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Instant Peay Play: Eleven former APSU Govs continue to shine in pro baseball leagues as MLB All-Star week approaches

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – With one week to go before Major League Baseball takes a pause for its annual mid-season All-Start Game, 11 former Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players are still getting it done on pro baseball fields around America and in international leagues.

Currently, two former Govs pitchers Shawn Kelley (Texas Rangers) and Ryne Harper (Minnesota Twins) are on MLB rosters, with Kelley leading the team with 11 saves — as the team’s closer – while also having three wins in five decisions and a 2.79 ERA, while Harper has made the most of his first action in the majors in posting a 3-1 record with a save and a 2.97 ERA as a set-up man out of the bullpen.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) throws against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

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Instant Peay Play: Big week of honors, realizations and futures for several APSU Govs

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – It may be summer and the first action for any Austin Peay State University (APSU) sports teams this fall may still be just over 60 days away, but that doesn’t mean anything didn’t happen this week in Governors sports, as several current and former Govs received honors and realized some dreams to continue their futures in their respective sports.

Things got kicked off on Wednesday, as Governor baseball players Parker Phillips and Greg Leban had their names selected in the 2019 Major league Baseball Draft.

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APSU Baseball’s Parker Phillips, Greg Leban picked in 2019 MLB Draft

 

APSU BaseballNew York City, NY – Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team’s Parker Phillips and pitcher Greg Leban saw their names on the draft board during Day 3 of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, which concluded Wednesday, May 5th.

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Instant Peay Play: Several APSU Players could hear named called during MLB Draft

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – The dream of having a chance to play in the major leagues could become reality this week for several Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players, with the 2019 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft running June 3rd through June 5th in Secaucus, NJ.

The APSU Govs have a long history in the draft — dating back to the Govs first draft selection in the 1972 draft, Tim Burns, who went in the second round — and this year’s 40-round draft should be no different.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Michael Costanzo joins list of Govs picked in MLB Draft

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball program has had a history over the years of getting players selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and this year was no exception with APSU Governors starting pitcher Michael Costanzo being selected by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Costanzo, a native of Chicago, was selected in the 31st round by the Rays – the 930th overall pick in the draft– while also being a part of a record 16 overall players from the Ohio Valley Conference to be chosen in this year’s draft.

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APSU Baseball unable to hold off Middle Tennessee in 10-4 loss

 

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APSU BaseballMurfreesboro, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team grabbed an early lead but could not hold off a late Middle Tennessee charge in a 10-4 nonconference loss, Tuesday night at Reese Smith Jr. Field.

Austin Peay (23-18) saw starting pitcher Josh Rye set the tone early, providing four scoreless innings to start the game, striking out three of the 15 batters he faced in the scoreless start. 

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Middle Tennessee 10-4 in Murfreesboro Tuesday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Middle Tennessee 10-4 in Murfreesboro Tuesday night. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Alex Robles joins list of all-time greats to be picked in MLB Draft

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – When recent Austin Peay State University graduate baseball player Alex Robles was selected in the 30th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on June 14th he joined an outstanding list of former APSU baseball players that have started their aspiring journeys to the big leagues with their names being called in the draft.

Drafted with the 886th overall pick, as a right-handed pitcher by the Minnesota Twins, Robles — who is from Tucson, AZ – became the 41st Governor to be drafted, since Tim Burns was drafted in 1972 by the California Angels.

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Instant Peay Play: Former APSU Baseball Gov part of historic mark for minor league team

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Ryne Harper, who was a member of the Austin Peay State University baseball team from 2008-11 and current member of the Jackson (TN) Generals, was a part of a history-making first half for the franchise.

The 6-foot-3, right-handed, Clarksville native is a middle reliever and has been an important cog for the Generals, the Double A minor league farm team for the Seattle Mariners, who set a club record with 46 wins in their season’s first half.

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Austin Peay to induct baseball’s Rowdy Hardy into APSU Hall of Fame

 

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Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay was fortunate things didn’t work out for Rowdy Hardy at his first college baseball stop

After one redshirt year at Ole Miss, Hardy elected to transfer to Jackson State Community College, where he pitched for former Gov Steve Cornelison and led the conference in innings pitched.

At that point, Austin Peay set its sights on the durable hurler— then-APSU head coach Gary McClure always had a penchant for lefties. But not even McClure could not have envisioned what the 6-2 slender slinger was going to accomplish during the next three seasons and in the process earn the distinction of becoming a member of APSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Colby Wilson’s Braves Report: Out of the Desert

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – It was hard not to feel as though Christmas had come early when news of the Shelby Miller deal broke.

A Dansby Swanson? All for me? And an Aaron Blair for my pitching collection? And wow… an Ender Inciarte! I’ve never had one of those! Oh here, I got you a Shelby Miller… slightly used. Hmm, I feel kinda bad about that now. Want a gift card?

If I knew any Diamonbacks fans, I probably would’ve felt bad for them. They’ve now mortgaged three first-round picks—including Swanson, the No. 1 overall in 2015—and a legitimately exciting defensive outfielder for Shelby Miller, a marginal pitching prospect and the right not to pay Bronson Arroyo any more money. The franchise is going for it, which is an exciting phrase to hear—it was also the same phrase Braves fans heard when Atlanta acquired the Upton’s, and that didn’t turn out all that well.

The Atlanta Braves trade pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Ender Inciarte along with minor-league prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. (Brett Davis-  USA TODAY Sports)

The Atlanta Braves trade pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Ender Inciarte along with minor-league prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. (Brett Davis- USA TODAY Sports)

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