Chicago State Baseball is visiting Hawaii, and I was able to swing down to Friday nights game. I was there with family and friends, so I only had a couple guys I was shooting for. The highlight was actually a coach, John Ely, who was a former 3rd Round pick and spent parts of three seasons in the majors.
Andy Gertonson, 1b – Gertonson is the teams leading power hitter, with 2 HR on the season. In 58 at bats he is hitting .276/.394/.328.
Zach Thomas, p/of– Thomas is having a very nice season, both as a pitcher and hitter. As a pitcher he has 7 innings of relief under his belt, with only 4 hits allowed and a 1.29 ERA. As a hitter he has 10 at-bats, and is hitting .300/.400/.462. Limited sample size, but you have to like what you see.
Jake Perkins, sp – Jake Perkins pitched the first game of the series, and would hold Hawaii to 2 hits over 7IP, striking out 8 and walking 6. On the season he is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA over 30 IP. He has allowed 23 hits, striking out 23 and walking 18.
John Ely, pitching coach – Ely was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the June 2007 Draft out of Miami University of Ohio. In 2009 he was traded to the Dodgers for Juan Pierre, and would make the majors in 2010. He would spend parts of three seasons in the majors, and would go 4-13 with a 1.509 WHIP over 115.1 innings, both out of the pen and a starter.
Ely did find plenty of success in the minors, though:
|MLB (3 seasons)||MLB||4||13||5.70||5.85||25||19||115.1||123||51||92||1.509|
|Minors (9 seasons)||Minors||58||36||4.25||4.80||169||137||803.1||808||245||695||1.311|