Wolfpack Minor League Round-Up
Aug. 13, 2012
While Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner toured the globe with Team USA, and Brett Austin helped the Harwich Mariners clinch an Eastern Division title in the Cape Cod League (see video), a number of former Wolfpackers made strides in the minor leagues this summer.
Ryan Mathews and Chris Diaz represent the two players from last year's squad busy in the professional ranks. Diaz has played 48 games for the State College Spikes in A-Short Season, smashing six doubles and driving in 14 runs. Mathews sports a .240 average on 12 hits through 16 games with the Arizona League Athletics.
A pair of sluggers from the 2011 Wolfpack are enjoying success on the Single-A level. Harold Riggins has 19 homers in 87 games with the Asheville Tourists, batting .302 with 99 hits over that span. Pratt Maynard has three home runs and 18 doubles for the Great Lakes Loons.
Another member of the 2011 team, Cory Mazzoni, has been promoted to Double-A with the Binghamton Mets. Mazzoni went 5-1 in 12 appearances in the Florida State League before making the jump. Since joining the Mets, Mazzoni holds a 5-3 record and a 3.45 ERA through 10 appearances, including two complete games.
Chris Diaz's brother, Johnathan, marks one of three former NC State greats playing in Triple-A. Diaz has a .262 average through 73 games with the Las Vegas 51s, hitting two homers, seven doubles, two triples, and driving in 23. Andrew Taylor has nine relief appearances for the Salt Lake Bees, and Aaron Bates has seen action in 49 games for the Memphis Redbirds.
Other notable Wolfpackers in the minors include Jeremy Synan, with a .282 average for the Independent League's River City Rascals, Jake Buchanan and Alex Sogard (Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks), Jimmy Gillheeney (Double-A Jackson Generals), Dallas Poulk (High-A Jupiter Hammerheads), Andrew Brackman (High-A Bakersfield Blaze), and Chris Schaeffer (Single-A Lansing Lugnuts).