Former Cal State Bakersfield catcher Jake Ortega was promoted to the New York Mets’ Advanced Single-A affiliate in St. Lucie, Fla., after playing 10 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones in short-season rookie ball.
Ortega, who was drafted in the 28th round by the Mets in the MLB Draft in June, is batting .267 in 15 at-bats since being called up. He batted .280 with three RBIs in Brooklyn.
"I have been fortunate enough to transition really well to pro ball, mainly because I felt like I was really prepared," said Ortega in a news release. "Catching wise I felt (assistant coach Ryan) Cisterna really prepared me to catch at this level and taught me how to manage a pitching staff every night."
The pitching staff Ortega caught last season shattered the school record for strikeouts with 495 and earned four WAC Pitcher of the Week Awards. Ortega got a great look at what a professional pitcher looked like as Edgar Barclay, who was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 15th round and Darius Vines who was selected in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves.
"Catching Darius and Edgar was a huge plus because they both have big league stuff," Ortega said. "Being able to work with them all year definitely helped me."
Barclay, the Hawaiian native has also made a great transition to professional baseball. Pitching for the Yankees' Rookie League Affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, the lefty has allowed just one earned run in 12 innings pitched and has 14 strikeouts.
"Strong work ethic and mental toughness define both Edgar and Jake," said CSUB head coach Jeremy Beard in a news release. "It is no surprise that they have had early success at the professional level. They've been preparing and now they get to go out and play."
Darius Vines has pitched for two different Rookie Level teams for the Braves already this summer. He has 17 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched in six starts and one relief appearance to begin his career.
Minor League Roundup
CSUB's first major league player Austin Davis has been up and down between the Philadelphia Phillies and their Triple A Affiliate in Lehigh Valley this season. Davis last appeared in a big league game on July 17, and is coming off a scoreless outing for Lehigh Valley last week.
Mickey Jannis is in the midst of his 10th season of professional baseball and has split time between the Mets Triple-A and Double-A teams. In Double A, Jannis is 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts.
Playing for the Colorado Rockies organization, outfielder Mylz Jones was promoted to Triple-A on two separate occasions this year, but is currently back in Double-A with the Hartford Yard Goats. Former Roadrunner middle infielders Ryan Grotjohn and David Metzgar both reached Double-A this season. Grotjohn is currently with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, while Metzgar is with the New York Yankees.
After competing in his first international competition last weekend at the FINA World Championships, Cal State Bakersfield swimming star Kris Rogic returned to his native Croatia and won his second straight national championship in the 50-meter backstroke.
Rogic touched the wall in 25.92 to capture his fifth national title in the past two years. The junior swam a 25.91 to finish 36th at the World Championships in South Korea last weekend and earned last year's Croatian crown with a 26.29.
"Back-to-back national titles is huge for Kris," said CSUB Director of Swimming Chris Hansen. "Traveling from Los Angeles to South Korea for World Championships, then traveling from South Korea to Croatia, then getting in the pool at the national championships and winning shows guts. He has to be tired. He really stepped up his game this summer, and this is going to help him get ready for our college season as well as European Championships in London next summer."
Last summer, Rogic also won national titles in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 individual medley. The junior will defend his 100 back title tomorrow.
High school boys soccer
Garces senior Ebubechukwu Ekpemogu made a big splash Wednesday, scoring a goal for Team Twellman at the Allstate All-American Cup in Orlando.
Ekpemogu is one of just 40 boys in the United States selected to play in the game today. Team
Twellman defeated Team McBride 1-1 (5-4 in penalty kicks) with his goal being the equalizer in the second period.
The game was played today on the campus of Central Florida University and was aired on
ESPNU and the ESPN app.