Summer Baseball Update - July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

K-State Athletics

Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Last week was much of the same for Bee in terms of reaching base, but he did accomplish a first in his final game of the week. On July 19, Bee hit a home run to lead off the seventh inning, which was his first roundtripper of the summer. Over his five games last week, he reached base safely in four of the contests, including three times on July 17 when he went 2-for-4 with a double, hit by pitch and an RBI against Nevada. Bee has reached base safely in 30 of his 32 games this season. He is batting .296 (29-for-98) with a .429 OBP, nine extra-base hits and 15 RBI. 

Max Brown, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable, but Brown and Junction City won the inaugural Mid-Plains Summer Classic to end the season.

Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
In two games last week, Dalrymple combined to go 3-for-7 with a walk, an RBI and three stolen bases. The steals give him a stolen base in six straight games and seven over the stretch. He has eight stolen bases in 10 games this summer while he is batting .429 (15-for-35) with a .535 OBP. The eight stolen bases are also tied for the sixth-most in the Jayhawk League despite Dalrymple missing nearly a month of action.

Brooks DeBord, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are unavailable, but DeBord had three hits in Junction City’s 5-3 win over the Topeka Golden Giants in the first of two games that the Brigade needed to win to claim the league championship. In the second game, Junction City handled Topeka 13-9 to claim the title.

Cole DuPont, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman ended his summer with Topeka batting .273 (6-for-22) with a double, three RBI, nine walks and a .485 OBP in nine games.

Dalon Farkas, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
In the final two games of the regular season, Farkas combined to go 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. The incoming freshman ended the summer leading Rossville in batting average (.342), doubles (6) and extra-base hits (10) while his four home runs and 17 RBI were second-best on the team. In 21 games, he had a .409 OBP and .570 SLG.

Corey Fischer, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League)
Fischer took the loss in his only start last week, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings pitched during Green Bay’s 4-0 defeat at Lakeshore. The right-hander struck out five and walked one, giving him 15 strikeouts and two walks in his last two outings. In seven starts this summer, Fisher is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA and 29 strikeouts against 14 walks.

Jordan Floyd, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
He did not pitch in the final two regular season games, and he finished the summer with a 1-2 record and 3.60 ERA (12er, 30.0ip) in seven appearances. The rising sophomore had 29 strikeouts and 17 walks as well.

Nate Griep, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Made one appearance last week, earning the save after striking out two and walking two while allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings pitched. The rising sophomore ended his summer surrendering one run in 6 1/3 innings (1.42 ERA) and striking out eight and walking three.

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
MaVorhis’ lone outing last week got off to a discouraging start when he allowed back-to-back hits to start the sixth inning on July 19 against Hyannis. The rising junior, however, settled in and escaped the early jam before finishing out his outing by not allowing a run in three innings pitched. He had four strikeouts and no walks, ending his day by striking out the side in the eighth. The appearance lowered MaVorhis’ summer ERA to 5.19 while he has 18 strikeouts and seven walks in nine appearances.

Mitch Plassmeyer, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
He made one appearance in Rossville’s final two regular season games last week, throwing a scoreless inning on July 14 vs. Baldwin City. The incoming freshman struck out two and walked one, giving him 18 strikeouts and four walks in 20.0 innings pitched this summer. He also had a 5.20 ERA (12er, 20.0ip) in the six games.

Bryce Ward, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman did not pitch in the final two regular season games, therefore ending his summer with a 3.67 ERA (11er, 27.0ip), 26 strikeouts and four walks. He allowed 25 hits as opponents hit .240 against in his five appearances (four starts).

Jake Wodtke, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
With the end of the Mid-Plains League season, Wodtke finished the summer hitting .322 (29-for-90) with five doubles, three triples, 16 RBI, 20 runs scored, 12 walks, 16 strikeouts and a .421 OBP in 30 games. The .322 average was third-best on the Golden Giants while his .421 OBP was second-best on the team among players who played at least 10 games.

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

In the Pros

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Torres’ second-half of the MLB season got started on July 19, his only appearance last week. The right-hander surrendered a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Seth Smith, in the sixth inning of New York’s 6-0 loss at San Diego. Torres finished out the inning, allowing another hit before striking out Cameron Maybin to end his lone frame of work. The appearance raised Torres’ ERA from 2.88 to 2.98 in 44 appearances this season.

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Marshall made two scoreless appearances in Arizona’s three-game series against the Chicago Cubs last week, helping the Diamondbacks win both games en route to a sweep in Arizona. The right-hander threw a perfect seventh inning on July 18, helping the Diamondbacks preserve a 5-4 advantage, and on the next day, he worked around two singles to hold the Cubs without a run in the eighth. The two appearances extended Marshall’s consecutive scoreless innings streak to 5 1/3 innings as he has not allowed a run since June 22. Marshall also struck out a batter in each appearance, giving him 25 punchouts in 24 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
With the Triple-A level also taking its All-Star break last week, Goedert and the rest of the Bisons returned to action last Thursday for their unofficial second half of the season. Goedert got off to a hot start, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on July 17. The three-hit performance was his second over a five-game stretch from July 9-17. On July 18, he had a double an RBI in a 1-for-4 performance, and on July 19, he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The 4-for-11 (.364) week improved his season batting average to .259. The two doubles also give him 11 on the year.

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)
After having not played since April 5, Tenbrink made the first steps towards returning to full-time action by playing in four games last week on rehab assignment with the Arizona League Mariners. In the four games, he went 4-for-7 (.571) with two doubles, two RBI and four walks while playing in left field in three of the four games. After drawing a walk in his two plate appearances as the designated hitter in his first game, Tenbrink had two hits on July 16 and then drew two walks to go with a single on July 17, playing the entire game. On July 19, he went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI and played in six innings.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
Hunter worked two scoreless appearances last week, combining to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings while striking out two. On July 16, he surrendered two hits but also stranded an inherited runner in 1 1/3 innings while on July 20, he allowed one hit in two innings – his longest outing since July 1. Last week’s performance dropped his ERA on the year to 4.68 (26er, 50.0ip). He also has 33 strikeouts against 14 walks.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Making only one appearance last week, Allen threw a perfect eighth inning in Bakersfield’s 9-1 loss to Lake Elsinore. The scoreless appearance snapped a stretch of allowing one or more runs in three straight appearances while it also dropped his season ERA to 6.56 (51er, 70.0ip). The outing was his second perfect appearance of the season when he threw at least one inning, with both taking place over the course of the last month.

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
Bloxom had two hits in his final game of the previous week, and he carried the momentum into last week, collecting a hit in each of his six games and combined to go 9-for-21 (.429) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI. All of the doubles and RBI came in his final four games, a stretch capped by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI on July 19 and then went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI on July 20. The home run, which gave Lynchburg the lead in the fourth inning, was his first in 19 games with Lynchburg. The strong week raised Bloxom’s batting average with the Hillcats to .264 while 10 of his 19 hits this season are for extra bases.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle maintained his season batting average above .300 after registering a hit in five of his six games last week. Overall, he went 5-for-24 (.208), but he also drew three walks. He reached base safely two or more times in two of the six games, including in his last game of the week on July 20 when he went 1-for-4 with a walk. In 78 games this season, the first baseman is batting .307 (86-for-280) with 25 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 46 RBI and a .414 OBP.

Jared King, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, New York Mets)
In his second week at the Class A Advanced level, King went 6-for-17 (.353) with five walks in six games. He started the week by going 2-for-3 with a walk on July 14, and after going 0-for-3 on July 17, he reached base safely two or more times in his final four games of the week. In 11 games this season with St. Lucie, King is batting .297 (11-for-37) with three RBI and a .395 OBP.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini played in four games last week, going 2-for-12 with two walks and three RBI. He had a double and two RBI on July 14 at Clearwater, and two games later on July 18, he had two walks to go with a single against Tampa. In 74 games with Palm Beach, Martini is now batting .258 (71-for-275) with 23 extra-base hits and 37 RBI.

Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein combined to go 3-for-10 with an RBI in three games last week, raising his season batting average with the Lugnuts to .256 (10-for-39). Two of his three hits came in his first game when he went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Lansing’s 11-6 win over Bowling Green on July 14. He had one at-bat as a pinch-hitter in his second game of the week before going 1-for-4 on July 20 against Clinton. 

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Did not play last week; has not played since July 10. 

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett played in six games last week, going 6-for-23 (.261) with two walks and four RBI. Kivett’s top performance came in game one of a doubleheader on July 20 at Batvia. He bookended his 2-for-4 performance with a pair of RBI singles, with the last occurring with two outs in the seventh inning to give Connecticut an insurance run in its 5-3 win. Defensively, Kivett also had an outfield assist, giving him four on the year.

Since June 26, Kivett is batting .317 (26-for-82) with 10 walks and 12 RBI in 21 games. The recent stretch has helped him post a .286 batting average and .352 OBP for the entire season. 

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer played in four games last week, tallying a hit in each contest to help him extend his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. In the four games, he combined to go 5-for-18 (.278) with a stolen base and three runs scored. In 22 games this season, Meyer is now batting .217 (18-for-83) with five home runs and 12 RBI. 

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Playing in only one game last week, Santigate had two RBI despite going hitless in his three at-bats to help Orem win 10-7 at Helena on July 16. His first RBI came in the ninth inning, the first of two runs driven in by the Owlz to help Orem tie the game at 7-7. In the 10th inning, Santigate once again drove in a run with a groundout, helping the Owlz score three runs in the inning. Santigate is batting .222 (6-for-27) with seven RBI in 11 games this season.