Plenty of Statesmen on the pro scene
by Andy Collier
Jun 16, 2013 | 1967 views | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In triple-A action, Edwin Maysonet is playing in his 11th season on the professional level as he is suiting up for the Iowa Cubs in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Maysonet is currently playing for Iowa and is hitting .255 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, 24 hits and 12 runs in 38 games. Maysonet has played in the infield and outfield and has committed just two errors error in the field. In 961 total games on the minor league level, Maysonet has scored 460 runs with 50 home runs, 352 RBIs, 835 hits and a .255 career batting average. He has also played 76 games on the Major League level with the Houston Astros (2008, 09) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2012) and has posted a batting average of .265 with 36 hits, 16 runs and 11 RBIs. He hit .250 in 30 games with Milwaukee last year. In his time in his professional career, Major League and Minor League combined, Maysonet needs just 29 hits more hits to have 900 in his playing career.

Maysonet played at Delta State in 2002 and 03.

In other triple-A news, the Gwinnett Braves released former Statesman reliever Dusty Hughes last month. Hughes had appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen for Gwinnett this season and posted an 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Hughes pitched for Gwinnett last year and posted an ERA of 3.31 with a 3-2 record and four saves in 54 appearances. This year was Hughes’s 11th season of professional baseball. In his Minor League career, Hughes has a lifetime record of 42-30 with a 3.54 ERA in 256 career appearances (95 starts). In his Major League career with Kansas City (2009, 10) and Minnesota (2011), he has a record of 2-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 80 appearances (1 start).

Eli Whiteside is currently playing in his 13th season of professional baseball as he is catching for the Round Rock Express in the Texas Rangers organization. In 34 games this year, Whiteside is hitting .165 with 18 hits, three home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. He’s been solid behind the plate, as he has committed just one error with a fielding percentage of .996.

In 774 career minor league games, Whiteside has a .240 lifetime average with 70 home runs, 355 RBIs, 631 hits and 292 runs scored. In his Major League career with Baltimore (2005) and San Francisco (2009-12), he has a career batting average of .215 with 10 home runs, 43 RBIs, 52 runs and 105 hits in 208 games.

Whiteside played at Delta State from 1999-2001.

In single-A advanced action, Brandon Hardin is currently pitching for the Winston-Salem Dash in the Chicago White Sox organization in the Carolina League. Hardin has had his share of struggles by posting a 5.59 ERA in 11 games. In 19.1 innings of work, he has given up 28 hits with opponents hitting .326 against him. He is also 2-0 with a save and 10 strikeouts with the Dash.

Earlier this year, he pitched for the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League in single-A ball. In seven games, he was 1-0 with an impressive ERA of 0.71. In 12.2 innings of work with Kannapolis, he gave up just two runs, one earned, on 12 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Hardin is pitching in his second season of professional baseball.

Hardin pitched for DSU in 2011 and 12. He was instrumental in guiding the Statesmen to the NCAA Division II National Championship game last year.

Earlier this year, former DSU pitcher James Hudelson was assigned to White Sox extended spring training from the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Last year pitching with Winston-Salem in Carolina League and Bristol in the Appalachia League, Hudelson went 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in 23 games. He gave up 31 hits with 15 walks and 28 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work. Opponents hit .258 against him.

Hudelson pitched for Delta State University in 2012 and played a key role in the team advancing to the NCAA Division II National Championship game.

In single-A news, former DSU pitcher Aaron Newcomb has gotten off to a slow start for the Burlington Bees in the Midwest League. In nine games (eight starts), Newcomb is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA. In 41 innings, he has given up 51 hits with 12 walks and 21 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .304 against him. Newcomb is currently in his second year of pro ball.

Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels organization. Newcomb pitched at DSU in 2011 and 12.

Former DSU pitcher Garrett Pickens, who was drafted in the 29th round of this year’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, has reported to Toronto’s Gulf Coast League Training facility in Tampa, Fla. where he will try to earn a spot on a professional roster.

Pickens pitched for DSU from 2011-13. During that time, he posted a career record of 5-2 with five saves and a 1.82 ERA in 28 career appearances. He sat out 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, but he came back this past year and went 3-2 with a 0.47 ERA in 17 appearances.

Andy Collier is the sports editor at the Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at andy.collier@bolivarcommercial.com