Camels in the pros: June 24

Ben McQuown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Ben McQuown (photo by Bennett Scarborough)


BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After winning 90 games over the last two seasons at Campbell, four Camels are playing affiliated professional baseball this summer.

Ben McQuown, who was named All-American by both Baseball America and the NCBWA, as well as First Team All-Big South before being selected in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, is hitting .600 (3-for-5) for the AZL A's. The outfielder has scored twice and driven in a run with a triple, adding a walk in two games.

Jake Smith, who played for the Camels in 2011, has pitched in three games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Class A Short-Season affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, owning a 1-0 record and a 9.82 ERA with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

In the early going, Matt Marksberry, who the Atlanta Braves selected with its 15th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, has not seen game action through three team games with Danville. 2013 CU teammate Ryan Mattes, who signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals, has not seen game action either through four team games with Burlington.

The Camels finished 2013 49-10, winning the Big South's North Division Championship and runner-up in the league's championship game. A school record nine Camels were named All-Big South, including Ryan Thompson as the conference's Pitcher of the Year, and Greg Goff as the Coach of the Year.

Four Camels have racked up All-America accolades this season, led by McQuown (Baseball America, NCBWA) and Thompson (Louisville Slugger, ABCA), with two each. Brent Graham (College Sports Madness) and David Olson (CoSIDA Academic All-America) also earned national honors.

A record three Camels were named to the ABCA's Atlantic All-Region team last week, including Thompson and Michael Felton, who was named All-American as a junior in 2012, earning First Team accolades. Heath Bowers also picked up a Second Team nod.