Mustangs in the Pros: Several Batters Heating Up in June

Mustangs in the Pros: Several Batters Heating Up in June


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Several former Cal Poly baseball players are heating up at the plate as the weather warms up for the summer months.

Ex-Mustang outfielder/designated hitter John Schuknecht has lifted his batting average 77 points in June by going 17-for-49 (.347) with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 14 games at Burlington. Hit in the face by a pitch just three games into the 2017 season, he had hit just .162 in April and May since coming off the disabled list.

Former Mustang shortstop Peter Van Gansen is hitting .361 in June and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games at Lake Elsinore to raise his average 45 points to .239. He hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot, against Lancaster on June 13.

Catcher Chris Hoo is six-for-11 in his last six games at Jacksonville, raising his average to .333, while infielder Mike Miller is hitting .421 in June at Pawtucket with three doubles and eight RBI, lifting his average 77 points to .280.

Outfielder Logan Schafer is 11-for-26 over his last nine games at Norfolk to bump his average to .261. Designated hitter Brian Mundell owns a .297 average at Lancaster and is among the California League leaders in RBI, home runs and hits. Outfielder Zack Zehner sports a .291 average at Trenton with an 8-for-17 streak in early June.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger has returned to the Seattle Mariners lineup after missing five weeks due to an oblique strain. In his first game back, he went 4-for-6 against Minnesota with a double, two RBI and four runs scored.

On the mound, Brian Grening has won three of his last four starts for Southern Maryland and is 4-1 with a 2.71 ERA. Casey Fien was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies this week and has made two appearances on the mound so far.

Haniger, Fien and Bud Norris (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) are the three Mustangs currently in the Major Leagues. Norris has three holds and 11 saves with a 1-2 record and 2.51 ERA in 33 appearances on the mound as the Angels' closer.

Former Mustangs in Triple-A are pitchers Jeff Johnson at Columbus and Chase Johnson at Sacramento along with Miller at Pawtucket and Schafer at Norfolk. Playing Double-A are infielder Mark Mathias at Akron, outfielder Nick Torres at San Antonio, Hoo at Jackson and Zehner with Trenton.

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