It's July 1, which means college baseball's summer leagues are in full swing, and we can really get a read on whether Auburn's representatives are rising to the top or falling behind. Below, you'll find stats for every Tiger playing this summer.
|Jordan Ebert, IF||Cape Cod||4||9||.393||0||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||3||0||0||0||0|
|Sam Gillikin, OF||Cape Cod||8||28||.333||4||11||3||1||0||6||1||3||8||2||1||0||0|
|Dylan Smith, IF||Perfect Game||13||39||.487||11||19||6||0||3||17||2||3||6||1||0||0||0|
|J.D. Crowe, C||Northwoods||12||35||.143||5||5||0||0||0||4||5||1||3||3||0||0||0|
|Rock Rucker, OF||Florida||16||56||.304||8||17||4||1||3||16||6||2||20||4||0||1||4|
Obviously, the big standouts here are Dylan Smith and Rock Rucker. Jordan Ebert and Sam Gillikin have done well when they've received plate appearances, but those have come few and far between. Even though the two haven't been given a ton of at-bats, it's nice to know they can produce in the nation's best summer league. Regarding Ebert, it's no surprise, but Gillikin wasn't able to get consistent playing time for the Tigers last season. Hopefully, this is a sign that he's improving and ready to lock down a spot in the lineup.
Smith is absolutely killing it. He doesn't average enough at-bats per game to make the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's statistics leaderboard, but if he did, the rising sophomore would have the best average of any hitter in the PGCBL. With more than half of his hits going for extra bases, Smith is really showing off a power stroke.
Rucker has been given the most opportunities at the plate, and he's taken advantage. His eight extra-base hits and 20 strikeouts prove he's a bit of an all-or-nothing hitter right now, but since his average is over .300, it's hard to complain. The Florida Collegiate League isn't the best around, so it will be interesting to see how his summer numbers -- if he continues to produce at this clip -- translate to SEC play.
|Trey Cochran-Gill||Cape Cod||5||0||0-0||0||7||3||2||3||2||5||6||.125||2.57|
|Rocky McCord||Cape Cod||2||1||0-1||0||7||8||0||6||2||2||6||.250||2.57|
|Daniel Koger||Cape Cod||1||1||0-0||0||5||5||0||2||2||1||2||.294||3.60|
|Dillon Ortman||Cape Cod||6||0||0-1||0||11||8||2||4||4||6||12||.205||3.27|
|Logan Traylor||Valley||7||0||0-1||0||8 2/3||7||0||6||4||6||3||.250||4.15|
|Trey Wingenter||Perfect Game||5||5||1-2||0||23 1/3||24||8||16||9||12||26||.253||3.47|
|Rock Rucker||Florida||2||1||0-0||0||1 1/3||1||0||1||1||2||1||.167||6.75|
For the most part, Auburn's pitchers aren't standing out in either a good or bad way. The Tigers are putting up good-to-mediocre numbers across the board, with a few of exceptions.
Justin Camp is absolutely dominating in the Valley League. His 1.18 ERA is ninth among all qualifying pitchers and he has one complete-game shutout under his belt. That 35-10 strikeout-walk ratio isn't too bad, either. Dillon Ortman's 12 strikeouts lead his team, and Trey Wingenter is leading his club with 26 Ks. However, Wingenter's eight extra-base hits, including two homers, are a bit concerning.
Terrance Dedrick is almost doing exactly what you'd want from a closer. He hasn't walked anyone and is averaging a strikeout per inning. That's the good; the bad is that in three appearances, he's given up three hits for extra bases, with one clearing the fence.
Rucker's future, at least for now, appears to be as a hitter. He hasn't seen the mound much, and when he has, the results haven't been great.