Several Butler baseball players are sharpening their skills for the upcoming 2012 season by playing in collegiate baseball leagues throughout the country this summer. The following is an update on how nine of the Bulldogs are performing.
Three Bulldogs, sophomore Pat Guinane, senior Mike Hoscheit and senior Brian Padove, have helped the Crystal Lake Cardinals of the Chicago Suburban League to a 10-4 record. Guinane, who was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team this year, is batting .321 and has four stolen bases. Hoscheit, who is averaging .231, has batted in five runs and blasted one home run. Padove is currently batting 2-for-12 in six games of action. While pitching, he has not allowed an earned run in 5.67 innings pitched and has picked up one save.
Senior left-hander Brad Schnitzer, who is pitching for the North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate League, has helped the team to a 5-6 record so far this season. In his seven innings pitched, he has struck out six and has yet to allow an earned run.
Catching for the Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley League, Nick Hladek is posting a batting average of .333 and leads the team in home runs (3) and RBIs (11). The senior has started in 12 games for the Lumberjacks, who are 7-8.
Right-handed pitchers Jordan Goldschmidt and Kyle Kramp are pitching for the Waterloo Bucks, who are 13-8 in the Northwoods League. Goldschmidt, a transfer from Eastern Michigan who will play two more seasons at Butler, has made four starts and struck out seven in 14.2 innings. Kramp, a junior, has one win and two saves while striking out 17 in 17.2 innings. He is currently posting a 3.57 ERA.
Senior catcher Radley Haddad and junior right-hander Chase Byerly are playing in the Prospects League for the Slippery Rock Sliders. Haddad is batting .283 with 11 RBIs in 60 at bats. Byerly, who has a 2.00 ERA, has picked up four saves. He has struck out 10 in 9.0 innings pitched.