COLCHESTER, Vt. - With their college seasons complete, five Saint Michael's College baseball student-athletes have been playing summer ball in collegiate leagues in Arizona, Florida and New York.
Rising junior Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) and rising sophomore Ozzie Rodriguez (Tampa, Fla./Boca Ciega) are playing for the Genesee (N.Y.) Rapids of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), rising juniors Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) and Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) are members of the Old Pueblo Kings in the Tucson, Arizona-based Sun Belt College Baseball League (SBCBL), while rising sophomore Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) plays for the Boca Raton (Fla.) Blazers in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League (SFCBL).
Azpeitia has fielded at a .940 clip between second and third base and shortstop while mainly batting toward the bottom of the Rapids' order this summer. He is batting .270 with a .342 on-base percentage for the 15-21-1 Genesee squad, based out of Houghton, N.Y., while tying for second on the team in hits (27) and placing third in runs (15) while adding 11 RBI, 10 walks and a 7-for-8 showing on stolen base attempts. During the college season, Azpeitia had 28 hits, 14 runs and four stolen bases while starting at second and third base, shortstop, and in left field.
Rodriguez has made seven of his 10 Rapids appearances out of the bullpen, going 1-2 while striking out 20 batters in 26.1 innings. He allowed only two earned runs on six hits in his first seven innings over four outings, striking out six and walking four. Rodriguez's best performance came on June 28 in a 3-0 win over Cortland, when he tossed five innings of one-hit ball while fanning seven batters and walking four. During the college season, Rodriguez saw time in 10 games, including two starts, while striking out 18 batters in 26.2 frames.
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Giroux-Harvey have both batted in various spots across the Kings' lineup, including Kroeger leading off for many games. In limited available statistics, Kroeger, who was named a league all-star two weeks ago, was batting .333 with a .476 slugging percentage. Giroux-Harvey had a .333 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage for the 6-18 Kings.
As the Purple Knights' starting right fielder, Kroeger had 33 hits, 23 runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI this spring, while Giroux-Harvey knocked 26 hits while driving in 15 runs, hitting two home runs and walking 24 times. He split his appearances mostly between catcher and left field.
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Oetterer is hitting .263 with eight runs and four times hit by a pitch as one of his team's catchers while showing some of the best plate discipline on the 13-24 Blazers, walking nine times to 10 strikeouts. During his rookie season with the Purple Knights, Oetterer started 26 of his 37 games behind the plate, driving in 21 runs, scoring 17 more and socking 26 hits.
The SFCBL is a premier wooden bat summer league that was established in 2011, with each team playing 40 regular-season contests. Visit southfloridacollegiateleague.com for more information.