Currently four former Yellow Jackets are in the minor leagues, with Charlie Culberson at the highest level at the moment with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies, the highest minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Culberson made his Major League debut in May when he spent a little over a week with the big club, seeing action in six games. He collected three hits and an RBI during that span while also playing solid defense at second base before being sent back down to Fresno.
Three other Calhoun products are at lower levels of the minors, trying to work their way up. Former Jackets stars Josh Smoker, Josh Schubert and Jordan Poole are in Class A or Rookie League at the current time.
Also, former Calhoun star and current Georgia Tech shortstop Mott Hyde is playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer along with many top college players from around the country.
The following is just a little info on how each of the former local stars are performing at their current level (through Wednesday's games):
Charlie Culberson, Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants)
After his small taste of the big leagues in May, Culberson has come back to Fresno and picked up right where he left off as a big bat in the middle of the Grizzlies lineup.
Culberson is currently batting .265 for the season with six home runs and 40 RBIs to go along with 13 doubles and five triples.
Through Tuesday’s game against Tucson, the second baseman has hit in five straight games, including a two-hit, four-RBI effort in Monday’s game. All four RBIs came on a grand slam in the fifth inning.
The solid 2012 to this point in Triple-A comes after Culberson posted a .259 average with 10 home runs, 34 doubles and 59 RBIs for the Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2011 which warranted him being added to the Giants’ 40-man roster this past offseason.
Josh Smoker, Class A Hagerstown Suns (Washington Nationals)
Smoker, who’s dealt with several injury issues over the last few years since being drafted with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2007 Draft by the Nationals, started the season with Class-A Advanced Potomac Nationals.
The left-handed pitcher made two appearances there in early April before an injury sidelined him until recently. Smoker made two appearances with the Gulf Coast League Nationals last week, allowing only one run on three hits in five innings of work while striking out three.
After those two appearances, Smoker was promoted back to Class-A Hagerstown. He has made one appearance since being there, pitching two scoreless innings while allowing only one hit on Monday.
Josh Schubert, Arizona Rookie League (Cleveland Indians)
Schubert was drafted in the seventh round of the MLB Draft earlier this month. He signed his contract on June 16 and was sent directly to Arizona soon after to start preparing for the Arizona Rookie League season which began on June 20.
Schubert, an outfielder, made his debut last Saturday in grand fashion, collecting three hits, including a double and two RBIs. He then followed that up on Sunday with a hit and three RBIs.
On Tuesday, he went hitless but scored a run. In three games, Schubert’s batting .333 with four hits, five RBIs and three runs scored.
Jordan Poole, Class A Short Season (Washington Nationals)
Poole was also selected in the MLB Draft earlier this month, going in the 14th round to the Washington Nationals.
He signed his contract soon thereafter and was sent to the Auburn Doubledays, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Nationals, which play in the New York-Penn League.
Poole, an outfielder, made his debut on June 19, collecting an RBI despite going hitless.
He started slowly, going hitless in his first two games, but since then, he’s hit in four straight. Over that span he’s collected five hits, including three doubles and two more RBIs.
Mott Hyde, Wareham Gatemen
(Cape Cod Summer League)
Hyde, who just finished his sophomore season at Georgia Tech, which culminated in the Jackets winning the ACC Tournament Championship, was assigned to the Cape Cod League along with several Tech teammates and many other top college players.
In 10 games with the Gatemen, Hyde is hitting .243 with a home run, a double and six RBIs. He’s also scored four runs and stolen two bases.
That follows up a solid end to his sophomore season where be batted .266 with seven homers and 33 RBIs.