Summer Baseball Update - August 11, 2014

Aug. 11, 2014

K-State Athletics

Corey Fischer, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League)
The incoming junior wrapped up his summer with his final appearance on August 10, throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and a walk against Wisconsin. While it was Green Bay's last game of the season, it was Fischer's first and only relief appearance of the summer. In 10 appearances (nine starts), Fischer was 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA (23er, 50.2ip), 41 strikeouts and 17 walks. Over his final five appearances of the summer, the right-hander had 27 strikeouts and five walks in 26 1/3 innings.

Levi MaVorhis, Brewster Whitecaps (Cape Cod League)
In his final appearance of the summer, the rising junior threw three shutout innings of relief in Brewster's 5-0 loss to the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League playoffs. MaVorhis allowed three hits among the 11 batters he faced on August 8 while he did not strike out or walk any batters. The right-hander ended his summer with a 0-2 record, a 4.38 ERA (18er, 37ip), 28 strikeouts and seven walks. After seeing his ERA swell to 7.41 through his first six appearances of the summer, MaVorhis bounced back by allowing four earned runs in his final 20 innings pitched (1.80 ERA). He also had 16 strikeouts and just one walk in his final seven appearances of the summer.

In the Pros

Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
In three appearances last week, Marshall did not allow a run in a combined 3 1/3 innings, improving his ERA in his last 17 appearances to 1.88 (3er, 14.1ip). Marshall's week started on August 6 when he held the Kansas City Royals to no runs and just one hit in two innings pitched. Two days later, he made the first of two appearances against the Rockies, striking out one and stranding an inherited runner in 1/3 of an inning pitched. On August 10, the right-hander surrendered one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning against the Rockies. In 37 appearances this season, Marshall has a 3.21 ERA while he has also not allowed any of his 15 inherited runners to score. He leads all National League rookies in holds with 16, and he is eighth in that group with 37 appearances.

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Torres, who enters this week second among Major League relievers in innings pitched (67.1), made two appearances last week, allowing three runs in a combined 1.0 inning pitched. All three runs came via home runs as Torres surrendered a solo homer to Adam LaRoche on August 6 and a two-run, walk-off roundtripper to Bryce Harper on August 7. Torres has allowed a home run in three straight appearances and five homers in his last seven games. In his 50 appearances this year, he has a 3.61 ERA with 71 strikeouts, 25 walks and a .264 batting average against.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
The third baseman had five hits in four games last week, helping him bat .454 (5-for-11) for the week while also drawing three walks and driving in a run. He reached base safely two or more times in each of his four games with a pair of multi-hit efforts to bookend his week, a hit and a walk on August 5, and two walks in his only two plate appearances on August 7. Last week boosted Goedert's season batting average to .255 (84-for-329) to go along with his 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 40 RBI and 43 walks in 94 games.

Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
In five games last week, Tenbrink hit .222 (4-for-18) with two walks and four RBI for the Rainiers. His four hits and four RBI all occurred in two games when he went 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs driven in on August 4 vs. Albuquerque and then 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI on August 9 vs. Fresno. In 14 games with Tacoma this season, Tenbrink is hitting .224 (11-for-49) with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBI.     

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
The southpaw continued his impressive stretch by not allowing a run in his two appearances last week, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 12 2/3 innings. Hunter tossed a perfect inning on August 6 and then stranded two inherited runners on August 9 on his way to turning in 2 1/3 scoreless innings of work on August 9. Hunter has not allowed a run since he surrendered three on July 10, helping lower his season ERA to 3.92, which is the first time it has been below 4.00 since June 6. He also has 37 strikeouts and 17 walks in 59 2/3 innings pitched this year.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
After not allowing a run of his own in 1 2/3 innings on August 6 against San Jose, Allen labored through one inning pitched on August 9 at Visalia as he allowed three runs on four hits, including one home run, en route to suffering the losing decision. The three runs allowed snapped Allen's consecutive innings streak without being charged a run at 9 2/3 innings. In 31 appearances this season, Allen is 3-6 with a 6.10 ERA (54er, 79.2ip), 58 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
He may have had only two hits in his six games last week, but Bloxom did draw six walks to help him reach base eight times in his 27 plate appearances. The first baseman had a double and an RBI in his first game of the week on August 5 while over his next four games, he reached base seven times and even stole his first two bases of the year with Lynchburg. In 36 games with the Hillcats, Bloxom is batting .235 (31-for-132) with 13 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and 18 walks.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle did not play last week; has been on the disabled list since July 27. Hinkle is 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)
King added his second home run in a St. Lucie jersey this season on August 7 as he went 3-for-16 with a walk and two RBI in four games last week. Two of his three hits were for extra bases after he had a double for his only hit on August 10 against Bradenton. King is now batting .257 (26-for-101) with five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games with St. Lucie.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini's week began in grand fashion as he hit a grand slam in the eighth inning on August 4 at Dunedin, providing Palm Beach the necessary difference in its 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. The four RBI helped give him six on the week after he drove in two more in his two-hit performance on August 8. In six games last week, Martini went 5-for-22 with two doubles, a home run, six RBI and four walks. He is now hitting .267 (95-for-356) this season with a career-high seven home runs and 54 RBI. Ten of his 54 RBI have been recorded in his last 10 games.

A.J. Morris, Bradenton Marauders (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, Pittsburgh)
In his final rehab appearance with the GCL Pirates, Morris struck out three and surrendered one hit in three shutout innings on August 7 vs. the GCL Braves. Morris, who had been on the Indianapolis Indians' disabled list since June 24, was reinstated and transferred to the Bradenton Marauders to continue his way back from the mid-season injury. Morris has already pitched at three different levels this season, going 6-4 with a 2.12 ERA (20er, 85.0ip), 60 strikeouts and 26 walks in 21 games.

Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein ended a nearly year-long home run drought last week when he went yard on August 7 against West Michigan. The home run helped give him two RBI in four games last week while he also hit .375 (3-for-8) with two walks and three runs scored. Klein enters the upcoming week batting .260 (19-for-73) with five doubles, a home run and seven RBI in 25 games with Lansing.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher had one hit and one walk in 17 plate appearances last week, with the lone hit occurring on August 8 against Brooklyn. The hit snapped a stretch of 14 hitless at-bats for Fisher, who is hitting .214 (24-for-112) with seven walks in 32 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Connecticut Tigers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Detroit Tigers)
The New York-Penn League All-Star had seven hits in six games last week, including a pair of two-hit performances to start and a hit in three straight games to end it. After hitting his first professional home run the previous week, Kivett recorded another professional first last week: first career triple. Kivett had a triple for his only hit on August 8, and he did not wait long to register another three-base hit when he had his second triple of the season on August 10. The center fielder had an RBI in his final three games of the week to match his three-straight games with a hit. Kivett is batting .289 (55-for-190) with 10 doubles, two triples, a home run and 26 RBI in 47 games this season.

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
While his former teammate Kivett hit a triple last week, Meyer also had a triple as he hit his three-base hit in his first game of the week on August 4. Meyer had three extra-base hits to help comprise his six-hit week. The outfielder also had three walks, giving him 15 base on balls in 41 games this season. Meyer has a .244 batting average (38-for-156) with nine doubles, three triples, six home runs and seven stolen bases.

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Santigate bookended his week with a hit in his first and last games as he went 2-for-15 with three walks in five games. The third baseman reached base three times in his first game of the week on August 4, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Santigate is now hitting .244 (20-for-82) with a double, eight walks and 11 RBI in 27 games on the season.