Friday, July 08, 2005

Update on Former Rebs

(OXFORD EAGLE REPORT) _ _ The New York-Penn League of Class A has quickly turned into a summer reunion for some former Ole Miss Rebels.Stephen Head, Matt Maloney, Eric Fowler and Brian Pettway are all playing in the short-season Class A league that started just under a month ago.Head, who was picked in the second round of the recent MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians, is hitting .412 for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who are based out of Niles, Ohio.Head, who is playing first base, collected two hits over Maloney's Batavia team and has two home runs, seven RBIs and a double in 17 at-bats.Maloney's Muckdogs squad were swept by the Scrappers but Maloney, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, is off to a good start. He is still 0-0 on the year but has struck out nine batters in eight innings of work against just two walks. Maloney, a left-handed pitcher, also sports a 1.13 ERA after only allowing one earned run so far.Pettway, who signed with the Toronto Blue Jays last Wednesday, is hitting just .167 in his first seven games and has struck out eight times in his first 30 at-bats. Pettway has hit a home run and driven in two runs.Fowler, who is a teammate of Pettway, is 2-0 in three apperances out of the bullpen with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Pettway and Fowler play for the Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays and will play Head's squad in a three-game series starting on July 28.Former Rebel teammate right-hander Anthony Cupps isn't on the East Coast, but he is playing minor league ball in Montana for the Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League.Cupps has gotten off to a rocky start in the rookie league as he is 0-1 in three apperances with a 15.75 ERA. Cupps has six strikeouts against just one walk in four innings of work but he has given up nine hits and seven runs.Right-handed pitcher Mark Holliman is the only Ole Miss junior who hasn't signed to play minor league ball. Holliman was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the third round which was the second time the Cubs selected Holliman in three years.