Former Chants make quick transition to minor leagues

ccubase-morrisonSome of the same Coastal Carolina baseball players who were hoisting the College World Series championship trophy two weeks ago are already making a big impact in the minor leagues.

Former Chants G.K. Young and Michael Paez made their professional debuts Wednesday night, with both having big evenings at the plate. CCU closer Mike Morrison made his second appearance with the Kannapolis (NC) Intimidators on the same night.

Young, an eighth-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres, made a strong debut at first base for the Tri-City (OR) Dust Devils. Young went 2 for 3, had one stolen base and scored a run in his first pro game to help the Dust Devils to a 3-2 win. Young, a Conway native, hit the game-winning homer for Coastal to beat Arizona in Game 3 of the CWS.

Meanwhile, a different kind of storm was brewing on the East Coast, where Paez started at second base for the Brooklyn (NY) Cyclones. Paez, a fourth-round pick of the New York Mets, went 2 for 4 with two runs scored as the Cyclones scored a 6-2 victory at the Aberdeen (MD) Ironbirds.

Like most rookie pitchers, Morrison is being brought along slowly, especially given the high number of pitches he threw in Omaha. The 27th-round draft choice of the Chicago White Sox made his second one-inning relief appearance Wednesday, striking out two while allowing one hit. He gave up one hit and struck out one in his July 8 debut.

Photo courtesy of Kannapolis Intimidators

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