Summer Baseball Update - July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014

K-State Athletics

Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Bee did not have a hit in his three games last week, but he did reach base a total of six times in the three-game stretch with the help of three walks and three hit by pitches. On July 1, Bee had a walk and an RBI in Sedalia’s 8-1 win, and after going 0-for-4 with a walk and a hit by pitch in a 3-2 loss on July 4, Bee came back on July 6 and drew a walk, scored a run, and was hit by a pitch two times in a 7-6 victory. Bee improved his OBP this summer to .422 while he is batting .254 (16-for-63) with five doubles, one triple, and nine RBI in 20 games for the first-place Bombers.

Max Brown, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable

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

Brooks DeBord, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable

Cole DuPont, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
DuPont appeared in one game last week, going 1-for-4. He is batting .250 (4-for-16) with six walks and two RBI in six games this summer.

Dalon Farkas, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman played in three games last week, going 4-for-8 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. His top performance for the week came on July 1 against the Topeka Giants when he went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI, and run scored in Rossville’s 12-10 loss. Farkas is batting .356 (21-for-59) with four home runs and 13 RBI in 15 games.

Jordan Floyd, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Coming off his longest outing of the summer, Floyd appeared in one game last week, throwing 1 1/3 innings of relief on July 2 against the Topeka Giants. The sophomore-to-be allowed two hits and a walk and was responsible for three runs in the appearance, his first relief outing this summer. He also had two strikeouts, giving him 26 in 27 innings for the season. In six games, Floyd is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA (12er, 27.0ip).

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
MaVorhis appeared in two games last week, with the first being a start against Harwich on July 3. The junior-to-be allowed seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks in 2.0 innings on July 3, suffering his second loss in a row. MaVorhis’ next appearance of the week came on July 5 at Chatham, when he surrendered two runs on three hits in one inning pitched during Brewster’s 7-2 loss. In six games this summer, MaVorhis has a 7.41 ERA (14er, 17.0ip) with 12 strikeouts against six walks.

Mitch Plassmeyer, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
After his K-State teammate Bryce Ward allowed five runs in the first five innings on July 30, Plassmeyer threw four shutout innings out of the bullpen in Rossville’s 5-2 loss. Plassmeyer scattered three hits over the four innings while striking out two and not walking anybody. The performance lowered his summer ERA to 5.40 in four games. He also has 11 strikeouts and two walks in his 13 1/3 innings pitched.

Bryce Ward, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In his only start of the week, the incoming freshman allowed five runs, all earned, on eight hits and two walks over 5.0 innings on June 30 against the Topeka Golden Giants. Ward took the loss, his first of summer, while the five-inning outing was his shortest of the summer since his debut on June 12. Ward did strike out three, giving him 20 punchouts against three walks in 19 2/3 innings pitched this summer.

Jake Wodtke, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Wodtke went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a walk in two games last week, raising his summer average to .266 (17-for-64). The infielder also has a double, a triple, six RBI, and six walks in 22 games this summer.

Carter Yagi, Peninsula Oilers (Alaska Baseball League)
Did not play last week

In the Pros

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Torres made two appearances last week, combining to throw 7 2/3 innings in a pair of relief outings and surrendering two runs while striking out eight. His first appearance of the week was nearly perfect as he did not allow a hit, walk or run in three innings on July 1 at Atlanta. Torres spelled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka to start the sixth inning and struck out the side in his first inning of work, helping him total four strikeouts in the game. Save a throwing error with two outs in the eighth, Torres helped keep the Mets in the game with three total shutout innings pitched, but New York went on to lose 5-4. On July 4, Torres threw a season-high 4 2/3 innings in the Mets’ 6-5 win over Texas. After starter Jon Niese was removed from the game one out into the first inning, Torres entered the game and went on to strand an inherited runner by inducing back-to-back groundouts to end the Rangers’ one-run first inning. The right-hander scattered five hits over his remaining four innings, with one of those hits being a two-out solo homer surrendered to Adrian Beltre in his final inning of work in the fifth. Torres’ first run allowed came in the third when he issued a leadoff walk to Shin-Soo Choo, who later came around to score on Alex Rios’ single. Torres also struck out four Rangers in the game, giving him back-to-back four-strikeout performances. He has also struck out three or more batters in four of his last five games.

With the benefit of a 2.35 ERA last week, Torres has lowered his season ERA to 3.09 in 40 games. He also has 60 strikeouts against 20 walks in 55 1/3 innings.

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Just like Torres, Marshall also made two appearances last week. The right-hander did not allow a run in his 1 1/3 combined innings. In fact, Marshall allowed only one baserunner among the five batters he faced in the two appearances, which was a walk to the first batter he faced, Dan Uggla, on July 6 at Atlanta. Marshall struck out the next batter, B.J. Upton, to strand an inherited runner for what would be his only inning of work against the Braves. In his first appearance of the week, Marshall struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh inning in Arizona’s 10-2 win over Pittsburgh on July 3.

Since his appearance against San Francisco on June 22 in which he allowed hits to the only two batters he faced, Marshall has thrown a combined 2 2/3 hitless innings over his last four games while striking out four and walking one. His ERA in 24 appearances with Arizona is down to 3.68, and he has 23 strikeouts and eight walks in 22.0 innings. Marshall has also stranded all 11 runners he has inherited.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Goedert went 2-for-19 in five games last week, bookending his week with a hit in his first game on July 1 and a hit in his last game on July 6. Goedert went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored to start his week, but he then went hitless in his next three games before going 1-for-3 in game two of a doubleheader on July 6 at Rochester. In 71 games with Buffalo, Goedert is batting .255 (66-for-259) with eight doubles, nine home runs, and 34 RBI.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
Did not pitch last week as he has been on the disabled list since June 24.

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)
Hunter appeared in three games last week, allowing two runs in a combined 5.0 innings pitched. His week got off to a losing start on July 1 when he suffered his third loss of the season after he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander bounced back, though, throwing back-to-back scoreless appearances on July 5 and 6. On July 5, Hunter walked into a bases loaded situation with two outs and the score tied at 6-6 in the eighth inning. Hunter quickly got Jackson out of the jam with a fly out to end the inning, and he threw a 1-2-3 ninth – striking out two – to help him earn the win in Jackson’s 7-6 extra-inning victory over Huntsville. The next day, also against Huntsville, Hunter canceled out a leadoff single with a double play to turn in a shutout inning of work in Jackson’s 8-5 win.

The back-to-back scoreless games on July 5 and 6 were Hunter’s first consecutive scoreless appearances this season. The stretch lowered his ERA to 4.53 in 22 games. He also has 30 strikeouts and 13 walks in 45 2/3 innings pitched.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
In his only appearance of the week, Allen threw a scoreless ninth inning to help Bakersfield preserve a 5-0 shutout victory at Visalia on July 3. The right-hander surrendered a two-out single, but he quickly induced a fly out to the next batter to end the game. Allen is 3-4 with a 6.34 ERA and 43 strikeouts against 18 walks in 21 appearances (10 starts).

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
In his second week in the Atlanta Braves organization, Bloxom went 2-for-21 in six games. The first baseman went hitless in his first three games of the week before registering a double on July 3 at Carolina. Bloxom then drew a walk on July 4 – his second walk of the week – before going 1-for-3 with an RBI on July 5. In nine games with Lynchburg, Bloxom is batting .206 (7-for-34) with three doubles and two RBI. In 44 combined games between Class A Advanced and Double-A, he is batting .241 with 11 doubles and one home run.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle reached base safely in all six of his games last week, a stretch that also included a five-game hitting streak to end the week. For the entire week, he batted .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI. Hinkle capped his stellar week by hitting a season-high two home runs and driving in five runs in a 3-for-4 performance on July 6 vs. Visalia. The two home runs gives him eight on the season, bringing him closer to the double-digit mark he reached in each of his first two professional seasons.

Hinkle enters this week tied for ninth in the Cal League in batting average (.317) and third in OBP (.422). He also has 20 doubles, three triples, and 34 RBI to go with his eight home runs in 65 games this season.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini had a hit in five of his six games last week, going 5-for-21 (.238) with two doubles, two walks, and two RBI over the stretch. The right fielder followed his 1-for-4 performance to start the week on June 30 by going 1-for-2 with a double, walk, and two runs scored in Palm Beach’s 5-3 win over Jupiter on July 1. He also had a double and RBI on July 4, bringing his season total in the two categories to 13 and 31, respectively.

In 66 games with Palm Beach, Martini is batting .250 (62-for-248) with 13 doubles, five triples, one home run, and 31 RBI.

Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein played in two games last week, picking up a hit in each game and combining to go 2-for-8 with a double in the pair of contests. In seven games this season with Lansing, Klein is hitting .273 (6-for-22) with three doubles and two RBI.

Jared King, Savannah Sand Gnats (Class A, South Atlantic League, New York Mets)
After being on the Savannah disabled list since May 12, King returned to action last week on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Mets. In his first rehab game on July 4, King went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI while in his second game on July 5, King drew a walk in a 0-for-3 game.

Before getting injured, King was hitting .231 (24-for-104) with four doubles, four triples, one home run, and 21 RBI in 31 games. He also had a .371 OBP, helped by his 23 walks.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher played in six games last week, going 4-for-20 (.200) with a hit by pitch over the stretch. He had one hit in his first four games of the week, but on July 5, the shortstop went 2-for-3 against Batavia. The next day, Fisher went 1-for-4. He is batting .232 (13-for-56) with two RBI, two stolen bases, five walks, and 14 strikeouts in 16 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
After ending last week with three straight two-hit performances, Kivett picked up this week where he left off by going 2-for-5 with an RBI in his first game on July 1. The center fielder reached base in each of his five games last week, batting .278 (5-for-18) with four RBI and four walks. In game one of a doubleheader on July 6, Kivett, K-State’s all-time stolen base leader, was caught stealing in his first steal attempt as a professional. Despite being caught stealing, Kivett still went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Connecticut’s 5-4 win.

In his last nine games, Kivett is hitting .333 (12-for-36) with six RBI, four walks, and nine runs scored. Overall on the season, he is batting .273 (18-for-66) with three doubles and 11 RBI. 

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer started his week by hitting his second home run in as many games and going 2-for-4 on June 30. He finished the week batting .182 (4-for-22) after going hitless in 11 at-bats from July 1-4 but picking up a hit in his final two games. In 14 games this season, Meyer has three home runs and nine RBI to go with his .176 batting average and .300 OBP. 

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
In his first full week as a pro, Santigate had two hits in 11 at-bats over five games played. He started in two of the five games, going 0-for-3 with a walk on July 2 and 1-for-5 with two runs scored on July 5. His biggest contribution of the week, though, came on July 4 when he originally entered the game as a defensive replacement but later had a two-run single in his only at-bat of the game. He also had a stolen base on July 4, his first professional steal. In seven games this season, Santigate is batting .214 (3-for-14) with four RBI, two walks, and a stolen base.