BOONE, N.C. Thirteen former Appalachian State University baseball student-athletes are currently enjoying professional baseball careers. Below is a look at how the Mountaineers in the Pros are faring:
3B Michael Pierson Orem Owlz (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - rookie)
Pierson was the starting third baseman in Tuesdays Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star Game in Spokane, Wash. Pierson has taken the professional ranks by storm and leads the rookie-level Pioneer League with an other-worldly .397 batting average through 41 games. His. .397 average is 34 points higher than the Pioneer Leagues No. 2 hitter and he also leads the league in hits (62) and runs (44), ranks fifth in OPS (1.014) and seventh in doubles (12). He is hitting .432 (19-for-44) with a home run and seven RBI over his last 10 games.
RHP Tyler Moore Roswell Invaders (Pecos League - independent)
Moore helped lead the Invaders to the Pecos League title with a 2-0 championship series sweep over the Santa Fe Fuego this week. Moore earned the win in Game One of the championship series. He worked eight innings in the series opener, scattering eight hits for six runs (four earned) while striking out three and walking one in Roswells 17-6 victory. In his first pro season, Moore went 6-1 with a 2.84 ERA over 17 appearances (four starts). He struck out 38 and walked only 10 over 44.1 innings of work.
RHP Taylor Thurber Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League - independent)
Thurber was named the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week on Aug. 2. In just his second professional start, Thurber tossed a complete-game shutout in the Boomers 7-0 win over the Joliet Slammers on July 30. He allowed only four hits, struck out four, walked none and needed only 87 pitches to twirl the complete-game gem. In three pro starts, Thurber is 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA, 11 strikeouts and no walks over 21 innings.
C Jeremy Dowdy Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox - AA)
Dowdy was promoted to double-A on Monday and has responded with hits in each of his two games with the Birmingham Barons. For the season, the fourth-year pro is hitting .233 with seven doubles and 14 RBI over 36 games for three different White Sox affiliates high-A Winston-Salem Dash (26 games), double-A Birmingham (two games) and triple-A Charlotte Knights (eight games).
RHP Ryan Arrowood New Britain Rock Cats (Colorado Rockies - AA)
Arrowood, who has spent much of the 2015 season at triple-A Albuquerque, is 1-3 with a 6.19 ERA over 23 total appearances this season. The fourth-year pro has been impressive at double-A New Britain with a 2.36 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 21 innings (seven appearances, three starts).
RHP Nathan Hyatt Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - AA)
Hyatt has spent the full season at double-A Arkansas and owns a 1-1 record and 4.93 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The fourth-year pro has struck out 31 in 34.2 innings of work and recorded a save.
2B Will Callaway Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants - A)
Callaway has served as the starting second baseman at single-A Augusta for much of the 2015 campaign. The third-year pro is hitting .272 with 16 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 36 RBI over 88 games this season.
1B Dillon Dobson AZL Giants (San Francisco Giants - rookie)
After a slow start to his pro career, Dobson is one of the hottest hitters in the rookie-level Arizona League with a .478 batting average over his last 11 games. He has hit safely in 11-straight games to raise his season average from .239 to .315. For the campaign, he has 11 doubles, six triples, two home runs, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored to go along with his .315 average.
LHP Jeffrey Springs Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers - rookie)
Springs has been impressive in his first season as a pro, going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 relief appearances at rookie-level Spokane. He has struck out 27 and allowed only 16 hits in 21 innings of work. The southpaw has been especially impressive against right-handed hitters, limiting righties to a .200 batting average.
2B Hector Crespo River City Rascals (Frontier League - independent)
Crespo, a third-year pro and 2014 Frontier League all-star, is hitting .244 in 67 games for River City this season. He is one of the Frontier Leagues top-fielding second basemen with just seven errors in 315 chances this season (.978 fielding percentage).
C Tyler Tewell Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier League - independent)
Tewell is hitting .242 in 33 games as a catcher for the Gateway Grizzlies this season. Seven of the fourth-year pros 24 hits have gone for extra bases (three doubles, four home runs) and he has compiled 16 RBI on the campaign.
RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland Joplin Blasters (American Association - independent)
Agnew-Wieland has made 18 relief appearances this season and owns a 4.44 ERA. He has struck out 28 and allowed only 10 walks over 28.1 innings.
OF Jaylin Davis Minnesota Twins organization
Davis, a 24th-round selection by the Twins in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, has not made his pro debut as he continues to rehabilitate an arm injury sustained in Appalachian States game versus Texas State on March 14.
Photo Courtesy, Tyler Moore, App State Athletics