Pepperdine baseball players garner Major League interest


Although Pepperdine’s baseball season ended with a lackluster fifth place finish in the West Coast Conference (WCC), a lot of the players are still making waves this summer.

Junior starting pitcher Scott Frazier recently signed with the Chicago Cubs after being picked in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB draft.

The 6’7″ righthand pitcher was picked 168th overall and signed with the Cubs on June 22, according to the team’s website. Frazier received a $267,600 signing bonus, according to Baseball America.

The 21-year-old’s fastball ranges from 91-94 MPH. Frazier is projected to make his debut in the MLB in 2016, according to Bleacher Report. He finished the 2013 season with a 5-5 record and a 4.06 ERA for the Waves.

Waves’ infielder Austin Davidson and pitchers Corey Miller and Eric Karch are fine-tuning their skills after joining the historic Cape Cod League this summer. Davidson and Miller are teammates once again for the Orleans Firebirds in Orleans, Mass.

Davidson is hitting .257 with nine hits and seven RBIs after 35 plate appearances. Miller’s pitching record is 1-0 after a five-inning outing against the Harwich Mariners. He currently has a 5.62 ERA and has struck out four after eight innings pitched.

The Firebirds are currently 6-6 and are sitting in the middle of the Eastern Division of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Karch, the 6’2″, right-hand pitcher for the Waves, is 2-0 with the Cotuit Kettleers. In 11 innings pitched, he’s struck out seven and has a 3.27 ERA. His club sits in second place in the Western Division of the CCBL with a record of 8-4.

An additional 12 players from the Waves are competing in summer leagues across the country. For a complete list visit the Waves’ website.

With 15 players seeing action throughout the summer, the Waves hope to improve on a 13-11 record in the West Coast Conference and 27-24 overall in 2013. In 2012, Pepperdine was the  WCC champions after going 16-8 in conference and 36-23 overall. Their 2014 season begins next February.