Aug. 27, 2012
HOUSTON — Former University of Houston baseball standouts continue to excel at the professional level. With just under two months left until the MLB season comes to an end, 17 Cougars show well at all four levels of professional baseball.
Five Cougars are currently playing at the highest level and are active as of late August.
Michael Bourn – Atlanta Braves (Houston '03)
Leading the way is Michael Bourn, a two-time MLB All-Star and Gold Glove winner. Bourn is enjoying a record-breaking season at the plate, tallying 54 RBI and nine homeruns to date. The centerfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Bourn is leading off and hitting .287 with a .321 on-base percentage with 85 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.
Chris Snyder – Houston Astros (Houston '02)
Joining the Astros in 2012, Snyder has been able to step in and provide quality innings for the Houston club behind the plate. Playing amongst a group of young players, Snyder has held over a .300 on-base percentage this season, currently at .311. He has notched 36 hits, seven of which went deep for homeruns and 23 RBI.
Jesse Crain – Chicago White Sox (Houston '02)
As a White Sox reliever, Crain has tossed 34.1 innings and has struck out 42 hitters for a low 2.88 ERA and a 1.107 WHIP. He has battled time on the Disabled List this year.
Brad Lincoln – Toronto Blue Jays (Houston '06)
Lincoln began 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who enjoyed a very strong start, but he was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Seeing action both as a starting pitcher and a reliever, Lincoln has compiled a 4-2 record and a 3.22 ERA in 72.2 innings pitched. During that time, he has struck out 70 and has allowed just eight earned runs.
Rob Johnson – New York Mets (Houston '04)
Johnson has played with three different organizations over the last three seasons, but is currently with the Mets. He is on the 15-Day Disabled List as of late August, but is hitting .250 with three RBI and four runs scored in 52 at-bats.
Garrett Mock – Houston Astros – Oklahoma City (Houston '04)
Mock was recently traded to the Astros organization from Boston and is playing in Oklahoma City, Houston’s Triple-A affiliate. Mock is 3-2 with a 4.06 ERA. In 57.2 innings pitched, he has fanned 63 hitters.
Donnie Joseph – Kansas City Royals – Omaha (Houston '09)
Joseph has played in three different leagues this year along, but has found his niche, excelling in Triple-A for the Royals organization. With a 9-3 record and a 2.34 ERA to date, Joseph was a South Mid-Season All-Star. He has tossed 65.1 innings pitched, he has fanned 83 hitters and allowed just 17 earned runs.
Wes Musick – Houston Astros – Oklahoma City (Houston '09)
Musick joins Mock on the Oklahoma City Triple-A team for the Astros. Promoted to Triple-A this season, Musick played both in single and double in 2012. Battling some early-season injuries, Musick has managed a 4-4 record and 3.05 ERA. In 74 innings pitched, he has fanned 55 hitters as a southpaw.
Jimmy Cesario – Colorado Rockies - Tulsa (Houston '08)
Cesario has seen action in Double and Triple A this season. He is hitting .245 with five homeruns and 31 RBI for the Tulsa Drillers, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Cesario has scored 34 runs and holds an on-base percentage of .296.
Chris Wallace – Houston Astros – Corpus Christi (Houston '10)
Wallace has jumped back and forth from Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A OKC this season. The former Houston catcher joined former teammates Garrett Mock and Wes Musick on the OKC squad for several games. On the season, Wallace is hitting .260 with 58 hits, five homeruns, 35 RBI and 29 runs scored, while maintaining a strong .341 on-base percentage.
Bryan Pounds – Detroit Tigers – Erie (Houston '08)
Pounds played in 70 games this season. He hit .188 with seven homeruns and 21 RBI with 26 runs scored.
Caleb Ramsey – Washington Nationals – Hagerstown (Houston '11)
Ramsey has enjoyed a solid season for Hagerstown, being named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star. To date, he is hitting .296 with 130 hits and six homeruns, while driving in 65 RBI. He has also scored 74 runs and notched 19 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage.
Blake Kelso – Washington Nationals - Potomac (Houston '10)
Kelso has played in 102 games at third base for Potomac. He has driven in 31 RBI with 11 doubles and 85 hits for a .230 average, while scoring 51 runs and holding a .309 on-base percentage.
Michael Goodnight – Cleveland Indians – Carolina (Houston '10)
Goodnight has been a consistent starter for Carolina, affiliate of Cleveland this season. He holds a 4.85 ERA in 25 starts and 135.0 innings pitched. He has fanned 95 hitters.
Mo Wiley – Cincinnati Reds – Billings (Houston '12)
Wiley, a 2012 graduate at UH, has solidified his role as the close for the Billings Mustangs in the Rookie Pioneer League. He holds a 2-0 record and a perfect 0.00 ERA. In 12.2 innings pitched, Wiley has recorded eight saves and struck out 18 with just four walks.
John Cannon – LA Dodgers – AZL Dodgers (Houston '12)
Cannon, also a 2012 graduate, hit his first professional homerun in his first professional game as part of the AZL Dodgers of the Rookie Arizona League. He holds a .225 average with 16 hits, 17 runs scored, and 11 RBI as well as a .341 on-base percentage.
Jared Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks – Missoula (Houston '12)
Ray, a 2012 graduate, has made 12 starts for the Missoula Osprey of the Rookie Pioneer League and the Arizona Diamondbacks organization He is 3-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched. Ray has fanned 56 hitters to date.
as of August 27, 2012