As the college baseball season winds down, the professional baseball season is only warming up. Here’s what former Illini are up to in the big leagues now:
Tanner Roark, P, Washington Nationals
Roark has a 2-4 record in nine starts for the Nationals so far this season with a 3.39 ERA. In 58.1 innings pitched, he has struck out 53 while only walking 17.
On Roark’s last start Saturday, he gave up six hits in seven innings pitched, giving up three runs and picking up a loss. Roark has yet to leave the game prior to the fifth inning this season, and he has made it into the seventh inning in each of his four previous starts.
Tyler Jay, P, Chattanooga Lookouts
Jay has made eight relief appearances for the Minnesota Twins’ Double-A squad, giving up only two runs in 12.1 innings pitched, good for a 1.46 ERA.
He has converted one save in two opportunities.
Jason Goldstein, C, Stockton Ports
Goldstein has four hits in ten at-bats this season, having played in only three games for the Oakland Athletics’ High A affiliate.
Adam Walton, 2B, Visalia Rawhide
Playing for the Diamondbacks’ High A team, Walton has played in 24 games so far this season, and has been hitting .240, with a .360 slugging percentage.
Walton has hit two home runs, and driven in 11 total runs.
Pat McInerney, 1B, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
McInerney has played in 35 games so far this season for the Brewers’ Class A affiliate, putting up a .221 batting average and a .459 slugging percentage.
After a strong start, his bat has tapered off slightly, but he’s still hit seven home runs and driven in 16 runs on the season.