FAIRFIELD, Conn.—As the Minor League Baseball season approaches the halfway point, Sacred Heart baseball alumni Troy Scribner (LAA), Jason Foley (DET) and Zack Short (CHC) are thriving on the diamond. Scribner was named a Triple-A All-Star for the Salt Lake City Bees. While Foley & Short recently earned promotions from their respective clubs from Class A to Class A Advanced.
In his four years at Sacred Heart, Scribner '13 left a mark as one of the best pitchers in program history. The right-hander finished his career second in school history with 261 career strikeouts and innings pitched at 344 and 26 career wins. A two-year captain and four-time NEC All-Tournament selection had a knack for stepping up in the postseason. He held a career 4-0 record in NEC Tournament play, guiding the Pioneers to four straight championship appearances, including back-to back titles in 2011 & 2012. He fired complete game victories to open his last three NEC Tournaments with complete game victories.
He signed with the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and in 2016 was traded to the Los Angeles Angels organization. In 2016, he went 12-5 with 117 strikeouts and a 3.41 ERA in 23 starts combined for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake City. He earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week on August 1 after he pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout in his first appearance with the Bees and was named 2016 MiLB.com Angels Organization All-Star at seasons end.
Scribner has continued his success with the Bees this season going 9-2 with a 4.41 ERA and striking out 84 in 81.2 innings of work to date. His nine wins lead all Triple-A pitchers. On June 28, he was selected to represent the Bees in the 2017 Triple-A All-Star game. He is the 35th player and first pitcher since 2009 to represent the Bees at All-Star Game. The very same day he earned his all-star nod, Scribner fired a career-high 11 strikeouts and allowed just one run in seven innings for the win over Reno. The 2017 Triple-A All-Star game will take place in Tacoma, Wash. on Wednesday July 12.
In his three seasons with Sacred Heart, Foley lead the team with 13 starts in 2015 and 2016. He made 37 starts on the bump in his career, with 10 wins and 156 career strikeouts over 191.2 innings. Foley was an All-NEC tournament selection as he helped guide the Pioneers to the NEC crown in 2015. Foley signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers organization in August of 2016.
Due to his late signing, Foley appeared in five games for the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League. Playing in the same park where he won the 2015 NEC Championship with the Pioneers, Foley pitched in six innings out of the bullpen, allowing six hits and six strikeouts. In his first full season of professional baseball in 2017, he opened the season with the West Michigan Whitecaps in Class A. He appeared in 18 games out of the bullpen for the Whitecaps, going 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings with five saves. Armed with a heavy heater, he struck out a career-high four batters on three occasions and struck out 36 batters in just 29 innings of work. Foley was promoted to Lakeland Flying Tigers on June 22. He has earned one save in four appearances so far with the Flying Tigers.
Short's impressive three-year career with Pioneers started off with a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America selection in 2014. The following year he helped lead Sacred Heart to the NEC Championship and NCAA Regional appearance. He was named First-Team All-NEC at shortstop and ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region First Team as he batted .305 with 61 hits, 15 doubles and leading the team and NEC with nine homeruns. Short recorded 176 hits in is three seasons, 99 career RBI, and a .398 career on-base percentage and .446 career slugging percentage.
He became the 16th Pioneer drafted in program history, as he was selected in the 17th round by the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, Short appeared in 53 games between AZL Cubs and short season A-ball with the Eugene Emeralds. He batted .318 with eight RBI's in 14 games in rookie ball followed by .236 with 30 hits and 23 RBI with the Emeralds where he captured the 2016 Northwest League Title.
2017 is Short's first full professional season, beginning the year with the South Bend Cubs. He appeared in 66 games, recording 17 doubles, seven home runs and 26 runs batted in. Back on April 25, Short smacked two three-run home runs as he finished the game 3-for-5 with six RBI against the Lansing Lugnuts. His standout play earned a promotion to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A Advance affiliate on June 26. In nine games with the Pelicans thus far, Short has recorded seven hits and three runs scored. He hit his first home run with the team last night in the second inning of the Pelicans 8-7 win against Buies Creek Astros.
Be sure to catch Scribner at the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday July 12. The game will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network at 9 p.m.*Troy Scribner action photo is courtesy of Asay Photography/Salt Lake City Bees *Zack Short action photo is courtesy of Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans *Jason Foley action photo courtesy of Emily Jones/West Michigan Whitecaps