Summer Baseball Update - July 14, 2014
Summer Baseball Update - July 14, 2014
July 14, 2014
Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Last week was a busy one for the junior-to-be as he played in all seven games for Sedalia, hitting .421 (8-for-19) with a double, two hit by pitches, three walks, and four RBI. He came off the bench in his first two games of the week, but in the five straight starts to end the week, Bee had eight hits. He had three multi-hit games in those five starts, giving him six multi-hit games on the season. In 27 games this summer, he is batting .293 (24-for-82) with a .440 OBP. He has reached base safely in 25 of the 27 games.
Max Brown, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable
Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
After a month away from action, Dalrymple returned to play last week pretty much where he left off. In five games, Dalrymple went 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, four stolen bases, and five walks. He went 2-for-3 with a double and walk in his first game back on July 7 vs. Wellington, and in four straight games from July 8-12, Dalrymple had a stolen base while reaching base safely nine times over the stretch. In eight games this summer, Dalrymple has five stolen bases to go with his .429 batting average (12-for-28) and .529 OBP.
Brooks DeBord, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable
Cole DuPont, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
DuPont played in three games last week, going 2-for-6 (.333) with an RBI and three walks. The stretch improved his season batting average and OBP to .273 and .485, respectively. He also has three RBI and nine walks.
Dalon Farkas, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Last week was a four-game week for Farkas as he batted .333 (5-for-15) with a walk, two doubles, and four RBI. His week got started on July 8 when he went 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI in Rossville’s 8-2 win over the Topeka Senators. He went 0-for-3 in his next game on July 9, but on July 10, he had three hits, matching his season-high, and drove in a pair of runs. In 19 games this summer, Farkas leads the team in batting average (.351) and extra-base hits (9) while he is second in RBI (17).
Corey Fischer, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League)
A summer signee for the Wildcats, Fischer has spent the entire summer with Green Bay of the Northwoods League. The Madison College (WI) product and Denmark, Wisconsin native is 2-1 with a 3.73 ERA, 24 strikeouts, and 13 walks in six starts this summer with the Bullfrogs. In his last appearance on July 11, he threw a summer-high seven innings, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out 10 Battle Creek batters.
Jordan Floyd, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Floyd appeared in one game last week, making the start on July 11 at the Topeka Golden Giants – his second straight appearance against the Giants. The sophomore-to-be threw three innings, allowing five unearned runs on four hits, three walks, and a wild pitch. He also struck out three, giving him 29 strikeouts in 30.0 innings pitched this summer. He also has a 3.60 ERA.
Nate Griep, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
The sophomore-to-be made his summer debut last week, combining to throw five shutout innings over two appearances. The right-hander allowed just one hit and one walk in the five innings while also striking out six. The lone hit allowed came on July 10 vs. Rossville when he struck out two in three shutout innings.
Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
After a stretch of three appearances in which he allowed 13 earned runs, MaVorhis bounced back to hold his opponents to two runs, one earned, in six combined innings in two appearances last week. MaVorhis allowed an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings on July 9 at Yarmouth-Dennis, fanning one and walking one. On July 13, MaVorhis once again came out of the bullpen, throwing 3 1/3 innings – his second longest outing of the summer – and allowed one run on five hits. In eight appearances this season, MaVorhis is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA and 14 strikeouts against seven walks.
Mitch Plassmeyer, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In one start last week, Plassmeyer allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings against the Topeka Senators on July 9. He did strike out five, matching his season-high and giving him 16 punchouts in 19.0 innings this summer. In five games, he is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA.
Bryce Ward, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In his lone start last week, Ward threw a season-high 7 1/3 innings but suffered the loss despite allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on July 7 against the Topeka Senators. The incoming freshman struck out six and walked one, which is nearly identical to his strikeout-to-walk ratio for the summer (26 strikeouts, 4 walks). In five games this summer, he is 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA.
Jake Wodtke, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Wodtke had his strongest week this summer, batting .458 (11-for-24) with four doubles, two triples, and eight RBI in six games last week. His top performance came on July 12 against Rossville when he went 4-for-4 with three RBI and fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He also added three walks, all of which helped him raise his season OBP to .406. In 28 games this summer, Wodtke is batting .318 (28-for-88) with five doubles, three triples, 14 RBI, and nine walks.
Carter Yagi, Peninsula Oilers (Alaska Baseball League)
Did not play last week
In the Pros
Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Torres did not allow a run in his three appearances last week, combining for four shutout innings and allowing just two baserunners (one hit and one walk). He started the week by picking up the win against the Atlanta Braves after holding the visitors to one hit in two innings pitched while also striking out two. He faced the Braves once again three days later, walking one in an unblemished inning of work on July 10. After turning in a shutout inning on July 12 against Miami, Torres enters the MLB All-Star break with a 2.88 ERA (19er, 59.1ip) and 63 strikeouts against 21 walks in 43 appearances this season.
Torres has enjoyed a solid stretch of appearances over the last four weeks, posting a 1.45 ERA (3er, 18.2ip) with 18 strikeouts and a .172 batting average against in eight appearances.
Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
In his only appearance of the week, Marshall threw 2/3 of an inning on July 13 at San Francisco, allowing a hit and a walk but not surrendering a run while also stranding an inherited runner. The right-hander entered the game in the seventh, three batters after pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit a grand slam, with a runner on first base. Marshall allowed a single to the first batter he faced, Pablo Sandoval, but he sandwiched a walk with a pair of lineouts to escape the inning unscathed.
Marshall ends the unofficial first half of the MLB season with a 3.57 ERA (9er, 22.2ip), 23 strikeouts, and nine walks in 25 appearances. In his last five appearances, Marshall has not allowed a run while only surrendering one hit in 3 1/3 combined innings.
Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
In five games last week, Goedert went 4-for-16 (.250) with a double, home run, and RBI. His home run and RBI came in a three-hit performance on July 9 at Rochester. After the Bisons staked themselves to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind two home runs, Goedert added an insurance run in the sixth with a two-out solo homer that made it 6-1 Buffalo. Goedert went hitless in his next two games, but on July 12 against Durham, he had a double in his five at-bats.
Goedert enters the Triple-A All-Star break batting .255 (70-for-275) with nine doubles, 10 home runs, 35 RBI, 34 walks, and 61 strikeouts. The 10 home runs are the second-most on Buffalo, trailing Dan Johnson’s 17.
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 made one appearance last week, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in 1.0 inning pitched against Birmingham on July 10. The southpaw entered the game in the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs, but he induced a line out to left field to end the threat and keep the score at 4-1 Birmingham. Hunter came out to the start the sixth, and after a walk, strikeout, and infield single, Hunter surrendered a three-run home run to Trayce Thompson, his first homer allowed since May 27. Hunter went on to retire the next batter with a groundout before being removed from the game after 36 pitches. The outing increased Hunter’s ERA to 5.01 (26er, 46.2ip).
James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
The right-hander surrendered three combined runs in two appearances last week. Two of the three runs came in his first outing on July 9 at San Jose when he also allowed three hits and two walks in the 1 1/3 innings pitched. Allen worked through his first inning unmarked, allowing a leadoff single and a walk, but in the eighth, a leadoff walk came around to score after the second batter of the inning, Blake Miller, hit a triple. Miller crossed home after the next batter grounded out, and after allowing a double, Allen was spelled from the game. On July 13, Allen surrendered one run in the eighth while also striking out two. Allen’s ERA increased to 6.65 (51er, 69.0ip) on the season after last week’s two outings.
Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
Starting in four games last week, Bloxom went 3-for-17 (.176) with an RBI and two walks. The first baseman and designated hitter reached base at least once in each of the four games, including a two-hit performance in his final game of the week on July 12. Bloxom has reached base safely in seven straight games and in 10 of his 13 games with Lynchburg.
Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
After batting .429 the week before, Hinkle continued his torrid stretch to start last week, collecting eight hits in the first five games and finishing the week going 9-for-29 (.310) with 11 RBI over the course of seven games. His week started with a bang on July 7 when he hit a home run and drove in four runs as part of a three-hit game. The home run, his third in two games, was a three-run blast with two outs in the eighth inning, providing insurance runs in Inland Empire’s 12-5 win over Visalia. Hinkle had a hit and an RBI in his next four games, and after going 0-for-5 on July 12, he had a double and an RBI in his last game of the week on July 13.
Hinkle enters this week once again among the Cal League’s top 10 in batting average as he sits in ninth place with a .316 clip. He is also second in the league in OBP (.423) and tied for fourth in doubles (25). In his last 12 games, he is batting .383 (18-for-47) with seven doubles, three home runs, and 18 RBI.
Jared King, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, New York Mets)
The outfielder ended his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Mets on July 7, going 2-for-4 with a home run and RBI in his final game, and was promptly promoted to the Florida State League the next day. King, who had been with Class A Savannah to start the year, went hitless in his first game at the Class A Advanced level on July 8, but he finished the week going 5-for-20 with two RBI over the entire five-game week. In his second game with St. Lucie, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two games later on July 11, King went 3-for-4 while starting in right field.
At three different levels this season, King is batting .244 (33-for-135) with four doubles, five triples, two home runs, and 25 RBI. He has also walked 25 times and struck out 17 times.
Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Buoyed by three multi-hit games, Martini batted .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI in five games last week. The outfielder started his week by going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run on July 9 vs. Fort Myers. The homer was with two outs in the fourth inning and tied the game at 2-2, helping the Cardinals go on to win 3-2. The next day, he once again went 2-for-3 against Fort Myers, and three games later, he notched his third multi-hit game of the week by going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk at Clearwater. The week’s performance raised Martini’s season batting average with Palm Beach to .262 (69-for-263) while he also has 22 extra-base hits and 34 RBI.
Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
The Olathe, Kansas native played in two games last week, going hitless in his first game on July 9 before going 1-for-3 at Bowling Green on July 11. In nine games with Lansing this season, Klein is hitting .241 (7-for-29) with three doubles and two RBI.
Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher played in just three games last week, going 1-for-6 with an RBI. He had one hit in his first game on July 7, but three days later, he did not record an at-bat after he left the game early in the second inning due to injury. In 19 games this season, Fisher is batting .226 (14-for-62) with three RBI and five walks.
Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett continued his hot streak, going 8-for-23 (.348) with three walks and four runs scored in six games last week. He had a season-high three hits with two RBI on July 8 at Tri-City, and he followed up that up with a walk in three straight games from July 10-12. On July 13, he had his third multi-hit game of the week, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
In his last 15 games, Kivett is hitting .339 (20-for-59) with eight RBI, eight walks, 13 runs scored, and a .418 OBP. Also over that 15-game stretch, the center fielder has eight multi-hit games.
Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer had a hit in each of his four games last week, extending his hitting streak to a season-high six games. Also last week, Meyer hit two home runs, a two-run shot on July 8 at Orem and another on July 13 at Grand Junction. He now has five home runs this season, which are tied for the most in the Pioneer League. The left fielder is batting .200 (13-for-65) with 12 RBI in 18 games.
RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Santigate played in three games last week, including two starts, going 3-for-10 with an RBI. He drove in his fifth RBI of the season after entering the July 12 game originally as a pinch-hitter. In his final game of the week, he went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game as a professional. He is batting .250 (6-for-24) with four runs scored and five RBI in 10 games this season. Five of his six hits this season have been recorded over his last five games.