Chris Epps, Will Lamb, Dominic Leone leading Clemson's Class A pros

Scott Firth perfect so far in four rookie league appearances

Clemson's Chris Epps, left, hits a single as catcher Doug Elliot, right, and home plate umpire Jim Garman look on during their NCAA regional college baseball game on Monday, June, 6, 2011 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson's Chris Epps, left, hits a single as catcher Doug Elliot, right, and home plate umpire Jim Garman look on during their NCAA regional college baseball game on Monday, June, 6, 2011 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Southern California's torrid weather seems to suit Chris Epps, who's providing his own heat this season as a member of the Houston Astros' Advanced A team at Lancaster, Calif.

The former Clemson standout is batting .299 in 61 games with the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. He's been particularly effective against lefthanders, batting .372, and when playing at home (.373).

Epps has seven home runs, 19 doubles, and four triples, with 43 RBIs and a .560 slugging percentage.

He's one of six former Tigers currently playing at the Advanced A level, along with Will Lamb, Dominic Leone, Alan Farina, Phil Pohl and Richie Shaffer. Playing for Class A teams are Kevin Brady and Jason Stolz, while Scott Firth just made his debut at the rookie-league level.

Lamb has a 1-0 record and a 4.81 ERA in 21 relief appearances for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Texas Rangers organization. He has one save.

Playing for the Seattle Mariners' High Desert Mavericks, Leone has an 0-1 record and a 2.56 ERA in 23 relief appearances. He's struck out 39 batters and has walked just 12.

Farina has a 0-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Toronto organization.

Playing for the Oakland Athletics' Stockland Ports, Pohl is batting .243 in 31 games. He has five homers, four doubles and a .409 slugging percentage.

In 64 games with the Charlotte (Fla.) Stone Crabs in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Shaffer is batting .247, with five homers, 15 doubles, 32 RBIs and a .383 slugging percentage.

Brady has a 1-2 record an a 5.47 ERA in six starts with the Lakewood Blueclaws in the Phillies organization, while Stolz is batting .231 with eight doubles in 33 games with the Colorado Rockies' Asheville Tourists farm team.

In his four appearances with the Rockies' Grand Junction rookie-league team, Firth has allowed no hits and no runs in 4.0 innings pitched, and has four strikeouts.

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