July 11, 2012
BEAUMONT – After being selected to the Texas Collegiate League South All-Star Team, Jude Vidrine made the best of the opportunity, going yard twice and racking up five RBI to help the team to a 10-2 victory. The returning junior is just one of 11 Cardinals featuring for summer league teams around the country.
Vidrine, who is playing for the Victoria Generals this season, is hitting .330 with three homers, ranking fourth and second in the league, respectively. His 18 RBI are the sixth-most. He’s also been remarkably patient at the plate, recording 24 walks in 29 games.
Vidrine isn’t the only Cardinal having an All-Star campaign as Brad Picha earned the honor as well in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. Picha, who boasts of the best batting average of all returners for Lamar, is hitting .354 through 31 games for the Winchester Royals. He’s shown off his power as well, picking up 10 doubles and seven homers to go along with 26 runs scored. The Stephenville, Texas, native leads the league in total bases with 78.
Garret Autrey plies his trade with the Royals as well, and the duo has helped the team to a 23-9 record, to sit second in the VBL. Autrey is carrying a .267 average through 30 games with 29 starts in the outfield. He’s also tallied 24 runs, five homers, five stolen bases and leads the team with 20 walks.
They aren’t the only teammates making noise this summer as four Cardinals help make up the roster of the Red Dogs in the Karl Young League in Houston. The team is 8-4-2 this season, thanks in no small part to Chase Angelle, who boasts of a 1.09 ERA over 24.2 innings and five starts this season. He leads the league in both opponent batting average (.160) and strikeouts (29).
Kevin Hull and Trevor Swint help make up the relief staff for the Red Dogs, with the latter compiling a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings of work with 17 Ks.
Seth Dornak has provided some offense for the club, hitting at a .324 clip with a .489 on-base percentage. His five doubles and 10 RBI rank second and fourth in the league, respectively.
Ben Coram is also playing in the Karl Young League, and he has yet to give up a run over 3.1 frames of work out of the pen for the Sand Crabs. The returning senior has struck out five and played a role in two shutouts.
Jonathan Dziedzic, a 37th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox last month, has performed well in limited action for the Falmouth Commodores in the historic Cape Cod League. The returning senior has made two appearances for the Massachusetts-based club, most recently turning in six innings and giving up just one run to pick up his first win on July 5. For the season, he’s 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA and eight strikeouts over 9.1 innings.
Zach Luevanos has played well at catcher for the Mankato Moondogs in the Northwoods League in Minnesota. The Corpus Christi native holds a .314 average with seven runs and five RBI, helping the Moon Dogs to a league-best 32-8 record.
Fellow catcher Tommy Henk is also getting time behind the plate, featuring for the El Dorado Broncos for the Jayhawk Baseball League in Kansas. The returning senior has gone yard three times with nine RBI in 51 at-bats. He holds a .235 average for the season.
Wayne Stanley is also plying his trade for the Broncos, and he's hitting .231 with nine RBI.
Kevin Roebuck, who missed last season due to injury, is picking up momentum for his return as one of just two players to start every game for the Pompano Beach Clippers in the South Florida League. He’s hitting .270 with 10 runs scored and leads the team in both RBI (15) and steals (13).