RADLEY HADDAD SIGNS WITH NEW YORK YANKEES
Radley Haddad, Butler's starting catcher the last two seasons, has signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees. Haddad, a Carmel, Ind., native who transferred to Butler from Western Carolina, will be training with other free agents at the New York Yankees facility in Tampa, Fla.
"I'm excited about this opportunity for Radley," head coach Steve Farley said. "He's worked hard to keep his dream alive of playing at the next level. I know Radley will give it 100 percent."
Haddad finished his Butler batting .263 in 106 career games. He scored 53 runs in a Bulldog uniform and posted a .373 on-base percentage. As a junior in 2012, he was named to the league's all-newcomer team after batting .295. For his entire college career, Haddad hit .275 and made 100 career starts.
However, it was his defense that has enabled him a shot at the next level. Haddad totaled 89 assists as a catcher and finished with a .981 fielding percentage. Haddad threw out 20 players attemping a stolen base in 2013.
AMAZING CATCH AT TWINS-WHITE SOX GAME
There was a Butler connection during a Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game last week.CLICK HERE to see an amazing catch by the brother of former Butler standout (and current Oakland A's pitcher)
SUMMER LEAGUE UPDATES
Several Butler players are having successful summers around the country playing collegiate baseball. In the Northwoods League, Eric Stout, Kyle Kramp and Marcos Calderon are playing for Waterloo. The three players have helped Waterloo to an 18-7 record and the lead in the North Division. Stout is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA on the mound and batting .267 while playing outfield. Calderon, BU's starting centerfielder, is currently hitting .289 with 18 runs, 15 RBIs and nine doubles.
In the Prospect League, Will Schierholz has fashioned a 2.31 ERA in eight appearances for Quincy. He currently has made four straight appearances without allowing a hit.
In the Valley Baseball League, Kyle Allen has made six relief appearances for Waynesboro. Allen is coming off a sophomore season where he went 3-1 and led Butler in ERA.
Four Butler players play for the NWI Oilmen in Whiting, Indiana. Nick Saldutti, Nick Bartolone, Chris Marras and incoming freshman Danny Pobereyko have helped the team to a 12-4, first-place start.
Also, incoming pitcher Peter Nyznyk has seen time on the mound for Alameda of the Golden State Collegiate League.
Michael Fries and Austin Miller are playing for North Fork in Hamptons League. Miller, an infielder, is hitting .302 in 13 games and Fries is batting .245 through 15 outings.