Panthers In the Pros is a new weekly feature that will take a look at how former Pitt baseball players are doing in the professional ranks. Check back every Monday throughout the regular season to see how your favorite Panther Pros are performing. Click on each player to be directed to their pro bio page.
Corey Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals - Class A Advanced | Florida State League): Despite seeing time up at the Double-A level with the Springfield Cardinals, Baker has seen his most success this year at Class A Advanced. Pitching in 25 games and making three starts, Baker is 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 68.1 innings.
Raymond Black (Augusta GreenJackets - Class A | South Atlantic League): In 30 games, Black has tossed 28.1 innings and struck out 59 batters, averaging more than two a frame. He is 1-3 with a save and a 4.13 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting just .150 against the righty.
David Chester: (Portland Sea Dogs - Double-A | Eastern League): Chester was promoted to Double-A after hitting .220 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 22 games with the Salem Red Sox. He has raised all of his numbers with Portland, batting .255 with five homers, nine doubles and 28 RBIs.
Luke Curtis (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers - Class A | Midwest League): Curtis started 2014 with the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League (Rookie), going 0-2 with two saves and a 4.15 ERA in five relief appearances. Since his promotion to Wisconsin, Curtis has one save and a 5.68 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
Adam Dian (AZL Rangers - Rookie | Arizona League): Pitt's most recent professional signee, Dian has pitched in two games for the Rangers, striking out two in two innings and allowing just one hit so far.
Joe Harvey (Staten Island Yankees - Class A Short Season | New York-Penn League): After pitching in two games with the Yankees of the Gulf Coast League (Rookie), Harvey was called up to the Staten Island Yankees. He has come out of the bullpen in all 10 games, posting an 0-2 record with a 3.18 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.
Matt Ianzzano (Bridgeport Bluefish - Independent League): The southpaw is 3-5 on the season with a 3.78 ERA in 24 appearances, including 11 starts. He had a season-high six strikeouts in his most recent outing against Lancaster on Aug. 7.
Joe Leonard (Gwinnett Braves - Triple-A | International League): The closest Panther to the Majors, Leonard was elevated to Triple-A earlier this season, where he is hitting .245 with three doubles and 14 RBIs in 32 games. Leonard spent 36 games with the Mississippi Braves in Double-A before arriving at Gwinnett.
Ethan Mildren (Fort Myers Miracle 0 Class A Advanced | Florida State League): Mildren went 3-5 in 13 starts with 56 strikeouts and a 4.03 ERA with Cedar Rapids in A-ball before being elevated to Class A Advanced. With Fort Myers, Mildren is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA in six starts. Between both leagues he is 5-6 with a 4.54 ERA.
Nate Reed (Salem Red Sox - Class A Advanced | Carolina League): In 15 relief appearances with Salem, Reed is 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA, averaging nearly a strikeout an inning (39 innings, 31 strikeouts). Prior to joining Salem, Reed played six games with the Sea Dogs at the Double-A level, posting a 6.75 ERA.
John Schultz (Evansville Otters | Independent League): In his second season with Evansville, Schultz is hitting .283 with eight homers, four triples, eight doubles, 35 RBIs and 40 runs scored in 64 games.
Kevan Smith (Birmingham Barons - Double-A | Southern League): Smith has put together a successful first season at the Double-A level, ranking second on the team with a .300 batting average. His 100 hits, 20 doubles and 44 RBIs rank fourth on the team while his nine homers is tied for third.
Elvin Soto (Hillsboro Hops - Class A Short Season | Northwest League): A 2014 Northwest League All-Star, Soto is batting .248 with seven doubles, five triples, 19 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 38 games. His five three-baggers is a league-high.
Matt Wotherspoon (Staten Island Yankees - Class A | Short Season New York-Penn League): Fresh off his Pitcher of the Week award, Wotherspoon continues to dominate his opponents. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings, spanning his last seven appearances. With 13 games and 23.0 innings, Wotherspoon has the second lowest ERA (1.96) of Yankees that have logged at least 20 innings.
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