FIU first baseman/pitcher Gunnar McNeill just finished leading the Valley League with a .402 average and 50 RBI. McNeill also had six home runs for the Staunton Braves. Earlier in the Valley League season McNeill was named to the All-Star team.
Over in the Cape Cod League, Robby Kalaf was 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA for the Harwich Mariners. Kalaf appeared in eight games and made three starts. Edwin Rios hit .303 with four home runs and 20 RBI for the Orleans Firebirds.
Jabari Henry is one of several former FIU baseball players enjoying a terrific summer on the diamond. Henry is hitting .309 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI for the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners Class A advanced team). Henry is third in the California League in home runs and fifth in RBI.
Rudy Flores, who is playing in the same California League, is hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI for the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks Class A advanced team).
Mike Franco started his pro career earlier this year with the Tampa Bay Rays GCL team and was shortly promoted thereafter to the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League. Franco is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in four games, including one start, combined between the two teams.
Mike Gomez pitching for the Chicago White Sox AZL rookie team is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a one save.
Congratulations to Aramis Garcia on getting his first professional base hit last Saturday. Garcia had an RBI double in his second pro at-bat for the San Francisco Giants AZL rookie team. Garcia could face his former closer Gomez when the Giants and White Sox play on August 10.