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Boston College Baseball: Eagles In The Pros

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Let's check in with some former Birdballers plying their trade in the systems of Major League Baseball.

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Eric Campbell, New York Mets (MLB)

Campbell is the lone Eagle currently playing at the top level. Last week prior to the All Star break, he belted a two-run homer in the ninth to pace the Mets past the defending World Series champion Giants, 4-1. On the season, he's only hitting .182 with three hits in his last 31 at-bats.

Mike Belfiore, Toledo Mud Hens (AAA-Detroit Tigers)

After appearing in one game for the Baltimore Orioles during the 2013 season, the former Eagle's found himself in the Detroit Tigers organization for the past two years. A part-time starter last year for Toledo, he went 5-7 with a 3.25 ERA and worked his way into the rotation for this year's team. This year, he's 4-8 through his first 17 starts with a 5.40 ERA, having thrown just under 100 innings for the International League Mud Hens. Toledo is currently 13 games back of the Indianapolis Indians in the Western Division with a record of 40-52.

Pat Dean, Rochester Red Wings (AAA-Minnesota Twins)

Another former Eagle hurler, Dean is in his first full season at the AAA level after making six appearances with Rochester in 2013. This season, he's made 17 starts for the team with a 6-7 record and a 3.39 ERA, having thrown a complete game shutout along the way. His last outing was rough; he gave up three earned runs in four innings of work against Syracuse. But he's coming off a series of quality starts, including a win over Pawtucket at home and a seven-inning performance with no walks against Lehigh Valley.

Tony Sanchez, Indianapolis Indians (AAA-Pittsburgh Pirates)

Perhaps the best known Eagle alum in the minors, Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in a 7-2 victory over Toledo last Thursday. his season currently stands with a .213 batting average, 33 RBI, and a near 1.46:1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio at the dish. Sanchez did receive eight at-bats this year for the Pirates, going 3-for-8 with two runs scored and a walk earlier this year before being returned to AAA.

Terry Doyle, Bowie Baysox (AA-Baltimore Orioles)

Doyle's story is one worth mentioning time and time again. A 29-year old member of the Baysox, his career took him from a 22-year old rookie in the Chicago White Sox organization through a tremendous season with the Birmingham Barons in 2011. Following a trip to the Arizona Fall League in '11, he was Rule 5 Drafted in 2012 by the Minnesota Twins to their big league roster but returned before the end of spring training. Placed in AAA to play for the Charlotte Knights (in the White Sox organization), he made 12 appearances and 11 starts before requesting a release to make a move to Japan.

Doyle finished 2012 for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, returning to the states in 2013 to pitch in the Red Sox organization. Since then, he's bounced back to the Chicago White Sox and the Atlanta Braves minor league systems before settling in with Bowie as part of the Orioles organization.

It's here that Doyle's seemingly found his stride. With 16 appearances and 11 starts, he's 10-1 on the season with a 2.00 ERA. He's thrown two complete games, two shutouts and recorded one save in 90 innings of work. He's allowed just 20 earned runs and walked only nine batters on the whole season. He's holding hitters to a .232 clip with 77 strikeouts, and his 0.97 WHIP is miniscule. He's been named Pitcher Of The Week multiple times this year and as recently named June Player of the Month in the Eastern League. He has not allowed a run in three of his last five starts and has not thrown less than six innings of work since May 23rd.

Matt Pare, Augusta Greenjackets (A-San Francisco Giants)

After spending the last two seasons bouncing between Rookie League and Advanced-A ball, Pare appeared in 29 games this year for Augusta as part of the Full-A South Atlantic League. Hitting .179 for the Greenjackets, he's recorded seven doubles and two homers in 17 hits, scoring nine runs and nine RBI. Listed on the MiLB website as being on the 7-Day Disabled list, he last appeared on July 12th against Rome.

Chris Shaw, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season A-San Francisco Giants)

A 2015 draft choice, Shaw is already finding his home in the Giants farm system. A .283 hitter in his first 14 games, he's already bashed three homers and nine RBI, opening the season on a 17-for-60 clip. His strikeouts numbers need a little bit of work, having K'd twice for every walk he's received this year, but it looks like early returns are incredibly positive for the headliner of the most recent Eagle draft class.

Blake Butera, Princeton Rays (Rookie league-Tampa Bay Rays)

12 games into his professional career, Butera's beeing showing trademark patience at the plate. Although just a .216 hitter, his on-base percentage is at .383 thanks to five walks to just six strikeouts, and he's 2-for-2 in stolen bases. He has a homer and four RBI.

John Gorman, Vermont Lake Monsters (Short Season A-Oakland Athletics)

Gorman wasted no time in establishing himself in the Oakland farm system. After making two appearances with the Rookie League A's in the Arizona Instructional League, Oakland promoted him to Short Season-A (the same level as Chris Shaw) with their affiliate playing in Burlington, VT. In three appearances out of the bullpen, he's averaging just over an inning per appearance, allowing a single run on two hits. He's walked five to just three strikeouts, but opponents are still only hitting .133 against him. He allowed his first career earned run in his last appearance after throwing two innings apiece in his first two games for Vermont.