Pro Camels update

Former Camel Cedric Mullins (courtesy of Patrick Cavey and the Bowie BaySox)
Former Camel Cedric Mullins (courtesy of Patrick Cavey and the Bowie BaySox)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Six former Camels are continuing their successful pro careers across the country this season.

Cedric Mullins

OF | Bowie Baysox | Campbell 2015

Double-A affiliate, Baltimore Orioles

Mullins is climbing through the Orioles' farm system after earning a call to Double-A out of Spring Training. Ranked as Baltimore's No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Mullins turned heads during big league camp and received praise from Orioles manager Buck Showalter after a pinch-hit double against the Pittsburgh Pirates and a two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox.

For the Baysox, Mullins has appeared in 27 games this season after missing time with a hamstring injury. Mullins is batting .310 through 116 at-bats with seven doubles and six home runs. He has driven-in 17 runs and scored 23, while slugging .543.

Mullins opened the season on a tear after riding the momentum of Spring Training. He was named the first Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week (April 6-16) after going 20-for-44 (.455) with three homers, a triple, five doubles, eight RBIs and 15 runs scored in his first 10 games for the Baysox.

Mullins spent the entire 2016 season with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, where he slashed .273/.321/.464 with 14 home runs, 37 doubles, 10 triples, 55 RBI and 30 stolen bases out of the leadoff spot.

The Orioles took Mullins in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft after one season at Campbell. He hit a team-high .340 for the Camels with 59 runs scored and an astounding 34 extra base hits. Mullins tallied 23 doubles with seven triples and four home runs, tacking on 23 stolen bases.

Jake Smith

RHP | San Antonio Missions | Campbell 2011

Double-A affiliate, San Diego Padres

Smith has split time between Triple-A and Double-A in the San Diego Padres' system in 2017. For the Missions, Smith has appeared in four games and has fashioned a 2.70 ERA out of the bullpen with just one hit allowed and a pair of strikeouts. The right hander is currently on the 7-day DL.

Smith became the ninth Camel to appear on a major league roster when he was called up to the Padres in early September 2016. He made four appearances for San Diego and compiled a 4.50 ERA to go with three strikeouts. Smith earned his first career major league victory against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 13.

Smith was drafted by the Giants in 2011 (48th round) after one season at Campbell. He won the fan vote for the 2015 Minor League Baseball Relief Pitcher of the Year, and was voted the San Jose Giants' 2015 Relief Pitcher of the Year. He was also named Baseball America's "Top Reliever" in the California League in a survey of league managers

In his sixth professional season, Smith has also seen time with the Arizona League Giants, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Augusta GreenJackets, Richmond Flying Squirrels and the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Ryan Thompson

RHP | Corpus Christi Hooks | Campbell 2013-14
Double-A affiliate, Houston Astros

Thompson is in his second season with the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate after getting the call from Class-A Advanced last season. The righty has seen action in 11 games for the Hooks this year and owns a 3.00 ERA. Thompson is 3-for-5 in save opportunities and has struck out 17 batters in 21.0 innings of work.

Now in his fourth professional season, Thompson reached Triple-A for the first time in his career after opening the season with the Fresno Grizzlies out of Spring Training. He compiled a 3.35 ERA with a 5-2 record and five saves between two levels in 2016.

The two-time Campbell All-American was selected by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft after a stellar two year career at Campbell where he earned Big South Tournament MVP, Big South Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Big South honors, among others, also leading the nation in ERA (0.88) in 2013.

Heath Bowers

RHP | Beloit Snappers | Campbell 2012-15
Class A affiliate, Oakland Athletics

Bowers made the jump to Class-A full season for the 2017 campaign and has appeared in 17 games for the Beloit Snappers. He owns a 2.56 ERA, a 5-0 record and one save. Through 38 2/3 innings of work, Bowers has struck out 25 batters and limited opponents to a .214 batting average. The right-hander was recently announced as a Midwest League all-star.

Bowers spent his first two professional seasons with the Vermont Lake Monsters out of the New York-Penn League. He appeared in 30 games with 16 starts between the two campaigns and fashioned a 3.41 ERA with 75 total strikeouts.

Campbell's all-time wins and strikeouts leader, Bowers fashioned an 8-5 record in 2015 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 starts. The senior fanned 90 in 93 innings and twice earning Big South Player of the Week honors (3/9, 5/11). Bowers also collected National Player of the Week accolades after striking out a Campbell record 15 batters in a win over Bowling Green. He was a three-time All-Big South performer.

The A's made Bowers their 24th round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Matt Sergey

RHP | Kansas City T-Bones | Campbell 2010-12
American Association, Independent

Sergey is in his sixth professional season and recently signed with the independent Kansas City T-Bones out of the American Association.

Sergey opened the 2017 season with the Stockton Ports, the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. He compiled a 3.48 ERA between eight appearances and 10 1/3 innings on the mound. Sergey was 1-0 with a save and tallied 11 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .189 batting average.

Sergey went 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA for the Ports in the 2016 campaign after joining the team in July. He finished with a 4.00 ERA and struck out 41 batters in 27 inning on the hill.

The righty owns a 14-10 overall record with 278 strikeouts between four independent league seasons. Sergey has pitched for nine different clubs and has fashioned a 2.59 ERA through 243 1/3 innings of work with a 2.93 strikeouts / walk ratio.

On Aug. 24, 2014 as a member of the Washington Wild Things, Sergey registered the first perfect game in Frontier League history, striking out nine in a 6-0 win over the Gateway Grizzlies.

The Plantation, Fla. native pitched two seasons at Campbell in 2010 and 2012 after transferring from Broward College. Sergey was a First Team All-Big South pick in 2012, going 7-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 starts, helping Campbell to its first 40-win season in program history.

Elijah Trail

1B/3B | Traverse City Beach Bums | Campbell 2013-14
Frontier League, Independent

Trail is in his fourth professional season and his second with Travers City out of the Frontier League. He is batting .209 with eight doubles and three homers through 30 games this season. Trail has 16 RBI and scored 17 runs to go with nine walks for a .287 on-base percentage.

Trail is a career .226 hitter during his professional tenure in 192 games. He owns 18 homers, 43 doubles and has driven-in 18 batters.

Trail closed out his two-year Camel career with an all-tournament performance to help Campbell win the 2014 Big South Championship. He was named First Team All-Big South as a junior in 2013, hitting .260 with seven home runs and 51 RBI.