July 13, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Several Michigan State baseball players are having success in various collegiate summer leagues across the country.
First baseman Jeff Holm is in the race for the Triple Crown playing for the Chillicothe Paints in the Prospect League. Named to the all-star team, Holm leads the league in batting (.377) and RBIs (41), and is tied for first with seven homers. Teammate Torsten Boss also earned an all-star nod and is hitting .336 with one homer, 18 RBIs, four triples and a .466 on-base percentage.
Second baseman Ryan Jones, who was named the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was selected to the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game. Jones leads the Southern Ohio Copperheads in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.394), runs (19), hits (26) and stolen bases (14). Jones' .394 batting average is currently fourth in the league heading into the all-star game.
Playing for the Cotuit Kettleers in the famed Cape Cod League, right-hander A.J. Achter is having a strong summer season, ranking 10th in the league with his 1.16 ERA. Achter, who was drafted in the 46th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by Minnesota but elected to pitch for MSU his senior season, has allowed just three earned runs in 23.1 innings to go along with 19 strikeouts.
Fellow right-hander Tony Bucciferro is having an equally successful stint on the East Coast pitching for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Bucciferro is second in the NECBL with a 0.90 ERA and has struck out 25 batters in 30.0 innings of work. He owns a 2-1 record and opponents are only hitting .224 against him.