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July 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH – Numerous Pitt baseball players are utilizing the offseason to improve their game by playing in various summer leagues. Eight current Panthers are represented on four different teams.

Panthers in Summer Leagues:

Alex Caravella – Petersburg Generals (Coastal Plain League)

After spending most of his career pitching out of the bullpen, Caravella excelled as a midweek starter during the second half of the Panthers’ season. He is continuing that success as a starter for the Generals, putting up some of the best numbers in the league and has been named an all-star. He is 3-2 and leads the team’s pitching staff in ERA (1.32), runs allowed (nine) and batting average against (.158). The lefthander has struck out 36 batters and walked just 10 in 34 innings of work, while allowing 18 hits, including no triples or home runs.

Casey Roche – Petersburg Generals (Coastal Plain League)

In 19 games played, including 17 starts, Roche is batting .250 (16-64) with three doubles. He has tallied nine RBI, while scoring seven runs and stealing four bases on five attempts.

Joe Harvey – Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League)

Harvey has assumed the closer’s role for the Redbirds and has been outstanding. His six saves are double the total of any other pitcher in the league. He has a sparkling 1.59 ERA in 11 appearances and has struck out 13 batters in 11.1 innings.

Boo Vazquez – St. Cloud Rox (Northwoods League)

A .300-plus hitter for the Panthers during his freshman season, Vazquez is doing the same in his first summer with the Rox. He is batting .301 (41-136) and shown great plate discipline with a team-leading 22 walks. He also leads the squad in triples (three), is second in hits (41) and third in both runs (20) and stolen bases (seven). He is on a tear as of late with at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games.

Elvin Soto – St. Cloud Rox (Northwoods League)

Soto joined Vazquez on the Rox part way through the season and has played in 15 games. He is batting .216 (11-51) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and three RBI. His home run came in a 3-1 win over the Rochester Honkers.

Eric Hess – Butler Blue Sox (Prospect League)

Hess has been one of the Blue Sox top hitters this summer with a .293 average (29-99) with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBI. He has also walked 14 times and has two stolen bases. He recently went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in a 20-10 win over Richmond. His home run came in an 11-5 win over Slippery Rock.

Jon Danielczyk – Butler Blue Sox (Prospect League)

Teammates at Cathedral Prep, Pitt and now with the Blue Sox, Danielczyk joins Hess on the summer league roster as a dual threat. As a pitcher, he has posted a 4.22 ERA with 20 strikeouts to just seven walks in 21.1 innings pitched. As a hitter he is batting .222 (10-45) with one double and five RBI.

Dave Yakopec – Butler Blue Sox (Prospect League)

Yakopec has been great for the Blue Sox in his five starts this summer, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.89 ERA. He has struck out 21 batters in 28 innings pitched. Following a loss in his first start despite not giving up an earned run, he has bounced back with a perfect 3-0 record in his previous four outings.

Current Panthers Excelling in Summer Leagues

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