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ZIMMERMAN MAKES SPLASH IN MARINERS ORGANIZATION

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Anyone who follows Northern Illinois baseball closely knows that Jeff Zimmerman was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 19th round earlier this month. Zimmerman signed a professional contract with the Mariners June 13, five days after he was drafted, and was assigned to their Rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League, the Pulaski Mariners after workouts with extended spring training camp players.

Through five games, Zimmerman is second on the team in batting average amongst players with 15-or-more at bats this season at .300 and leads the squad in RBI (5), runs (5) and home runs (2). He also has 12 total bases this season, the second-most on the team.

Zimmerman made his professional debut June 21st at the Burlington Royals, starting at first base and batting in the seven hole. Though he did not record a hit in his three at-bats, his glove made a difference in the game as he helped turn two double plays to aid in the starting pitching performance of 16-year old Brazilian Luiz Gohara, also making his professional debut (4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).

Two nights later, the NIU product recorded his first career hit and scored the first run of his career in the Mariners home-opener against the Bluefield Bluejays. Zimmerman finished 2-for-5 with a run to his credit. In the series finale June 25, he again recorded two hits and run, this time finishing 2-for-4 and driving in his first career run, a two out RBI single.

Last night against the Danville Braves however, Zimmerman had the biggest night of his professional career. While he finished the game 2-for-5 again, he smashed two home runs with four RBI and three runs, including a three-run homer to right centerfield in the eighth inning with two outs to lead a comeback for Pulaski over Danville, 12-6. Teammate Luke Guarnaccia hit a first pitch grand slam to score Zimmerman in the seventh.

His night made the rounds on Twittersphere last night as MiLB retweeted this Pulaski Mariners tweet from last night.

Only seven games into the season, the Mariners are 3-4 and will have their first day off of the season July 2. Game two of the series with Danville will begin tonight at 7 p.m. All home games and select road games can be followed on here.

Follow Zimmerman's progress this season on PulaskiMariners.com. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook by liking "Pulaski Mariners" and on Twitter @PulaskiMariner.

On August 10th former Northern Illinois shortstop Bobby Stevens was called up to the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta's AA affiliate from the Advanced A Lynchburg Hillcats. Since his call up, Stevens has made nine appearances between the outfield and first base for the M-Braves, carrying a .182 batting average with four RBI and a double. He is errorless in his appearances in the field

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In an extra innings thriller at Trustmark Park, the former Huskie got  the signal in the bottom of the 13th with the score tied, 1-1. Stevens made the most of his opportunity and with a runner on, he belted his first home run with the ball club to lead the Braves to a 3-1 victory, their fifth straight. It was the team's first walk-off since August 30, 2008 and the first pinch-hit walk-off since August 4, 2008.


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HERMSEN CHALKS UP FIRST MINOR LEAGUE WIN

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Nearly two months after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, former Northern Illinois hurler Jake Hermsen earned his first career minor league victory for the Ogden Raptors in his five-inning, four strikeout, shutout performance. The Raptors went on to defeat the Idaho Falls Chukars, 4-1, for the team's second-straight win, following a three-game losing streak.


Do not let the losing streak fool you however, as Ogden won the Pioneer League's South Division Championship July 28. The win earned the Raptors home field advantage during the course of the league's playoffs.


Hermsen, a native of New London, Wis., finished the first half of the season seventh in the league in earned run average with an impressive 3.97 clip and boosted himself to sixth after last night's performance (3.46).



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As you may recall, former Huskie Jake Hermsen became the first NIU baseball player drafted by a Major League Baseball club since 2008 on June 6th. Since then, Hermsen has made five appearances and starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie League affiliate, Ogden Raptors.


The New London, Wis., native currently owns an 0-2 record and has pitched 24.1 innings this season. However, his record on the mound is not what's turning heads thus far into his Minor League Baseball career. 


In his five starts, Hermsen has only allowed 22 hits, 14 strikeouts, six walks and has only surrendered 10 runs, six of which have been earned. He is second on the team in earned run average (2.22) amongst pitchers with two or more starts (leader has 0.82 in 11 IP) and owns an impressive walks and hits per inning (WHIP) average of 1.15.


Hermsen was drafted in the 28th round by the Dodgers (866th overall) this season, becoming the first Huskie drafted since Bobby Stevens (Baltimore Oriorles, 16th round) and Trevor Feeney (Detroit Tigers, 31st round) were drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft.


Which leads to a perfect segway into the second half of this Huskies Happening.


Stevens, who appeared in NIU games from 2006-08, made his Rookie League debut in 2008 after being drafted and worked his way up through the Orioles farm system, beginning the 2012 season in Triple-A Norfolk, where he played in three games.


After being released by the Baltimore High-A club Fredrick Keys, he was signed by the Lynchburg Hillcats in the same league (Carolina) and has made 14 appearances this season for the team. At the plate he is batting .167 with a home run and five RBI, however, he is batting a combined .246 with his four combined teams during the 2012 season. In his 12 games in the outfield, he has eight putouts and three assists in 12 chances (1 error, .917 fielding percentage).



FEENEY MAKING HIS ROUNDS IN THE TIGERS FARM SYSTEM

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Feeney_Tigers.jpgFormer Huskie Trevor Feeney (2005-08) has had an impressive run in the Detroit Tigers farm system this summer. Feeney, a native of Channahon, Ill., was called up to the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers Triple-A affiliate, Aug. 19 where he made a start the following night against Louisville.

Soon after his game, the Double-A affiliate Erie Bulldogs recalled Feeney and he will start on the mound tonight against the Bowie Baysox, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Fans that want to listen to the game online, can click the link below and stream through the game through their media player (Windows Media Player or iTunes). Look for Erie Bulldogs in a bold black box on the top of the page, click "Listen" and it should load.

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