July 29, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Summer is typically a time to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and warmth. But less than two weeks after the season ended in mid-May, seven current Pittsburgh baseball players were already back on the diamond competing for their respective summer league teams and have impressed thus far.
Three of the Panthers are playing for teams in the Northwoods League. Rising seniors, pitcher Adam Dian and outfielder Boo Vazquez are playing for the Waterloo Bucks and St. Cloud Rox, respectively, while upcoming sophomore Nick Yarnall is with the Kalamazoo Growlers.
After spending their first season in blue and gold together, sophomores Sam Mersing and Manny Pazos continue to be teammates in the summer with the Morehead City Marlins.
Rounding out Pitt's presence in summer league ball are rising senior Jordan Frabasilio (Walla Walla Sweets) and sophomore Matt Pidich (Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs).
Adam Dian: In 20 relief appearances for the second-place Bucks, Dian has assumed the closer role with 13 saves and a 0-1 record. Dian's 13 saves is second most in the league. In 20.1 innings of work, he has a 2.21 earned run average and 35 strikeouts to just two walks all season long. For his efforts, Dian was named a Northwoods League North Division All Star for the second consecutive year and pitched 0.2 innings of perfect ball, striking out one.
Jordan Frabasilio: Infielder Frabasilio is one of the top hitters for Walla Walla, ranking third with a .296 batting average in 23 games. He has five doubles and a pair of homers to his name and is fourth on the Sweets' roster with 19 runs batted in. Frabasilio reached base safely in his first 10 games, with his best performance - a three-hit, four-RBI day - coming during the stretch.
Sam Mersing: Making three starts so far this summer, Mersing has compiled a 0-2 record with a 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings. In the season opener, Mersing got the nod, going 5.1 innings and allowed no earned runs while striking out four in a no decision. Despite taking the loss in his most recent outing, Mersing struck out eight batters in 4.1 innings.
Manny Pazos: Pazos is proving to be a steady presence behind the plate for the Morehead City Marlins with a .980 fielding percentage, good for third best on the team. He has gunned down 14 would-be base stealers, which ranks third in the Coastal Plain League, and picked off a pair of runners as well. With 31 games played, including 23 starts, Pazos is batting .179 with five RBIs. On the season, he has four multi-hit games.
Matt Pidich: A relief pitcher for Mohawk Valley in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Pidich has totaled 13 appearances and a team-best four saves while posting a 7.90 ERA in 13.2 innings. His four saves ranks eighth in the league, with three of those coming in the last five outings.
Boo Vazquez: After spending last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Vazquez returns to St. Cloud for the break. Vazquez sits fourth on the squad with a .279 batting average and is tied for fifth in homers (4) and extra base hits (10) in 39 games played. He's also scored 22 runs, driven in 11, has eight stolen bases and 14 multi-hit contests.
Nick Yarnall: Yarnall has solidified himself as one of the top power threats for Kalamazoo, hitting .240 with 10 extra base hits in 48 contests. His 41 hits and 26 runs both rank fourth on the team while three triples and three home runs are second and third, respectively. Although he is tied for fifth with 23 RBIs, that total is just three behind the team leader. Yarnell's favorite opponent has been the Wisconsin Rapids, where in six games he is 11-for-21 with three homers, two doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.