Summer Baseball Update - August 10, 2015

With the end of the summer season now here for the current Wildcats, this will be the final Summer Baseball Update of 2015. To stay up to date with Pro Cats through the remainder of the professional season, check out this page.

Seniors in 2015-16
Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Dalrymple finished the NBC World Series tournament hitting .286 (6-for-21) with two RBIs and five stolen bases in five games for El Dorado. The Jayhawk League batting champion had a hit in every game, with a tournament-best two on August 5 against the San Diego Waves. In that game, a 4-2 win for the Broncos to remain alive in the tournament, Dalrymple had a double and triple to compose his pair of safeties. The next day, Dalrymple and the Broncos were eliminated from the tournament as the Liberal BeeJays erased a 5-4 deficit in the top of the ninth to win 8-5. Dalrymple had a hit and walk in his five plate appearances in the loss.

Tyler Moore, East Texas Pump Jacks (Texas Collegiate League)
Over the final four games of the Texas Collegiate League regular season, Moore was 7-for-15 (.467) with two RBIs to help the Pump Jacks close out the campaign with a 25-27 record. Moore and the Pump Jacks had their season come to an end, though, on August 8 in a one-game playoff against Brazos Valley. Moore was 0-for-3 in the 9-0 season-ending loss as East Texas was no-hit by former Wildcat Ethan Landon. Despite the hitless playoff game, Moore still managed to finish out the summer hitting .367 (18-for-49) with four doubles and five RBIs over the final 13 contests. Overall, the catcher hit .252 (34-for-135) with 16 walks and 17 strikeouts in 42 games this summer. 

Tyler Wolfe, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska Baseball League)
Wolfe was 4-for-13 (.308) in the Top of the World Series against the Anchorage Bucs, but it was not enough for Mat-Su as it lost the best-of-three series, 2-1. Wolfe was 2-for-6 in the series opener, a 6-2 defeat, but in game two, the infielder notched a single in a 4-3 victory. In the final game of the series, Wolfe drew a walk while also recording a single in a 2-0 loss. Wolfe finished out the Alaska Baseball League campaign hitting .258 (42-for-163) with 14 walks and 16 RBIs. He closed out the summer with a 10-game hitting streak, a stretch in which he hit .326 (14-for-43). In his last 20 contests, Wolfe carried a .317 batting average (26-for-82) with four doubles, five walks and eight RBIs.

Juniors in 2015-16
Jake Wodtke, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
After collecting a hit in each of El Dorado’s two games last week, Wodtke finished the NBC World Series batting .333 (5-for-15) with two walks and two stolen bases. The infielder reached base safely twice, a single and a walk, in the Broncos’ 4-2 win over San Diego. In the final game, on August 6, Wodtke reached once with a single, stole a base and then scored one of El Dorado’s five runs in an 8-5 defeat.

Pro Cats
Carlos Torres, New York Mets
For the second straight week, Torres was called upon just once from the New York bullpen (he is second on the team in appearances this season with 44). The right-hander did his job, though, when he tossed two scoreless innings in a 5-4 loss on August 8 at Tampa Bay. He faced the minimum in his two frames, working around one hit while also striking out one. Torres has not allowed a run in his last 10 innings pitched while striking out 11. Over his last eight games, he is touting a 0.73 ERA (1er, 12.1ip) to help bring his season ERA to 3.50 – its lowest since June 2 (2.86).

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Marshall suffered a head injury on a line drive in the sixth inning of the August 4 game at El Paso. The right-hander entered the game in the top of the frame, and worked through a 1-2-3 inning, but the last batter he faced, Jason Hagerty, hit a comebacker towards the pitcher’s mound. Marshall was able to walk off the field on his own power, but he was later admitted to the hospital for surgery to alleviate the swelling in his head. The Diamondbacks organization put out a statement on August 6 to update his status, which said he was in stable condition but still in the intensive care unit. No further update has been provided since last Friday, but Marshall has since fired up his Twitter account.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Morris made two appearances last week, allowing three earned runs over a combined 4 1/3 innings. In his first game on August 6, the right-hander suffered the loss after surrendering two runs, as well as an inherited runner to score, on five hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings. Three days later, the 28-year-old made a spot start at Norfolk, working three frames and allowing three runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks. The start was Morris’ second of the season, but in his 37 overall appearances, he now has a 2.73 ERA (20er, 66.0ip) with 55 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Wade Hinkle, Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle had a hit in three of his six games played last week, going 3-for-13 with four walks. The first baseman reached base safely in his first two games before coming off the bench as a late-game replacement on August 6 and 7. Hinkle returned to the starting lineup over the weekend, reaching base four times with the help of two singles and two walks. In 84 games this season, Hinkle is batting .256 (71-for-277) with 13 doubles, seven home runs, 38 RBIs and a .344 OBP.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
Hunter made three appearances last week, including one start, as he allowed one earned run over six innings. After tossing one scoreless relief inning on August 4, Hunter made a spot start, his fourth of the season, on August 6, surrendering one hit and one walk over three scoreless innings while also striking out four. Three days later, the southpaw returned to his normal reliever role, allowing one run over two innings. In 17 appearances with Double-A Jackson, Hunter is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA (13er, 28.2ip), 22 strikeouts, 14 walks and a .236 batting average against.

Jared King, Binghamton Mets (Double-A, New York Mets)
King seems to be snapping out of a long slump as the outfielder had a hit in all five of his games last week and batted .438 (7-for-16) with a home run and seven RBIs. King, who was hitting .195 on the season as of July 29, is now carrying a .370 batting average (10-for-27) with 10 RBIs over his last nine games. In his first contest last week, King swatted a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning, one of his two hits in Binghamton’s 8-2 win. The 23-year-old also had two RBIs in the victory, starting a stretch of three straight games in which he had a pair of RBIs. In 96 games this year, King is batting .209 (72-for-345) with 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 43 RBIs.

Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, St. Louis Cardinals)
Martini rattled off five hits over his first two games of last week with Triple-A Memphis, but a numbers game on the Redbird roster forced the 25-year-old back to where he started the season, Double-A Springfield. Martini, who was promoted to the Triple-A level for the first time on July 4, turned in a .393 batting average (22-for-56) with seven extra-base hits and a .485 OBP in 22 games with Memphis. However, with only 14 of those 22 contests being starts, Martini was sent to the Texas League once again, where he was named a mid-season All-Star back in June. The outfielder was hitless in his first four games back in a Springfield uniform, but he is batting .273 (63-for-231) in 70 games this year.

Tanner Witt, Frederick Keys (Class A Advanced, Baltimore Orioles)
Witt earned a start in five games last week, going 2-for-20 (.100) with three walks at the plate. His top game came on August 5 when he drove in two runs, including one to tie the game at 7-7 in the eighth inning of an eventual 9-7 victory for the Keys over Salem. Witt is now batting .272 (25-for-92) with nine extra-base hits and a .368 OBP in 30 games with Frederick this season.

Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett had one hit in his five games last week, dropping his season batting average to .272 (113-for-416). The Whitecaps’ everyday outfielder had his lone hit, along with an RBI, on August 5 vs. Clinton as the Whitecaps won the game, 5-4. Kivett also stole a base against the LumberKings, giving him 23 steals this year.

Mitch Meyer, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
After going 0-for-3 in his first game of the week on August 5, Meyer closed out the week with five hits over his final four games. He drove in two runs with his fourth triple of the season on August 6 before registering a three-hit game on August 7. In 55 games this year, Meyer is hitting .226 (40-for-177) with 13 RBIs and five stolen bases.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, Cleveland Indians)
After missing five games, Fisher returned to the Scrappers lineup on August 4, going 1-for-5 with a run scored. The infielder, though, went hitless in his next two games on August 8 and 9 as he is now batting .230 (23-for-100) with five extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in 30 games this season.

Max Brown, AZL D-Backs (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Appearing in three games, Brown was 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and three runs scored last week. The outfielder had a pair of two-hit games, giving him three over his last four contests. Over his last 10 games, Brown is hitting .344 (11-for-32) – helping him bat .267 in 26 games this season.

Shane Conlon, AZL Athletics (Rookie, Oakland A’s)
Conlon did not play last week as he has not appeared in a game since July 28. He is hitting .321 (26-for-81) with 11 RBIs in 22 games this season.

Nate Griep, Helena Brewers (Rookie, Milwaukee Brewers)
After registering a 3.00 ERA (3er, 9.0ip) in his previous five games, Griep suffered the loss in a start on August 6 when he allowed five runs on five hits and one walk in two innings. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 12.51 ERA (19er, 13.2ip), five strikeouts and eight walks in eight appearances (two starts) as a professional.