Summer Baseball Update - August 4, 2014

Aug. 4, 2014

K-State Athletics

Alex Bee, Sedalia Bombers (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
After going 4-1 during the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series’ first week, Bee and the Sedalia Bombers advanced to the tournament’s Champions Week, but they were eliminated after dropping the first two games. Bee, meanwhile, appeared in all seven of the Bombers’ games during the event in Wichita, going 3-for-20 (.150) with an RBI, two runs scored and five walks. Bee did reach base safely at least once in each of his seven games, including the July 31 game against the Derby (KS) Twins when he had two hits and a stolen base.

In 43 games this summer, Bee finished with a .269 batting average (36-for-134) and eight doubles, one triple, one home run, 17 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 19 walks.

Corey Fischer, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League)
In two starts last week, Fischer was 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA (6er, 13.1ip) and 10 strikeouts against two walks. In his first appearance, the right-hander suffered the loss despite allowing three runs in eight innings of work – his longest outing of the summer – against Battle Creek. Fischer surrendered all three runs and four of his eight hits allowed in the first inning at Battle Creek, but his offense could not support him with any more runs than the two in the top of the eighth inning. On August 3, Fischer allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings against the Wisconsin Rapids. The six strikeouts were his most since he struck out a summer-high 10 on July 11.

In nine starts this summer, Fischer is now 2-3 with a 4.16 ERA (23er, 49.2ip). He has struck out 39 while walking 16.

With one week remaining in the Northwoods League regular season, Green Bay is 33-32 and sitting 7.0 games back of first-place Lakeshore Chinooks.

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
MaVorhis made one relief appearance last week, and it turned out to be one of his better outings this summer as he faced the minimum in four shutout innings on August 1 at Orleans. The rising junior spelled starter Tyger Talley in the sixth, and MaVorhis went on to not allow any baserunners while striking out four. The outing extended MaVorhis’ consecutive scoreless inning streak to six innings. Also, in his last six appearances, MaVorhis has a 2.12 ERA (4er, 17.0ip) and 16 strikeouts against one walk. In 12 appearances for the entire summer, MaVorhis is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 28 strikeouts against seven walks.

In the Pros

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
The right-hander had another busy week, appearing in four games and allowing one run in a combined 3 1/3 innings pitched. He had back-to-back scoreless outings to start the week, both at Cincinnati. His first outing saw him strike out the side on July 28, and on July 30, he retired the only batter he faced to help strand an inherited runner in Arizona’s 5-4 win. After allowing one run on two hits on July 31 vs. Pittsburgh, Marshall bounced back by earning the winning decision on August 3 against the Pirates when he threw a scoreless top of the 10th.

Marshall, who has appeared in seven of the Diamondbacks’ last 12 games, has allowed just three runs in his last 14 contests, posting a 2.45 ERA (3er, 11.0ip) over the stretch. This season, he has a 3.56 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 11 walks in 34 games. He leads all National League rookies in holds (15) while he is tied for eighth in strikeouts.

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Another two-game week for the right-hander, Torres threw a scoreless inning on July 30 against Philadelphia before surrendering a two-out, two-run home run to Buster Posey in his only inning of work against San Francisco on August 3. In the two combined innings, Torres walked three, struck out one, and allowed two hits.

Entering this week, Torres is tied for the Major League lead in innings pitched by a reliever (66.1). He is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 24 walks in 48 games this season.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
In six games last week, Goedert went 3-for-16 (.188) with a double and an RBI. Two of his three hits came in his first game when he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Buffalo’s 7-1 win over Indianapolis. It was Goedert’s first multi-hit game since July 17 and third since June 18. Goedert added his third hit of the week on August 1 when he went 1-for-4 with a run scored against Indianapolis. The week’s performance dropped Goedert’s batting average to .248 (79-for-318) in 90 games this season.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
Still working his way back from the disabled list, Morris made two more rehab appearances last week with the GCL Pirates. The right-hander allowed a hit and a walk in one scoreless inning pitched on July 30 before he allowed a two-run home run in his two innings pitched on August 2 against the GCL Yankees. Morris did strike out three batters on August 2, giving him four strikeouts in four innings pitched during his rehab assignment so far.

Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
After collecting a hit in his first three games back with Tacoma, Tenbrink played in five games last week, going 3-for-18 (.167) with three RBI. He was hitless in his first two games of the week, but on August 1, he had his first multi-hit game of the year with the Rainiers, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He drove in two runs on August 3 when he went 1-for-3. Tenbrink is batting .226 (7-for-31) with six RBI in nine games with Tacoma this season.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
Hunter did not allow a run in two appearances last week, combining to throw three innings and extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 9 2/3 frames. The southpaw allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings pitched on July 29 while also stranding a pair of inherited runners. He followed that performance up by surrendering one hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings on July 31. With the help of a 0.00 ERA since July 16, Hunter has lowered his ERA to 4.15 in 29 games this season.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Allen, who did not allow a run in two games last week, capped his week by striking out a season-high six on August 2 at Rancho Cucamonga. Allen spelled the Bakersfield starter starting in the sixth inning and went on to fan six of the 11 batters he faced in his three shutout innings. The August 2 outing followed up his July 29 appearance in which he threw a perfect inning against Visalia. Allen has not allowed a run in his last eight innings, dropping his season ERA to 5.96 in 29 games.

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
Bloxom had two hits in four games last week, with both hits coming on July 30 against Wilmington. The designated hitter/first baseman did not record a hit in his final two games of the week, but he did register a walk in each game, helping him reach base safely at least once in nine of his last 10 games. He is hitting .257 (29-for-113) with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run, 15 RBI and 12 walks in 30 games with Lynchburg.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle did not play last week after he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 27. Hinkle was batting .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)
His week got off to a 0-for-10 start in his first two games, but over his final four games, King had eight hits, including three doubles and a home run, along with five RBI. In the week’s six games, King combined to bat .286 (8-for-28) with two runs scored to go with his four extra-base hits and five runs driven in. His home run, his first in 23 games with St. Lucie, occurred on August 1 when he went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. King is now batting .271 (23-for-85) with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBI with the Mets.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini started his week with something he has not done all year: hit two home runs in a single game. Martini hit two home runs and drove in five runs in a three-hit game in Palm Beach’s 11-0 win over Lakeland on July 28. The center fielder hit another home run on August 1, giving him four home runs over a seven-game stretch from July 27-August 1. In seven games last week, Martini had three multi-hit games and hit .267 (8-for-30) with two walks and nine RBI. In 88 games with Palm Beach this season, Martini is batting .269 (90-for-334) with 20 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 48 RBI. The triple and home run totals are already career-highs while he is four RBI short of matching his career-high of 52 set in 2012.

Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein ended his week with a double and an RBI in each of his final two games. In four games for the entire week, Klein went 2-for-14 as he is now batting .250 (16-for-64) with five RBI in 20 games this season.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher had five hits in his first three games of last week, finishing his five-game stretch batting .294 (5-for-17) with two RBI and two runs scored. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI on July 28, a hit total he matched two games later when he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored on July 31. Since returning from injury on July 24, Fisher has four multi-hit games in his last nine contests. He is hitting .240 (23-for-96) with six RBI in 28 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett played in seven games last week, but his biggest highlight came in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader on July 31 when he hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot off Alejandro Arteaga, in Connecticut’s 6-5 win. Kivett finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, both of which matched or set new career-highs. For the week, Kivett went 7-for-29 (.241) with three runs scored. The center fielder also stole his first base as a pro, swiping second base in the first inning on August 1. Kivett is hitting .289 (48-for-166) with eight doubles, one home run and 23 RBI in 41 games this season. 

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
A six-hit week for Meyer was capped on August 2 when he went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored at Missoula. In six games last week, Meyer combined to hit .250 (6-for-24) with five RBI. For the season, Meyer is now hitting .241 (32-for-133) with seven doubles, two triples, six home runs and 21 RBI in 35 games. 

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Santigate turned in a strong week, batting .444 (8-for-18) with an RBI, three walks and four runs scored in five games. After earning the start at third base in three straight games from July 28-30, Santigate returned to action on August 1, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored against Ogden. He followed up that game by going 2-for-4 on August 2. In 22 games this season, Santigate is hitting .269 (18-for-67) with three stolen bases and 11 RBI.