Former Neosho High and Crowder College standout Trey Turner will always remember June.
First, he was born Saturday, June 15, 1996 in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Second, he was picked by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft on Tuesday, June 13.
Finally, just a day after his 22nd birthday, Turner made his professional baseball debut for the Single-A Advanced Auburn Doubledays (Washington) of the New York-Penn League against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins).
Turner walked two over 2/3 innings.
Three days later, Turner returned to the mound in relief and he allowed his first earned run and first hit in pro baseball. Turner remains looking for his first professional strikeout.
After his first two appearances, Turner stands at 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA, just tossing 1 1/3 innings.
Turner missed all of 2017 due to injury after signing with the Nationals on June 20. It was not until late September last year that he was activated from the disabled list.
Turner plays for the Doubledays, a team named after Abner Doubleday, an Union general in the American Civil War who's been given credit for inventing baseball in 1839. Historians still argue over the validity of Doubleday inventing baseball.
Turner is not the only former Crowder player in the New York-Penn League, as Kyle Wilson pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets) and Zach Matson for the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles).
Wilson has yet to make an appearance this season for the Cyclones, who play in a different division than the Doubledays. Brooklyn and Auburn, thus, do not play each other in the regular season.
Wilson, who the Mets picked in the 35th round last year, finished 1-1 with one save and a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances and two starts in rookie ball.
Matson, a 24th round pick of the Orioles in 2016, has pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings thus far for the Ironbirds this season.
Matson returned to Aberdeen after reaching Single-A Delmarva last season.
Over 35 pro appearances, Matson owns a 0-5 record and a 3.34 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 24 walks over 56 2/3 innings.
Turner, Wilson, and Matson all played on the 2016 Crowder squad that won 40 games and finished Region 16 tournament runner-up.
— The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) have always given former Crowder pitcher Jalen Beeks the best run support this season.
That's why Beeks owns a 4-4 overall record despite his 2.65 ERA, which ranked sixth in the International League on Wednesday.
Beeks took his fourth loss of the season on Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings and striking out seven and walking four, his second four-walk outing in four starts for Pawtucket.
On the season, Beeks has 94 strikeouts and 18 walks over 68 innings, numbers which earned Beeks a chance recently at making his MLB debut.
Beeks remains the International League leader in strikeouts and he should cross 100 for the season in his next start.
The Red Sox selected Beeks in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft from Arkansas, his collegiate destination after Crowder.
— Former Crowder and current Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami) pitcher Mike Kickham has enjoyed a solid season at both Triple-A and Double-A levels in a relief pitcher role.
However, until Tuesday night, he had not factored in a decision. Fortunately, for Kickham and the Baby Cakes, his first decision in 2018 amounted to a win.
That proved to be a worthwhile 2/3 inning for the sixth round pick in 2010, and it turned out to be Kickham's shortest outing of the season.
On the season, Kickham stands at 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 14 strikeouts and six walks over 18 2/3 innings.
Of course, Kickham has predominantly been a starter over his pro career, but he's found success in relief this season.
Kickham had one of his best pro seasons in 2017, combining for a 8-10 overall record and a 3.65 ERA in 27 appearances and 25 starts between New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville. Kickham earned Southern League midseason all-star honors for Jacksonville, but the game was rained out.
— Former Crowder standout and current Double-A Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) right fielder Sam Hilliard remains one of the top average hitters on the Yard Goats this season.
In fact, after Wednesday’s game against the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Hilliard owned a .293 average, just behind the .294 of shortstop Brendan Rodgers for the team lead.
Rodgers and Hilliard were part of the same 2015 Rockies draft class — Rodgers picked in the first round and Hilliard in the 15th.
Rodgers and Hilliard rank 14th and 15th, respectively, in the Eastern League in hitting, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the league at .407.
On Wednesday, Hilliard knocked his 12th double and his 20th RBI of the season.
Earlier this season, Hilliard reached career home run No. 50 and he needs eight runs scored and 14 RBI to reach 250 during his four-year pro career.
The Eastern League features several prominent players, including not only Guerrero but other sons of great MLB players including Cavan (son of Craig) Biggio and Bo (son of Dante) Bichette, as well as Tate Matheny, the son of St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.
Hilliard plays home games at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, which has been named the best Double-A ballpark for a second year in a row by Ballpark Digest.
— Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) pitcher Ethan Clark made his best start of the season on Tuesday.
Clark allowed no earned runs on one hit over five innings and he struck out seven and walked three.
Clark missed two months of the season due to injury and took his first decision, a loss, in his first start back June 10.
Overall, Clark owns a 0-1 record and a 2.51 ERA with 17 strikeouts and seven walks over 14 1/3 innings.
Clark was selected in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by Tampa Bay and he was part of a trade to the Marlins in exchange for MLB shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, a move made on June 26 last year.
Clark earned a 14-12 record and a 3.22 ERA over his first 48 pro games.