Gauchos Shine in Summer Collegiate Leagues

Brandon Trinkwon (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Brandon Trinkwon (Photo by Vince Agapito)

The UCSB Gauchos Baseball team was represented well nationwide in the 2012 summer collegiate leagues. Five Gauchos across four different leagues earned spots on Perfect Game USA's "Top Prospects" list in their respective circuits, while four UCSB players earned post-season honors.

"I'm very pleased with the way our guys played over the summer, "said an effusive UCSB Head Coach Andrew Checketts, "it really shows their commitment to the game and to getting better, which will benefit not only the individual players, but the Gauchos as well.

Heading the list is All-American Greg Mahle. who brought his two-way talents to the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League over the summer. All Greg did was sport a team-high .343 average and throw the first no-hitter for the Knights since entering the West Coast League. As if his six-strikeout masterpiece wasn't enough, Greg also picked up four base hits on the night. Mahle finished the season with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched. For his efforts, Greg was named as the utility player on the All-West Coast League First Team and was listed as the #11 prospect in the WCL by Perfect Game.

Fellow WCLer Parker Miles, who will be an incoming player for the Gauchos after transferring from  Chemetka Junior College, put up a strong campaign for the Klamath Falls Gems. Miles was named as the second baseman for the All-WCL first team after putting up a sky-high .488 on-base percentage and leading his team in both runs (39) and walks (45). 

In the New England-based Cape Cod League, UCSB shortstop Brandon Trinkwon parlayed a blistering start to the campaign into an appearance as the starter at shortstop in the Cape Cod All-Star Game. Trinkwon slowed down a bit, finishing with a .301 average after carrying a .345 mark into the All-Star Game, but he also led his team in RBI (33) and extra-base hits (16) in what is generally known as the most prestigious summer collegiate baseball league. Trinkwon was named the #70 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Perfect Game.

Back on the west coast, UCSB pitchers Jared Wilson and Andrew Vaqzuez both garnered top-20 spots in the California Collegiate League.

Wilson, the #15 prospect, was also named to the All-CCL Third team. Wilson finished with a strong campaign, going 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA and striking out 40 in just 36 2/3 innings pitched for the Los Angeles Brewers.

Vazquez, the #18 prospect, didn't stray too far from home, picking up a 3.13 ERA over 23 innings pitched for the Santa Barbara Foresters. Appreciating the familiar territory, Andrew, a 2012 All-American, had an impressive 6.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio over the summer.

Rounding out the list is UCSB first baseman Tyler Kuresa, who was pegged as the #40 prospect in the Northwoods League. Kuresa gave a solid performance for the La Crosse Loggers, posting a .282 batting average and a strong .373 on-base percentage.