June 30, 2014 - Summer Update

June 30, 2014

K-State Athletics

Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Bee had at least one hit in three of his four games last week, going a combined 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three stolen bases for the first-place Sedalia Bombers. Bee began his week going 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base on June 24, and after having his 14-game on-base streak snapped on June 25 when he went 0-for-4, Bee registered a season-high three hits on June 28. He had two stolen bases and an RBI to complement his three hits at Omaha. The next day, also at Omaha, he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, giving him his third multi-hit game in his last six contests. Bee is hitting .296 (16-for-54) with five doubles, a triple, seven RBI, and a .426 OBP in 17 games this summer.

Max Brown, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Brown did not play in the series against the Rossville Rattlers last week.

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

Brooks DeBord, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
While complete stats are unavailable, DeBord did play in two of the three games against Rossville last week, going 2-for-6 with two walks and an RBI. He went 1-for-3 on June 27, scoring two runs and driving in a run in Junction City’s 13-1 win.

Cole DuPont, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Through five games this summer, the incoming freshman out of St. Louis is hitting .250 (3-for-12) with six walks and two RBI.

Dalon Farkas, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman had a hit in all four of his games last week, going a combined 5-for-17 (.294) with a double and two RBI. He drove in his first run of the week on June 26 against Junction City, and he added an RBI later in the series on June 28 when he went 2-for-4. In 12 games this summer, Farkas is hitting .333 (17-for-51) with two doubles, four home runs, and 11 RBI.

Jordan Floyd, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In a June 28 start against Junction City, Floyd threw eight shutout innings, allowed six hits, struck out five, and walked three in a winning decision. The eight innings pitched in Floyd’s only outing last week were his most this summer while the eight shutout innings also extends Floyd’s streak of 13 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. In five appearances, Floyd is 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA (9er, 25.2ip), 24 strikeouts, and 13 walks. Opponents have a .250 batting average against Floyd.

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
After three straight impressive appearances out of the bullpen for Brewster to start the summer, MaVorhis faced his first bump in the road in his only appearance last week. On June 27, the right-hander made his first start of the summer, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in two-plus innings pitched at Bourne. MaVorhis allowed one run on two hits in the first inning, and in the second, he worked around a single and a walk to hold the Braves scoreless. In the third, though, the rising junior allowed a single, double, walk, single, single, and single to start the frame before being removed from the game with the bases loaded. This summer, MaVorhis is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (7er, 14.0ip), 11 strikeouts, and four walks.

Mitch Plassmeyer, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The freshman left-hander made the start against the Midwest Athletics on June 25, allowing six runs (four earned) in five innings in his first win this summer. Plassmeyer allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo homer in the second to account for three of the four earned runs. In the fourth, back-to-back errors allowed the first two hitters to reach base, who both went on to eventually score. In three games this summer, Plassmeyer is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA (8er, 9.1ip) and nine strikeouts against two walks.

Bryce Ward, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman made one start last week, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out six and not walking any batters in 5 2/3 innings on June 23 against the Midwest Athletics. All four runs allowed came in the second inning when Ward allowed a leadoff double, back-to-back singles, and a two-out home run. Ward only allowed two more hits in his final 3 2/3 innings pitched. In three games this summer, Ward is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA (5er, 14.2ip), 17 strikeouts and one walk. Opponents are hitting .208 against.

Jake Wodtke, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Over 20 games this summer, Wodtke, who redshirted last season, is batting .254 (15-for-59) with a .353 OBP. He has a double and a triple to help make up his 15 hits while he also has five RBI. He has walked five times in his 69 plate appearances.

Carter Yagi, Peninsula Oilers (Alaska Baseball League)
Yagi played in just three games last week, going 0-for-8 in the first two games and then being replaced in center field in the first inning on June 25 at Anchorage. Yagi played center field in his first game last week on June 23 and then second base on June 24. In 13 games this summer, Yagi has a .178 batting average (8-for-45) with a double, a triple, four RBI, six walks, and three stolen bases.

In the Pros

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
For the second straight week, the Mets right-hander made only one appearance, allowing two hits and intentionally walking a batter in one shutout inning on June 26 against Pittsburgh. Torres entered the game in the seventh, spelling starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, and allowed back-to-back singles to open the frame. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Torres issued an intentional free pass to Andrew McCutchen to load the bases with one out. Torres came through by inducing the next batter, Neil Walker, into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep the score at 5-1 Pittsburgh. Torres still enters the upcoming week tied for the Mets lead in appearances with 38 despite only throwing twice in New York’s last 13 games. In the 38 games, Torres has a 3.21 ERA (17er, 47.2ip) with 52 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Marshall responded from an up-and-down week by not allowing a run in two appearances last week. In his first appearance, Marshall faced one only batter, but he recorded an important out against the one batter in Arizona’s 9-8 win over Cleveland in 14 innings. In the seventh, with the Diamondbacks clinging to a 6-5 lead, Marshall inherited the game-tying run at second base with two outs. Needing four pitches, Marshall induced a groundout to escape the jam and maintain Arizona’s advantage. Later in the week, Marshall was asked to keep a game close once again as he entered Arizona’s June 29 game at San Diego in the eighth inning with the Diamondbacks down 2-1. Using 10 pitches, Marshall registered a 1-2-3 inning, his eighth perfect outing in 22 appearances this season. The right-hander also notched a strikeout on June 29, his 20th punchout in 20 2/3 innings this season. The back-to-back scoreless outings over the week also lowered his ERA below four (3.92). Marshall did not walk a batter in any of his two outings as he has not walked a batter in eight straight appearances and has seven walks (six unintentional) against the 90 batters faced all year in the Majors.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Goedert played in six of Buffalo’s seven games last week, going 2-for-20 – but also drawing seven walks. Four of the seven walks came on June 24 vs. Columbus when Goedert established a season-high for walks in the Bisons’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Clippers in 13 innings (the 4 hour and 25 minute game also had a 1 hour and 53 minute delay). After sitting out on June 25, Goedert returned to the Buffalo lineup on June 26, going 1-for-3 with a double and – of course – a walk in Buffalo’s 9-0 loss to Columbus. Goedert was the only Bison to reach base more than once in the shutout defeat to the Clippers. Goedert added his second hit of the week on June 29 as Buffalo was once again shut out – and held to four hits – in a 7-0 loss to Syracuse. With the help of seven free passes, Goedert’s OBP stayed relatively steady (.356 to .355) despite his season batting average dropping (.278 to .267). The third baseman is second on Buffalo with 32 walks this season while his is also second in home runs (9) and RBI (34).

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
Morris made only one start last week for Indianapolis, surrendering five runs on eight hits and two walks in three innings on June 23 at Norfolk. Morris faced trouble as soon as the first inning when he allowed a one-out single to Jemile Weeks followed by a walk to Francisco Peguero. Both runners came home to score, with Weeks on a steal and throwing error by catcher Tony Sanchez and Peguero on an RBI single by Brett Wallace. After an RBI double by Julio Borbon in the second, Morris retired the first batter he faced in the third but allowed four of the next five batters to reach with singles.

After the start, Morris was placed on the disabled list. He had four starts for the Indians since being promoted from Double-A in early June. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA (8er, 23.0ip) and 15 strikeouts against eight walks in the four starts.

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

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
In his two appearances last week, Hunter allowed a combined three runs in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two and not walking any batters. On June 23, Hunter allowed two runs in his first inning of work before tossing a scoreless eighth during Jackson’s 7-4 loss to Mississippi. In his next appearance, Hunter suffered the loss after his one run allowed in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in a 4-3 defeat at Mobile. The right-hander started the eighth, inducing a groundout and then striking out a batter to bring himself within one out of getting out of the frame unscathed. The next batter, Tom Belza, dropped down a bunt single, and he scored when the following hitter, Jake Lamb, hit a double to center field. Hunter was relieved after the double, ending his night with 2/3 of an inning pitched. The loss was Hunter’s second of the season, dropping his record to 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA (21er, 40.2ip). He also has 27 strikeouts against 11 walks in his 19 appearances this season.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Allen turned in two appearances last week, throwing two shutout innings in the first and surrendering three runs in 1 2/3 innings in the second. On June 25, Allen faced the minimum in his two innings, allowing one hit but striking out two against Visalia. It was the third time in his last four appearances that he did not allow a run. His second appearance of the week seemed to carry the same momentum as he entered the seventh inning on June 28 with Stockton having already scored four runs in the frame and threatening for more with runners on first and second and one out. Allen escaped the jam, though, striking out both batters he faced to end the onslaught. In the next inning, Allen worked around a two-out single to turn in a scoreless inning. Allen started the ninth – with his team trailing 7-0 – and loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and two singles. Two more singles off Allen allowed Stockton to score two more runs while the third run charged to him on the night scored on a double play after he was removed from the game.

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
After being released by the Washington Nationals organization on June 22, Bloxom quickly re-signed with the Atlanta Braves system and joined the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League. He made his Hillcat debut on June 27, going 0-for-4, but he had back-to-back multi-hit efforts in his next two games to finish his first week at the Class A Advanced level with a .385 batting average (5-for-13) with two doubles and an RBI. On June 28, Bloxom went 2-for-4 in an 8-3 loss, but on June 29, Bloxom’s three hits helped lead Lynchburg to a 10-7 win over Myrtle Beach. This is Bloxom’s third stint in the Carolina League after spending all of 2011 and half of 2012 in the circuit.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Playing all seven of Inland Empire’s games last week, Hinkle went 8-for-27 (.296) with three doubles and four RBI. The first baseman had three multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 performance on June 28 vs. Rancho Cucamonga. The three hits were his most in a game since May 23. Hinkle’s three doubles gives him 18 on the year, the most on Inland Empire. He is fifth in the California League with a .417 OBP. Overall, Hinkle is batting .306 (63-for-206) with 18 doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 27 RBI in 59 games with the 66ers.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini started six games last week for Palm Beach, going 8-for-20 (.400) with three walks and four RBI. After going 0-for-2 with a walk, sac fly, and hit by pitch in his first game on June 24, Martini registered three hits on June 25 vs. Charlotte, matching his season-high for hits in a single game. He once again matched that season-high with another three-hit performance on June 27 – with one of the three hits being a triple. In his final game of the week, Martini went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The week’s performance raised Martini’s batting average from .239 to .253 in a Palm Beach uniform while he has 11 doubles, five triples, one home run, and 29 RBI to go along with the clip. In 64 combined games between High A and Double-A this year, Martini is batting .250 (59-for-236) with a .317 OBP and .352 SLG.

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 went 0-for-4 in his first game of the week on June 23, but with the June 24 game postponed a day later due to rain, the shortstop’s week started anew as he had a hit in his final five games, going 7-for-22 (.318) over the entire six-game week. The active five-game hitting streak is easily the longest of his (very) young professional career as he had not put together back-to-back games with hits in his first five games of the season. Fisher had a career-high three hits on June 28 vs. Jamestown, a game in which he also recorded his first career RBI with a single in the second inning. Fisher is now batting .250 (9-for-36) with a .341 OBP in 10 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett bounced back from a 1-for-13 start to his week by collecting seven hits over his final four games. For the entire week, the outfielder went 8-for-31 (.258) with two walks, two RBI, and eight runs scored. After going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored on June 26, Kivett strung together three straight two-hit games to end the week, capped by a 2-for-5 performance with two RBI on June 29 vs. Tri-City. He is tied for second on the team with 11 runs scored, third in hits (13), and tied for third in RBI (7). Kivett also played left field on June 23 for his first start at that position this season. He has now started in all three outfield positions, with eight of the starts being in center. 

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer played in four games last week, going 3-for-15 with a triple, a home run, three RBI, and three walks. The left fielder and designated hitter went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on June 27 vs. Billings, and then followed up that performance by hitting his second career home run the next day, a two-out solo shot in the first inning. Meyer also added a walk in the June 28 game, giving him six walks this year against 13 strikeouts. In eight games, Meyer is hitting .172 (5-for-29) with three extra-base hits, three stolen bases, six RBI, and a .333 OBP.

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
After signing as an undrafted free agent, Santigate made his professional debut with Orem of the Rookie Pioneer League. He played in his first official game on June 28, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, and the next day, he recorded his first pro at-bat. Batting eighth and playing third base, Santigate went 1-for-3 on June 29 against Ogden. He reached base in his first at-bat after a throwing error, and he notched his first career hit in the seventh, driving in two runs with a single to left field as part of Orem’s four-run inning in its 7-1 win.