Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Summer Baseball Update
Arkansas designated hitter Clark Eagan heads to first after hitting a solo home run against Texas A&M during the third inning Friday, May 9, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Several Arkansas baseball players and signees are spending their summers playing in various summer leagues across the country. Here's a look at how some of them have done so far.
Zach Barr – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
The left-hander has started four games for the Woodchucks and owns a 1-0 record with a 1.03 ERA. He has allowed only three runs, two of which were earned. In 17 1/3 innings pitched, Barr has given up eight hits and nine walks while striking out 15 batters.
Clark Eagan – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
Eagan has played only two games for the Rapids Rafters, but he has made a big impact at the plate. He is 6-for-8, for a .750 batting average, with two doubles and three RBI.
Alex Gosser – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Playing alongside fellow Arkansas catcher Carson Shaddy, Gosser has seen action in only four games. In seven at bats, he has just one hit (.143). However, he has reached base on three walks and three hit-by-pitches. Gosser also has one run scored.
Zach Jackson – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
The right-hander has struggled in his two starts so far this summer, but he owns a 1-1 record. He has given up six runs, all of them earned, for an ERA of 4.90. While he has given up several runs, Jackson is still striking out batters at a high rate. In 11 innings pitched, he has 19 strikeouts, while walking five and giving up nine hits.
Alex Phillips – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
Phillips has started two games for the Woodchucks this summer, allowing three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings for an ERA of 3.52. The right-hander is 1-0 and has given up six hits and one walk while striking out six batters.
Lance Phillips – Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (Alaska League)
In three appearances with the Chinooks this summer, the older Phillips brother has allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings for an ERA of 4.05. He has given up five hits and six walks while striking out five batters.
Carson Shaddy – Texas Marshalls (Texas League)
Shaddy has been one of the best Razorbacks in summer ball so far. In 17 games, he is 19-for-59 (.322) with four doubles, one triple and two RBI. Shaddy also has 10 runs scored, 11 walks, has laid down two sacrifice bunts and is 4-for-6 on stolen base attempts.
Landon Simpson – Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League)
The right-hander has started two games for the Bucks this sumer, going 1-0. With two earned runs allowed in 13 1/3 innings, Simpson owns an impressive 1.35 ERA. He has also given up only seven hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters.
Jake Smith – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Smith has started one game and appeared in three others, struggling in 10 innings of work. He has given up nine runs, seven of which were earned, for an ERA of 6.30. He also has as many walks as strikeouts (7) and has given up 12 hits.
Dominic Taccolini – San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League)
The right-hander is 1-0 in three appearances with the Blues this summer. Taccolini owns a 1.04 ERA, giving up one earned run in 8 2/3 innings of work. He has allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.
James Teague – Lakeshore Chinooks (Northwoods League)
Teague has started one game and appeared in another for the Chinooks and owns a 1-0 record. In 10 innings pitched, he has allowed only one earned run for an ERA of 0.90. The right-hander also has six strikeouts, three walks and five hits allowed.
Lawson Vassar – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Vassar has appeared in six games this summer, pitching eight innings for the Bombers. In his time on the mound, he has given up three earned runs for an ERA of 3.37 and allowed seven hits. He also has three walks and three strikeouts.
Henry Weiler – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
Before Weiler left the Woodchucks, he struggled in a pair of outings, giving up three earned runs in 1/3 of an inning both appearances.
Matt Campbell – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
Before Campbell left the Woodchucks, he collected two hits in 14 at bats (.143) and scored one run.
Cannon Chadwick – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
In seven appearances with the Bombers, Chadwick is 1-1 with three saves and a 4.00 ERA. He has allowed four earned runs, six hits and one walk in nine innings of work. The right-hander also has 14 strikeouts.
Cullen Gassaway – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
Gassaway has played in 17 games for the Rapids Rafters this summer and is 13-for-61 (.213) with two doubles and two RBI. He also has six runs scored, two walks and one stolen base.
Trenton Hill – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Hill has seen action at the plate and on the mound. He has pitched 2 1/3 innings in three appearances without allowing a run. In those games, he has given up three hits and struck out three batters without issuing a walk. Hill has 10 at bats in four games, but has just one hit.
Rick Nomura – Conejo Oaks (California Collegiate League)
Nomura has had the best summer of any of Arkansas’ signees, batting .328 (19-for-58) in 15 games. He has one double, two triples, seven runs scored and six RBI to go along with eight walks and four stolen bases.
Tucker Pennell – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Pennell has appeared in 11 games for the Bombers this summer, going 9-for-41 (.220) at the plate with one double, five runs scored and five RBI. He has also walked seven times.
*All statistics are through games played on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
**Statistics weren't available for all players currently playing in a summer league. This update only includes players with statistics available.