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Several 2011 Bluefield Jays start strong at next level

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Several members of the 2011 Bluefield Blue Jays are finding early success on the next level with the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts.

The following updates are provided by Bluefield General Manager Chris Maxwell:

  • Outfielder Kevin Pillar tied a Lugnuts team record by pounding out six hits, including a grand slam, en route to a six-RBI game Saturday.  Pillar is third in the league with a .319 average, and leads the Lugnuts with 19 RBI.  He has successfully stolen 13 bases in 14 attempts this season.
  • Pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been solid on the mound for the Lugnuts this year, compiling a 3-0 record and a 2.19 ERA while striking out 35 batters in 24.2 innings pitched.  He has held the opponent scoreless in five of eight appearances this year.
  • Pitcher Aaron Sanchez is the Lugnuts team leader in both wins (4) and ERA (0.78).  The right-hander has struck out 28 in his 23 innings this year.  As a starter, he has posted 10 scoreless innings this season.
  • Pitcher David Rollins has started a team-leading eight games, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.23 ERA while striking out 35 batters in 36.1 innings.  Opponents are hitting just .239 against him this season.
  • Pitcher Ajay Meyer leads the Midwest League with 12 saves and 17 appearances, striking out 15 in 16.2 innings this season. 
  • Pitcher Tyler Ybarra has posted a 3.38 ERA while striking out 20 in 18.2 innings over 10 relief appearances for the Lugnuts. 
  • Outfielder Chris Hawkins, the 2011 Toronto Blue Jays Webster Award winner, is hitting a league-leading .338 and is second in hits with 44.
  • Catcher Chris Schaeffer got his first start of the season for Lansing on Sunday, going 3-4 with two doubles.
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