Mountaineer Diamond Review: Fleming off to fast start with Bourne Braves

Mountaineer Diamond Review: Fleming off to fast start with Bourne Braves

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Mountaineer Diamond Review: Fleming off to fast start with Bourne Braves

WVUPros in the baseball world have had quite varied results from those continuing season-long hot streaks, others falling into yet another slump or veteran players dealing with injuries that keep them from getting onto the baseball diamond.

We start this week with one of the newest Mountaineers carrying over his success from his collegiate career to a promising start at the professional level:

Billy Fleming

It didn’t take long for Fleming to adjust from playing at Hawley Field in Morgantown to playing professional baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Through 10 games, Fleming has 10 hits, three RBI, six runs scored and five walks to help him get off to a 7-3 start to the season.

The All-Big 12 first team selection this year for West Virginia has started his career off on the right foot, as he sets his sights on making a Major League roster after being the only major West Virginia player not selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Vince Belnome

Belnome continued his path to return to the Major Leagues this season, collecting five hits and two RBI as the Durham Bulls looks to pull away from the Gwinnett Braves in the International League South division.

Strikeouts, though, piled up for Belnome with eight over the past week, five of those coming on Friday and Saturday against the Syracuse Chiefs at Durham.

Tyler Kuhn

Kuhn, who blazed a scorching start for Winnipeg this year, has cooled in his recent weeks after leading the American Association in batting average, but still remains second in the league in the category.

Over the past week, Kuhn had five hits, including a two-hit game in a loss to Quebec Capitales Saturday, keeping Winnipeg on top of the St Paul Saints in the American Association’s North division.

Ryan McBroom

McBroom got off to a bit of slow start since joining the Vancouver Canadians on June 19, but broke through with the best outing of his young professional career on Sunday. The first baseman collected a double and home run, including two RBI, to help lead Vancouver to 5-3 win over the Hillsboro Hops.

While still early in the season, Vancouver sit two games back of the Spokane Indians in the Northwest League’s North division after losing two games of their three-game series last week.

Grant Buckner

Buckner picked up his first RBI triple of the season in the Winston-Salem Dash’s Friday win over the Salem Red Sox. He also picked up another hit in a losing effort against the Lynchburg Hillcats Sunday.

Corey Walter

In his first appearance, Walter allowed two walks over an inning and a third pitched for the AZL Athletics against the Los Angeles Angels’ Rookie league club.

Ryan Tuntland

Tuntland went 0-7 with three strikeouts for the Augusta GreenJackets in his two appearances during a four-game series over the weekend against the Asheville Tourists.

Harrison Musgrave

The Colorado Rockies signed Musgrave to a contract last Monday and assigned the former Mountaineer pitcher to the Grand Junction Rockies, the organization’s Rookie league club. Grand Junction has been a part of Colorado’s farm system since 2001.

David Carpenter

After a great 2013 for the Atlanta Braves, Carpenter hasn’t been able to find a grove to this point in the year, which was made worse by hitting the disabled list with strained right bicep on June 17. The reliever’s 4-1 record does look good in the stat column for Atlanta, but will have to work on his 4.23 ERA through 27.2 innings pitched after returning to the team.

Jedd Gyorko

Gyorko had his protective boot and cast removed from his right foot last Wednesday, but returned the next day as the plantar fasciitis showed no improvement since going on the disabled list on June 6.

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