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Mustangs in the Pros: Zehner Hot Streak; Johnson Two Scoreless Stints

Mustangs in the Pros: Zehner Hot Streak; Johnson Two Scoreless Stints


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly shortstop Peter Van Gansen has continued a hot streak that has stretched into a third week with the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League.

Van Gansen has gone 14 of 39 over his last 12 games from May 20 through June 5 with two doubles and five RBI, lifting his average 37 points to .303. He has 36 hits in 40 games, including a pair of home runs.

Ex-Mustang outfielder Zack Zehner (pictured above at left), demoted to Trenton of the Double-A Eastern League in late May after hitting just .228 at Scranton-Wilkes Barre, has responded with a .326 batting average with four doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs, knocking in 11 runs in 11 games.

Nick Torres, another former Mustang outfielder, cut by the San Diego Padres at the end of spring training, has found a new home with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association. In 18 games so far, Torres is hitting .368 with 10 doubles, one home run and 10 RBI.

First baseman Brian Mundell went 14-for-35 (.400) during a 10-game stretch ending June 3, lifting his average 34 points to .255 with the Hartford Yard Goats of the Double-A Eastern League. He has five home runs and 19 RBI in 54 games with the Yard Goats this season.

On the mound, Chase Johnson (pictured above at right) sports a 2.84 ERA for the Richmond Flying Squirrels after back-to-back scoreless three-inning stints against Akron on May 26 and Reading on June 2. Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2017 while with the Sacramento Rivercats.

After eight scoreless appearances on the mound at Myrtle Beach, Casey Bloomquist surrendered a run against Down East on June 2. He bounced back with his first save of the year June 6, securing one out against Buies Creek.

Cal Poly is represented in the Major Leagues by outfielder Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners and relief pitcher Bud Norris of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Haniger is hitting .268 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI (No. 7 in the Major Leagues), producing 13 multiple-hit games, including five three-hit contests. Norris has 11 saves in 12 opportunities with two wins and a 3.08 ERA, allowing no runs in 16 of 18 relief appearances before giving up single runs against Pittsburgh on May 31 and June 2.

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The lone ex-Mustang in Triple-A is infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). Zehner (Trenton), Mundell (Hartford), Van Gansen (San Antonio), Johnson (Richmond) and infielder Mark Mathias (Akron) are in Double-A. Catcher Chris Hoo (Jacksonville) was released on May 28.

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