Over his first two seasons with Boston College, Logan Hoggarth displayed abilities as a true "baseball player." Despite hitting under .200 as a freshman, he improved nearly 50 points in his sophomore year and displayed a knack for the dramatic style hit. A sort of Scott Brosius-type player, Hoggarth never really displayed the talent of a top-tier athlete but stood out as a guy who posed a threat for opposing pitchers.
This summer, Hoggarth took his baseball acumen to the Woodstock River Bandits of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. Hitting .299 and leading his team in hits, Hoggarth found himself named to the VBL All Star Game this year. He was also recently interviewed by BCEagles.com on the differences he's found transitioning to the league after playing last summer in the Cal Ripken League.
We take a look around the BC Eagles' summer performances as offseason development hits its stride at the midway point.
Jesse Adams, Ocean State Waves (New England Collegiate Baseball League):
Adams pitched admirably in a 4-3 loss to Mystic last week. He threw seven innings, scattering five hits and striking out four while walking one. But it was only good enough for a no decision. On the year, he's appeared in four games, starting two, with a 0-0 record and a 2.57 ERA. In 14 innings, he's recorded 11 strikeouts to just three walks.
Johnny Adams, Plymouth Pilgrims (NECBL):
Recording hits in nine of his last ten games, Adams has become one of the most consistent hitters in the league. He's only hitting .256, but his on-base percentage is an astounding .628. With 13 walks, his patience at the plate is paying off with 15 runs scored. In 27 games, he's also stolen five bases.
Jeff Burke, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod Baseball League):
After starting one game earlier this summer, Burke's found steadier work out of the Angler bullpen. He's pitched five games out of the pen, highlighted by a three-inning performance against Harwich at the end of June. He last pitched two innings, allowing one run in a 8-3 loss to Bourne. In 16 innings, Burke's had some control issues, striking out 13 and walking 12. He still has yet to break below an ERA of 6.00, sitting at 6.75.
Andrew Chin, Chatham Anglers (CCBL):
Chin followed up his rough outing against Yarmouth-Dennis with another bad outing, picking up the loss in giving up five runs over innings to Harwich. But he rallied in his most recent start, a 6.1 inning outing against Orleans in which he struck out five and only walked two. The deadline for Chin to sign with the New York Yankees is approaching, and it's increasingly looking like he will return to Boston College for next season. He's lowered his ERA to 3.86 down on the Cape, with 17 strikeouts in just over 23 innings thrown.
John Gorman, Bourne Braves (CCBL):
Gorman is making the case to become the Eagle closer with his continued success in Bourne. He earned a full-time contract and continues to dominate hitters, pitching two innings apiece against Harwich and Wareham. With four saves, his ability to get batters out translates to a strikeouts-to-walks ratio just over 2:1, with 12 K's and just five walks in eight outings. He's averaging less than a hit allowed per outing. Opponents are hitting a paltry .175 against him. In the last 10 games Gorman's pitched in, Bourne has gone 10-0.
Michael Strem, Lake Norman Copperheads (Southern Collegiate Baseball League):
Strem is finding himself pulling double duty as both a pitcher and utility position player, much like he is at BC. In four appearances, he's made two starts on the bump, recording a 3.93 ERA with 16 strikeouts to just six walks in 16 innings thrown. In his last outing, he threw five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with six K's.
At the dish, Strem is hitting .275 with 13 walks and 13 strikeouts. He's scored four runs with four stolen bases.
Eric Stone, Newport Gulls (NECBL):
Stone's been remarkable consistent for the Gulls out of the bullpen, making eight appearances, five of which were scoreless. He's thrown just under 13 innings, striking out 11 and walking six. Allowing just eight hits, Stone has thrown under one inning in just one appearance, combining for 6.1 innings, four hits, and just two runs in his last three.