Demon Deacon Offseason Update
Nov. 9, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Wake Forest pitcher Brian Holmes has been named an Organization All-Star for the Houston Astros, while Jack Fischer, Matt Pirro, Connor Kaden and Conor Keniry all were recognized for their summer performances by Perfect Game.
Holmes was named to the NYPL All-Star Team and posted a 7-4 record with a 2.57 ERA. He also held opponents to just a .165 batting average after being selected in the 13th Round of June's draft.
Fischer, who pitched for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League, was named a Second Team Summer All-American by Perfect Game. He was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year, going 6-1 with a league-best 1.76 ERA.
Pirro and Kaden were picked as the 14th and 24th best prospects, respectively, in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League by Perfect Game, after spending their summer playing for the Amsterdam Mohawks.
Pirro went 4-1 on the mound in six starts and seven appearances, while posting a 2.88 ERA in 25.0 innings. He struck out 22 and walked just seven. Kaden started three games and made eight appearances in relief, posting a 2.17 ERA and a 2-2 record in 29.0 innings. He finished the summer with 34 strikeouts and 15 walks and held opponent to a .177 average.
Keniry played for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate League. The Gulls were named the No. 1 summer team in the nation by Perfect Game.
"I would absolutely love the opportunity to play for a summer-league championship against the best teams across the nation," Keniry said. "If the Gulls were to play in something like that this year, there is no doubt in my mind that we would battle with the best of them, and I think we would have a great shot at winning it."
Below are links to more information about each of the four players.
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