Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Mick Fennell (Butler)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Mick Fennell was selected in the 22nd round of this year's amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

That was quite fitting because the Butler High School graduate became a YouTube sensation over clips showing him turns backflips while playing at California University of Pennsylvania. Former Cardinals shortstop --- and Hall of Famer --- Ozzie Smith, of course, was noted for his backflips.

Fennell, a 22-year-old outfielder, has played well in limited action for short season State College in the New York-Penn League. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with an RBI.

Fennell also has three doubles, four walks and one strikeout. His on-base percentage is .526 and he has a .571 slugging percentage.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Colin McKee (Butler)

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Colin McKee is still trying to get his feet on the ground in professional baseball.

The Butler High School graduate has made three relief appearances for the Houston Astros' rookie-level Greeneville affiliate in the Appalachian League since being selected in the 18th of last month's amateur draft from Mercyhurst College in Erie.

McKee, 22, is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA. In 3 1/3 innings, he has given up six hits while walking two, striking out three and throwing four wild pitches.

McKee was named the 2015-16 Pete Nevins Male Scholarship Athlete of the Year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He had a 3.7 grade point average as a pre-med major studying biology.


Alumni Update - Colin McKee (Mercyhurst)

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Former Mercyhurst baseball players Colin McKee and Hank Morrison were selected in the 2016 Major LeagueMcKee Mercyhurst Baseball Amateur Draft on Saturday. McKee was picked in the 18th round by the Houston Astros. Morrison went to the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round.

McKee, a Butler graduate, was selected 546th overall while Morrison was 663.

During the 2016 season, McKee started 15 games and had an 11-2 record with a 1.82 earned-run average. In 94 innings, he totaled a school-record 141 strikeouts and 34 walks while holding opposing hitters to bat .167 against him. McKee was the No. 1 starter in Mercyhurst's pitching rotation.

McKee had received several other accolades already in 2016: PSAC West Pitcher of the Year, All-PSAC West First Team, NCBWA All-Atlantic Region First Team, NCBWA Atlantic Region Co-Pitcher of the Year, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team, ABCA All-Atlantic Region First Team, NCBWA All-America Second Team, ABCA All-America First Team and D2CCA All-America Second Team.


(photo courtesy of Merychurst University)


Alumni Update - Mick Fennell (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Former California University of Pennsylvania outfielder Mick Fennell was selected by the St.Fennell CalU Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft on Saturday afternoon, becoming the second Vulcan in the last four years to be selected in the MLB Draft.

Fennell, a Butler graduate, was selected with the 30th pick of the 22nd round, 676th overall, and is one of nine Cal U players to ever be chosen in the MLB Draft. He is the first Vulcan selected in the draft since 2013 when Kyle Petty was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round (687th overall). Three different players in school history have reached the major league with the last being pitcher Rick Krivda, who was selected in the 23rd round (602nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 1991.

A four-year starter, Fennell was a consensus all-region selection for the second-straight year and was a national semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award as a senior. He received first-team all-region status from both the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) this spring after being an ABCA Third-Team All-American last year. The Butler product was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Athlete of the Year and earned All-PSAC West laurels for the third-consecutive year (First-Team outfielder 2015-16; Second-Team third baseman 2014).



Alumni Update - Kennedy Evans (Slippery Rock)

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NEW ORLEANS– The Slippery Rock University women's track and field program landed six student-athletes on the All-Region team inEvans SRU the Atlantic Region, as announced this week by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In order for an athlete to be named All-Region, they must own one of the best five performances in their event among all athletes in the Atlantic Region, which includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The Rock are represented on the team by six women in seven different events, including five women that posted the best performance in the Atlantic Region in their respective events.

Those five women are Sabrina Anderson in the heptathlon, Kaitlyn Clark in the pole vault, Paige Kassab in the high jump,Jenny Picot in the 5,000-meter run and Sam Taylor in the javelin.

Slippery Rock is also represented on the All-Region team by Kennedy Evans in the 400-meter hurdles and Anderson in the high jump.

Evans, a Butler graduate, earns her first career All-Region honor in the 400-meter hurdles after moving up to the event from the 100-meter hurdles this spring. She posted an NCAA provisional mark in her first race at the distance and earned an All-PSAC finish with a third place showing last weekend. Her mark of 1:01.21 was the fourth fastest in the region this spring. 


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)