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    Irish In The Professional Ranks -- July 22

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    Aaron Heilman.
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    July 22, 2008

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The professional baseball season just recently reached the midpoint of the season. Below is a recap of what former Notre Dame players playing in the professional ranks have done to this point of the season. Click on the players name to view their entire updated professional bio.

    The Irish currently have three players, Craig Counsell (1989-92), Milwaukee Brewers; Aaron Heilman (1998-01), New York Mets; and Brad Lidge (1997-98), Philadelphia Phillies; playing in Major League Baseball. All three are right in the middle of playoff runs. The Brewers sit 2.0 games behind the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs, while the Mets and Phillies are tied for the NL East lead. Milwaukee and St. Louis are tied for the NL Wild Card. Philadelphia and New York are just 3.0 games back.

    Notre Dame has another five players on the brink of the big leagues in Triple-A.

    Craig Counsell
    Milwaukee Brewers
    MLB

    Aaron Heilman
    New York Mets
    MLB

    Brad Lidge
    Philadelphia Phillies
    MLB

    Matt Macri
    Rochester Red Wings
    Triple-A International League

    Chris Michalak
    Albuquerque Isotopes
    Triple-A Pacific Coast League

    Jeff Samardzija
    Iowa Cubs
    Triple-A Pacific Coast League

     

     

    Steve Sollmann
    Nashville Sounds
    Triple-A Pacific Coast League

    Brant Ust
    Tacoma Rainiers
    Triple-A Pacific Coast League

    Craig Cooper
    San Antonio Missions
    Double-A Texas League

    Grant Johnson
    Tennessee Smokies
    Double-A Southern League

    Jeff Manship
    New Britain Rock Cats
    Double-A Eastern League

    Brian Stavisky
    Arkansas Travelers
    Double-A Texas League

    John Axford
    Brevard County Manatees
    Class A Advanced Florida State League

    Dan Kapala
    Staten Island Yankees
    Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League

    Wade Korpi
    Jamestown Jammers
    Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League

    Chris Niesel
    Mahoning Valley Scrappers
    Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League

    David Phelps
    Staten Island Yankees
    Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League

    Kyle Weiland
    Lowell Spinners
    Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League

    Joey Williamson
    Asheville Tourists
    Class A South Atlantic League

    Brett Graffy
    Bristol Sox
    Rookie Appalachian League

    Brett Lilley
    Johnson City Cardinals
    Rookie Appalachian League

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