Five former Youngstown State baseball players are continuing their professional careers at the Minor-League level.
Brad Hennessey and Justin Thomas are both pitching at the AAA level while 2011 draft pick Phil Klein has joined 2010 selections Eric Marzec and Jacke Healey at the Class A level.
Hennessey is currently pitching for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the AAA club for the Houston Astros in the Pacific Coast League. The former first-round selection has posted a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 innings, which have spanned four appearances. Hennessey began the season at the AA level and was in the Minnesota Twins organization in 2010. His last appearance at the Major League level came in 2008 for the San Francisco Giants.
Thomas is in his second year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and is pitching for the Indianapolis Indians at the AAA level. He is 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 43 appearances. Thomas has also recorded three saves while striking out 40 batters in 45.2 innings. The former fourth-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2005 last pitched in the majors in 2010.
Klein has recently moved up to the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League. His lone appearance for Spokane came on July 14, and he allowed an unearned run in two innings. Before his promotion, Klein struck out seven batters in 2.2 innings in the Arizona League. He was drafted by the Rangers this past June in the 30th round.
Marzec has had another solid year in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization. Pitching for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League, the former 30th round pick has posted a 1.69 ERA in 42.2 innings. He is 3-2 with three saves and has struck out 50 batters while holding hitters to a .187 batting average.
Healey is in his second year playing for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League. He has played in 11 of the team's 15 games in July but has struggled to get going offensively. Healey has two hits in 39 at bats, and he has scored three times and driven in four runs.