Oct. 4, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by big-leaguers Nick Swisher, Cory Luebke and Eric Fryer, nine Buckeyes saw action in professional baseball this past season.
Swisher finished the regular season hitting .272 with 36 doubles, 24 home runs, 75 runs scored and 93 RBI. The right-fielder hit .405 with two home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored over the final 10 games to help the Yankees win the American League East and advance to the playoffs where they will take on the Orioles or Rangers in a five-game series beginning Sunday.
Luebke was 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched over five starts for the San Diego Padres before having Tommy John surgery in May. Fryer, a catcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, was called up two separate times, going 1-for-4 in six games.
In addition, three Buckeyes had solid seasons in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Matt Angle batted .303 with 18 doubles, five triples and five home runs for Albuquerque. He also scored 62 runs, drove in 47 and stole 13 bases. Doug Deeds hit .292 with 21 doubles, seven triples and five home runs in 91 games for the Salt Lake Bees. Deeds also scored 58 runs and drove in 35. Lastly, J.B. Shuck hit .298 with 11 doubles, three triples and 49 runs scored for Oklahoma City. He drove in 33 runs and swiped 12 bases in 115 games.
A couple notes on the other three Buckeyes in pro ball:
Dan Burkhart: Hit .298 with six doubles, two triples and two home runs for San Jose of the High-A California League. Burkhart also drove in 19 runs and scored 14 in 34 games played.
John Kuchno: After getting drafted in the 18th round by the Pirates in June, Kuchno appeared in four games for State College of the short-season New York-Penn League. He struck out six batters over five frames.
Alex Wimmers: Wimmers appeared in just one game for New Britain of the Double-A Eastern League after battling arm problems for much of the season. He allowed two earned runs while striking out three over 4.1 innings in his only start for the Rock Cats.