Three former Newberry College baseball players are having continued success in the minor leagues. We have news on how all three of our current professionals are playing, as well as a former staff member who was selected to his league's all-star game in Greenville tomorrow night.
Casio Grider; Ogden (Utah) Raptors, Pioneer League (Rookie-A)
After a solid campaign in the Arizona Rookie League last year, the Dodgers' organization kept Grider in extended spring training at their complex in Glendale, Ariz. Grider earned the Dodger Pride award as one of the best players at extended spring training, batting .288 (19-for-66) with seven RBIs. Based on his performance, Grider has been promoted to the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League.
The Raptors start their season tonight in Casper, Wyo., with their first home game against the Orem Owlz on Thursday night. More information on the Raptors can be found at http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t530
Thomas Berryhill; Rome (Ga.) Braves, South Atlantic League (A)
Thomas Berryhill has been with the Atlanta Braves' Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League since the beginning of the season. In his relief pitcher role, Berryhill has made 20 appearances, earning an 0-1 record with three saves and a 4.44 ERA in 26-1/3 innings pitched. Berryhill has seen time as both a setup man and closer this season and has pitched on back-to-back nights three different times in his last 10 appearances. He has thrown 22 strikeouts and walked only five batters, with opponents hitting .284 against him.
The Sally League is on its All-Star break, and the second half of the season begins on Thursday night, with Rome visiting the Lexington (Ky.) Legends. More information on the Rome Braves can be found at www.RomeBraves.com.
Jared Locke; Sussex Skyhawks (Augusta, N.J.), CanAm League (Independent)
Former Newberry pitcher Jared Locke continues his journey throughout the independent leagues in 2010, this time in the Northeast and Canada with the Sussex Skyhawks. Locke has been coming out of the bullpen and has a 2-1 record with a 3.95 ERA in 11 appearances, including a win at Pittsfield in his last appearance on Saturday. In 13-2/3 innings pitched, he has struck out 11 batters and walked only three.
Sussex is just under a month into its season and starts a three-game home series against Les Capitales de Québec (Canada), who lead the league and have an eight-game lead on the Skyhawks, tonight. More information on the Sussex Skyhawks can be found at www.SussexSkyhawks.com.
Jeff Bodenhamer; Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads, South Atlantic League (A)
Former Newberry head athletic trainer Jeff Bodenhamer has been selected as the athletic trainer for the Sally League's North Division All-Stars. The SAL All-Star game takes place at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday night.