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Former Cat Kingery named All-Star; 29 ex-UA players in pro ball

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Former Arizona Wildcat baseball standout Scott Kingery has been added to a prestigious all-star game in pro baseball.  Here is more from Arizona Athletics:

This Sunday, former Arizona Wildcats second baseman will suit up with the very best minor league baseball has to offer.
Kingery, a Philadelphia Phillies prospect, will represent the organization in the MLB Futures Game in Miami at Marlins Park. One of the more highly regarded prospects in minor league baseball, Kingery is having an eye-popping season after impressing the organization with a strong showing in Major League Spring Training.
In 79 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading, Kingery is batting .314 with 22 homeruns, 20 doubles, 21 stolen bases, 52 RBI and 71 runs scored. He has exactly 100 hits in 318 at-bats.
Kingery began the year with Reading in Double-A. In 69 games there, he batted .313 with 18 doubles and 18 home runs to go with 19 stolen bases. He was then promoted to Lehigh Valley, where he has not stopped hitting. In 10 games there, Kingery is batting .325. He's 13 for 40 with two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI.
He will return to Lehigh Valley after the Futures Game on Sunday and wait for his first call to the big leagues.
Kingery is just one of 29 former Wildcats currently playing professional baseball. Here's a quick at the other 28:
Major Leagues:
Nick Hundley, San Francisco Giants: Hundley, a Wildcat from 2003-2005, is in his 10th season in the big leagues and first with the Giants. Hundley has played in 50 games and is batting .252. He has three home runs, 13 doubles, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored. He has 75 career home runs and 648 hits.
Alex Mejia, St. Louis Cardinals: Mejia, the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2012, and Wildcat from 2010-2012, made his Major League debut earlier this month with the Cardinals. Mejia has three hits in seven games, including one home run. Mejia drove in both runs in a 2-0 win over Washington on July 2 and was given a curtain call from the St. Louis fans. Mejia was promoted after 74 games in the minor leagues with Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield.
Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants: Melancon, an Arizona product from 2004-2006, is currently on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury in his first season with the Giants. Melancon is in his ninth season in the big leagues and totaled 11 saves in 11 appearances before the injury. He has a 4.35 ERA with a 1-2 record.
Rob Refsnyder, New York Yankees: Refsnyder, part of the 2010-2012 core at Arizona and 2012 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, has had a couple of different stints with the Yankees this season. He's appeared in 20 games with 40 plate appearances. He has five hits, one double, one triple and a pair of stolen bases. In 34 games in Triple-A, Refsnyder hit .309 with 11 doubles.
Joey Rickard, Baltimore Orioles: Rickard, who joined Mejia and Refsnyder on the Wildcats from 2010-2012, is in his second season with the Orioles. This season, he's batting .261 with 37 hits, nine doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and five stolen bases. He recently collected his 100th career big league hit. He's appeared in 61 games for the Orioles this season and has played all three outfield positions for Baltimore.
Jett Bandy, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Milwaukee Brewers): Bandy, a Wildcat product from 2009-2011, played in 43 games with the Brewers earlier this season, but is now with the Sky Sox. In eight games with the Triple-A affiliate, Bandy is off to a red-hot start, batting .414 with two home runs, 12 RBI, two doubles and seven runs scored. He has three straight multi-hit games. Bandy has played in 115 big league games in his career.
Dan Butler, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox): Butler, who played at Arizona in 2008 and 2009, has appeared in 39 games this season for Pawtucket. He's batting .282 with 10 doubles, one home run and 18 RBI. The Phoenix native has played in 667 career minor league games with 573 career hits. He's batting .393 over his last 10 games.
Brandon Dixon, Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds): Dixon, a Wildcat from 2011-2013, is hitting .247 in 69 games for the Bats. The 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year has eight home runs, 15 doubles, 30 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 30 runs scored. He's been heating up recently with four multiple-hit games in his last eight contests.
James Farris, Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies): Farris, a four-year stalwart for the Wildcats from 2011 to 2014, was promoted to Triple-A from Double-A Hartford earlier this season, is having another strong year in the minor leagues. Combined between the two levels, Farris is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and nine saves. He's struck out 39 batters in 34 innings and has opponents batting just .228. At Hartford, Farris had a 1.45 ERA in 18 2/3 innings, striking out 28.
Johnny Field, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays): Field, who played at Arizona from 2011-2013, has played in 59 games for the Bulls this season. The fifth-round draft pick is hitting .255 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 19 doubles, seven stolen bases and 33 runs scored. He has flourished in the lead-off role for the Bulls.
Steve Selsky, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox): Selsky, who played at Arizona from 2009-2011 with Bandy, played in eight games earlier this season with Boston, but has now played in 56 games with Pawtucket. He is batting .241 with 10 home runs, nine doubles, 33 RBI and 26 runs scored. Selsky has 61 career minor league home runs to his credit and has homered twice in the big leagues in his career.
Cory Burns, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets): Burns, an Arizona Wildcat from 2007-2009, signed with the Mets as a free agent before the season and has racked up nine saves this season. Between Triple-A and Double-A, Burns has struck out 42 batters in 34 2/3 innings. He has a 6.23 ERA overall this season in 28 appearances.
Zach Gibbons, Mobile BayBears (Los Angeles Angels): Gibbons, in his first full season as a pro after playing at Arizona from 2013-2016, has already reached the Double-A level. Currently on the 7-Day Disabled List, Gibbons is batting .264 this season in 70 total games. He has 17 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 RBI and nine stolen bases. He played in 27 games with Inland Empire, the Angels' High-A affiliate and batted .339 before being promoted to Double-A.
Seth Mejias-Brean, Arkansas Travelers (Seattle Mariners): Mejias-Brean, a Wildcat from 2010-2012, was traded earlier this season from the Reds organization to the Mariners. In 53 games across three different teams this season, Mejias-Brean is batting .251 with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 17 RBI and 26 runs scored. He's currently with the Travelers and has played 18 games there.
Kevin Newman, Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates): Newman, Pittsburgh's first-round pick in 2015 after playing at Arizona from 2013-2015, has played in 70 games with the Curve this season. He's batting .254 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 25 RBI and 34 runs scored. He has two home runs in his last six games and three multi-hit games in his last five contests. He's ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com.
Daniel Schlereth, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins): The 2008 first-round pick is in his ninth year of professional baseball after playing at Arizona from 2006-2008. Schlereth is having a strong campaign in the Marlins organization. He's 1-1 in 22 games with a 2.10 ERA and two saves. He has 27 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings with opponents batting .216 against him. At Jacksonville, he has a 1.84 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.
Konner Wade, Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies): Wade, who played at Arizona from 2011-2013, has appeared in 22 games for the Yard Goats this season with seven starts. He threw three shutout innings on July 4th and has a 5.06 ERA in 58 2/3 innings this season. He has 42 strikeouts and has a pair of wins to his credit.
Nathan Bannister, Modesto Nuts (Seattle Mariners): In his first season as a professional, Bannister, who played at Arizona from 2013-2016, is showing why he was one of the best pitchers in college baseball in 2016. Over his last four starts, Bannister has allowed just three earned runs over 28 innings. He has 28 strikeouts to three walks and has become a force in the Modesto rotation. Bannister also had some emergency duty in Triple-A earlier this season. All total, he's 4-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 95 innings.
Cody Ramer, Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels): Ramer, a Wildcat with Gibbons and Bannister from 2013-2016, has played in 65 games with the 66ers this season. He's batting .221 with 10 doubles, three triples, 27 runs scored, 19 RBI and six stolen bases. Ramer has drawn 33 walks this season to post a .327 on-base percentage.
Ryan Aguilar, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers): Aguilar, a Wildcat for two years in 2015 and 2016, has played in 62 games with the Timber Rattlers, drawing exactly 200 at-bats. He has five doubles, two triples, one home run, 21 runs scored and 13 RBI in his first full professional season.
Bobby Dalbec, Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox): Dalbec, who played at Arizona from 2014-2016, is currently on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox after breaking a bone in his hand in early May. Dalbec was batting .264 in 29 games with the Drive before the injury. He's played in five games with the GCL Red Sox and has four hits, including one double. He has also drawn three walks and stole a base.
Short-Season A/Rookie Ball:
Louis Boyd, AZL Mariners (Seattle Mariners): Boyd, a Wildcat in 2016 and 2017, is in his first professional season after being drafted in the 24th round by Seattle in June. In nine games, Boyd is hitting .324 with four doubles and 10 RBI. He's scored five runs and has at least one hit in seven of his nine games.
JC Cloney, Burlington Royals (Kansas City Royals): Cloney, Arizona's Opening Day starter in 2016 and 2017, is off to a strong start in pro ball in his first season in the Royals organization. In three appearances, Cloney has tossed nine innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. He's yet to issue a walk and has eight strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting just .229 against him. He has multiple strikeouts in each of his three appearances.
Kevin Ginkel, Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks): Ginkel, who played at Arizona in 2016, has split time between Single-A Kane County and Short-Season Hillsboro. Combined, he's 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA. He's struck out 15 in 13 1/3 innings. In 6 2/3 innings in Hillsboro, he has a 1.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts.
Rio Gomez, Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Boston Red Sox): Gomez, a Wildcat from 2015-2017, is currently teammates with Dalbec in the GCL. Gomez is in his first season as a pro and has given up one run in 4 1/3 innings so far over two appearances. He's struck out four and held opposing batters to a .222 clip.
JJ Matijevic, Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros): Matijevic, who played at Arizona from 2015-2017, is in his first professional season after being drafted in the second round by the Astros in June. He's batting .256 in his limited time with the ValleyCats. He has one RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases in 10 games.
Cameron Ming, Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles): Ming, who was Gomez and Matijevic on the Cats from 2015-17, has appeared in two games so far in his professional career. He has a 5.40 ERA in 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts to just one walk. He pitched once for the Gulf Coast League Orioles before being promoted to Aberdeen, where he made his debut on July 4th.
Jared Oliva, West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates): Oliva, who played at Arizona from 2014-2017, has appeared in just nine games for the Black Bears since signing with the Pirates. Oliva was drafted in the seventh round last month. He has seven hits, two doubles, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in his limited time as a pro.

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