Summer Baseball Update - August 25, 2014

Aug. 25, 2014

K-State AthleticsIn the Pros
Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
After not allowing a run in seven straight appearances, the dam broke for Marshall when he surrendered a run in the Washington Nationals' 3-2 walk-off win against the Diamondbacks on August 20. The losing decision was Marshall's third of the season and first since June 17. The right-hander returned to the mound the next day, allowing a hit to the only batter he faced, which drove in an inherited runner, the first of 18 inherited runners Marshall has allowed to score this season. Marshall's ERA now stands at 3.16 while he has 41 strikeouts and 13 walks in 37.0 innings pitched this season.

Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
Torres started his week by throwing a season-high five innings on August 18, making his first start since September 27, 2013. The right-hander surrendered three hits and two walks in the five shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs while also fanning a season-high six. Torres returned to the bullpen for his final two outings of the week, both against the Los Angeles Dodgers, combining to allowing two hits and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings. Torres was not charged with an earned run all week, but he did allow two inherited runners to score in the Mets' 6-2 loss against the Dodgers on August 22. Torres has not been charged with an earned run in his last eight innings pitched, lowering his season ERA to 3.38 in 56 appearances.

Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Did not play as he was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 17.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
In his first game back with Indianapolis since late June, Morris made the start on August 21 vs. Toledo and took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits (one home run) and one walk in five innings. The right-hander did strike out five, giving him 20 punchouts in 28 innings pitched at the Triple-A level this season. In 24 games this season, across four different levels, Morris is 6-5 with a 2.75 ERA and 68 strikeouts against 28 walks. In five Triple-A games, he is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
Tenbrink played in one game last week, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on August 22 vs. Omaha. The performance dropped Tenbrink's batting average to .221 in 19 games this season with Tacoma.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
Hunter extended his consecutive scoreless appearance streak to 11 games with his first game last week, striking out two and allowing one hit in 2 1/3 innings on August 19 at Huntsville. The streak, though, was snapped in his next outing when he allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings of work on August 22 vs. Chattanooga. When it was all said and done, Hunter went 19 2/3 straight innings without being charged a run, dropping his ERA from 5.01 to 3.53. After the August 22 outing, Hunter's ERA still went down, to 3.52 in 35 appearances. His ERA in his last 19 outings stands at 2.84.

James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Allen worked around three hits in his first outing of the week, holding Inland Empire to no runs in 1 1/3 innings on August 19 to help him pick up his fourth win of the season. Five days later, Allen surrendered a two-out, two-run home run in his only inning of work as Bakersfield fell to Lake Elsinore 8-2 on August 24. The two combined runs in 2 1/3 innings lifted his ERA to 6.53 in 34 appearances (10 starts) this season. He has allowed nine runs in his last 4.0 innings pitched.

Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
After playing in three games last week, including both games of a doubleheader on August 20, Bloxom was released by the Atlanta Braves organization. In 44 games with Braves' Class A Advanced team in Lynchburg, Bloxom hit .244 (39-for-160) with 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI. Bloxom signed with the Atlanta organization earlier this season after being released by the Washington Nationals.

Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle did not play last week as he has been on the disabled list since 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)
King combined to go 4-for-20 with three walks and an RBI in six games last week. Three of his four hits came in one game when he went 3-for-3 in game one of a doubleheader on August 22 vs. Jupiter. In 42 games with St. Lucie, King is now batting .279 (43-for-154) with a .333 OBP, nine doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI.

Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini ended the previous week with two walks in his final game, and he started last week by once again drawing two walks on August 19. He went on to play in six total games last week, batting .364 (8-for-22) with three doubles, three RBI and four walks. His three doubles came in one game when he went 3-for-3 on August 21 at Jupiter. Two days later, he added another multi-hit game when he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Martini is now batting .262 (107-for-408) with 25 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 57 RBI in 108 games with Palm Beach.

Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Midwest League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett's second full week in the Midwest League saw him go 6-for-26 (.231) with five RBI in seven games. The center fielder started his week by driving in three runs on August 18 when he also went 1-for-2 with two walks. The next game he went 2-for-4 before collecting his second multi-RBI game in a four-game stretch on August 21. In 12 games with West Michigan, Kivett is hitting .214 (9-for-42) with six RBI.

Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein combined to go 4-for-12 (.333) in three games last week, with one of his four hits being his second home run of the season. On August 22, Klein went 3-for-4 with the home run and an RBI, helping Lansing to an 8-5 win. The next day, he drove in a run with a triple as he went 1-for-4. He is batting .268 with nine extra-base hits and nine RBI in 32 games this season with Lansing.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher had three hits in four games last week, combining to go 3-for-14 with a walk and two RBI. He had an RBI on August 22 and another on August 24, his seventh and eighth RBI on the season in 41 games. The shortstop is hitting .199 (28-for-141) with a double and 12 walks with Mahoning Valley.

Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
In two games, Meyer combined to go 3-for-8 with two doubles and an RBI, giving him 11 doubles and 23 RBI in 48 games this season. The outfielder, who has played both right and left field this season, is hitting .250 (46-for-184) with 20 extra-base hits, including six home runs.

RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Did not play last week as he has not played in a game since August 13.