While we are still about five weeks away from Opening Day in Major League Baseball, the collegiate baseball season kicked off this past weekend, with teams competing in tournaments throughout the country. Given that so many past and present Big Train players returned to the field over the last few days, it is a fitting time to provide individual player updates and let our fans know how some of our guys performed in their first action of the 2017 collegiate season:
Brandon Gum - Shortstop - (BT 2012 & 2015)
- Gum, a 2-year Big Train player, got off to a sizzling start, going 4/8 with a double and 2 RBI over the course of the Terps’ 3-game Clearwater Tournament in Florida.
Michael Rescigno - Pitcher - (BT 2015)
- Rescigno did not receive any playing time during the season’s opening weekend, but expectations remain high for the right-handed pitcher, who is currently the #1 Senior prospect in the country and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 25th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
St. Mary’s Gaels:
Zach Kirtley - Infielder - (BT 2015)
- Kirtley, the #75 Junior prospect in the country, had a productive first weekend, going 3/8 with two doubles and 3 RBI, helping the Gaels start the season 2-0.
Kevin Milam - Pitcher/Infielder - (BT 2017)
- Milam, who will play for the Big Train in the upcoming summer, got off to a solid start this season, going 2/8 in the opening weekend with a home run.
Jake Valdez - Pitcher - (BT 2014)
- Valdez, a Redshirt Senior who missed all of last season due to injury, pitched two shutout innings in his long-awaited return to action.
Drew Strotman - Pitcher - (BT 2015 & 2016)
- Strotman picked up the win in his first appearance of the season, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing only 1 run.
Johnny York - Pitcher - (Big Train 2016)
- York, who was Second Team All-WCC last season, pitched strongly during his first trip to the mound, going 5.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs.
James Madison Dukes
Matt Marsili - Pitcher- (Big Train 2016 & 2017)
- Marsili, who will be returning to the Big Train for his second season in 2017, has had a flawless start to the collegiate season, pitching 1.2 shutout innings, including 1 inning of relief in the Dukes win over Coastal Carolina, the reigning National Champions.
George Mason Patriots
Logan Driscoll - Catcher/DH - (Big Train 2017)
- Driscoll’s collegiate career got off to a blazing start, as the freshman went 7/13 with a homer and 5 RBI over his first three games. His impressive performance earned him A-10 Rookie of the Week honors, and helped the Patriots start the season with a 2-1 record.
High Point Panthers
Jordan Sergent - Pitcher/Outfielder - (Big Train 2017)
- Sergent, who will be making his debut for the Big Train in the upcoming summer, has started hot at the plate, going 3/10 with two doubles, a home run, and 3 RBI over the Panthers’ first three games.
Logan Gilbert - Pitcher - (Big Train 2016)
- Gilbert, currently the #26 Sophomore prospect in the country, has lived up to his lofty expectations to start the season, pitching 4.2 shutout innings, allowing a single hit and striking out five.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Kit Scheetz - Pitcher - (Big Train 2013 & 2014)
- Scheetz, a Redshirt Senior, picked up the win in his first appearance of the season, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out four.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Clayton Daniel - Infielder - (Big Train 2016)
- Daniel, who has received multiple Preseason All-American honors, has picked up right where he left off last season. The diminutive star has started the season 5/15, and will look to improve on his extremely impressive .372 batting average that he achieved last season.
University of San Francisco Dons
Harrison Bruce - Outfielder - (Big Train 2013)
- Bruce, a Redshirt Senior, continues to make his biggest impact on the base paths, where he’s started the season 3/3 in stolen base attempts.
Allen Smoot - Infielder - (Big Train 2016)
- Smoot, who was a Cal Ripken League All-Star last season for the Big Train, has started the 2017 at a torrid pace, going 4/12 with two doubles and 5 RBI.
Campbell University Fighting Camels
Jimmy Monaghan - 1B/Outfielder - (Big Train 2016)
- Monaghan, who helped lead the Big Train to the league championship, is off to a great start at the plate in 2017, hitting 4/6 with 2 RBI over his team’s first three games.
University of San Diego Toreros
Sean Barry - Pitcher - (Big Train 2016)
- Barry, a key member of the Big Train team that took home the league championship in 2016, started the 2017 collegiate season on a high note, pitching 3.0 innings, allowing a single hit and no runs.
UNC Wilmington Seahawks
Nick Feight - Catcher - (Big Train 2016)
- Feight, the #60 Junior prospect in the country, is off to a solid start for the Seahawks, going 4/13 to start the season with 3 RBI.