Deacons in the Pros
Former Deacon Allan Dykstra has over 40 RBIs with the New York Mets Triple-A affiliate

June 4, 2014

By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With the Major League Baseball Draft approaching later this week, catch up on former Wake Forest baseball players in professional baseball.

Tim Cooney - St. Louis Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis Redbirds):
Tim Cooney has spent all of the 2014 season with the Memphis Redbirds at the AAA-affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. He currently has a 5-4 records with a 3.82 ERA with 11 starts. Cooney has struck out 50 in 66.0 innings. On May 30, Cooney came within one out of throwing a no-hitter as he pitched a one-hit shutout against Triple-A Iowa.

Allan Dykstra - New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas 51s):
Allan Dykstra has been an offensive force for the New York Mets Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. This season he is batting .297 with 10 homers, 46 hits, 29 runs, 17 doubles and 44 RBIs. He has also drawn 39 walks and has an OPS of .996 and is slugging .561. Dykstra was named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week on April 21.

Mike MacDougal - Seattle Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers):
Veteran Mike MacDougal signed with the Seattle Mariners this season and has been pitching for Triple-A Tacoma. He has appeared in eight games for the Rainiers and has given up 12 hits in eight innings of work with nine strikeouts.

Justin Van Grouw - Arizona Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno Aces):
After spending part of the spring in Extended Spring Training, Justin Van Grouw was called up to Triple-A Reno. He made his first appearance on May 27 and struck out one batter while giving up a hit in one inning of work.



Michael Dimock - Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks):
Michael Dimock has spent all spring with the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate Corpus Christi and currently has a 4.50 ERA with a 1-3 record in 20.0 innings of work. He has walked just three all season and struck out 15.

Mac Williamson - San Francisco Giants (Single-A San Jose Giants):
Regarded as one of the top offensive prospects in the San Francisco organization, Williamson began the season at Single-A Advanced San Jose. Williamson hit .318 with three home runs before suffering a season-ending elbow injury. He tied a San Jose Giants club record with five hits on April 24 when he went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

Pat Blair - Tampa Bay Rays (Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods):
After a highly productive career at Wake Forest, Pat Blair has been a regular for the Tampa Bay Rays Single-A affiliate Bowling Green. In 43 games, Blair is hitting .278 with 44 hits and 24 runs. He has hit 10 doubles, one triple and two home runs with 23 RBIs, seven stolen bases and 22 walks.

Carlos Lopez - Washington Nationals (Single-A Hagerstown Suns):
An everyday starter for the Washington National Single-A affiliate, Carlos Lopez has recorded 18 hits, 13 runs, five doubles and six RBIs. Lopez is currently batting .220 with Hagerstown.

Brian Holmes - Houston Astros (Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks):
Brian Holmes has started three games and appeared in six for Single-A Advanced Lancaster and has a 1-1 record with a 5.62 ERA. In 24.0 innings pitched, Holmes has struck out 25 and walked just seven.

Niko Spezial - Washington Nationals (Extended Spring Training):
Niko Spezial is in extended spring training but is expected to report to Single-A.

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