Quackenbush first Bulls rookie to make pro debut
The six USF baseball players drafted earlier this month have all signed and been matched up with their new minor-league teams, and closer Kevin Quackenbush was the first of the class to make his pro debut, earning a save with a scoreless inning for the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League on Friday night.
Quackenbush, an eight-round pick of the Padres, has added a second scoreless ninth in a non-save situation Monday, giving him three strikeouts in his first two pro innings as the only USF rookie in the Northwest League ranks.
The Frontier League opened its season Monday, but neither of the two Bulls there have made their debuts -- shortstop Sam Mende is with the Casper Ghosts in Wyoming and lefty Junior Carlin with the Orem Owlz in Utah. Same for pitcher Randy Fontanez, awaiting his debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, and reliever Jimmy Moran, who will start his pro career with the Arizona League Reds.
Third baseman Jonathan Koscso is in the Rays' system, and the Princeton Rays open their season tonight, but he's already got his picture in the local paper -- you can see him here talking with a fan during Monday's "Meet the Rays" night in West Virginia.
We'll get a full update on the rest of the Bulls in the minors next week, once all the new signees have made their debuts. ...