Texas Exes headed for minor league posteason

With minor league action wrapping up across the nation, eight former Longhorns are locked into minor league postseason play with Kyle Russell on the cusp of a playoff appearance.

Sept. 2, 2008

Janice Lu, Texas Media Relations

As minor league baseball teams around the nation close out the regular season, eight former Longhorn players are headed to postseason play starting this week.

In Triple-A action, former All-American outfielder Drew Stubbs hopes to help the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) in their quest for the International League Governor's Cup. After being called up mid-August, Stubbs has hit .293 with two home runs, 14 runs, 10 RBI and three stolen bases in 19 games. The Bats, who won the International West Division title, begin their best-of-five series against the Durham Bulls at home on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Two former Longhorns face each other in the first round as the Double-A Texas League playoffs start this week.

Former All-American second baseman Seth Johnston helped the San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres), win the South Division Wild Card race, batting .250 with 25 doubles, 16 home runs and four stolen bases. The Missions, the defending Texas League champions, face the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers) in a best-of-five series that commences on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Frisco.

Facing Johnston will be former Longhorn Dustin Majewski who is batting .286 with 10 home runs, 72 RBI and eight stolen bases in 125 games as the RoughRiders' rightfielder. Majewski's RoughRiders won the Texas League South Division title.

In other Double-A action, former Texas and current Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) teammates, Robby Hudson and Kyle McCulloch are slated for action in the Southern League playoffs.

Hudson, playing second base for the Barons, has hit .250 in 93 games and added one home run and 28 RBI. Hudson has also successfully stolen 10 bases for the Southern League first-half division title winners.

McCulloch has gone 8-11 with a 4.65 ERA for the Barons, while fanning 85 over 156.2 innings pitches. The Barons start the playoffs on Thursday, Sept. 4 against the Mississippi Braves in Birmingham.

Three former Longhorns are making appearances in Class A playoffs starting this week.

Former pitcher James Russell will be a part of the Daytona Cubs' (Chicago Cubs) pitching corps as they begin the first round of the Florida State League playoffs. Russell helped the Cubs win the East Division, going 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 41.0 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .243 batting average. The Cubs begin their best-of-three series against the Palm Beach Cardinals tonight in Daytona.

Russell has the opportunity to face-off against a familiar face in the league championship as the Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays), winner of the West Division, is the current stop for former UT pitcher Randy Boone.

Boone is 5-4 with a 4.68 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 67.1 innings while holding batters to a .291 hitting average. The Blue Jays begin their best-of-three series against the Fort Myers Miracle tonight in Dunedin.

Former Longhorn Chance Wheeless, now a first basemen for the South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona Diamondbacks), will be playing in the Class A Midwest League playoffs. Wheeless has nine home runs and 41 RBI for the Eastern Division champions who begin the playoffs later this week after closing out the season on Monday.

Lastly, former All-American outfielder Kyle Russell has four more regular season games in his rookie campaign. Russell, the school home run record holder is batting .285 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI for the Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers). Russell was named to the Pioneer League Postseason All-Star Team. Though the Raptors currently sit in second place in the South Division, the magic number for Ogden to clinch a playoff birth is two. That means any combination of two Raptor wins and/or two Casper Ghosts losses and Ogden will find itself in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

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