K-State Summer Baseball Update: July 16

Nate Williams

July 16, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the summer, k-statesports.com takes look at current and former Wildcats in collegiate summer leagues and in the professional ranks.

California Collegiate League
A senior for the 2013 season, Tanner Witt recorded three hits – including two doubles – and drove in two runs as he helped the San Luis Obispo Blues earn a 4-1 mark last week… In 19 games this summer, Witt is hitting .250 (13-for-52) with four doubles, 13 walks and seven RBI to go along with eight steals, while he is reaching base at a .409 mark… San Luis Obispo is 25-12 this summer, including a 14-8 record in CCL play to sit in second place, just a half game behind Santa Barbara.

Cape Cod League
Jared King, a junior for the 2013 season, played in five games last week for the Falmouth Commodores… He began his week with a 2-for-4 effort at Hyannis on Tuesday before doubling and scoring a run on Friday against Orleans… In 24 games this summer, King is hitting .320 (33-for-103) with 10 doubles, three home runs and seven RBI as the leadoff hitter for the Commodores… He is third in the Cape Cod League in batting average among players with 100 or more at-bats, while he leads the league in doubles and is tied for fourth in hits… Falmouth is in second place in the western division at 14-12, one game behind Cotuit.

Perfect Game Collegiate League
Ross Kivett recorded a hit in all six games and came away with eight steals, while Jake Doller picked up a win in relief last week for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles… Kivett notched two hits on Monday and Wednesday against Albany and Elmira, while he totaled four steals in Thursday’s game against Mohawk Valley… The infielder also tallied two hits against Amsterdam… In 34 games this summer, Kivett is hitting .389 (49-for-126) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 22 RBI to go along with 31 runs scored and a PGCBL record 31 steals… The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native leads the league in steals and hits, while he is second in on-base percentage (.487), third in batting average and fourth in runs scored and total bases (66)… Doller earned the win on Monday at Albany when he tossed 1.2 innings, allowing an earned run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts… He also worked 3.2 innings on Saturday against Amsterdam, allowing a run on two hits with a walk… Doller holds a 2-1 record and a 3.46 ERA in 12 outings, allowing 10 earned runs on 26 hits with five walks and 18 strikeouts in 26 innings… The Golden Eagles are fourth in the Perfect Game Collegiate League with an even 17-17 record.

Rossville Rattlers
The Rossville Rattlers, which fields pitchers Joe Flattery and Matt Wivinis along with infielder Austin Fisher, played just one game last week, a 10-3 loss at Clarinda on Wednesday… Updated statistics for the Rattlers, who are 15-7 this summer, are not available… Rossville will play Saturday against Lee’s Summit before competing in the NBC Summer Nationals.

Texas Collegiate League
Juniors-to-be Gerardo Esquivel and RJ Santigate played in the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game as members of the East Texas Pump Jacks on Monday… Santigate went 0-for-2 in the contest, while Esquivel tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout… Following the break, Santigate tallied five hits in five games, including a three-hit effort with a RBI at McKinney on Sunday, to push his season average to .294 (30-for-102) with three doubles, one triple and 11 RBI in 30 games… Esquivel allowed a run on two hits in two innings with a pair of walks and two strikeouts against Alexandria on Thursday before a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Saturday at Victoria… The right-hander holds a 2-0 record and a 1.69 ERA in 16 relief outings with eight walks and 24 strikeouts… Blair DeBord, who is also playing for East Texas this summer, went hitless in three games last week as he is now 7-for-49 (.143) with two doubles and three RBI… The Pump Jacks lead the TCL with a 25-10 record, one game ahead of Victoria.

Walter Johnson Baseball League
Sophomores-to-be Kyle Speer, Nate Williams and Robert Youngdahl led the Topeka Golden Giants to a 2-1 record last week as they clinched the Walter Johnson League Championship… The championship was clinched on Tuesday when Topeka won a 2-0 game at Valley Center… They finished the week by splitting a Saturday doubleheader against Park City… Williams was the winning pitcher in the second game as he lasted six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits… The right-hander pushed his season record to 4-0, while he holds a 3.95 ERA with 23 walks and 41 strikeouts in 43.1 innings… Speer did not play last week and is hitting .328 (20-for-61) with seven doubles, three triples and 12 RBI, while he is getting on base at a .523 clip in 22 games… Youngdahl is 1-1 with a 9.49 ERA in four appearances… He has also seen 31 plate appearances, going 7-for-24 (.292) with a triple and six RBI, while working six walks and scoring seven runs… Topeka finished the regular season with a 29-12 record, including a 22-10 mark in league play… The Golden Giants will now play in the Walter Johnson Tournament in Hutchinson, July 21-25, while they will compete in the NBC World Series in Wichita, July 28 through August 11.

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K-State Pros
James Allen (Low A: Dayton/Cincinnati): A reliever turned starter, Allen started his third career game on Saturday for the Dayton Dragons of the Low A Midwest League… A seventh-round pick by Cincinnati in 2011, Allen took a no decision after allowing five runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings against Burlington… The Dragons battled back for a 7-6 win over the Bees… In 25 games, Allen holds a 6-3 record and a 4.04 ERA, allowing 29 earned runs on 61 hits in 64.2 innings to go along with 24 walks and 53 strikeouts… The Dragons are in eighth place in the eastern division during the second half at 9-14 – but are just three games out of a tie for third – and are 39-54 overall.
Allen's page on MiLB.com

Kayvon Bahramzadeh (Rookie Arizona League: AZL Athletics/Oakland): Bahramzadeh, a 24th-round selection this year by Oakland, started one game last week for the AZL Athletics of the Rookie Arizona League… The right-hander, who worked three innings in each of his last two games, only went 2.1 innings after allowing five runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts against the AZL Diamondbacks on Friday… Bahramzadeh is 1-0 with a 6.57 ERA in five games, allowing nine runs on 13 hits with three walks and 17 strikeouts in 12.1 innings… His 17 strikeouts are second among pitchers in the Arizona League that have thrown 15 innings or less… The AZL A’s are in second place in the east division at 14-5 record, just a half game behind the AZL Cubs.
Bahramzadeh's page on MiLB.com

Justin Bloxom (Double A: Harrisburg/Washington): Bloxom saw time in six games last week for the Harrisburg Senators of the Double A Eastern League… A 2009 draft pick by Washington, Bloxom singled against Richmond on Thursday and went hitless until Sunday when he doubled and scored against the Flying Squirrels… In 24 games at the Double A level, Bloxom is hitting .198 (17-for-86) with three doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI… Bloxom was hitting .259 with 13 doubles, 12 homers and 34 RBI for High A Potomac before being promoted… His 12 homers for the P-Nats are still tied for fifth in the Carolina League, while he is eighth in slugging percentage (.478)… Harrisburg is second in the Eastern League Western Division at 49-45 record, six games behind Akron.
Bloxom's page on MiLB.com

Jake Brown (Rookie: Bristol/Chicago AL): Brown, a 30th-round selection in this year’s draft by the Chicago White Sox, singled in two of his four games last week for the Bristol White Sox of the Rookie Appalachian League… The shortstop went 1-for-4 and scored a run at Greeneville on Monday and also singled in four at-bats against Johnson City on Friday… In 13 games as a professional, Brown is 7-for-39 (.179) with a double and two RBI… The White Sox are fourth in the west division with a 6-18 mark.
Brown's page on MiLB.com

Jared Goedert (Triple A: Columbus/Cleveland): Goedert began the second half of the season with the Columbus Clippers of the International League by tallying a hit in all three games… A ninth-round pick by Cleveland in 2006, Goedert singled in all three games at Indianapolis and plated runs on Thursday and Saturday… In 46 games at the Triple A level, Goedert is hitting .287 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI… He began 2012 playing for Double A Akron, hitting .395 (49-for-124) with 10 doubles, one triple, five homers and 17 RBI in 35 games… Columbus is second in the International League West Division at 47-48.
Goedert's page on MiLB.com

Wade Hinkle (Rookie: Orem/Los Angeles AL): A 27th-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels in this year’s draft, Hinkle recorded a pair of extra-base hits in his five games last week for the Orem Owlz of the Rookie Pioneer League… The first baseman began his week on fire as he went 1-for-4 with a double, drove in four runs and scored three times in a 20-6 victory over Idaho Falls on Monday… He capped his week by going 2-for-3 with a double and three more runs scored on Sunday at Missoula… Hinkle is hitting .307 (27-for-88) with five doubles, six home runs and 25 RBI in his first 26 games as a professional… Hinkle leads the Pioneer League in RBI, ranks second in home runs, runs scored (24) and walks (20), fourth in on-base percentage (.462), fifth in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage; 1.030), sixth in total bases (50) and eighth in slugging percentage (.568)… Orem is fourth in the south division at 12-15 but sits one game out of second place.
Hinkle's page on MiLB.com

Kyle Hunter (Low A: Clinton/Seattle): Hunter totaled six strikeouts in two relief outings last week for the Clinton LumberKings of the Low A Midwest League… A 31st-round draft pick last year by Seattle, Hunter allowed a run in four innings out of the bullpen on Friday against West Michigan, walking just one and striking out five… He came back with a scoreless inning with one strikeout on Sunday against South Bend… Hunter is 0-5 on the season despite a low 3.19 ERA in 25 games, allowing 17 earned runs in 48 innings with only six walks and 41 strikeouts… The LumberKings are tied for first in the western division during the second half at 13-10 and are 36-55 overall.
Hunter's page on MiLB.com

Carter Jurica (High A: San Jose/San Francisco): Jurica now has five two-hit games since returning from the disabled list after he collected three last week for the San Jose Giants of the High A California League… A third-round selection by San Francisco in 2010, Jurica singled at Modesto on Wednesday before three-straight two-hit games against the Nuts on Thursday and Friday and against Visalia on Saturday… He doubled and tripled on Thursday, doubled on Friday and hit his third home run of the season on Saturday, a solo shot against the Rawhide… In 64 games this season, Jurica is hitting .275 with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 31 RBI… The Giants are in fourth place with a 10-14 second-half record and are 48-46 overall.
Jurica's page on MiLB.com

Jason King (Low A: West Michigan/Detroit): A fourth-round pick by Detroit last season, King remains on the disabled list for the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Low A Midwest League… King, who was placed on the DL following a game on June 26, is hitting .233 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI in 45 games after starting his season late due to an injury… The Whitecaps are tied for third in the eastern division with 12-11 record during the second half and are 48-45 overall.
King's page on MiLB.com

Dan Klein (Class A Short-Season: Vancouver/Toronto): A 28th-round pick by Toronto this year, Klein played in three games and came away with two multi-hit contests last week for the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League… The catcher had just two at-bats on Monday at Everett, going 0-for-1 with a walk… He then went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI at Boise on Thursday before a 2-for-4 game with a double, another home run and two more RBI on Friday… Klein is hitting .246 (14-for-57) in 17 games with four doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI… His four homers are tied for fourth in the Northwest League… Vancouver is in third place in the west division with a 17-12 mark.
Klein's page on MiLB.com

Evan Marshall (Double A: Mobile/Arizona): Marshall pitched twice last week and earned his fifth win of the year for the Mobile BayBears of the Double A Southern League… A fourth-round selection by Arizona in 2011, the right-hander tossed a scoreless inning at Pensacola on Monday before two shutout innings against Huntsville on Wednesday to pick up the victory… Marshall, who was named Arizona’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, is 5-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 16 saves, which ranks him second in the Southern League… Marshall has allowed just five earned runs on 30 hits in 32.1 innings with six walks and 19 strikeouts… Mobile, which won the first-half south division title, is in third place during the second half at 11-13, while the BayBears are 51-43 overall.
Marshall's page on MiLB.com

Nick Martini (Low A: Quad Cities/St. Louis): Martini, a seventh-round selection of St. Louis last year, saw time in five games last week for the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Low A Midwest League… He singled on both Wednesday and Thursday at Lancaster, driving in two runs during the second game… He then walked twice and scored a pair of runs on Sunday at Great Lakes… Martini is hitting .244 in 88 games with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 35 RBI… Martini leads the Midwest League with 63 runs scored and tied for first in walks with 56… Quad Cities is tied for third in the western division during the second half with a 12-11 mark and sits just a game out of a tie for first.
Martini's page on MiLB.com

A.J. Morris (High A: Daytona/Chicago NL): Morris threw in two games last week as he combined for 3.2 scoreless innings for the Daytona Cubs of the High A Florida State League… A fourth-round draft choice of Washington in 2009, Morris worked around a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings against Palm Beach on Thursday… He came back with two scoreless innings on Sunday against Charlotte with two more strikeouts… In 27 games this season, Morris holds a 4-2 record and a 2.67 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs on 22 hits in 33.2 innings to go along with 10 walks and 28 strikeouts… The Cubs are in fifth place in the north division with an 11-13 second-half record, but are just three games out of first place… Daytona is 41-51 overall in 2012.
Morris' page on MiLB.com

Nate Tenbrink (Double A: Jackson/Seattle): A three-hit game on Wednesday highlighted Tenbrink’s week for the Jackson Generals of the Double A Southern League… A seventh-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2008, Tenbrink doubled three times, drove in a run and plated three runs against Mississippi on Wednesday, a game after he doubled at Montgomery… The third baseman is hitting .241 (13-for-54) with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 16 games in Double A… He started his season late due to off-season surgery and played in one game for the AZL Mariners on a rehab assignment, going 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBI… The Generals, who captured the first-half north division title, lead the north division during the second half with a 14-9 record and are 56-37 overall.
Tenbrink's page on MiLB.com

Carlos Torres (MLB: Colorado): Torres tossed two scoreless innings on Sunday in his only outing of the week for the Colorado Rockies… The right-hander was the first reliever out of the bullpen and did not allow a run over the sixth and seventh innings, working around two walks and striking out one… A 15th-round pick of the White Sox in 2004, Torres has pitched in seven games for the Rockies, holding a 2.89 ERA after allowing three earned runs on five hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in 9.1 innings… He now has three-straight scoreless outings, which spans 3.1 innings… Colorado is fifth in the National League West Division at 34-54… Torres has pitched in 14 games for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple A) with 13 starts, holding a 5-4 record and a 3.98 ERA.
Torres' page on MLB.com