Over the course of the summer, two former Bulldog pitchers have found success during their first year as professional players.
Tayler Saucedo, who was selected in the 21st Round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, began the season with the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian Rookie League. While a member of the Bluefield squad, Saucedo pitched 22.1 innings collecting 1 win, 1 save, a 2.42 ERA, and 18 strike outs. On July 29th, Saucedo was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest Class A Short Season League. While pitching with Vancouver, Saucedo has started 6 games and currently holds a 3-1 record with a 2.72 ERA and 29 strikeouts.
Logan Longwith, who was selected in the 20th Round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers, began the season with the GCL Tigers of the Gulf Coast Rookie League. While a member of the GCL squad, Longwith pitched 26 innings collecting 2 wins, 5 saves, a 2.42 ERA, and 24 strike outs. On August 31st, Longwith was promoted to the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn Class A Short Season League.
Both Saucedo and Longwith have been utilized by their respective teams primarily in the same role as they were used with the Bulldogs last season. Saucedo, who went 5-2 last spring, has been used mostly as a starter for the Blue Jays, while Longwith, who had 10 saves last spring, has been used as a closer for the Tigers.