July 10, 2007
USF Baseball alums are doing well at the minor league level in 2007. Currently ten former Dons are listed and active on minor league rosters.
Tagg Bozied, one of USF's best all-time hitters, is having another good year at the Triple-A level. In 78 games this season with the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League, Bozied has an average of .258 having collected 68 hits, 14 homeruns and 45 RBI.
In 16 games for the Class AA Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League, 2005 draftee Nick Pereira is 4-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 87.0 innings pitched.
Stefan Gartrell has continued to be an effective player in 2007. Following a campaign at the rookie level with the Bristol Sox of the Appalachian League, which saw Gartrell hit .308 with 16 doubles and four homeruns, he was moved by the Chicago White Sox organization to the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League. This year Gartrell has played in 71 games hitting .300 with 74 hits, 15 doubles, 10 homeruns, 46 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Also playing in the South Atlantic League is Scott Cousins. Patrolling the outfield for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Cousins is hitting .273 with 66 hits, 17 doubles, five homeruns and 32 RBI.
At the Class A Advanced level, Patrick McGuigan, the 2006 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, has good numbers. In four appearances for the Dundedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, McGuigan has a 0.00 ERA in four innings pitched and opposing hitters have .143 batting average.
T.J. Franco has a 2-2 record on a 4.47 ERA with the Class A Advanced Stockton Ports of the California League and the Class A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. With the Cougars, Franco posted a his four decisions with a 2.67 ERA. He also had two saves and 24 strikeouts in 33.2 IP for the Kane County. At Stockton, Franco has not recorded a decision in seven games, having a 8.10 ERA.
The Dons' draft class of 2007, Daniel Morales, Aaron Poreda, Luke Sommer and John Quine, are all making their way through their first taste of professional ball. Morales has appeared in five games for the Class A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League, going 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. Quine, also placed at the Class A level, has started twice and appeared in five games for the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, collecting a 4.85 ERA with opposing hitters batting .188.
At the rookie level, Poreda has a 2.00 ERA in two starts for the Great Falls White Sox of the Pioneer League. Sommer has a .240 average with 12 hits, one homerun and seven RBI for the Cubs of the Arizona League.
Brian Chavez is currently listed on the seven-day disabled list for the Staten Island Yankees of New York-Penn League.