ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball program is proud to have four players playing professionally at the present time and the Office of Athletics Communications will give periodic updates on how they are doing through the 2011 season.
Ty Wigginton, the Bulldogs first player to ever make it to the major leagues, is in his first season with the Colorado Rockies. Ty has been hot as of lately and has become the Rockies starter at third base. He came off the disabled list a few weeks ago and had an eight-game hitting streak. Wigginton raised his batting average to .264 with five home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBI. He's even stolen three bases. In addition, Wigginton was inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame last week.
Kevin Mattison is playing for the Jacksonville Suns, the Double A minor league club of the Florida Marlins. He has been having an outstanding season from the start and that continues. He is second on the club in hitting with a .335 average with eight doubles, a league-leading eight triples, four home runs and 26 RBI. The starting center-fielder is projected to be a starter for in Southern League All-Star game on June 21 in Jackson, Tenn. Last week, he went 5-for-6 in a game with Montgomery as he posted two triples and scored two runs. Mattison also leads the team in stolen bases with 18.
Alan DeRatt is playing for the Modesto Nuts, the High A franchise of the Colorado Rockies. DeRatt has been a middle reliever for the Nuts this season. He has posted a 3-2 record with a 4.74 ERA. As usual, Alan has outstanding strikeout-to-walk ratio. DeRatt has 32 strikeouts, compared to 13 walks in 38 innings pitched. He has pitched in 15 games for Modesto in 2011.
Justin Schumer has been pitching for the Augusta Greenjackets, the Class A franchise of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League. Schumer was on the disabled list for much of May with an oblique injury. He recently returned to the club and made his first start at McCormick Field against the Asheville Tourists. On a pitch-count, Schumer worked four innings, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out three against a tough-hitting Tourists club. He is a 2-2 on the year with a 7.12 ERA. Schumer has posted 14 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work.
Schumer told the Asheville Citizen-Times after the game last week.
I felt like I threw the ball pretty well after a month off," said Schumer. "My pitch count was 60, so I felt like I did the job while I was in there."
"He threw strikes, mixed it up a little bit and did a good job against us," said Asheville manager Joe Mikulik. "He wasn't overpowering, but he commanded his pitches pretty well. He was composed and kept his pitches down, and that's what you have to do in this ballpark."