Turks Alumni Continue to Shine in the Minors

09/01/2005 – University of San Francisco Athletics

Minor League Update Former University of San Francisco Dons in Professional Baseball Sept. 1, 2005 Nick Pereira (2004 Harrisonburg Turk): Former Jesse Foppert Award winner as the Dons top pitcher in 2005, Pereira continued his success at the minor league level. With Class-A short season Salem-Kaiser Volcanoes (San Francisco), the right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 12 games (nine starts). The Northwest League team has seven more games on the year. Derek Tate: (2003 Harrisonburg Turk) After splitting 2004 between the rookie league Pulaski Blue Jays and Class-A short season Auburn Doubledays, Tate landed a spot at high Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays for 2005. Unfortunately the left-hander has pitched only 1.1 innings giving up one hit but has a zero ERA and is currently on the disabled list with an injury. Jesse Foppert: (2000 Harrisonburg Turk) Foppert had a good 2003 rookie campaign with the San Francisco Giants, going 8-9 in 23 games with 101 strikeouts, but the right-hander missed all but the season finale of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair his injured right elbow. In that finale, Foppert pitched a scoreless seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2005, the former Don made two starts and one relief appearance for the Giants before being traded to the Seattle Mariners who optioned his contract to their Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. With Tacoma since August 2, Foppert is 0-0 in five games, all starts, with a 2.70 ERA and eight strikeouts.