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Mustangs in the Pros: Van Gansen, Torres End Year with Hitting Streaks

Mustangs in the Pros: Van Gansen, Torres End Year with Hitting Streaks


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly baseball players Peter Van Gansen and Nick Torres both ended their 2017 minor league seasons with hitting streaks.

Van Gansen, a shortstop for the Lake Elsinore Storm, closed out his year with a seven-game hitting streak, going 8-for-26 with two doubles and a triple, to finish with a .242 average.

Van Gansen played 51 games at Lake Elsinore this season and also played 10 games at Double-A San Antonio and 21 contests at Triple-A El Paso.

Torres, an outfielder, played all of his 119 games this year at San Antonio and finished with a .277 average after compiling an eight-game season-ending hitting streak. He went 15-for-29 (.517) during the run with two doubles, a triple and six RBI to lift his average to a season-ending .277 mark.

Right-hander Joey Wagman tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings against San Jose on Monday for his fourth win, finishing the year 4-2 with one save and a 4.86 ERA at Stockton.

Brian Grening wrapped up an 8-7 campaign with a 3.66 ERA for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.

Cal Poly's top hitter this summer was first baseman Brian Mundell, who split time at Lancaster of the Single-A California League and Hartford of the Double-A Eastern League. He hit .295 at Lancaster and .302 at Hartford but missed the final two weeks of the season due to a high ankle sprain.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger has found his stroke at the plate. In five games from August 30 through Monday, he went 11-for-21 (.526), including a three-hit game against Baltimore and a 4-for-5 performance against Oakland, hitting a home run in each contest.

The run improved his average 22 points. Haniger is hitting .257 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 73 games. Twice he has been on the disabled list, first for a strained oblique in April and May and the second time after being hit in the face with a pitch July 29.

Right-hander Slater Lee posted two wins and four saves for the Arizona Rookie League Athletics in his first professional season while Jeff Johnson was 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA and three saves at Columbus.

The Mustangs are represented in the Major Leagues by Haniger and relief pitcher Bud Norris (2-5, 4.41 ERA, 19 saves) with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Norris was on the 10-day disabled list with knee inflammation and activated Wednesday.

Casey Fien, another reliever who has pitched in four games for the Philadelphia Phillies this season, was on the 60-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain and is now pitching for Lehigh Valley of the Triple-A International League.

Former Mustangs in Triple-A are Johnson at Columbus, Fien at Lehigh Valley, right-hander Chase Johnson at Sacramento, infielder Mike Miller at Pawtucket and outfielder Logan Schafer at Norfolk. Chase Johnson has been on the disabled list most of the season.

Playing Double-A are Torres at San Antonio, right-hander Casey Bloomquist at Tennessee, outfielder Zack Zehner at Trenton and infielder Mark Mathias at Akron. Mathias missed the final month, however, after undergoing labrum surgery on his shoulder in early August.

Former Cal Poly southpaw Matt Imhof was the subject of a feature story produced by Big West TV and aired recently on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. He also was the subject of a feature story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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