Pro prospect watch

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With five recent OPRF graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, each week WEDNESDAY JOURNAL will be keeping readers informed of their progress. Stats are through Sunday.

Blake Whealy went 8-for-19 (.421) last week to raise his average to .259. He had three hits and two RBIs Thursday in Single-A St. Lucie's 4-1 win over Dunedin. With eight hits and only two strikeouts last week, Whealy now has the same number of hits (35) as punchouts.

Double-A New Britain right-hander Justin Olson pitched well May 17 but got the decision in the Rock Cats' 6-4 loss to Harrisburg. Olson gave up just five hits in seven innings, but they all went for extra bases?#34;two homers and three doubles. He allowed five runs, struck out eight, and retired 18-of-20 batters after a rocky first inning. The Twins farmhand is 3-4 with a 4.67 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings.

Vasili Spanos was Single-A Stockton's entire offense Thursday, driving in all five Ports runs in a 6-5 loss to Bakersfield. The DH/infielder hit a three-run homer in the seventh before singling home two more runs in the ninth. He went 6-for-25 (.240) for the week and is hitting .289 with four homers and 27 RBIs.

Reserve outfielder Ruairi O'Connor grounded out as a pinch-hitter in No. 10 Florida State's win over Jacksonville May 16. The Seminoles finished the regular season 48-16 (19-11 ACC) and will begin the conference tournament today at North Carolina. O'Connor ended the regular season hitting .231 (15-for-65) with two homers and 16 RBIs.

Western Michigan reliever Derek Schlecker struck out the only man he faced last week, stranding two runners in the seventh inning of the Broncos' 8-3 loss to Bowling Green State on Friday. He lowered his ERA to 2.56. By winning on Saturday, the team qualified for the MAC conference tournament to be played today (Wednesday) through Saturday. The MAC champion earns an automatic bid to the 64-team NCAA field.

Compiled by Daniel Heim

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