With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal has been keeping readers informed of their progress each week throughout this summer. Since regular seasons have ended, next week's season recap will be the final edition of the year. Stay tuned next year for continued coverage of area prospects.
Double A New Britain's Justin Olson didn't see any action in the season's final week, so he finished at 9-8 with a 4.79 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched. Olson made 15 starts and 16 relief appearances this year. New Britain, a Twins farm club, fell four games short of the playoffs with a 70-72 record.
Mike Santoro went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in the Giants rookie team's season finale August 29, finishing his first season of pro ball with a .200 average in 65 at-bats. He had one homer and 10 RBIs in 24 games split between short-season Single A Salem and the rookie club in Arizona. His team captured the Arizona League title by winning both halves of the season with a cumulative 39-17 record.
Infielder Vasili Spanos finished the regular season by going 3-for-9 in two games last week with Single A Stockton, which advanced to the California League playoffs beginning today. Spanos ended up with a .284 average, 15 homers, and 84 RBIs in 430 at-bats over 120 games split between Stockton and Double A Midland. Stockton qualified for the playoffs by winning the North Division second-half title. The Ports will begin the postseason with a best-of-three series against Modesto.
Blake Whealy had a great finish to his season, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer and eight RBIs last week to boost his final average 11 points to .212. Whealy hit his 10th homer of the year Thursday in Single A St. Lucie's win over Vero Beach. He finished with 36 RBIs in 292 at-bats. The Mets went 66-68 and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Compiled by Daniel Heim