FORT MYERS, Fla., Three former baseball players made their pro debuts last month. Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year Richard Bleier, A-Sun Player of the Year Jason Peacock and Casey Coleman joined a growing list of FGCU baseball players to continue their careers on the pro level.
Bleier, a native of Davie, Fla., was a 6th round selection of the Texas Rangers and was assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. Bleier has made four appearances for the Indians and picked up his first win on July 4. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA and has struck out 15 batters in 17.0 innings while walking just two batters. He is currently 9th in the league in ERA. Bleier has made two starts and opponents are hitting just .180 off of the lefty. The Indians are 15-5 and lead the East Division of the Northwest League by 3.0 games.
Coleman, a native of Cape Coral, Fla., was selected in the 15th round by the Chicago Cubs and was also sent to the Northwest League where he is pitching for the Boise Hawks. Coleman is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 13.0 innings. He has fanned 16 batters and allowed just four walks in his four appearances while holding opponents to a .240 batting average.
Peacock, a 26th round selection by the Florida Marlins was assigned to the Gulf Coast Marlins of the Gulf Coast League. The Bartow, Fla., native is hitting .261 in eight games with the club. He has reached base safely in every game he has played with the Marlins.
The trio joins Jason Louwsma, Jason Kiley and Luis Pardo as former Eagles currently playing with Major League organizations. Louwsma is playing for the Cincinnati Reds high ‘A’ club in Sarasota. He is in his third year in the pros and is hitting .231, and is fourth on the squad with 25 RBI. Kiley is in his second year with the New York Yankees and is pitching for the Staten Island Yankees. He is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 10.2 innings of work. He has struck out seven batters while limiting opponents to a .238 average. Pardo, also in his second year, is with the Houston Astros and is pitching for the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. He has made three starts and struck out 17 batters in 23.2 innings of work. He currently has an 0-5 record and a 4.56 ERA.
FGCU has sent 10 players to play for Major League organizations in the seven years of the program including six that are still active. The Eagles are coming off of their first year as a Division I program and won the Atlantic Sun Championship in their first season in the league.