Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball program made history when the Houston Astros played a three-game series at the Chicago Cubs on August 13-15. This match up featured 2008 graduates Mickey Storey, a reliever with the Astros, and Jeff Beliveau, a reliever for the Cubs – the first time that two former Owls’ baseball players were on the same field in a major league game.
Both got together before one of the games to have a reunion and have their picture taken at famed Wrigley Field.
“We are so excited and proud of Mickey and Jeff. It has been fun to watch them climb through the minor leagues and then get promoted to the big leagues,” said John McCormack, FAU’s head baseball coach. “They each have fulfilled a life-long dream. I wish both them continued success.”
Beliveau has made 11 appearances with the Cubs since being called up in mid-July, compiling a 3.18 earned run average with 10 strikeouts in 11.1 innings. The left-handed pitcher made an appearance against the Astros, tossing a scoreless inning and recording a strikeout in the series opener.
Meanwhile, Storey has pitched in eight games since being called to the majors on August 3. The right hander stands 0-1, with one hold, and posted a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings. He also showcased his skills in the Astros-Cubs series, striking out three batters in 1.1 innings in the finale.
“The performances Jeff and Mickey are making in the big leagues certainly speaks well for our program and what type of ball players that play here,” said McCormack. Yes, Beliveau and Storey are among eight former FAU baseball standouts to play in the major leagues, and countless others are currently scattered throughout the minor leagues in hopes of someday putting on a big league uniform.
Look for a future story on www.fausports.com with reflections from Jeff and Mickey about playing in the big leagues. We’re trying to track them down for a quick interview. However, they’re pretty busy right now.
Summer League Wrap Up
As for current Owls, several baseball players have returned to campus after having outstanding summer-league seasons throughout the country. These experiences are important in player development and keeping the FAU baseball program atop the Sun Belt Conference.
Here is a quick recap of players’ successful summers:
Florida Summer Collegiate League
Mark Nelson - Orlando Freedom: MVP of the league’s all-star game; led league in hitting with a .370 batting average; drove in 28 runs while having 16 doubles.
Robert Buckley – Orlando Freedom: FSCL all-star; finished second on team with .300 batting average; hit five doubles; drew 12 walks; had eight stolen bases.
Mike Spano – Orlando Freedom: FSCL all-star; had four doubles; scored 10 runs.
Chris Walkerow – Orlando Freedom: Appeared in 13 games on the mound, including one start; recorded 28 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Corey Keller – DeLand Suns: Another FSCL all-star who played on 2012 league champions; hit .318 with 11 doubles; scored 17 runs.
Jake Meiers – DeLand Suns: Went 4-1 with a 3.45 earned run average in eight starts to help team win FSCL championship; struck out 31 batters in 44.1 innings; named league all-star.
Tyler Rocklein – Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Set league record with 41 runs batted in; averaged more than a RBI per game (41 RBIs in 38 games); earned all-star honors.
Michael Sylvestri – Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Had seven starting assignments in his eight mound appearances; tallied a 2.65 earned run average; struck out 38 batters; a FSCL all-star.
Brett Nizamoff – Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Made 12 appearances on the mound; tallying 32 strikeouts.
Cal Ripken Jr. Collegiate League
Bo Logan – Bethesda Big Train: Named league all-star; finished second in the league with a 3.13 earned run average; went 5-1 with a complete game in five starts and seven appearances.
Hugh Adams – Bethesda Big Train: Made 11 appearances in first mound work since the 2010 season; went 4-2 with a 2.30 earned run average; and struck out 19 batters in 15.2 innings.
Mitch Morales – Bethesda Big Train: Had four doubles and appeared in 14 games.
Ricky Santiago – Staunton Braves: League all-star; hit three home runs; had 32 RBIs and 11 doubles; tallied .295 batting average.
Austin Gomber – Luray Wranglers: Averaged 15 strikeouts per nine innings; considered ace of team’s pitching staff.
Coastal Plain League
Geoff Jimenez – Wilson Tobs: Started 36 of the team’s 37 games; scored 21 runs and stole seven bases: drove in 12 runs; had .265 batting average.