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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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APSU Baseball Govs in the Pros: The Midway Check

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Eleven Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball alumni continue to play professional baseball at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break, the official midway point of the baseball season.

The formidable list includes a pair of Governors – the ageless A.J. Ellis and Shawn Kelley playing at the major league level.

Austin Peay State University alumnus Tyler Rogers with the Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University alumnus Tyler Rogers with the Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

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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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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 Govs settling in to pro careers

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Making the transition from college to professional baseball happens quickly, just ask former Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff, who in a little less than 40 days ago were playing college baseball and now are settling into their pro careers.

Ridge Smith, a catcher, was drafted in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays organization and was assigned to the Bluefield (WV) Blue Jays of the Rookie Appalachian League.

APSU Baseball's Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff settle into their pro careers.

APSU Baseball’s Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff settle into their pro careers.

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Instant Peay Play: Four names added to pantheon of APSU Baseball Draft Picks

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – This past week in New York City, Major League Baseball held its annual amateur draft with four Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball players having their names called, bring the all-time total to 40 players selected in the draft from APSU since the first Gov was drafted in 1972.

Juniors Ridge Smith (catcher), Logan Gray (third base), Garrett Copeland (second base) and senior pitcher Jared Carkuff were chosen in the 12th, 13th, 30th and 35th rounds, respectively, marking the second time Austin Peay had has as many as four players drafted at one time – and trailing only the 2013 MLB draft were the Govs had five players picked.

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Four APSU Govs picked in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft, Saturday

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityNew York, NY  – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team saw a quartet of student-athletes drafted in the third day of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

Junior catcher Ridge Smith was the first Governors player to be drafted, hearing his named called in the 12th round (372nd pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays. Junior third baseman/outfielder Logan Gray went next with his hometown Kansas City Royals nabbing him in the 13th round (403rd pick).

APSU Baseball's Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff drafted in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

APSU Baseball’s Ridge Smith, Logan Gray, Garrett Copeland and Jared Carkuff drafted in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

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Austin Peay State University Baseball eliminated from OVC Tournament by Southeast Missouri

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – The improbable became the impossible as midnight struck on the Austin Peay State University baseball season, Saturday night, in an Ohio Valley Conference tourney elimination game at the Ballpark at Jackson.

After finishing a game at 2:48am, Thursday, and playing a 4-hour, 44-minute dramatic 13-inning game earlier Saturday, the physically-taxed Govs ran out of magic and pitching late against No. 1 seed Southeast Missouri, falling 10-4.

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Southeast Missouri 10-4 in OVC Tournament elimination game Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball falls to Southeast Missouri 10-4 in OVC Tournament elimination game Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

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13 inning affair ends with APSU Baseball besting Belmont Bruins, 7-4

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJacksonville, TNRidge Smith and Clayton Smithson slashed run-producing 13th-inning doubles while senior closer Jared Carkuff threw 6.2 innings of relief as Austin Peay State University survived against Belmont, 7-4, Saturday afternoon, in a marathon Ohio Valley Conference baseball tourney elimination game at the Ballpark at Jackson.

Austin Peay's Jared Carkuff pitches 6.2 innings in relief to help Govs beat Belmont in OVC Baseball Tournament, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Jared Carkuff pitches 6.2 innings in relief to help Govs beat Belmont in OVC Baseball Tournament, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

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Ninth-inning rally comes up short as APSU Govs fall to Jacksonville State at OVC Tournament

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityJackson, TN – Down by seven runs heading into the final inning, Austin Peay State University ended the game with the potential tying run on second base as the Governors near-miracle rally came up short in dropping a 12-10 Ohio Valley Conference tournament decision to Jacksonville State, Friday afternoon, at the Ballpark of Jackson.

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Jacksonville State; falls into losers bracket at OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball loses to Jacksonville State; falls into losers bracket at OVC Tournament. (APSU Sports Information)

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