Oct. 5, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Current and former members of the Pitt baseball team turned in successful performances this summer. The following are a few of the highlights.
Harvey and Vazquez Named Top Prospects in Summer Leagues
Sophomores Joe Harvey and Boo Vazquez both put up great numbers this summer, earning national attention for their efforts. Harvey, a right-handed relief pitcher, was selected as the ninth best prospect in the Cal Ripken League after an outstanding season in the closer role, while Vazquez, an outfielder, was named the 55th best prospect in the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League as a whole was ranked as the second best summer league in the country, trailing only the famed Cape Cod League.
In 15 appearances Harvey tallied six saves and struck out 20 batters to just eight walks in 17 innings on the mound. He finished the season with an 0-2 record and a 3.70 ERA for the Baltimore Redbirds. Playing for the St. Cloud Rox, Vazquez batted .315 with three home runs, four triples and nine doubles. He also drove in 27 runs and stole 10 bases.
Caravella Named Coastal Plain League All-Star
Senior Alex Caravella had a dominant season for the Petersburg Generals and was named a Coastal Plain League All-Star at the end of the season. The left-handed pitcher finished 4-2 and led the team with a sparkling 1.62 ERA. He gave up just nine earned runs in 50 innings of work with 57 strikeouts to 21 walks.
Multiple Minor League Players Promoted During Second Half of the Season
Thanks to solid showings during the first half of the season, numerous former Pitt players were promoted during the second half of the Minor League Baseball season. Matt Iannazzo, Kevan Smith and David Chester all earned spots on Class A-Advanced teams before the end of the summer.
Iannazzo, a left-handed pitcher for the Panthers just last season, made an extremely quick ascension in his first summer of professional baseball playing in the Chicago Cubs organization. After just four appearances in the Rookie League he was called up to Class A-Short Season. Following seven appearances there with the Boise Hawks, he was promoted to play for the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League.
Iannazzo’s strikeout numbers have been even higher than they were in college as he struck out 25 batters in 25 innings combined in the three leagues. Also of note, his first appearance for Daytona came on the road against the Clearwater Threshers in the same stadium that he started numerous postseason games in for the Panthers.
After leading the Kannapolis Intimidators in both RBI and extra-base hits and earning an All-Star appearance at the halfway point of the season, Smith was promoted to Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 77 games with Winston-Salem, Smith batted .273 with three home runs and 23 RBI.
Chester was promoted to Class A-Advanced Salem late in the season and appeared in seven games. He used that short time to prove he deserved to be there. Playing for the Salem Red Sox, he batted .360 with one home run, one double and five RBI. He had multiple hits in four of the seven games.
Landis Helps Akron Aeros Win Eastern League Championship
Relief pitcher Kyle Landis helped guide the Akron Aeros of the Cleveland Indians organization to the league title this summer. In the championship series against Trenton, Landis picked up a hold in the Aeros’ 7-5 win in Game 2. He also pitched two scoreless innings in a loss to Bowie in the opening game of a series Akron would go on to win in five games.