With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, each week throughout the summer WEDNESDAY JOURNAL will be keeping readers informed of their progress. Stats are through Sunday.
Justin Olson took the loss in a five-inning relief stint June 13 when he allowed a three-run homer at Reading for the New Britain Rock Cats, a Double A minor league team for the Minnesota Twins. The defeat dropped him to 6-7. Olson rebounded to throw 1 2/3 scoreless innings Friday against Altoona. He continues to strike out nearly one batter per inning?#34;62 K's in 70 2/3 innings. Olson has a 4.58 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Fenwick graduate and 2004 draftee Mike Santoro reported this week to San Francisco's short-season Single-A affiliate in Salem, Ore., and began his first pro season last night against Tri-City. Santoro was picked as a draft-and-follow in the 49th round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft. After hitting .302 with 47 RBIs his senior season at Northern Illinois, he signed with the Giants just before the 2005 draft earlier this month.
Vasili Spanos had a .594 on-base percentage last week, racking up six hits and 13 walks with Stockton of the California League. He maintained his position as the Ports' top hitter by raising his average to .304. Spanos has 43 runs and 49 RBIs in 65 games.
Blake Whealy sat out St. Lucie's three games last week and then got some more rest as the Florida State League had its All-Star Break over the weekend. The Mets' high Single-A affiliate finished the first half at 28-35, 11 games back of first-place Vero Beach in the East Division.
?#34;Compiled by Daniel Heim