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Cougar Baseball Professional Roundup

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Stephen Vogt (left) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (right) at Citi Field before the Mets and A's game on June 24.

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Published
July 8, 2014
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific baseball program, which has seen 38 players drafted in its history, has eight alums currently playing in the professional ranks, highlighted by a pair of Major Leaguers. Catch up on how each of them are doing in this summer’s baseball roundup.

STEPHEN VOGT, Level: MLB | Oakland Athletics
Vogt has become a cult hero in Oakland, and for good reason. The catcher-turned utility player has seen time behind the plate, in the outfield, at first base, and at designated hitter for the first-place A’s. The former Golden State Athletic Association Player of the Year is batting .352 with two homers, two triples, and 12 RBIs in 29 games.

In The Media: SB Nation -- I Believe In Stephen Vogt.

KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, Level: MLB | New York Mets
In his third big league season Nieuwenhuis has made the most of his opportunities. The 2008 third round pick is hitting .314 with an OPS of 1.019. Nieuwenhuis has tabbed five doubles and two home runs in 35 at bats scattered through 20 appearances.

In the Media: Newsday -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis Producing In Limited Role.

BRANDON SISK, Level: Triple-A | Salt Lake Bees
Sisk has appeared in 30 games this summer, including 17 with his current team the Salt Lake Bees. The 6-2 lefty, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008, has struck out 27 batters while walking just 10 hitters in 24.2 innings.

JOSEPH DARIS, Level: Rookie | GCL Braves
After being the first Cougar off the board in the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Daris has enjoyed a productive start to his professional career. The All-PacWest performer is batting .344 with three stolen bases through 11 games with the Braves. Daris has tallied four runs with two RBIs and two doubles.

ADAM MCCREERY, Level: Rookie | AZL Angels
McCreery showed off his electric stuff in his lone season with the Cougars in 2014, and early on in his professional career has pitched well. He’s 1-1 in four appearances with a 1.69 ERA. He’s only had one game where he surrendered an earned run, and is holding opponents to a .222 batting average.

ZACH HEDGES, Level: Rookie | AZL Cubs
Hedges, a 26th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2014, has been more than effective in limited time through the early stage of his career. The 6-4 righty is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games with the Cubs, allowing just one hit.

PETER GEHLE, Level: Independent | Florence Freedom
Gehle has enjoyed a successful run with the Freedom this summer, notching a 3-2 record with a 3.19 ERA through nine starts. The 27th round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2010 has struck out 27 batters in 56.1 innings, and is riding a five-start streak in which he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer.

BRICE CUTSPEC, Level: Independent | Santa Fe Fuego
The Cougars’ all-time leader in hits (300), RBIs (257) and home runs (77) is batting .304 for Santa Fe this summer. Cutspec has played in 29 games, tallying five home runs, five doubles, and 25 RBIs for the Pecos’ League’s second place Fuego.