Baseball: Bulls trio making solid pro transition
At this early stage, the three newest members of USF baseball's pro fraternity appear to be transitioning solidly to the short-season Class A level.
Former Bulls closer Tommy Eveld, the Diamondbacks' ninth-round draft pick, has posted a 2.45 ERA in three relief stints with the Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops. In 3.2 innings, Eveld has allowed a run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Meantime, Rays 12th-round draftee Brandon Lawson has allowed two earned runs in 4.2 relief innings for the Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Renegades. In his pro debut Wednesday, the right-handed Hernando High alumnus allowed one hit over the final two innings of a 12-inning, 3-2 loss to the Lowell Spinners.
Lawson took the loss when Lowell scored an unearned run in the top of the 12th on an error. In two appearances, Lawson has a 3.86 ERA with three strikeouts and no walks.
And OF Luke Maglich? The Phillies' 34th-round pick has struggled offensively so far (.176) in five games for the Williamsport (Pa.) Crosscutters, but hit a game-winning, two-out RBI-single in the 13th inning of Wednesday's 1-0 triumph against Mahoning Valley.