SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Incoming freshman shortstop Brooks Lee has been selected to play for the South All-Stars in the West Coast League All-Star Game next Tuesday in Bend, Oregon, at Vince Genna Stadium.
One of seven Corvallis Knights slated to play in the game, Lee sports a .440 batting average with 33 hits in 19 games, including 10 doubles and a home run, a two-run shot against Portland on July 4.
Lee (pictured at right) has driven in 16 runs and has stolen seven of 11 bases. The recent San Luis Obispo High School graduate has struck out just six times in 86 plate appearances and has scored 22 runs.
Lee currently has an 11-game hitting streak, going 22-for-45 (.489) with six doubles, one home run and 13 RBIs. He has produced 10 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit contests.
Earlier this week, Lee was named West Coast League Player of the Week. In six games he went 12-for-23 (.522) with 11 RBIs.
Lee also has been named to Baseball America's High School All-American Third Team as a middle infielder.
He was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 37 overall prospect going into this year's MLB Draft in June. Despite being selected by the San Francisco Giants, the incoming freshman will play for his father at Cal Poly. Larry Lee has coached the Mustangs for 17 seasons.
Meanwhile, Taison Corio, junior-to-be outfielders Cole Cabrera and Blake Wagenseller and senior Bradlee Beesley continue to swing hot bats this summer.
Corio, a transfer from San Joaquin Delta College, is hitting .344 for the San Luis Obispo Blues with 45 hits in 36 games, including five doubles, one triple and a pair of home runs against the Humboldt Crabs on June 16 and the Arroyo Seco Saints on July 8.
Corio (pictured at left) has compiled 15 multiple-hit games, has stolen 12 of 14 bases and had an 11-game hitting streak come to an end July 12. He went 23-for-43 (.535) during the streak.
Cabrera sports a .338 mark at Eau Claire with 22 hits in 23 games, including five doubles and a triple. He has knocked in 16 runs, has stolen 17 of 17 bases and has six multiple-hit games this season. Hitting .383 through July 8, Cabrera has cooled off a bit, going 4-for-18 (.222) in his last six contests.
Wagenseller is hitting .296 at Waterloo with 16 hits in 17 games, including three doubles and a pair of home runs with 14 RBIs. He was 3-for-5 with an RBI ground-rule double, a two-run single and a three-run home run for six total RBIs in a 13-10 win over La Crosse on July 9.
Hitting .138 on July 2, Beesley has gone 16-for-45 (.356) in his last 14 games at Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League to lift his average up to .270. He has four multiple-hit games this season, all in the last nine contests, and in 23 games has six doubles and a home run with eight RBIs and two steals.
Nick Marinconz, younger brother of former Mustang middle infielder Kyle Marinconz, played his first game of the summer Sunday at Eau Claire and hit a solo home run against Thunder Bay.
On the mound, Chase Watkins is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA at Corvallis, striking out 28 batters over 20 innings. He fanned eight batters in five innings in a no-decision at Port Angeles on July 9.
Taylor Dollard is 1-1 with a 1.97 ERA and five saves at Yarmouth-Dennis, striking out 23 batters in 13 2/3 innings, while Bryan Woo is 0-0 with a 2.40 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 15 innings for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League. Woo pitched six scoreless frames with six strikeouts in a 2-0 loss to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on July 10.
Catching up on other Mustangs playing summer ball:
• For the San Luis Obispo Blues, junior-to-be southpaw Andrew Alvarez is 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings. Incoming freshman Derek True has a 1-1 mark and 3.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 15 innings while Connor Wilford, another incoming freshman, has no decisions and a 2.70 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings. Senior catcher Myles Emmerson is hitting .188 in nine games with three RBIs.
• At Eau Claire, senior-to-be right-hander Craig Colen is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA, making five appearances with four starts. He has struck out 21 batters over 24 innings. Junior righty Dylan Villalobos is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Sophomore-to-be right-hander Ryan Jameson is 0-3 with a 2.86 ERA, striking out 32 batters over 22 innings. He allowed one earned run over five innings in a 4-1 loss to Port Angeles on July 12, striking out five. Redshirt freshman righty Bo Henderson has an 0-0 record and 6.94 ERA with eight strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings.
At the plate, third baseman Nick DiCarlo is hitting .226 in 10 games with seven hits, all singles, and five RBIs with two steals. Incoming freshman catcher/first baseman Brett Wells is hitting .222 in 11 games with eight hits, including two doubles, and a pair of RBIs.
• Designated hitter Conagher Sands is hitting .217 at Kelowna with 10 hits in 12 games, all singles. He has scored six times and has driven in three. At Ridgefield, outfielder Noah Taylor has a .133 average with three doubles and seven RBIs. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs at Victoria on July 10. Taylor's only other hit this season was a two-run double against Bend on July 2 and he also had a sacrifice fly in that game.
• The third Mustang playing for Yarmouth-Dennis is junior-to-be first baseman Tate Samuelson, who is hitting .243 with 17 hits in 24 games, including two doubles and a home run. He has knocked in seven runs.
• Joining Woo at Peninsula are senior catcher John Mackay (.204, two doubles, four RBIs in 18 games) and incoming freshman Drew Thorpe (.255 at the plate with three doubles and four RBIs; 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves on the mound with 16 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings).
• Three incoming freshmen — outfielder Kyle Ashworth (Foothill High School in Santa Ana) and pitchers Cameron Mahaffy (Newport Harbor High School) and Kyle Scott (Mater Dei High School) — are playing for the Utah Marshalls in Kearns, Utah. The Marshalls are 32-1 after winning the 2019 Pathway Games in Omaha in June and the 2019 Marshall Gates World Series in Kearns, Utah, last week with an 8-0 mark.
Ashworth is hitting .236 with five RBIs and just eight strikeouts over 73 plate appearances. Scott has a 3.20 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 14 innings while Mahaffy has pitched three scoreless innings with one strikeout.
Shut down for the summer are pitchers Aidan Goicovich, Matt Arens and Darren Nelson, infielders Connor Gurnik and Jack Kuzma, utility player Scott Ogrin and incoming freshman pitcher Kaden Sheedy of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield.
Infielder Willie Cano is expected to report to Ridgefield later this week.
Photo of Brooks Lee at top of page courtesy of the Albany (Oregon) Democrat-Herald; photos of Taison Corio and the Yakima Valley Pippins quartet are courtesy photos.