Summer Baseball Update - July 20, 2015

Seniors in 2015-16
Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
As the Jayhawk League comes to a close this weekend, Dalrymple leads the entire league with a .421 batting average while he is tied for the lead in stolen bases (16) and second in hits (56). From July 9-19, the rising senior recorded 13 hits in eight games, including his third three-hit game over a five-game stretch between July 8 and 12. The outfielder also had a pair of home runs over his last eight contests, giving him four this summer. The first one occurred in El Dorado’s 15-0 win over Bethany on July 10 while two days later, he had a solo blast in the Broncos’ 7-0 triumph against the Bulls. Since July 8, Dalrymple has 10 RBIs, helping give him 29 total this summer. In 35 games, in addition to hitting .421, Dalrymple has six doubles, two triples, four homers, 29 RBIs, 39 runs and a .521 OBP. Dalrymple and the Broncos (24-11) will play in this weekend’s Jayhawk League Championship as the winner of the North Division while they have also qualified for the 81st National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series that starts later this week.

Tyler Moore, East Texas Pump Jacks (Texas Collegiate League)
Moore was 5-for-20 (.250) over his last seven games while also drawing five walks. The rising senior lifted his summer batting average over the .200 mark as he is now hitting .205 (15-for-73) with 11 walks and a .306 OBP. Helping raise his clip was his second multi-hit game of the summer on July 15 when he went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. His other multi-hit effort was notched on June 13 (2-for-4).

Tyler Wolfe, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska Baseball League)
From July 11-18, Wolfe hit .310 (9-for-29) with three RBIs and two walks over eight games, raising his summer average to .231 (25-for-108). He had a hit in six of the eight contests, including one in each of the last four. Two of his three RBIs over the week-plus were recorded on July 15 when he went 2-for-5 with a walk in Mat-Su’s 17-1 win over the Peninsula Oilers. Wolfe also had a three-hit game on July 12 vs. Chugiak, registering a double among his three safeties. The rising senior has three doubles this summer.

Juniors in 2015-16
Jake Scudder, Kitsap BlueJackets (West Coast League)
The transfer from Iowa Western CC was named a West Coast League All-Star as one of two first baseman on the South roster. The rising junior is hitting .301 (40-for-133) in 33 games this summer, collecting eight doubles and 16 RBIs. Over his last seven games, he was 8-for-27 (.296) with three RBIs and two stolen bases. In that same stretch, he had a three-hit game on July 13 vs. Yakima Valley, but the BlueJackets fell 1-0. Scudder and the rest of the WCL All-Stars will compete tonight (July 20) at 7:05 p.m.

Jake Wodtke, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Over his last six games, Wodtke hit .235 (4-for-17) with two walks and three RBIs to raise his summer batting average to .195 (15-for-77). He had a safety in four straight games from July 10 to 17, capping a brief five-game hitting streak. Two of his three RBIs last week came on July 10 against Bethany when he went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. He went hitless in his final two games, but reached base twice on July 19 with a pair of base on balls.

Sophomores in 2015-16
Sam Chadick, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are not available for the Mid-Plains League All-Star.

Robbie Glendinning, Dodge City A’s (Jayhawk League)
The incoming transfer from North Iowa Area Community College finished out his summer with a .305 batting average (43-for-141), seven doubles, four home runs and 23 RBIs. The infielder matched his summer-high in hits with three in his final game, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in Dodge City’s 9-8 win over first-place El Dorado. The multi-hit effort was his second in as many days as he was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs on July 18 against the Broncos. After hitting .259 (14-for-54) through his first 14 games of the summer, Glendinning closed out the campaign batting .333 (29-for-87) with four doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs in the final 21 contests.

Ethan Klosterboer, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Klosterboer was named the Mid-Plains League Player of the Year; complete stats are not available.

Brian O’Bannon, Topeka Senators (Mid-Plains League)
O’Bannon finished the summer hitting .299 (20-for-67) with four doubles, two triples, a home run and 16 stolen bases.

Freshmen in 2015-16
Cade Bunnell, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The Mid-Plains League All-Star hit .435 (10-for-23) with three doubles, a triple and a home run over his last six games as he is now batting .418 (23-for-55) with nine extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 18 games this summer. The first baseman had three multi-hit efforts over the six-game stretch, including a 3-for-4 day on July 13 vs. the Topeka Senators when he notched his first triple of the year. Bunnell also turned in a summer-high four RBIs on July 11 vs. Liberty as part of his 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

Matt Nerz, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Nerz had three hits over his last four games as he is now batting .209 (9-for-43) with five RBIs. Two of his five runs driven in came on July 13 vs. the Topeka Senators when he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

Josh Rolette, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
Complete stats are not available.

Michael Smith, Topeka Senators (Mid-Plains League)
Smith closed out the summer batting .286 with two doubles, two triples and 12 stolen bases.

Cory Wright, Topeka Senators (Mid-Plains League)
Finished the summer second on the Senators with a .304 batting average (14-for-46) while also recording four doubles and two home runs.

Brooks Zimmerman, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Zimmerman played in six games last week, going 2-for-10 with two walks and two runs scored. The incoming freshman has a .175 batting average (7-for-40) in 15 games this summer.

Pro Cats
Carlos Torres, New York Mets
Torres appeared in two games last week, allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings on July 18 at St. Louis before turning in a two-inning, three-strikeout performance on July 19. The second outing against the Cardinals, his 40th appearance of the season, lowered his ERA on the year to 4.17 (17er, 36.2ip). Over his last four games, he has a 1.69 ERA (1er, 5.1ip) along with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
After throwing a scoreless inning on July 12 vs. Tacoma, Marshall did not retire any of the two batters he faced and was charged with two runs against on July 16 at Salt Lake. He went on to throw on back-to-back days on July 18 and 19, setting down each of the three batters he faced across the two appearances. In 26 games with Reno, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 7.46 ERA (21er, 25.1ip), 19 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis Cardinals)
Martini has maintained a .300+ batting average at the Triple-A level as the outfielder is hitting .320 (8-for-25) in 10 games with Memphis. Just before the Triple-A All-Star break, the 25-year-old went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. In his lone start after the break so far, he was 1-for-3 with an RBI and walk on July 18. He has a .433 OBP to go with his .320 batting average, which is helped by his five walks in 30 plate appearances.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Just before the All-Star break, Morris appeared in two games on back-to-back days on July 10 and 11 at Columbus, allowing one run over a combined three innings. The run against occurred on July 10 in one inning pitched, but the right-hander bounced back by turning in two scoreless innings with a strikeout the next day. In 30 appearances this season, Morris has a 2.96 ERA (16er, 48.2ip), 45 strikeouts and 15 walks.

Wade Hinkle, Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle had a stint on the disabled list from July 8-18, but he played in games on back-to-back days on July 18 and 19, going 1-for-7 with two walks. He registered the two free passes in his first game back on July 18 before collecting the hit on the next day against Springfield. In 66 games this season, Hinkle is hitting .252 (57-for-226) with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 29 RBIs.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
Hunter had his stretch of three-straight games of not allowing an earned run snap in his final outing of last week, but the left-hander still has a 2.25 ERA (2er, 8.0ip) in his five games since returning from the disabled list. He tossed two shutout innings on July 12, his second consecutive two-shutout-inning outing, before working around three hits and one walk in an unblemished 1 1/3 innings on July 15. On July 17, Hunter surrendered a run of his own as well as an inherited runner to score in 1 2/3 frames. He also struck out two on July 17, giving him six strikeouts and two walks in his last four games.

Jared King, Binghamton Mets (Double-A, New York Mets)
King was 2-for-10 in three games last week as the outfielder is batting .205 (60-for-293) with 12 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs in 78 games this season.

Tanner Witt, Frederick Keys (Class A Advanced, Baltimore Orioles)
After hitting .474 in his first eight games with the Keys, Witt decided that was not enough as the mid-season pickup went 6-for-9 a home run and two walks over his last three games to raise his season batting average to .536 (15-for-28). His first career home run was hit on July 13 against the Salem Red Sox as part of his 2-for-3 day. The two-hit game also extended his active hitting streak to six games (11-for-18).

Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Detroit Tigers)
While Kivett is hitting .295 in 90 games this season, including 5-for-17 over his last five contests, it is more fun to check in with his standing among the Midwest League offensive leaders. The outfielder is first in runs scored (59), tied for third in doubles (23), fifth in hits (104), and tied for ninth in stolen bases (21). Of the 13 Midwest League players with 20 or more steals this season, Kivett is tied with Darren Seferina (Peoria) as the only two players to also have 28 or more extra-base hits. Kivett’s 28 extra-base hits are helped by his four home runs, one of which was hit last week on July 17 against Dayton.

Mitch Meyer, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer had just one hit last week as the outfielder is now batting .221 (30-for-136) in 42 games this season.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher had a season-high three hits on July 9 at Vermont, which at the time raised his season batting average to .300, but he now has settled in at a .262 clip in 20 games after going 3-for-14 over his last four contests. Fisher drove in a pair of runs over the four-game stretch, giving him seven RBIs to go with his 16 hits this season.

Max Brown, AZL D-Backs (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Brown, who is hitting .286 over his last 10 games, went 3-for-12 over his last four contests, a stretch that includes a two-hit game against the AZL Indians on July 17. In 14 games as a pro, Brown is hitting .240 (12-for-50) with two doubles, three triples and five RBIs. He also has four stolen bases in five attempts.

Shane Conlon, AZL Athletics (Rookie, Oakland A’s)
Conlon is coming off back-to-back three-hit games to end last week as the first baseman is hitting .308 over his last 10 contests. He had three RBIs to go with his three hits on July 18 at the AZL Cubs while on July 19, he went 3-for-6 with a run scored. In 15 games this season, Conlon has 16 hits as he is hitting .278 with a .333 OBP.

Nate Griep, Helena Brewers (Rookie, Milwaukee Brewers)
After allowing 11 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings to start his professional career, Griep has redeemed himself by surrendering just one earned run in his last three appearances. He recorded a scoreless inning of work on July 12 before allowing a run in another inning on July 15. On July 19, the reliever struck out his first professional batter as he threw a season-high two innings against Orem.