OMAHA, Neb. - The 2013-14 debut of Inside Bluejay Baseball offers a review of a smattering of Jays' players during the 2013 summer. Several Bluejays shined for their respectively teams led by returning senior Mike Gerber and junior Jake Peter.
Peter was invited to Team USA training camp in Cary, N.C., while Gerber earned a spot on the All-New England Baseball League (NECBL) first team.
As a member of the Ocean State Waves, Gerber compiled a .340 batting average with 10 doubles, seven home runs, 30 RBI and 26 runs scored. His seven long balls tied for the league-lead.
Peter did not make the final Team USA roster, yet the experience is one both he and head coach Ed Servais feel will significantly improve Peter in the season to come.
"It's an honor to have the chance to play for your country," said Peter. I've seen some of the other guys on the roster and I am humbled by this opportunity."
Several other Jays also delivered strong summer performances.
First baseman Reagan Fowler competed with the Palm Springs Power in the So Cal Collegiate baseball league. While helping his team to a 46-5 record, Fowler played in 37 games, starting 30. The sophomore from Omaha hit .389 recording 37 hits with seven doubles, 29 RBI, and 26 runs scored.
Pitcher Taylor Elman competed with the Bend Elks, posting a 4-2 record in 13 games. In 53.2 innings, Elman had a 3.35 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Ryan Fitzgerald and Matt Warren helped the Butler Blue Sox to a 33-26 record in the Prospect League.
Fitzgerald posted a .261 batting average in 55 games with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 16 RBI and 22 runs scored. Fitzgerald was also recognized as player of the week during Week 4 of the summer season (June 27). Warren started three games on the mound for the Blue Sox, posting a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings.
In 36 games with the Edmonton Prospects, Jays’ infielder Tommy Clouthier hit .248 with six doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and 17 runs scored. Clouthier also received action on the mound, pitching four innings for the Prospects.
Closer to campus, catcher Kevin Lamb played in 25 games, hitting .296 with two doubles, nine RBI and seven runs scored for Omaha Diamond Spirit.
Ben Lahn, Brad McKewon, and Cody Kottich also competed with the Diamond Spirit. Lahn hit .202 in 26 games with five doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. McKewon hit .271 in 17 games. Kottich competed in 10 games, posting a .296 batting average with two RBI and six runs scored.
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