Sept. 14, 2006
Four University of San Francisco alums had successful minor league seasons in 2006.
Stefan Gartrell, a part of USF's 2006 team that went to the NCAA Regionals for the first time, has played well for the Rookie Bristol Sox of the Appalachian league and the Double-A Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. With Bristol, Gartrell batted .308 in 61 games with 66 hits (16 doubles, four homeruns and a triple), 41 runs scored and 33 RBI. With Birmingham, Gartrell hit .200 in five games with three hits, a double, and a stolen base.
The 2006 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, Patrick McGuigan has a 1-0 record with nine saves for the rookie Pulaski Blue Jays of the Appalachian League and the Class-A Short Season Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. With Pulaski, McGuigan was 1-0 with seven saves and a 1.53 ERA in 17 games (all in relief). McGuigan only gave up three walks compared to 21 strikeouts. In seven relief appearances with Auburn, McGuigan has two saves and a 1.86 ERA. He had a strikeout to walk ration of 11 to 2.
Tagg Bozied played 60 games for the Triple A Norfolk Tides of the International League. In those games, he averaged .256 with 41 hits, 12 doubles and eight homeruns, 23 RBI and 18 runs scored.
2005 draftee Nick Pereira has a 11-4 record with a 4.00 ERA with the Class A Advanced San Jose Giants of the California League and the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League. In 13 starts with San Jose, Pereira is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 78.2 innings pitched and a 76 to 16 strikeout to walk ratio. With Fresno, Pereira is 4-3 in 15 starts with a 5.92 ERA and 60 strikeouts.