Bobcats in the Pros: Georgia College Professional Baseball Update Round Three

Bobcat Baseball Alums Brandon Benson and Logan Mattix
Bobcat Baseball Alums Brandon Benson and Logan Mattix

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Get an update on former Georgia College student-athletes working their way through the ranks of professional baseball.

 

Josh Taylor (2014)
Pitcher for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Boston Red Sox Class Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League … Started season with Class-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide, traded to the Red Sox organization after going 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA over 14 relief appearances … Added 20 strikeouts over 16 innings for the Rawhide … Has pitched in 25 games for Portland, going 1-4 with a 4.21 ERA and four saves in five opportunities … Totaled 24 whiffs in 25 2/3 innings … Has one earned run over his last seven appearances … Portland is 47-67, sixth in the Eastern Division Standings.

Logan Mattix (2018)
Outfielder for the Quad Cities River Bandits, Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Midwest League … Has played in 39 games, going 25-for-134 with five doubles, 12 runs and 10 RBIs … Has hits in two of his last three games … The River Bandits won the Western Division for the first half and are 25-20 overall.

Brandon Benson (2017)  
Outfielder for the Peoria Chiefs, Class A League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Midwest League … Has played in 10 games since his callup, going 8-for-36 with three runs and four RBIs … Swatted his first Peoria home run Aug. 3 against the Cedar Rapids Kernels … Was the Player of the Night Aug. 6, going 2-for-4 with a walk-off win … Peoria is 28-16, good for second in the Western Division Standings.

Brandon Purcell (2018)
Catcher for the Gulf Coast Cardinals, Rookie League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Gulf Coast League … Has seen action in 20 games, hitting .254 with three home runs, 20 RBIs and eight runs … with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a run … His most recent home run came Aug. 5 against the GCL Nationals, a three-run shot as part of a 17-7 Cardinals win … The Cardinals are 29-14, atop the East Division Standings.

Brandt Stallings (2018)
Recently joined the Greeneville Reds of the Rookie Appalachian League after spending 12 games with the Billings Mustangs, another Rookie League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Pioneer League … Has played in 11 games for Greeneville, going 5-for-28 with two home runs, four RBIs and eight runs scored … Tagged his first professional home run July 16, adding another July 25 … Has hits in four of his last five games … Greeneville is 18-29, fifth in the West Division Standings.

Michael Antonini (2007)
Pitcher for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League … Has made 32 relief appearances, owing a team-best 1.19 ERA and a 3-2 record with 44 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings … Owns a 0.77 WHIP and a .148 opponent batting average … Has allowed one run in his last 17 appearances … Somerset won the Liberty Division in the first half with a 35-28 record and is second in the second half with a 19-11 mark.

Daniel Bick (2014)
Shortstop for the Ottawa Champions in the independent CanAm League … Hitting .282 with 33 RBIs, two home runs and 39 runs scored … Has 27 extra-base hits among his 77 over the 72 games … Has four multi-hit games in July thus far … Ottawa is 34-44, positioned sixth in the league standings.

 

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