SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Incoming Cal Poly baseball players, sophomore Taison Corio and freshman Brooks Lee, along with junior-to-be outfielder Cole Cabrera all are hitting above the .300 mark as the summer baseball leagues start to wind down.
Corio completed his San Luis Obispo Blues campaign with a .335 average and was tops on the team with 54 hits and 38 RBIs. He stole 13 of 16 bases, produced 16 multiple-hit games and contributed seven doubles, a triple and two home runs.
A transfer from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Corio had an 11-game hitting streak come to an end July 12. He went 23-for-43 (.535) during the streak.
Cabrera sports a .327 average at Eau Claire in the Northwoods League. Among his 34 hits are seven doubles, a pair of triples and two home runs. Both homers came in a game at Thunder Bay on July 21 in which he hit a three-run shot, a solo blast and knocked in a fifth run with a fielder's choice.
Cabrera has nine multiple-hit games this summer, has driven in 24 runs and has stolen 26 of 27 bases for the Express.
Lee is hitting .384 for the Corvallis Knights, second in the West Coast League, with 43 hits, including 11 doubles and a pair of home runs. He has knocked in 22 runs in 28 games with a dozen multiple-hit contests and 12 steals in 17 attempts.
Eau Claire Express Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) was awarded player of the night after the Express dominated the Thunder Bay Border Cats. The final score was a crushing 9-3. https://t.co/pNd1AoWzYA pic.twitter.com/kCRONPoGV9— Northwoods League (@NWLbaseball) July 22, 2019
Lee hit a three-run home run at Bend on Monday night to break open a close game. His 15-game hitting streak was snapped July 26 at Portland.
Earlier in the week, Lee was named the top professional prospect in the West Coast League's All-Star Game as selected by Major League Baseball scouts attending the game July 23 in Bend, Oregon.
The game, played in front of 2,284 fans at Vince Genna Stadium, was won by the North squad 14-1, thanks in large part to a nine-run second-inning uprising.
Lee played for the South team and went 0-for-4.
Son of Mustang head coach Larry Lee, Brooks Lee (pictured at right) was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 37 overall prospect going into this year's MLB Draft. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round last month after informing the 30 MLB teams of his intention to continue his baseball career at Cal Poly.
Outfielder Bradlee Beesley has overcome a slow start for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League by collecting 30 hits in his last 25 games.
Hitting just .138 on July 2, Beesley has gone 30-for-93 since, a .323 batting average during the run and lifting his overall mark to .279. He has 10 doubles and three home runs, knocking in 12 runs and stealing three bases, and has produced eight multiple-hit games, all in the last three weeks.
Also at Yarmouth-Dennis, first baseman Tate Samuelson is hitting .235 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI while relief pitcher Taylor Dollard (pictured at left) has a 2-1 record and five saves, compiling a 1.55 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings.
In addition to Corio, four other current or incoming Mustangs played for the Blues this summer.
Andrew Alvarez posted a 1-2 mark and 1.82 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings. He earned his win July 26 against the California Expos, tossing five innings and allowing one run (unearned) and one walk with nine strikeouts.
Derek True was 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA, earning 33 strikeouts over 23 innings. His victory was against the Conejo Oaks on June 25 as Thorpe pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Connor Wilford had no decisiona and a 3.60 ERA, notching 23 strikeouts over five innings, while catcher Myles Emmerson hit .231 with a double and three RBIs.
Four Mustangs joined Cabrera in the Northwoods League.
At Eau Claire, Nick Marinconz sports a .295 average with 13 hits in 11 games. His only two extra-base hits are home runs — July 14 in his Express debut against Thunder Bay and the other July 25 against Waterloo. — and he has knocked in six runs so far.
At Waterloo, outfielder Blake Wagenseller is hitting .293 with 27 hits in 28 games, including four doubles and a pair of home runs. He has driven in 21 runs and has eight multiple-hit games.
Joining Lee at Corvallis is southpaw Chase Watkins (pictured at right with Lee), who is 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA in five appearances on the mound. He has struck out 28 batters over 20 innings.
At Yakima Valley, third baseman Nick DiCarlo is hitting .270 with three doubles, a triple and one home run. He has knocked in 12 runs with three steals. On July 17 against Bend, DiCarlo went 3-for-3 with two singles and a three-run fifth-inning home run.
Incoming freshman Brett Wells is hitting .213 with two doubles and five RBIs.
Jameson pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and 10 strikeouts July 5 at Portland, but earned a no-decision as Yakima Valley scored the lone run of the game in the eighth inning. Henderson notched a victory July 17 against Bend, allowing one earned run in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
At Kelowna, designated hitter Conagher Sands is hitting .224 with 13 hits in 16 games. Lone extra-base hit was a solo home run at Port Angeles on July 19.
Two Mustangs are at Ridgefield. Middle infielder Willie Cano is hitting .222 in seven games with two RBIs and one steal while outfielder Noah Taylor has four hits, including three doubles, and has driven in seven runs with a .121 average.
Three more Mustangs are playing for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.
Catcher John Mackay is hitting .189 with 10 hits in 20 games, including two doubles, and four RBIs. Bryan Woo is 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA, striking out 36 batters over 25 1/3 innings. He tossed two scoreless innings with three strikeouts for the win July 20 at Chugiak.
Incoming freshman Drew Thorpe is hitting .239 with 16 hits in 24 games, notching three doubles and six RBIs, while on the mound the right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA and two saves, earning 17 strikeouts over 25 1/3 innings.
Finally, three incoming freshmen are playing for the Utah Marshalls, who are 64-3 after winning the 2019 Pathway Games in Omaha in June and the 2019 Marshall Gates World Series in Kearns, Utah, in early July as well as posting a 6-0 mark in pool play at the Phil Singer Elite Summer Series in San Diego last week. Bracket plays begins July 30 and the Marshalls are the No. 1 seed.
Outfielder Kyle Ashworth (Foothill High School in Santa Ana) is hitting .271 with 19 hits and eight RBIs while pitcher Cameron Mahaffy (Newport Harbor High School) has tossed four scoreless innings with one strikeout. Kyle Scott (Mater Dei High School) has 22 strikeouts and just four walks over 16 innings with a 2.79 ERA this summer.
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.
Photo of Brooks Lee at shortstop courtesy of Andy Cripe/Mid-Valley Media