The diamond never goes empty for too long. Rice baseball players in Summer Ball leagues around the country. Here’s the latest.
Given the different start times of the various leagues, Rice baseball hitters have played anywhere from a couple to more than a dozen games so far this summer. Of those who’ve gotten a decent amount of action, Ben Dukes leads the way with a .385 average. Seeing Aaron Smigelski and Nathan Becker join him with .500+ slugging percentages is hardly a surprise. Smigelski has mashed five home runs in 16 games.
Among those who were mainstays in the starting lineup this past spring, Connor Walsh and Guy Garibay have come out of the gates slowly, but it’s still early. Justin Long’s elevated strikeout numbers are stand out, giving him a sizable hole to dig out of through the rest of his summer season.
Almost to a man, the Rice baseball pitching staff has impressed during summer ball. Six different hurlers have a sub-2.40 ERA and Micah Davis has somehow managed to strike out 23 batters in 11.0 innings, a feat that doesn’t even seem believable. Owls’ closer Matthew Linskey has been sharp as well, allowing one earned run with 11 strikeouts in seven total innings of work. Tom Vincent leads the entire pack with a sterling 0.00 ERA in two appearances.
In Case You Missed It
Follow all the latest updates with Rice baseball alums in the big leagues and periodic minor league updates on the Baseball page. For our Patreon subscribers, be sure to check out 2022 Rice Baseball Season Review and a special feature on the emergence of freshman hitter Aaron Smigelski.
*All stats as of June 26 taken from league and team websites. The complete Rice baseball roster is available here.
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