August 5, 2012

Lineup Card


Lineup Card is a feature highlighting notes from around college baseball.


August 1-5, 2012


Tucker Frawley (left) of Coastal Carolina was named the 2011-12 Big South Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year, as voted by the league’s sports information directors. A First Team Academic All-American in 2012, Frawley graduated magna cum laude in physics with a 3.94 GPA this past May. A semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, Frawley was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He batted .296 this past season with 25 runs and 27 RBI.


Michael Rogers has been named pitching coach at Appalachian State. Rogers was a two-time All-American hurler at NC State when ASU head coach Billy Jones was an assistant with the Wolfpack. Rogers was picked in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft by Oakland and spent four years in the A’s system. He pitched for two seasons in independent leagues. For the past two years, he has operated the Michael Rogers Baseball Academy in his hometown of Hamilton, N.J.


Senior catcher Jeff Melillo of Rutgers set a record in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with an on-base percentage of .548, eclipsing the mark of .526 set by Mike Tamsin in 2008. Melillo led the NECBL with a batting average of .404. His Newport Gulls went 31-10 and claimed the No. 1 seed in the East Division.


Former Connecticut standout Mike Olt has been called up from Double-A by the Texas Rangers. He was leading the Texas League in home runs (28) and slugging percentage (.579). Olt was second in the league with 82 RBI. He was the 49th player selected in the 2010 MLB Draft.


Robbie Monday has joined the staff at his alma mater, UNC Wilmington. Monday played for the Seahawks in 2009 and 2010, setting a program record with a slugging percentage of .620. He was an assistant this past season at Barton.


Matt Duval has been named volunteer assistant at Siena. Duval was recruiting coordinator at Benedictine College and was an assistant at his alma mater, Mt. Aloysius, and at Burlington College. He has also coached in the Coastal Plain and Perfect Game summer collegiate baseball leagues.


Alex Guerra will become the volunteer assistant coach at UCF, while Rich Witten is the new director of baseball operations. Guerra batted .311 in three seasons at Radford before becoming director of operations at UCF this past year. Witten recently graduated from Coastal Carolina and was a First Team All-Big South performer with the Chanticleers.


Chris Moore will remain on staff as an assistant coach at Appalachian State and has been promoted to recruiting coordinator under head coach Billy Jones. Moore was the hitting coach with the Mountaineers for the past two seasons, helping ASU set a school record with 41 victories in 2012 with its first Southern Conference title since 1987, first NCAA Regional since 1986 and first NCAA postseason win since 1973. Moore played at Western Carolina from 1996-99 and coached at Davidson, Lander and West Georgia before arriving in Boone.


Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay will be an instructor during the inaugural USA Baseball 14-U National Team Development Program from Aug. 3-9 in Cary, N.C. The program is making its debut this summer.


(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina Media Relations Offive))