Deacs in Summer Ball: June 28
June 28, 2016

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sixteen current Demon Deacons are in action around collegiate summer baseball leagues. Take a look below at how they've fared so far this summer.

Cape Cod Baseball League

Wareham Gateman
Gavin Sheets - Wake Forest's first baseman is off to a hot start on the Cape. Through 13 games, he's hitting .327 with a pair of homers, a double, 12 RBIs and two stolen bases. In his most recent game, a 9-8 win at Brewster, Sheets went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBIs. The Gatemen are 8-6.

Chatham Anglers
Stuart Fairchild - The rising junior got off to a strong start (6-for-17 - .353) before falling into a recent skid over the past four games. Overall, he's hitting .206 with a pair of doubles and three walks, helping the Anglers to an 8-7 record.

Johnny Aiello - Wake Forest's shortstop is off to a similar start to his Chatham teammate Fairchild, recording five hits over his first three games before entering a slump. Aiello is hitting .179 (7-for-39) with two RBIs, four walks and a steal.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

Newport Gulls
Ben Breazeale - The rising senior is getting on base at a prolific rate, reaching in more than half his plate appearances. He's hitting .190 (4-for-21), but has drawn 15 walks for a .541 on-base percentage, and has drawn three or more walks in three of his eight games.

Vermont Mountaineers
Rayne Supple - After opening the summer in the Northwoods League, Supple recently made the move back to his home state. He struggled in his first outing, allowing three runs in 1.1 innings.

 

 

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

Amsterdam Mohawks
Griffin Roberts - Exclusively a reliever at Wake Forest a year ago, Roberts has excelled in a starting role with the Mohawks so far. He has allowed one earned run in 10.0 innings (0.90 ERA), walking three while striking out 15. In his most recent outing, a 4-3 win over Adirondack on June 23, he allowed an unearned run on four hits without a walk and nine strikeouts.

David Peljovich - The left-handed reliever is also off to a strong start in Amsterdam. In five relief outings, he has tossed 6.0 innings and allowed two runs (3.00 ERA) with five strikeouts, also recording a save in his debut outing. Amsterdam has yet to lose when Peljovich has pitched in a game.

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

Baltimore Redbirds
Jake Mueller - The rising sophomore is off to one of the hottest starts in the league. Through 11 games, Mueller is hitting .378 with three doubles, five walks, four stolen bases and eight RBIs. He has recorded hits in 10 of the 11 games he's played in, including five multi-hit efforts, as the Redbirds are off to a 14-3 start.

Valley Baseball League

Harrisonburg Turks
Jonathan Pryor - A returning two-year starter for the Deacs, Pryor is raking to open his summer. In 14 games, he's hitting .380 with four doubles and 10 RBIs to go along with eight walks and a pair of stolen bases. Most recently, he went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored, three RBIs and a steal in a 12-7 win over the Strasburg Express. He's hitting .600 (9-for-15) over his last four games.

Donnie Sellers - A co-closer for the Deacs in 2016, Sellers has split time between starting and relieving for the Turks. In six outings and two starts, he's 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA and a 22-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18.0 innings. In his first start vs. the TomSox on June 19, he threw 6.0 no-hit innings, striking out four with just one walk. Sellers also has a pair of saves, helping the Turks to a 14-6 start.

John McCarren - McCarren is another Deacon reliever who is testing his hand in a starting role this summer. In three starts, he has a 2-1 record and 3.70 ERA, striking out 16 in 17.0 innings. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his three starts, also going at least 5.0 innings each time.

Chris Farish - The 31st round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, Farish started the year on the Cape before recently joining the Turks. He has struggled with his command so far, but has picked up a save and five strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

Charlottesville TomSox
Bruce Steel - Despite missing the entire spring with a thumb injury, Steel hasn't missed a beat to start the summer. He leads his squad in average (.286), home runs (three) and RBIs (11) and also has four doubles and a triple. He hit all three of his homers in a four-game span from June 19-22, and has also drawn 12 walks.

Staunton Braves
Parker Johnson - Johnson is continuing to flash a high strikeout rate he showed for the first time this spring. In four appearances, he has fanned 12 batters over 7.0 innings to go along with a 2.57 ERA. His last two outings have been his best so far, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out five without a walk over 3.0 frames.

Keegan Maronpot - Maronpot has been driving in runs at a high rate, also displaying an improved eye. In 11 games he has a .216 average, three doubles and a pair of home runs, as well as a team-high 11 RBIs. In his last two games, he's 2-for-3 with a double and six walks.

Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League

Deep River Muddogs
Ben Casstevens - A rising sophomore, Casstevens has had trouble with his command so far this summer, and has a 20.70 ERA through four outings.

The rest of the returning Deacons: Logan Harvey, Bobby Hearn, Connor Johnstone, Drew Loepprich, Jack Schofield and Tyler Witt are currently rehabbing, resting, and/or training, and not playing summer ball. Parker Dunshee was drafted by the Cubs and has until July 15 to decide whether to sign a pro contract.

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