Tuesday, 08 August 2017 17:30

Beeker, Ryan starring in Midwest League

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Clark Beeker, above, and Ryder Ryan play for the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Lake County Captains, respectively. Clark Beeker, above, and Ryder Ryan play for the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Lake County Captains, respectively. Denis Hubbard/Sports N More Photography; Courtesy Lake County Captains

The Midwest League includes 16 Single A baseball teams with classic minor league names like the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Kane County Cougars and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The league is also home to two pretty good pitchers from the Lake Norman community.

Former North Meck High star Ryder Ryan and former Davidson ace Clark Beeker are making their marks in different divisions this summer.

A 33rd round pick last year, the right-handed Beeker just earned his second straight Midwest League Pitcher of the Week award as a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He’s also the Minnesota Twins’ Minor League Player of the Week.
Beeker allowed no runs and four hits and struck out seven in 8.2 innings against Kane County Aug. 4. That followed a complete-game five-hitter against the Clinton LumberKings July 29, and Beeker has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts (23.1 innings). He’s now 10-3 with a 2.15 ERA in 121.2 innings this season. Beeker did not pitch in the three-game series with Ryan’s Lake County Captains in May.

Ryan is in the Cleveland organization, after two years at North Carolina and being selected in the 30th round last year. A righty, he is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 32 relief appearances. He has saved six games, and his first pro win came in relief against Cedar Rapids May 4. Through 16 appearances, he had an 0.84 ERA and was named an all-star.


Anthony Dimino, C
The St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced) are popular these days, as one Tim Tebow always draws a crowd and especially in Florida. Let’s just say it’s more than a .252 hitter typically generates.

Former North Meck Viking Anthony Dimino, meanwhile, is hitting .299 for the Mets after being selected in the 28th round out of Belmont-Abbey College in 2015. A catcher, Dimino has spent most of the year over the .300 mark.


Michael Russell, IF
The former Hopewell Titan and North Carolina Tar Heel is spending this summer at Double A with the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League.

A fifth round pick by Tampa Bay in 2014, Russell is hitting .236 with 20 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 37 RBIs. He has 17 stolen bases.


Durin O’Linger, RHP
The star of Davidson’s run to the Super Regionals has carried his success into the minor leagues with the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League.

An undrafted free agent, O’Linger is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in six appearances with the Boston Single A Short Season affiliate. He was recently called up to make two starts for the Salem Sox (Class A Advanced) and was 0-1 with a 9.31 ERA.


Will Robertson, OF
The former Davidson star’s first pro season has been a success with the Gulf Coast League Orioles (Rookie).

Robertson, who hit .333 for Davidson this spring, is hitting .326 with 12 doubles, two home runs, 25 RBIs and four stolen bases. Robertson was a 30th round pick this year.   


Bailey Ober, RHP
The Huntersville native is 1-0 with an 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings with the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins of the Rookie Appalachian League.

Ober was a 12th round pick by Minnesota this year after starring at Charlotte Christian and College of Charleston.



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