Former Lamar Baseball Players Making Their Mark in Professional Baseball
July 12, 2007
BEAUMONT - Former Lamar University first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, who is playing in Triple-A for the Iowa Cubs, was selected to play for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game, which was played Wednesday in Albuquerque.
Although on the disabled list and unable to play in the All-Star game, Hoffpauir (Lamar, 2001-02) played some of his best baseball as a professional in the first half of the season. He is hitting .318 with 54 runs scored, 24 doubles, 16 home runs and a league-leading 73 runs batted in.
However, he isn't the only Cardinal playing great baseball this summer. Brian Sanches (Lamar, 1997-99), was recently called up from Triple-A Ottawa to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 1-1 with a 4.22 earned run average in 10 games. He has struck out five and walked nine in 10.2 innings pitched. At Ottawa, Sanches was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 24 games with 10 saves. He struck out 39 and walked just four in 30 IP.
Kevin Millar (Lamar, 1992-93) is playing for the Baltimore Orioles in the Major Leagues. He is hitting .276 with 31 runs scored, 71 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 40 RBI.
Randy Williams (Lamar, 1995-97) was recently called up to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks, which is affiliated with the Texas Rangers. He is 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 17 games. He has 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 20.2 IP. At Double-A Frisco, Williams was 1-1 with a 7.89 ERA in 16 games with 12 strikeouts and seven walks in 21.2 IP.
Clay Hensley (Lamar, 2002) started the season as a member of the San Diego Padres starting rotation, where he was 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in six starts with 14 strikeouts and 16 walks in 28.1 IP. After a stint on the disabled list, Hensley has been pitching for the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He has a 2-6 record with a 6.59 ERA in 10 starts with 37 strikeouts and 28 walks in 54.2 IP.
Jesse Floyd (Lamar, 2002-03) is 4-8 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, which is an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. He has 66 strikeouts and 40 walks in 98.2 IP.
Kyle Stutes (Lamar, 2001-04) has pitched for three minor league teams for the San Diego Padres this season. He is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks in 6.2 IP for the Double-A San Antonio Missions, which is his current team. He was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 22 games with 14 strikeouts and 11 walks in 22.0 IP for advanced Class-A Lake Elsinore. He was 0-0 with 2.70 ERA in seven games with nine strikeouts and four walks in 10.0 for Triple-A Portland.
Heath Totten (Lamar, 1998-00) is currently pitching for the Double-A Reading Phillies where he is 2-5 with a 3.86 ERA in nine starts with 29 strikeouts and 12 walks in 49.0 IP. In six starts for Triple-A Ottawa, he was 1-5 with a 7.09 ERA with 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 33.0 IP.
Ben Cox (Lamar, 2004) played the first half of the season with Double-A Connecticut Defenders, which is an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. He was 0-8 with a 4.50 ERA in 17 appearances, 11 starts, with 37 strikeouts and 28 walks in 54.0 IP.
Chris Buechner (Lamar, 2004) is pitching for the advanced Class-A Tri-City Dust Devils, which is an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA with one save. He has 17 strikeouts and six walks in 17.1 IP.
Ryan Finan (Lamar, 2003-04) is playing for the Frederick Keys, which is an advanced Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. He is batting .300 with 39 runs scored, 17 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBI. Scott Vander Weg (Lamar, 2004-05) is 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 23 games with 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 39.2 IP for the Class-A Palm Beach Cardinals.
Chuckie Platt (Lamar, 2005-06) is currently pitching for the advanced Class-A Daytona Cubs where he is 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA in nine games with five strikeouts and six walks in 10.2 IP. For the Class-A Peoria Chiefs, he was 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 13 games with 22 strikeouts and seven walks in 33.0 IP.
Derrick Gordon (Lamar, 2004-06) is pitching for the Kane County Cougars, a Class-A affiliate of the Oakland A's. He is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA with three saves. He has 27 strikeouts and nine walks in 28.1 IP. Stephen Macfarland (Lamar, 2005-06) is pitching for the Class-A Hickory Crawdads, which is an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 28 appearances with 47 strikeouts and 35 walks in 46.2 IP.
C.J. Ebarb (Lamar, 2005-06) is playing for the Auburn Doubledays, which is a Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He is hitting .226 with one double and one RBI.
William Delage (2003-05) is pitching for the short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, which is an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. He is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA with nine strikeouts and four walks in 12.1 IP.
Lamar's 2007 MLB Draft selections are all off to solid starts for their respective teams. Collin DeLome, who is playing for the short-season Class-A Tri-City ValleyCats for the Houston Astros, is hitting .328 with eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI.
Michael Ambort, who is playing for the short-season Class-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for the San Francisco Giants, is hitting .271 with 14 runs scored, three home runs and 14 RBI. The stats include his four games with the Giants Arizona Rookie League team.
Erik Kanaby, who is playing for the Rookie League Ogden Raptors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is batting .304 with eight runs scored, one double and five RBI.
Allen Harrington, who is playing for the Class-A Fort Wayne Wizards for the San Diego Padres, is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA with six strikeouts and two walks in 4.1 IP. He was 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA with 10 strikeouts and five walks in 10.1 IP for the short-season Class-A Eugene Emeralds.
Scott Meyer is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA with six strikeouts and one walk in 10.0 IP for the Chicago Cubs Arizona Rookie League team.
Ryan Baker is hitting .179 with seven runs scored, three doubles and two RBI in 10 games with the Billings Mustangs, which a Rookie League team in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Dan Hernandez is batting .182 with two runs scored, a home run and four RBI for the Gulf Coast League Mets.