affair for the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Thursday. He went 4-for-8, scoring two runs.

American Legion

*Incoming freshman Alex Boxwell has 42 at-bats for his Coon Rapids Legion team. He is batting .476 with 13 RBI on the season.

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