By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Shortstop Sam Mende is making the most of his shot in pro baseball.
The former Bull was selected in the 31st round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Colorado and he's starting to make a ton of progress this season in the Class-A South Atlantic League.
Mende is hitting .313 with six homers and 36 RBIs for the Asheville Tourists a year after playing in rookie ball and the low-A ranks. The Clearwater has batted .295 since becoming a pro.
Mende, a former standout from Clearwater Central Catholic, gained the attenion of pro scouts as a Bull from 2009-10 when he hit .308 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs.
Here is a complete list of former Bulls who are playing in pro baseball, excluding players that were drafted this month.
|Jeff Baisley||L.A. Dodgers||3B||PCL (AAA)||Albuquerque||.288, 8 HR, 39 RBIs|
|Juan Carlin||L.A. Angels||P||Pioneer (R)||Orem||None available. Second year in pros.|
|Randy Fontanez||N.Y. Mets||P||FSL (A)||St. Lucie||0.00 ERA in 3 innings, 2 Ks|
|Stephen Hunt||Cincinnati||RF||Southern (AA)||Pensacola||.292, 4 RBIs in 13 games|
|Devin Ivany||Washington||C||Eastern (AA)||Harrisburg||.236, 1 HR, 5 RBIs|
|Sam Mende||Colorado||SS||S. Atlantic (A)||Asheville||.313, 6 HR, 36 RBIs|
|Jimmy Moran||Cincinnati||P||Midwest (A)||Dayton||1-2, 6.66 ERA, 25.2 IP|
|Danny Otero||S.F. Giants||P||Pac. Coast (AAA)||Fresno||2-2, 4.74 ERA, 19 IP|
|Kevin Quackenbush||San Diego||P||California (A)||Lake Elsinore||1-1, 1.01 ERA, 12 saves|
|Shawn Sanford||S.F. Giants||P||Pac. Coast (AAA)||Fresno||0-3, 4.50 ERA, 10 Ks, 14 IP|
|Eric Sim||S.F. Giants||C||Pac. Coast (AAA)||Fresno||1-for-1|