Multiple Gophers will be playing in summer leagues this year while alumni are playing in the minor leagues or independent ball. Keep up to date with them with our weekly Summer Roundup.
The University of Minnesota will be placing 18 stuedent-athletes in summer leagues this year, setting an NCAA and Northwoods League record for most student-athletes placed in one program in back-to-back years.
The University of Minnesota completed the comeback versus Indiana Friday with a 9-8 victory.
The latest info and stats of Gophers in the majors, minors and summer leagues.
Eddie Estrada and Jordan Kozicky will be representing the Gophers at the showcase.
2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Played in 20 games for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League • finished the season with 10 hits in 64 at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in three, while hitting a triple and stealing one base.
2017 | SOPHOMORE Had a .198 batting average in 38 games while driving in 15 RBIs, hitting two home runs and drawing 13 walks • hit .280 in conference play • recorded four hits in the Big Ten Tournament with one home run and four RBIs • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Hit his first home run of the season at UC Irvine (2/18) and drove in two runs • picked up one hit and one RBI vs Missouri State (3/12) • was 2-3 with one RBI and scored one run at Ohio State (3/25) • smacked two hits, including a triple, the first of his career, at Michigan State (4/2) and scored twice • scored two runs vs NDSU (4/4) after recording one hit and one walk • picked up a double, one RBI and scored one run vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/13) • went 2-4 along with four RBIs, a career high, and one run scored vs Purdue (5/19) • had a pinch hit three-run home run vs Indiana (5/26) in the Big Ten Tournament that ended up being the go ahead runs • was 2-4 with one RBI and one stolen base vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinal game in the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Played in 48 games for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League • finished the season with a .302 batting average, five home runs, 27 RBIs, 26 runs scored and one stolen base • he was selected to the Major League Dreams Showcase where he went 0-2.
2016 | FRESHMAN Appeared in 30 games and notched 14 hits • recorded two extra-base hits, including a home run, to go along with eight RBI • touted a perfect fielding percentage. Game Highlights: Made first career appearance in a pinch-hit opportunity and secured an RBI against Utah Valley (2/20) • started for first time in his career versus Utah (2/21) • laced a single up the middle that brought in two and proved to be the game-winning hit at Campbell (2/28) • hit a pinch-hit three-run home run on the first pitch of the at-bat to send Minnesota to a series-deciding win at Georgia State (3/6) • combined to hit 4-for-9 with two runs and an RBI as the designated hitter at Seattle U (3/12-3/16) • went 3-for-6 with a run and drew a walk in series at Utah Valley (3/18-3/20) • scored a run and laced a double against Augsburg (3/22) • notched a pinch-hit single, scored twice and saw action in the outfield at No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) • reached base twice via a single and a walk against Northern Illinois (4/6) • pinch-hit against South Dakota State (4/12) • got the start in the outfield and went 1-for-3 with a run at North Dakota State (4/19) • saw pinch-hit opportunities in all three games of a series sweep at Northwestern (4/22-4/24) • drilled a single in the series-clinching win at Illinois (5/1) • drew a walk and scored a run versus Kansas (5/3) • saw time as a pinch-hitter and in the outfield at Purdue (5/14).
2015 SUMMER BASEBALL Played for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League • played in 42 games and hit .354 to go along with a .486 slugging percentage • tallied 51 hits, including 11 doubles and two home runs, 32 RBI and scored 28 runs • led the NWL in average (.443) and ranked third in on-base percentage (.485) over the final 30 days of the season • participated in the NWL Major League Showcase • named to the NWL Postseason All-Star Team.
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Litchfield High School in 2015 • tabbed as the No. 1 player in Minnesota by Prep Baseball Report last fall • as a junior for Litchfield, he batted .500 with a .589 on-base percentage and .904 slugging percentage • tallied five doubles, three triples and five home runs during the Dragons’ season • earned All-Wright County Conference accolades as well as all-area honors • in the summer, he has been named to the Legion all-tournament team three times • also played on Litchfield’s football team.
PERSONAL Plans to major in education and human development • son of Eduardo and Tanya Estrada • born Sept. 23, 1996.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Circling the Bases ... with Danny Kapala
1/19/2018 - Baseball
GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Next up, we get to know Gopher freshman left-handed pitcher Danny Kapala.
Offseason Outlook: Nebraska, St. John's, St. Louis
1/18/2018 - Baseball
Continuing an ongoing series previewing the Gophers' 2018 opponents week-by-week heading into the season opener.
Gophers Trio Rated Among Big Ten's Best
1/17/2018 - Baseball
Micah Coffey and Toby Hanson were named to College Baseball Daily's Preseason All-Big Ten Team; Luke Pettersen is an Honorable Mention.