Last week, the Rumble updated you on the St. John's baseball players selected in this past year's MLB draft. This week, we review the seasons for Red Storm players drafted in the past couple of years, in addition to the unique case of men's basketball player Amir Garrett.
The Rumble can report Paul Karmas, who was drafted in the 25th round of the 2011 drafted by the San Diego Padres, did not play professional baseball this past season. He was last seen in 2012 playing for the independent Long Island Ducks after he was released by Quebec of the Canadian-American League.
Matt Carasiti, RHP, 2012 6th Round, Colorado Rockies
Carasiti's struggles continued in his second year of professional baseball after going 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 2012. He played for Asheville in the Single A South Atlantic League and finished 2-10 with a 7.94 ERA in 20 starts.
Carasiti allowed 136 hits in 93 innings with 43 walks and finished with a 1.93 WHIP.
Amir Garrett, LHP, 2011 22nd Round, Cincinnati Reds
Garrett split time between the Rookie League level and Single A, where he experienced most of his troubles against stiffer competition.
Garrett made eight starts for Single A Dayton in the Midwest League and went 1-3 with a 6.88 ERA. He only averaged 4.2 innings per start as he allowed 40 hits and 16 walks in 34 innings pitched. Garrett's WHIP was 1.65 and surrendered an alarming 10.6 hits per nine innings pitched. He finished with just 15 strikeouts and eight wild pitches.
Garrett fared a tad better earlier in the year in the Pioneer League for Billings, Cincinnati's Rookie League team. He started five games and finished with a 1-1 record and 2.66 ERA. In 23.2 innings, Garrett allowed 22 hits with 17 strikeouts and 10 walks. Garrett's WHIP was 1.35 and he allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings in Montana.
Kyle Hansen, RHP, 2012 6th round draft pick, White Sox
Hansen was tied for the most starts with 20 on Chicago's Single A South Atlantic affiliate, the Kannapolis Intimidators. He tied for the team league with 6 wins but suffered 9 losses with a 4.10 ERA. Hansen made one relief appearance.
Hansen tossed 96.2 innings, allowing 109 hits with 27 walks and finished with an impressive 103 strikeouts. He struck out 9.6 batters per nine innings. Hansen finished with a 1.41 WHIP and only allowed 7 home runs in what was his first full professional season as a starter after he made only six relief appearance last year split between two Rookie League teams.
Joe Panik, SS/2B, 2011 1st Round, San Francisco Giants
Panik's stock in the Giants farm system is down after a disappointing 2013 season with the bat in the Double A Eastern League. Some prospect experts thought he would cruise through Double A, but that was not the case.
Panik did, however, significantly improve his fielding and finished with only nine errors after committing 29 the previous two seasons.
Panik started 117 games at shortstop for the Richmond Flying Squirrels and made seven errors. He also played 20 games at second based and committed two errors.
He saw his batting average and on-based percentage dip from 2012 in Single A San Jose when he posted a .297/.368/.402 line. Panik hit .257 with a .333 on-base percentage and .347 slugging. He hit 4 home runs with 57 RBI.
Panik continued to be a base-stealing threat and swiped 10 bases in 15 attempts. He now has 33 steals in three professional seasons.
Matt Wessinger, 2B/3B/SS, 2012 5th Round, Colorado Rockies
Wessinger spent most of the season with Matt Carasiti in Asheville and put up solid numbers in his second professional season.
He hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage and was a true utility man splitting time between shortstop (32 games), second base (34 games), and third base (35 games). Wessinger also hit 6 home runs with 42 RBI.
Wessinger caused havoc on the bases and stole 22 bags in 32 attempts. He stole another two bases in the California League after he was promoted to high Single A. Wessinger played 19 games for High-A Modesto and hit .230 with 12 RBI in 85 plate appearances.