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Former APSU Gov, Clarksville native Ryne Harper making the most of MLB opportunity

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – After nine years and just over 300 games bouncing around in the minor leagues, former Austin Peay State University (APSU) Governors baseball player, and Clarksville native, Ryne Harper is off to a great start in this first action in the major leagues.

In a team-leading 30 appearances so far this season with the Minnesota Twins, Harper is 2-0, with a save, five holds, a 1.93 ERA, and 27 strikeouts to just six walks in 28 innings of work.

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Ryne Harper (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Ryne Harper (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

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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 has Four Alumni active in the Minor Leagues

 

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APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – Four Austin Peay State University baseball alumni began the 2018 baseball season on minor league active rosters throughout the country.

Ryne Harper (2008-11), who was picked up by the Minnesota Twins organization during the offseason, began the year at the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He already has two saves in his first two appearances with the club, striking out all four batters he has faced.

Austin Peay Baseball alumni Tyler Rogers plays for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball alumni Tyler Rogers plays for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: Former APSU Baseball Pitcher Jared Carkuff now in San Diego Padres organization

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Former Austin Peay State University baseball pitcher Jared Carkuff was part of an off-season trade, Jan. 6th that also included major league player Yangervis Solarte, with the former Govs right hander moving from the Toronto Blue Jays organization to the San Diego Padres minor league farm system.

Carkuff played at Austin Peay from 2013-16 and drafted in the 35th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft by the Blue Jays and who along with center fielder Edward Olivares were two minor league prospects picked up by the Padres for Solarte – who had 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 128 games for San Diego in 2017 playing mostly at second base, but can play all four infield positions.

Former APSU Baseball pitcher Jared Carkuff

Former APSU Baseball pitcher Jared Carkuff

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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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Nashville Sounds releases Tentative Opening Day Roster

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club, in conjunction with the Oakland Athletics, has announced its tentative Opening Day roster. The Sounds begin the 40th anniversary season on Thursday when they open Pacific Coast League play in Round Rock, Texas.

Led by the 21-year-old number one prospect Franklin Barreto, the Sounds have nine players listed among Oakland’s top prospects (according to Baseball America). The list includes INF Matt Chapman (No. 3), INF Chad Pinder (No. 7), RHP Daniel Gossett (No. 8), C Bruce Maxwell (No. 10), INF/OF Matt Olson (No. 17), INF/OF Renato Nuñez (No. 18), RHP Paul Blackburn (No. 23), and RHP Bobby Wahl (No. 26).

Nine Baseball America Top-30 Prospects & Lipscomb Alum Highlight 2017 Nashville Sounds Squad.

Nine Baseball America Top-30 Prospects & Lipscomb Alum Highlight 2017 Nashville Sounds Squad.

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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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Nashville Sounds pitcher Jim Henderson Named To PCL All-Star Team

 

Reliever To Represent Sounds, Pacific Coast League At Triple-A All-Star Game On July 11th In Buffalo

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville Sounds pitcher Jim Henderson has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team and will represent the Sounds on the 30-man squad that takes on the International League stars in the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York.

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