Mac’s the Man

Austin McClune might be one of the best players in the Florida State League that nobody knows…or bothers to get to know.

McClune’s .213 average isn’t going to impress anybody (although he’s hitting .269 over the last 14 games).  His 19 RBI aren’t going to impress many people either — the number is good for 9th on the Marauders — but what if the number was 33?

See, McClune’s best assest so far this year has been his defensive play.  It’s not good defensive play.  It’s not above average.  It’s been great.  In addition to his 19 RBI he’s also cut down a potential 14 more.

With another outfield assist Sunday night, McClune now has 14 on the season.  FOURTEEN!  Yeah, that seemed like a lot to me too.  So I did some digging…

McClune’s 14 outfield assists are tied for the most in the Florida State League this season.  Clearwater’s Anthony Gose also has 14 assists, but he’s done it in 225 chances — 85 more than McClune.  Austin throws out a runner with one of ever 10 baseball’s he plays.

What’s crazy is that 14 outfield assists is DOUBLE the Major League lead.  Houston’s Michael Born has thrown out eight from the outfield this season.  Carl Crawford and Magglio Ordonez lead the American League with seven each.  To be fair the MLB record is 14 – done seven times and not since 2002 when both Larry Walker and Vald Guerrero did it.  Barry Bonds threw out 14 while with the Pirates in 1990.

So it begs the question…When are teams going to stop testing McClune?  Hopefully they wont…

 

Austin_McClune.jpgHere are the other minor league leaders by league (full season):

AAA

International League: Josh Reddick, Pawtucket, 8

Pacific Coast League: Mitch Moreland, Oklahoma City, 11

AA

Eastern League: Andy Dirks, Erie, 14

Southern League: Collin Cowgill, Mobile, 16

Texas League: Jon Gaston, Corpus Christi, 14

A+

Carolina League: Jake Fellhauer, Lynchburg, 11

California League: Jeremy Barfield, Stockton, 17

A

South Atlantic League: Destin Hood, Hagerstown/Michael Planeta, Delmarva, 11

Midwest League: Michael Rockett, West Michigan, 11

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About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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