Baseball: Sooner Athletic Conference 2018 Draft and Free Agents Updates

After the 2018 season, the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) had 4 people drafted would later have 2 sign free agents contracts. The 4 players drafted were, Angel Reyes from the University of Science and Arts, Stephen Yancey from Texas Wesleyan University, Lane Milligan from Oklahoma City University and Miguel Figueroa from Oklahoma City University. The SAC would have 2 sign free agents deals, in Kiki Menendez from Texas Wesleyan University and Francis Ventura from the University of Science and Arts.

Angel Reyes is a 6’2 200 lbs right-handed pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. Reyes was drafted in the 19th round, as the 555th pick in the First-Year players draft. Reyes is currently playing for the GCL Tigers West, which is the Detroit Tigers Rookie affiliate team. Reyes is currently 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and has racked up 5 strikeouts over 6 innings of work for the Tigers. Reyes just recently collected his first win on the season, in this outing he threw 2.1 inning and allowed 0 runs on 1 hits and sat down 3 via the strikout.

Stephen Yancey is a 6’1 190 lbs right-handed pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Yancey was selected in the 20th round, as the 600th pick in the 2018 MLB draft. At the moment, Yancey is playing for the Princeton Rays, which is the Rays Rookie affiliate. Yancey is sitting with a 1-0 record, as has posted a 6.97 ERA and has struck out 8 over 10.1 innings pitched. Yancey best outing was on July 6th, when he threw 4 innings and gave up 0 runs on just 2 hits.

Lane Milligan is a 6’2 200 lbs catcher in the Boston Redsoxs organization. Milligan was taken in the 17th round, with the 520th pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Currently Milligan is playing for the GCL Redsoxs, which is the Rookie Affliate for the Redsoxs. Milligan is hitting .279 with 9 RBI’s and has tacked on 3 doubles. Milligan best game was on July 7th, where he would go 4-5 with 3 singles and a double.

Lane Milligan said “Hard to believe I get to wake up every day and go play baseball for my job. It’s been everything I thought it would be, it just feeds the desire to get to the bigs!”

Miguel Figueroa is a 6’2 203 lbs right-handed hurler in the Houston Astros organization. Figueroa was drafted in the 24th round, with the 732nd pick in the 2018 draft. Figueroa is currently playing with the GCL Astros, which is the Astros Rookie Affilate. Figueroa is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA, as he has thrown 9.2 innings and has struckout 8 early in his career. Figueroa best outing was on July 4th, where he threw 3 scoreless frames and struck out 2 on the night.

Miguel Figueroa said “It’s a grind, soak all the information. Coaches are here to make you better, to get you ready for the big leagues… trust the WORK process.”

Kiki Menendez is a 6’2 205 lbs right-fielder and 1st basemen in the Los Angles Angels organization. At the end of the 2018 season Menendez was the NAIA player of the year and would later went undrafted. Menendez just recently signed a free agent deal with the Angels and is currently playing for the Orem Owlz, which is the Angels rookie affliate. Menendez is hitting .219, as he has connected for 3 homeruns and has driven in 7 during his minor league career.

Francis Ventura is a 6’0 185 lbs left-handed pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization. Ventura like Menendez also went undrafted, but was pick up by the Rangers and signed a free agent deal. Ventura is currently playing for the AZL Rangers, which is the rookie affliate for the Rangers. Ventura has thrown 4 innings for the AZL Rangers and has stung together 4 strikouts.

*stats as of July 12th

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