Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Miners trade all-stars Wooley, Logan

Taken from Justin Walker, Marion Daily Republican.

MARION -- Two of Southern Illinois' six all-stars will be gone Tuesday when the Miners take on the Kalamazoo Kings for the first time.
Miners manager Mike Pinto has traded righthanded starter Rob Wooley to the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association for a player to be named later and dealt lefthanded reliever Brian Logan to the Gateway Grizzlies in exchange for righthanded starter Chris Little.
Wooley, a former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand, leaves the Miners with a 4-2 record and 3.51 ERA after making 10 starts. He allowed 45 hits -- opponents batted just .228 against him -- but had 33 walks compared to 42 strikeouts in 51 1-3 innings.
Logan entered Monday's game with a 2.92 ERA after making a team-high 23 appearances. He gave up eight earned runs in 24 2-3 innings and struck out 29 batters while walking 21.
Logan pitched a perfect eighth inning Monday in the Miners' 5-2 win over River City.
Little has a 4-3 record this season, compiling 56 1-3 innings in 13 games, seven of them starts. He allowed just 20 earned runs for a 3.20 ERA -- ninth-best in the Frontier League after Sunday's games -- and gave up 31 hits, including just two home runs -- a remarkable number considering the Grizzlies play at hitter-friendly GCS Ballpark.
The Miners have faced Little five times this season and are responsible for two of his wins. In four relief appearances, the Miners managed just four hits and scored one run. In a start on July 2, Little went eight innings and gave up eight hits and three runs. He did not factor into the decision.
The 6-foot-3 hurler walked just eight batters in his 21 games this season while racking up 24 strikeouts. Opponents have batted .248 against him. Little has a 4.61 ERA in five minor league seasons.
Little will start for the Miners on Wednesday when they face Kalamazoo at Rent One Park.

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