Summer Baseball Update - July 28, 2014
Summer Baseball Update - July 28, 2014
July 28, 2014
Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Bee and the Sedalia Bombers fell short in capturing the MINK league title, and now they have entered play in the 80th National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita. The Bombers have escaped the first two rounds of play in the NBC First Week Bracket, with their next game slated for Tuesday, July 29 against the Derby (KS) Twins. Bee started in both games for Sedalia, going 1-for-7 (.143) with a walk and run scored. The one hit and run scored proved crucial as one led to the other for the eventual game-winning run in Sedalia's 2-1 victory over the Austin (TX) Shockers on July 27. Bee led off the fourth inning with single on a full count, and he scored two batters later on an RBI single by Hunter Leeper to make it 2-1 Sedalia.
This is the second summer in a row that Bee has participated in the NBC World Series. He played for the Hays (KS) Larks last summer, going 1-for-2 with a walk in two games. Also in 2013, he helped the Rossville Rattlers win the NBC 19U World Series.
Corey Fischer, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League)
Did not pitch in any of Green Bay's four games last week, but he is slated to start for the Bullfrogs on July 28 against Battle Creek as Green Bay goes for its sixth straight win. In Fischer's last outing against Battle Creek, the right-hander surrendered just two hits and struck out 10 in seven shutout innings. Fischer is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA (17er, 36.1ip) in seven starts this summer.
Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
MaVorhis made two appearances last week, both out of the bullpen, and allowed three runs in a combined four innings pitched. The right-hander made his first appearance of the week on July 23, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out three in 2.0 innings. He allowed three straight hits in the sixth to start his outing, one of which was a two-run double, and after he worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning, MaVorhis surrendered three consecutive hits to start the eighth before being removed from the game. On July 26, he bounced back by tossing two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. In 11 games this summer, MaVorhis has a 5.40 ERA (18er, 30.0ip); however, in his last five appearances, his ERA is 2.77 (4er, 13.0ip) while he has 12 strikeouts and one walk.
Carter Yagi, Peninsula Oilers (Alaska Baseball League)
Did not play last week
In the Pros
Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
A three-game week for Marshall ended with a winning decision - his first since May 25 - after he held the Philadelphia Phillies to no runs in one inning pitched on July 26. The appearance was his second in as many days after he surrendered a two-run home run to Dominic Brown in one inning pitched on July 25 at Philadelphia. In his first game of the week, Marshall got a key out against the only batter he faced, escaping a seventh inning against Detroit when the Diamondbacks were ahead only one run. The Tigers ended up scoring two in the eighth off Marshall's replacement, but Arizona answered with two runs of their own to help claim a 5-4 win. Marshall enters this week with a 3.67 ERA (11er, 27.0ip), 26 strikeouts and 10 walks in 30 appearances. His ERA in July currently sits at 2.84.
Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
In two appearances last week, Torres allowed two runs in a combined four innings pitched - with both appearances occurring on back-to-back days at Milwaukee. On July 25, Torres picked up the winning decision in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Brewers. Torres pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one, as the New York offense plated three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 advantage. The next day on July 26, Torres pitched three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out three. One of the three hits surrendered was a solo home run by Mark Reynolds in Torres' first inning of work. The three-inning outing was the longest for Torres since July 4 when he threw 4 2/3 innings against Texas. Last week's performance kept Torres' ERA in the month of July below three (2.70) while he now has 16 strikeouts and two walks in 16 2/3 innings this month. For the season, Torres has a 3.08 ERA (22er, 64.1ip) with 68 strikeouts and 21 walks in 46 appearances.
Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Goedert went 2-for-16 (.125) with two RBI and four walks in five games last week. He had a hit, a walk and two runs scored in his first game of the week on July 21 at Lehigh Valley, but back-to-back hitless games resulted in Goedert getting a day off on July 24. The next day, penciled in as the starting first baseman, Goedert once again went hitless; this time, however, he reached base in all four of his plate appearances with the benefit of three walks and a hit by pitch as Buffalo went on to win 9-7 against Lehigh Valley. In his final game of the week, Goedert recorded his first triple of the season and drove in two runs to help the Bisons top the Iron Pigs, 9-4. The triple was Goedert's 22nd extra-base hit of the season while he is batting .252 (76-for-302) with 38 RBI.
A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
Morris began his road to recovery last week, making a rehab appearance for the Gulf Coast League Pirates on July 26. The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians since June 24, threw a scoreless inning for the GCL Pirates and notched one strikeout.
Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
After going 2-for-5 in his final rehab game with the Arizona League Mariners, Tenbrink's rehab stint underwent a change of scenery when he was transferred to the short-season Everett AquaSox for one game. He had one hit - just a two-out grand slam - along with a walk and hit by pitch on July 22 for the AquaSox, earning his way back off the disabled list and into Tacoma's lineup. He went 1-for-5 in his first game back with the Rainiers on July 25, a performance he followed up by hitting his first home run of the Triple-A season on July 26 against Sacramento. With the addition of last week's three games, Tenbrink is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a home run and three RBI in four games with Tacoma this season.
Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
For the second consecutive week, Hunter did not allow a run in two appearances, dropping his season ERA to 4.39. Hunter worked a scoreless 1 1/3 innings on July 24 and followed that up by holding Mobile to no runs in two innings on July 26. Hunter has not surrendered a run in his last four appearances and has an unblemished outing in six of his last trips to the mound. In his last seven games, he has a 2.79 ERA (3er, 9.2ip) while opponents are hitting .250 against.
James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Allen did not allow a run over his 3.0 combined innings pitched in two games last week. The right-hander fanned two and surrendered one hit in two innings on July 21. In his next outing, he allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch, but in the end, he escaped his one inning of work not allowing a run in Bakersfield's 3-1 loss at Lake Elsinore. Allen has not allowed a run in three straight appearances, lowering his season ERA to 6.29 in 27 games. He also has not issued a walk in four consecutive appearances and just walked two batters in his last 14 games.
Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
Bloxom had his season-high seven-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 in his first game last week, but despite the interruption in his streaking, Bloxom went 8-for-26 (.308) with two doubles, a triple and six RBI in seven games. All six of his RBI came in the last four games of the week, including a pair of two-RBI games - one on July 25 and the other on July 27. The first baseman has been strong since July 12, batting .365 (19-for-52) with 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 14 contests.
Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle went hitless in his four games last week (0-for-12), dropping his batting average below the .300 mark for the first time since June 27. The first baseman, however, did draw three walks, giving him 40 free passes this season and helping him maintain his OBP at .405. Overall, Hinkle is hitting .295 (86-for-292) with 25 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 46 RBI in 82 games this season.
Jared King, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, New York Mets)
King played in six games last week for St. Lucie, going 4-for-20 with two walks and two RBI. His week got off to a good start when he went 2-for-3 on July 22 at Tampa, but a four-game series at Daytona in which he went 1-for-12 brought his season batting average with the Mets from .325 to .263. In 17 games with St. Lucie, King also has a .354 OBP.
Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
While King may have struggled against Daytona last week, Martini did not, using a hit in the final three games of the series against the Cubs to help him bat .379 (11-for-29) with four doubles in seven games last week. The center fielder had a multi-hit game in three of the seven contests, including a 3-for-4 performance on July 25. In his next game, he hit a solo home run as part of his two hits in game one of a doubleheader at Brevard County. Martini is now batting .270 (82-for-304) with 20 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 39 RBI in 81 games with Palm Beach this season.
Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein reached base in all four of his games last week, going 4-for-11 with two walks. He had one multi-hit game when he went 2-for-2 after entering the July 24 game off the bench. In his final game of the week, he reached base safely three times after collecting a hit, walk and hit by pitch. Klein is hitting .280 (14-for-50) with three doubles and three RBI in 16 games this season with Lansing.
Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
After missing two weeks, Fisher returned to action on July 24, going 2-for-3 with a walk at Williamsport. He followed that up by going 2-for-5 with an RBI on July 25 against the Crosscutters before he went hitless in his final two games of the week. Fisher is hitting .228 (18-for-79) with four RBI in 23 games this season.
Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
Behind a three-hit game to start the week, Kivett batted .360 (9-for-25) with a walk and four runs scored last week. The center fielder had two RBI to go with his three hits on July 21, and on the next day, he went 2-for-4 vs. Tri-City. He later added his third multi-hit game of the week when he went 2-for-5 at Aberdeen on July 25. Of his 15 multi-hit games this season, seven have come in his last 14 games. He is now batting .299 (41-for-137) with a .358 OBP and 19 RBI in 34 games this season. Over his last 28 games, he is hitting .327 (35-for-107).
Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer had a hit in his first three games last week, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games before it was snapped on July 24. Meyer, who hit .308 (8-for-26) in seven games last week, did draw a walk on July 24, helping him maintain an active on-base streak of 17 games. Also, of Meyer's eight hits last week, six were for extra bases, including five doubles. In 29 games this season, Meyer is hitting .239 (26-for-109) with a .468 slugging percentage and 16 RBI.
RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Santigate was a defensive replacement in his first game of the week, but he went on to play in six games and hit .182 (4-for-22) with three RBI. In his first start of the week, Santigate went 2-for-5 with a double - his first extra-base hit of the season - and two RBI at Missoula on July 22. He had a hit in his next game on July 24 and ended the week by going 1-for-4 with a run scored on July 27. In 17 games, Santigate is batting .204 (10-for-49) with 10 RBI.