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Thursday, May 30, 2013

FREE Exhibitions start Saturday; College Awards, BT Players in College World Series; BT Players in Pro Ball!

FREE Exhibition Games This Weekend!  
 
It's finally that time of year again! Make your way out to Shirley Povich Field for the very beginning of the Big Train season. Be the first to check out some of the brand new improvements to the Big Train experience as well as the great elements that you've come to enjoy over the years.
 
Here's the exhibition schedule for the first few days of the season: 
 
Sat., June 1st, 7:30PM at Shirley Povich Field vs. Mid-Atlantic Rookies

Sun., June 2nd, 7:30PM at Shirley Povich Field vs. Gaithersburg Giants
Mon., June 3rd, 7:30PM at Shirley Povich Field vs. Industrial League Senators
All of the exhibition games will have FREE ADMISSION and every fan in attendance will get a FREE BIG TRAIN 2013 SEASON MAGNET SCHEDULE!
Make sure to show up early because the seats will be full as the Big Train pulls into town for the first time! 
France Wins Player of the Week; Other Awards
 
Incoming Big Train player Tyler France (BT '13) stole the show at the Mountain West Conference Tournament last weekend. France was 13 for 15 with a walk and was hit by two pitches since our last round-up. He scored eight runs, drove in seven, and had two home runs, two doubles, and a stolen base in the final four games of the tournament. That incredible week led to him being named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. San Diego State was helped along by three Big Train pitchers as well. Also named to the All-Tournament Team was Ryan Doran (BT '12). Doran pitched a complete game shutout and pitched out of relief in the championship game and finished with a very durable line (12IP, W, 2ER, 11H, 0BB, HBP, 11K). Ethan Miller (BT '12) and Bubba Derby (BT '13) also helped out of the bullpen as they combined for ten innings on two runs, eight hits, and two walks while they striking out eight and earning a win and a save.
 
The other Big Train powerhouse, Florida Atlantic, won their tournament as well and saw Hugh Adams (BT '06-'12) named to the All-Tournament Team after he picked up a win and a save in two outings. Bo Logan (BT '12) also contributed on the mound by pitching 2.1 innings and giving up no runs on one hit and a walk while striking out two. At the plate, Ricky Santiago (BT '13) went 5 for 12 with a hit-by-pitch, four runs scored, two runs batted in, a home run, and two doubles. Mitch Morales (BT '12) helped as well with three singles, runs, and runs batted in.

Here are some other awards earned by Big Train players in college baseball this spring:
 
Hugh Adams (BT '06-'12 / Florida Atlantic) - First Team All-Sun Belt.
Michael Bass (BT '11-'12 / UNC-Wilmington) - First Team All-CAA.
Bubba Derby (BT '13 / San Diego St.) - Second Team All-Mountain West.
Ryan Doran (BT '12 / San Diego St.) - First Team All-Mountain West.
Brenden Kalfus (BT '11 / St. Mary's (CA)) - First Team All-WCC.
Markus Melgosa (BT '10 / St. Mary's (CA)) - Honorable Mention All-WCC.
Jimmy Reed (BT '10 / Maryland) - Second Team All-ACC.
Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12 / Mississippi St.) - First Team All-SEC, First Team All-SEC Defense, First Team All-SEC Tournament, C Spire Ferriss Trophy (best college baseball player in Mississippi).
Will Resnik (BT '12-'13 / High Point) - Big South All-Academic.
Kelly Secrest (BT '11-'12 / UNC-Wilmington) - First Team All-CAA.
Eric Tatum (BT '13 / Cornell) Honorable Mention All-Ivy League. 
Big Train Players Playing in Pro Ball
 
Matt Bowman (BT '10-12) - pictured above - drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft, has been promoted to Hi A ball with the St. Lucie Mets. See how other former Big Train players are faring in their professional careers:
 
Martin Agosta, RHP (BT 2011) Augusta Greenjackets (So. Atlantic Lg. - Lo A) 5-1, 2.45 ERA in 9 games.

Michael Aldrete, RHP (BT 2011) Peoria Chiefs (Midwest Lg. - Lo A) 1-2, 1 Save, 2.73 ERA in 15 games.
Cody Allen, RHP (BT 2008 & 2010) Cleveland Indians (American League - MLB) 1-0, 2.31 ERA in20 games.
Matt Bowman, RHP (BT 2010-11-12) St. Lucie Mets (Fla. State Lg. - Hi A) 3-0, 2.33 ERA; after starting season with Savannah Sand Gnats (So. Atlantic Lg. - Lo A) 4-0, 2.64 ERA in 5 games.
Collin Cargill, RHP (BT 2007) Jacksonville Suns (Southern Lg. - AA) 1-1, 1.77 ERA in 11 games; after starting season with Jupiter Hammerheads (Fla. State Lg. - Hi A) 0-0, 0.00 ERA in 5 games.
Mike Costanzo, 3B (BT 2003) Syracuse Chiefs (International Lg. - AAA) Hitting .230 with 6 HR and 21 RBI in 36 games.
Tucker Donahue, RHP (BT 2011) Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest Lg. - Lo A) 1-1, 5.87 ERA in 18 games.
Brian Dozier, 2B (BT 2006) Minnesota Twins (American Lg. - MLB) .197 in 36 games.
Chris Duffy, 3B/1B/OF (BT 2007) Camden Riversharks (Atlantic Lg. - IND) .000 in 3 games.
Ryan Garton, RHP (BT 2011) Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest Lg. - Lo A) 0-2, 4 Saves, 5.31 ERA in 15 games.
Carlos Gutierrez, RHP (BT 2005) In extended spring training with the Chicago Cubs, rehabbing from an injury. When functioning fully, expected to be assigned to the Iowa Cubs (PCL - AAA).
Terry "T. J." Hose, RHP (BT 2004) Long Island Ducks (Atlantic Lg. - IND) 1-1, 3.29 ERA in 14 games.
Alex Hudak, OF (BT 2011) Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina Lg. - Hi A) ..260, 2 HR, 7 RBI in 16 games.
Bobby Livingston, LHP (BT 2001) Sugar Land Skeeters (Atlantic Lg. - IND) 2-2, 5.40 ERA in 5 games.
Matt Long, OF (BT 2006) Salt Lake City Bees (PCL - AAA) .341, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games; after starting season with Arkansas Travelers (Texas Lg. - AA) hitting .311 with 3 HR and 19 RBI in 32 games.
John Maine, RHP (BT 2000) Now a free agent, after starting season with Miami Marlins (National League) 0-0, 12.27 ERA in 4 games.
Michael McKenry, C (BT 2004) Pittsburgh Pirates (National Lg. - MLB) Hitting .254 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in12 games.
Mason Morioka, C (BT 2009-10-11) Currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. Was with Wichita Wingnuts (American Association - IND) in 2012. May return to Wingnuts before the 2013 season is over.
Dustin Pease, LHP (BT 2005-06) York Revolution (Atlantic Lg. - IND) 0-0, 7.50 ERA in 6 games.
Drew Permison, RHP (BT 2010) Vancouver Canadians (Northwest Lg. - ss-A). Vancouver's first game is on June 14.
Danny Stienstra, 1B (BT 2008-09-10) Palm Beach Cardinals (Florida State Lg. - Hi A) .294, 1 HR, 14 RBI in 47 games.
Nick Vickerson, 2B (BT 2010) Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic Lg. - Lo A) .333, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 15 games.
Elliott Waterman, LHP (BT 2011) Auburn Doubledays (New York- Penn Lg. - ss-A). Auburn's first game is on June 17.
Matt Wickswat, LHP (BT 2006) Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier Lg. - IND) 1-1, 3.97 ERA in 2 games.
Justin Wright, LHP (BT 2008) Springfield Cardinals (Texas Lg.- AA) 0-0, 2.66 ERA in 15 games. 

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