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Brian Stavisky, who recently retired from professional baseball, will be forever remembered for his gamewinning, walkoff home run against Rice in the 2002 College World Series.
 
Brian Stavisky, who recently retired from professional baseball, will be forever remembered for his gamewinning, walkoff home run against Rice in the 2002 College World Series.

July 15, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former Notre Dame All-American right-handed pitcher David Phelps lit up the Class AA Eastern League for the Trenton Thunder before getting called up to the New York Yankees Class AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this month. Phelps was scheduled to participate in the Eastern League All-Star game, but his promotion prevented the opportunity.

Phelps, who was a 14th-round draft pick of the Bronx Bombers in 2008, went 6-0 with a league-best 2.04 earned-run average over his first 14 starts with the Thunder. He allowed just 63 hits in 88.1 innings of work as opponents recorded a .199 batting average against him. Phelps punched out a league-high 84 and walked only 23. He also surrendered just two home runs.

Phelps is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He yielded five runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings of work in his debut at Class-AAA, but rebounded in his next start with five strikeouts and no earned runs in 6.0 innings. Phelps has fanned nine batters without a walk over his two outings.

David Phelps, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (New York Yankees, Class AAA)
2009: Opened the season in Class AA Trenton ... made 14 appearances, all starts, and posted a 6-0 record with a Eastern League best 2.04 ERA in 88.1 innings of work ... led the league in strikeouts with 84 and opponents batting average ... led the team in starts, innings, wins and strikeouts ... named to Eastern League All-Star game ... called up to Class AAA Wilkes-Barre ... has made two starts ... owns a 1-1 record with a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings of work ... has struck out nine and not walked a batter ... now owns a career record of 28-7 in minor league stints at Staten Island (2008), Charleston (2009), Trenton (2010) and Wilkes-Barre (2010).

Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
TRN	6	0	2.04	14	14	0	0	0	88.1	63	21	20	2	23	84	1.25	.199
SWB	1	1	2.31	2	2	0	0	0	11.2	14	6	3	0	0	9	5.50	.292
Totals	7	1	2.07	16	16	0	0	0	100.0	77	27	23	2	23	93	1.46	.212
Brian Stavisky, the only Notre Dame player ever to post career batting average above .350 while also hitting 30-plus home runs and 10-plus triples, recently retired from professional baseball. A sixth round draft pick of the Oakland A's in the 2002 MLB draft, Stavisky spent nine years in the Oakland (2002-07), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008) and Philadelphia Phiilies (2009-10) organizations. He climbed as high as Class AAA on four different occasions over the 2006-07 campaigns. Stavisky finished his pro career with a .301 batting average, 83 home runs and 445 RBI.
 

 

Here is an update on the other 12 players currently working their way up through the MLB minor league system. The list does not include 2009 first round draft pick A.J. Pollock, who suffered a fractured growth plate in his right arm in a spring training accident. He underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, but will likely miss the entire season.

Craig Cooper, Portland Beavers (San Diego Padres, Class AAA)
2009: Has played in 88 games, predominantly in the outfield ... hitting .234 with 35 runs scored, 73 hits, 18 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 45 RBI ... hit .338 (23-for-68) with five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI in 29 games during the month.

Team	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
POR	.234	88	312	35	73	18	2	4	45	107	27	74	3	3	.298	.343	.641
Totals	.234	88	312	35	73	18	2	4	45	107	27	74	3	3	.298	.343	.641
Matt Macri, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins, Class AAA)
2010: Has played in 50 games (predominantly at third base) ... batting .279 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI ... ranks second on the club on OPS, third in batting, fourth in slugging percentage and tied for fourth in doubles.
Team	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
ROC	.279	50	179	29	50	16	0	4	17	78	18	41	2	2	.347	.436	.782
Total	.279	50	179	29	50	16	0	4	17	78	18	41	2	2	.347	.436	.782
Jeff Manship, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins, Class AAA)
2010: Made four appearances, including one start, in brief MLB call-up with the Minnesota Twins ... did not render a decision, but posted a 2.84 ERA and allowed 10 hits in 12.2 innings of work (struck out eight and walked three) ... 3-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 starts for the Rochester Red Wings ... has allowed 109 hits and 46 earned runs in 81.0 innings of work ... recorded 63 strikeouts and 20 walks.
Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
ROC	3	5	5.11	15	15	1	1	0	81.0	109	48	46	9	20	63	1.27	.328
Totals	3	5	5.11	15	15	1	1	0	81.0	109	48	46	9	20	63	1.27	.328
MLB	0	0	2.84	4	1	0	0	0	12.2	10	5	4	2	3	8	1.07	.217
Jeff Samardzija, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs, Class AAA)
2010: Made four appearances in MLB with Chicago Cubs to open season ... went 0-1 with a 18.90 ERA ... roughed up for seven earned runs in 3.1 innings of work ... walked six and struck out two ... 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 24 appearances and four starts for the Iowa Cubs ... has allowed 32 hits and 17 earned runs in 48.2 innings of work ... recorded 49 strikeouts and 31 walks ... minor league foes are hitting just .186 against him
IOW	5	1	3.14	24	4	0	0	0	48.2	32	20	17	4	31	49	0.77	.186
Totals	5	1	3.14	24	4	0	0	0	48.2	32	20	17	4	31	49	0.77	.186
MLB	0	1	18.90	4	0	0	0	0	3.1	5	11	7	1	6	2	0.60	.294

Wade Korpi, Jacksonville Suns (Florida Marlins, Class AA)
2010: Opened the season with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League before recently moving up to the Class AA Southern League ... went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four games for the Hammerheads ... struck out three, walked three, allowed three hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work ... has made 27 appearances for the Suns ... owns a 0-2 record with a 3.81 ERA ... struck out 26, walked 12, allowed 31 hits and 12 earned runs in 28.1 innings of work.

Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
JUP	1	0	2.84	4	0	0	0	0	6.1	3	2	2	0	3	3	1.29	.167
JAX	0	2	3.81	27	1	0	0	0	28.1	31	13	12	2	12	26	1.00	.301
Minors	1	2	3.63	31	1	0	0	0	34.2	34	15	14	2	15	29	1.06	.281
Kyle Weiland, Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox, Class AA)
2010: Has made 16 appearances, all starts, and posted a 4-5 record with a 4.30 ERA in 81.2 innings of work ... has fanned 76 and allowed just 67 hits ... opponents are batting just .227 against him ... struggled mightily out of the gate with an 0-2 record and a 9.00 ERA over his first three starts, but has rebounded quite well in May and June ... over those two months, had a 4-3 record with a 2.70 ERA in 56.2 innings of work (11 starts).
Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
POR	4	5	4.30	16	16	0	0	0	81.2	67	39	39	6	34	76	1.15	.227
Totals	4	5	4.30	16	16	0	0	0	81.2	67	39	39	6	34	76	1.15	.227
Dan Kapala, Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees, Class A Advanced)
2010: Has made 12 appearances, 11 as a starter ... owns a 1-6 record with a 4.53 ERA in 57.2 innings of work ... surrendered 61 hits and struck out 26 ... currently on disabled list.
Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
TAM	1	6	4.53	12	11	0	0	0	57.2	61	33	29	2	30	26	2.02	.275
Totals	1	6	4.53	12	11	0	0	0	57.2	61	33	29	2	30	26	2.02	.275
Jeremy Barnes, Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies, Class A)
2010: Has played in 66 games, predominantly at second base ... batting .277 with 19 doubles, one triple, one home run and 25 RBI ... participated in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game ... tied for second on club in doubles despite missing 20 games due to injury ... hot out of the gates ... batted .346 (28-for-81) with eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI in the month of April alone.
Team	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
LWD	.277	66	242	30	67	19	1	1	25	91	37	54	9	7	.378	.376	.754
Totals	.277	66	242	30	67	19	1	1	25	91	37	54	9	7	.378	.376	.754
Evan Sharpley, Everett AquaSox (Seattle Mariners, Class A)
2010: Has played in 26 games, predominantly at first base ... batting .247 with eight doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI ... batting .311 (14-for-45) with five doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in home games ... batting .300 (9-for-30) with three doubles, one home run and 17 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Team	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
EVE	.247	26	85	10	21	8	0	2	19	35	12	38	2	1	.337	.412	.748
Totals	.247	26	85	10	21	8	0	2	19	35	12	38	2	1	.337	.412	.748
Sam Elam, GCL Yankees (New York Yankees, Rookie)
2010: Started season in Class A New York-Penn League ... made four appearances and two starts for the Staten Island Yankees ... went 0-1 with a 8.68 ERA ... allowed nine earned runs on nine hits in 9.1 innings of work ... struck out nine and walked 15 ... has made one outing for the GCL Yankees ... tossed 3.0 innings and surrendered two earned runs on three hits ... struck out three and walked two.
Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
SI	0	1	8.68	4	2	0	0	0	9.1	9	13	9	2	15	9	1.43	.273
YAN	0	0	6.00	1	0	0	0	0	3.0	3	2	2	0	2	3	1.50	.273
Totals	0	1	8.03	5	2	0	0	0	12.1	12	15	11	2	17	12	1.44	.273
Steven Mazur, Bluefield Orioles (Baltimore Orioles, Rookie)
2010: Has appeared in eight games out of the bullpen since being selected in the 33rd round in the 2010 MLB draft ... has not allowed an earned run in 8.0 innings of work ... has struck out nine and not walked a batter ... surrendered only three hits and opponents are batting .107 against him.
Team	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
BLU	0	0	0.00	8	0	0	0	0	8.0	3	1	0	0	0	9	1.33	.107
Totals	0	0	0.00	8	0	0	0	0	8.0	3	1	0	0	0	9	1.33	.107
Will Harford, AZL Reds (Cincinnati Reds, Rookie)
2010: Has played in five games since being selected in the 45th round in the 2010 MLB draft ... batting .250 with two doubles and three RBI in 16 at-bats ... went 1-for-4 with a two-run double against the Cubs' rookie level farm club on July 3 ... went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and RBI double against the Rangers on July 6.
Team	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
RED	.250	5	16	2	4	2	0	0	3	6	0	5	0	0	.250	.375	.625
Totals	.250	5	16	2	4	2	0	0	3	6	0	5	0	0	.250	.375	.625
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