June 23, 2014 - Summer Update

June 23, 2014

K-State Athletics

Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Bee played in five games last week, going 4-for-16 with two walks and three hit by pitches, helping him post a .423 OBP in 13 games this summer. Bee was 0-for-4 with a walk in his first game of the week on June 17 before going 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI, and walk in Sedalia’s 7-4 win over the Branson Nationals on June 18. Bee then went 1-for-2 with a pair of hit by pitches on June 21 before notching his first multi-hit game of the summer when he went 2-for-4 with a double on June 22 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Ozark Generals. In the second game of the doubleheader, Bee started as the designated hitter, going 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch.

Max Brown, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Although complete stats are unavailable, Brown did go 4-for-5 with a double, home run, and three RBI on June 19 at Rossville. The four hits tied Brett Nickle for the game-high in Junction City’s 22-10 win.

Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Did not play last week

Brooks DeBord, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Although complete stats are unavailable, DeBord drove in a run and drew a walk on June 19 at Rossville. He finished the game 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch and two runs scored to go with his RBI and walk, helping Junction City to a 22-10 win.

Dalon Farkas, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The 2014-15 signee went 4-for-12 with a home run, a walk, and three RBI in three games last week. On June 16, Farkas had a summer-high three hits against the Topeka Senators, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk. After going 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch on June 17, Farkas hit a solo home run on June 19 vs. Junction City, giving him four home runs in 25 at-bats this summer. In six games, Farkas is hitting a team-best .360 (9-for-25) while he also leads the team in home runs and RBI.

Jordan Floyd, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Floyd did not pitch last week, but he did throw 4.0 innings in his last outing on June 14 vs. Baldwin City, striking out six and walking three while surrendering five runs and four hits (one home run). In three games, Floyd has a 6.75 ERA (9er, 12.0ip) with 16 strikeouts and nine walks.

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
The junior-to-be did not get the start in his sole appearance last week, but he did throw six shutout innings of relief on June 18 at Orleans, striking out five and walking two while surrendering four hits in his longest outing of the summer. After starting pitcher Dylan Silva allowed all five runs in the first inning, MaVorhis entered in the second, leading a two-headed effort by the Brewster bullpen to hold Orleans scoreless in the final seven frames. In three appearances this summer, all out of the bullpen, MaVorhis has a 0.75 ERA (1er, 12.0ip) with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Mitch Plassmeyer, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Another member of the 2015 recruiting class, Plassmeyer made his summer debut on June 18 vs. Topeka, allowing a solo home run for his only run allowed in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Despite just the one run surrendered, Plassmeyer took the loss. The left-hander from St. Louis also struck out three.

Bryce Ward, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In one appearance last week, the 2014-15 signee made the start on June 17 vs. Topeka, throwing seven shutout innings to earn the win. He surrendered just one hit, one walk, and one hit batsman while fanning nine. In two games this summer, Ward has a 1.00 ERA (1er, 9.0ip) with 11 strikeouts, three hits allowed, and one walk.

Jake Wodtke, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Unavailable stats

Carter Yagi, Peninsula Oilers (Alaska Baseball League)
Yagi played in three games last week for the 9-1 Oilers, going 3-for-10 with a double, walk, and hit by pitch. After starting the week 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on June 16, Yagi went 2-for-4 on June 18 and 1-for-2 with three runs scored on June 19. In the June 19 game, Yagi reached base three times with the help of a double, walk, and hit by pitch. In 10 games this summer, Yagi is hitting .216 (8-for-37) with a .356 OBP, a double, a triple, and four RBI.


In the Pros

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
After throwing four innings in a long relief effort last Sunday against San Diego – an appearance in which he got the win – Torres pitched in one game last week. On Sunday, June 22, Torres struck out three in two perfect innings of relief at Miami, helping the Mets secure an 11-5 win. It was the third time this season Torres had not allowed a hit in an appearance of two innings or more while the three strikeouts give him a punchout in seven straight games and 16 over the stretch. The outing also dropped his season ERA from 3.43 to 3.28.

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Marshall’s week got off to a noteworthy start when he hit Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun with a pitch in the seventh inning of Arizona’s 7-5 loss to the Brewers last Tuesday. Marshall allowed a single and a double to put runners on second and third for Braun. Marshall was then ejected after plunking Braun to load the bases. All three of Marshall’s runners scored when the next batter, Jonathan Lucroy, hit a grand slam, his second home run of the game. Marshall took the loss, but in his next outing on June 20 against San Francisco, Marshall threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning, earning his eighth hold of the year and helping Arizona trump the Giants, 4-1. Two days later, Marshall was summoned to start the ninth inning with the Giants leading 1-0, but the right-hander surrendered a single and run-scoring double to Buster Posey that chased him from the game. Posey later scored in the three-run ninth, making Marshall responsible for two runs. In his three outings, Marshall allowed five runs in 1.0 inning pitched. He has a 4.19 ERA (9er, 19.1ip) in 20 appearances this season with Arizona.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
On the tail end of Buffalo’s 10-game road trip, Goedert started the week going 5-for-13 (.385) with a home run and four RBI in the first three games, all at Columbus. His home run, his ninth of the season, occurred in the sixth inning on June 18 and flipped a 3-1 Buffalo deficit into a 4-3 lead and eventual 5-3 win. The third baseman did not collect a hit in his final three games of the week, but he did draw two walks and stole a base, helping Buffalo go 5-3 on the week (the Bisons played a doubleheader on June 21, giving them an eight-games-in-seven-days week). Goedert remains as one of Buffalo’s top offensive contributors as he is second on the team in home runs and RBI and third in hits (62).

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
Morris suffered the loss in his only start last week despite allowing just one run in five innings on June 17 vs. Gwinnett. After scattering two singles and two walks in the first three innings, Morris’ lone blemish came in the fourth when Christian Betancourt hit a one-out home run to give the Braves a 1-0 lead over the Indians. The Braves later stretched their lead to 2-0 in the seventh before Indianapolis struck for its only run in the eighth, but the losing decision gave Morris his second defeat in three Triple-A starts despite a 1.35 ERA (3er, 20.0ip).

Morris is slated to start at Norfolk on Monday, June 23 – a team he has not faced this season – kicking off what will more than likely be a two-start week for the right-hander.

Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
Did not play last week; has been on the disabled list since April 5.

Justin Bloxom, Harrisburg Senators (Double-A, Eastern League, Washington)
After Harrisburg’s 7-5 win over Akron on June 22, Justin Bloxom, along with pitcher Sean Nicol, was released by the Washington Nationals organization. Bloxom, who had been on the disabled list since May 23, hit .252 (28-for-111) with eight doubles, one home run, and 10 RBI in 35 games this season with Harrisburg. The 2009 11th round draft pick by the Nationals had played for Double-A Harrisburg in each of the last three seasons.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
In one appearance last week, Hunter allowed one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning on June 19 at Mississippi. He also allowed a pair of inherited runners to score while striking out one of the four batters he faced. The 2/3 of an inning pitched matched his shortest outing of the season, a mark first set on April 22. Of his 15 relief appearances this season, Hunter has pitched two or more innings in 10 of those games. In 17 overall games this season, Hunter has a 4.26 ERA (18er, 38.0ip) with 25 strikeouts and 11 walks.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
As the California League broke out of its All-Star break and kicked off the second half of the season, Allen pitched in two of Bakersfield’s four games last week, allowing one run in 2.0 combined innings. On June 20 at Stockton, Allen struck out one in a perfect eighth inning. Two days later, Allen faced Stockton again, this time allowing a leadoff home run in the eighth in the Blaze’s 9-6 loss. Allen’s ERA on the season dropped from 6.44 to 6.38 in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Another Wildcat in the California League, Hinkle went 2-for-11 with two doubles and two walks in three games last week. The first baseman had a double for his only hit on June 19 at Rancho Cucamonga, and after a 0-for-4 performance with three strikeouts on June 20, Hinkle drew two walks and laced a seventh-inning double, on which he later scored, against the Quakes on June 21. In 52 games this season, Hinkle is hitting .307 (55-for-179) with 24 extra-base hits – including six home runs – and a .424 OBP. 

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
In four games last week, including three starts in right field, Martini was 2-for-12 with two RBI, a stolen base, and a walk. Both of his hits came in his first game on June 17 vs. Jupiter as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Cardinals’ 9-0 win. Martini appeared in three straight games from June 20-22, a stretch in which he capped it by drawing a walk, driving in a run, scoring a run, and stealing a base on June 22. In 58 combined games between Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield, Martini is batting .236 (51-for-216) with 11 doubles, four triples, a home run, 25 RBI, and four stolen bases. 

Jared King, Savannah Sand Gnats (Class A, South Atlantic League, New York Mets)
Did not play; has been on the disabled list since May 12. 

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher started two games last week, collecting a hit and walking four times in nine plate appearances. On June 16, his third career professional game, Fisher went 1-for-2 with three walks in Mahoning Valley’s 2-1 win over Jamestown. The next day, Fisher was hitless in three at-bats, but he did draw his fifth walk of the season. Fisher has started all four of his games this season at shortstop and slated in the two-hole of the Scrappers’ lineup. He has a .368 OBP despite a .143 batting average (2-for-14).

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
The former Wildcat made his professional debut last week, collecting a hit and two RBI in his first professional game on June 19 vs. Lowell. Both of his RBI came in consecutive plate appearances, with the first being on a sacrifice fly in the third inning and the second coming on a two-out single, off Lowell starting pitcher Heri Quevedo, in the fifth that gave Connecticut a 3-2 lead. 

He went on to start the final three games of the week, going a combined 5-for-17 with two doubles and five RBI in the four total games. He had two-hit games on June 20 and 22, including a 2-for-5 performance with two doubles and two RBI on June 22 at Vermont. Kivett started his first three games in center field before starting in right field on June 22, a position he never played while at K-State. He also hit in the three-hole of Connecticut’s lineup in three of the four games and in the two-hole in the other game.

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer also made his professional debut last week, picking up his first career hit in his first game as well as his first career home run later in the week. On June 17, in his pro debut, Meyer went 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base. He then went 0-for-4 in each of his next two games before wrapping up his four-game week by going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on June 22 at Missoula. His home run was a two-out, two-run shot off of Holden Helmink in the fifth inning of Helena’s 6-2 win. In four games, Meyer is hitting .143 (2-for-14) with three RBI and a .333 OBP.