Bulls in the Minors: Injuries limiting USF alums
Once a month, we're trying to check in on former USF players in minor-league baseball. With football looming ahead, we'll get in a quick update. Rough month for most of the former Bulls, starting with first baseman Brian Baisley, 26, who was released by the Yankees late last month after struggling at Tampa in the Florida State League.
Baisley had hit .339 in Charleston, prompting an early promotion, but hit just .170 in Tampa. He hasn't latched on with another team yet, and if that call doesn't come, he'll pursue a coaching career after this season. Haven't heard anything on Walter Diaz, who hasn't played since July 3, when he was dropped from the roster of the Lake County Captains.
Johnny Raburn, 2B, Class AAA Nashville: He's cooled down from a hot start after his promotion from Double-AA Huntsville last month, but he's hitting .277 with six RBIs in 83 at-bats. He's getting regular starts at second base, lining up next to former big-leaguer J.J. Hardy and batting seventh in the lineup.
Dan Otero, RP, Class AA Connecticut: The closer, who had been playing as well as any USF alums in the minors, hasn't pitched since July 26, on the disabled list with a "twinge" in his throwing elbow. His numbers are solid -- 1.15 ERA with 19 saves on the season. We'll try to get an update on when he can return to the mound ...Jeff Baisley, 3B, Class AAA Sacramento: Baisley continues to rebound from a rough first half of the season -- his average is up to .243, with as many home runs in the past month (four) as he had up to that point. He's batting .341 against lefties, but just .209 against right-handers, but is certainly finding his bat.
Chase Lirette, SP, Class A Lansing: After a super start to the season, Lirette has struggled, with an 0-3 record and 9.32 ERA in his last 10 appearances. His control isn't a problem, with 24 strikeouts against nine walks, but he's allowed 58 hits in his last 37.2 innings, raising his overall ERA to 5.80.
Casey Hudspeth, SP, Class A Lancaster: Another injured pitcher, as Hudspeth hasn't pitched since July 29 and officially went on the disabled list last week. He had won his last two starts, improving to 3-3 since a demotion from Double-A Corpus Christi.
Daniel Thomas, RP, Class A Kane County: Thomas has settled in as a reliever in the Midwest League after spending two months on the disabled list with shoulder problems. After a rough start with the Cougars, he has a 2.40 ERA over the past month with three saves. His control has been superb, with 18 strikeouts against four walks in his last 10 outings.
Addison Maruszak, SS, Class A Charleston: After being demoted from Tampa, he's leveled off in Charleston, with a .268 batting average with one home run and 18 RBIs in 49 games. He's been consistent, with a .273 average in July and a .277 average in August.
Braulio Pardo, C, Rookie Pioneer League Orem (Utah) Owlz: Pardo has found his bat, breaking out of a 1-for-22 slump to hit .314 in his last 10 games. He's now hitting .245 for the season but has just five RBIs.
Shawn Sanford, RP, Rookie Arizona League Giants: After a rough patch two weeks ago in which he gave up eight earned runs over 1.1 innings in back-to-back appearances, Sanford is back on track as a closer, converting his last four save opportunities. He has a 5.09 ERA, but has 27 strikeouts against seven walks.
Trey Manz, C, Rookie Gulf Coast League Reds: Manz moved over from the Pioneer League and is hitting .333, with two home runs in his first 33 at-bats with the new team.
Former USF star Myron Leslie is with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League and remains one of the league's top hitters. He's fourth in the league in both home runs (14) and RBIs (60) while hitting .286 for th Jackals.