Summer Baseball Update - July 27, 2015

Seniors in 2015-16
Clayton Dalrymple, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
El Dorado’s Jayhawk League season came to an end this past weekend – the Broncos lost the league championship series to Haysville – but Dalrymple finished out the summer as the winner of the Jayhawk League batting title. The rising senior was the only player to hit above .400 as he closed out the campaign with a .406 batting average (58-for-143). The outfielder also had a .511 OBP, the highest mark in the league, and 17 stolen bases, the second-highest total, to go with his 13 extra-base hits. In addition to batting average, OBP and stolen bases, he was among the league leaders in hit by pitches (1st, 12), runs (T-1st, 42), hits (2nd, 58), RBIs (3rd, 29), walks (T-5th, 21), and triples (T-6th, 2). In his 38 games, Dalrymple reached base safely at least once in all but one contest. The one game in which Dalrymple did not reach base, though, he still managed to have an impact. On June 18 vs. Liberal, he drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Broncos went on to win 2-0. After that game, he was hitting .351 – which was the lowest batting average he had all summer. In 29 of his 38 contests, he reached base safely two or more times while he also tallied 16 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI efforts.

Tyler Moore, East Texas Pump Jacks (Texas Collegiate League)
Playing in five games, Moore was 6-for-21 (.286) with two walks and five runs scored as he raised his season batting average to .223 (21-for-94). The catcher ended the week with back-to-back multi-hit efforts, his third and fourth of the season. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk on July 25 vs. the Texas Marshals, and then on the next day, also against the Marshals, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Tyler Wolfe, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska Baseball League)
Wolfe had at least one hit in four of his five games last week, going 5-for-19 (.263) with an RBI and two walks. The stretch helped him maintain a .304 batting average (14-for-46) over his last dozen games, helping Mat-Su go 9-3 over that span. Wolfe and the Miners enter the final week of the Alaska Baseball League’s regular season having already clinched a spot in the Top of the World Series slated for early next week with a 30-9 record. The 30 wins are the most for the Miners since 2010 (33-15). Wolfe, meanwhile, is hitting .236 (30-for-127) with 12 RBIs and 13 walks in 38 games this summer.

Juniors in 2015-16
Jake Scudder, Kitsap BlueJackets (West Coast League)
The transfer from Iowa Western CC played in seven games last week, batting .208 (5-for-24) with six RBIs and four walks. Three of his four free passes came on July 25 at Cowlitz when he went 0-for-1 with three runs scored in a 7-2 win. He had a multi-hit game on July 24 (2-for-5), giving him 11 in 39 games this summer. He also had a multi-hit effort in the West Coast League All-Star Game on July 20, going 2-for-3 with a walk in a 3-0 win for the South Division. For the summer, he is now batting .287 (45-for-157) with eight doubles and 22 RBIs.

Jake Wodtke, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Wodtke finished out the Jayhawk League season batting .198 (16-for-81) with three doubles, seven RBIs and six stolen bases in 28 games. He played in just one game last week, going 1-for-2 with a double, his third of the summer, in the first game of the Jayhawk League Championship Series against Haysville. Over his last eight games, Wodtke batted .304 (7-for-23) with three RBIs.

Sophomores in 2015-16
Sam Chadick, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
In the Mid-Plains League semifinal series against Rossville, Chadick was 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles, two walks and three RBIs over three games. The rising sophomore had a hit in each game of the series, including a 2-for-5 performance with three RBIs in Junction City’s 10-8 win in the opener.

Ethan Klosterboer, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
The Mid-Plains League Player of the Year went 2-for-12 in the semifinal series against Rossville, with both hits coming in the 10-8 series-opening win for Junction City. The infielder had a double and home run among his two hits on July 23 while he also drove in two runs and drew one of his three walks in the series.

Freshmen in 2015-16
Cade Bunnell, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The Mid-Plains League All-Star finished the season as Rossville’s top hitter with a .350 batting average and helped lead the Rattlers to a league championship. Over six postseason games, Bunnell was 5-for-25 with five RBIs. He closed out the campaign with 22 RBIs in 24 games, which were the second-most on the team. Bunnell, who was a two-way player in high school, also made his first and only appearance of the summer on the mound in the Cowdin Cup final. The incoming freshman earned the start, throwing five scoreless frames and allowing just two baserunners (a hit and a walk).

Matt Nerz, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
Nerz had one hit along with two walks in three postseason games with the Rattlers. The redshirt freshman, who finished the summer batting .192 (10-for-52), recorded the lone hit on July 21 vs. Baldwin City.

Josh Rolette, Junction City Brigade (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman played in two of the three games during the Mid-Plains League semifinal series against Rossville, going 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI.

Brooks Zimmerman, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
The incoming freshman played in one postseason game, going 1-for-2 with a walk on July 23 vs. Junction City. Zimmerman closed out the summer batting .190 (8-for-42) with four RBIs.

Pro Cats
Carlos Torres, New York Mets
Two scoreless appearances last week dropped Torres’ season ERA to 3.76, which is its lowest since June 12 (3.55). The right-hander threw a scoreless frame on July 23 vs. the Dodgers before coming back out the next day and tossing three blank innings against the same Dodgers. Torres had two strikeouts in each of the two games, giving him 11 punchouts – and one walk – over his last six games (9 1/3 innings). He also has a 0.96 ERA and .235 batting average against over the same stretch.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Throwing multiple innings in both of his appearances last week, Marshall surrendered a run in a combined 4 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 6.60 in 28 games with Reno. The right-hander also had three strikeouts in both of his games, giving him 25 in 30 innings pitched. Over his last nine games, Marshall has a 2.79 ERA (3er, 9.2ip).

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis Cardinals)
Martini appeared in six games last week, batting .500 (6-for-12) with a triple, a home run and three RBIs. The outfielder, who is now hitting .378 (14-for-37) with a .489 OBP in 16 games with Memphis, notched his fourth and fifth extra-base hits at the Triple-A level in a July 23 game at New Orleans when he went 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer and two RBIs. The multi-hit game was his second of the week as he went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored on July 20 against the Zephyrs.

A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, Pittsburgh Pirates)
After not allowing a run in six innings in his first start of the season on July 20, Morris stretched his scoreless-inning streak to 10 frames with two unblemished relief innings on July 25. The right-hander now has a 0.45 ERA (1er, 20.0ip) over his last seven appearances, helping him lower his season ERA to 2.54 in 32 games. Also over his last seven outings, Morris has 14 strikeouts against five walks.

Wade Hinkle, Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle continued to bounce back out of his brief stint on the disabled list, hitting .412 (7-for-17) with three walks and four RBIs in six games last week. The first baseman had at least one hit in five of his six games, including a pair of two-hit games to bookend the week, while he drove in a run in three straight contests from July 23-25. Over his last 10 games, Hinkle is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with six walks and six RBIs as he is now batting .263 (64-for-243) in 72 games this season.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
A three-appearance week started with back-to-back scoreless outings before allowing two earned runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning on July 26. In his first appearance, he did not surrender a hit or a walk in 1 1/3 innings on July 22. Two days later, he struck out three in two innings. Since returning from the disabled list on July 6, the left-hander has a 3.00 ERA (4er, 12.0ip) with 10 strikeouts in seven games.

Jared King, Binghamton Mets (Double-A, New York Mets)
King hit a grand slam on July 22, his third home run of the season, but he went 2-for-19 in six games last week. The outfielder is now batting .199 (62-for-312) with nine doubles, a triple and 33 RBIs in 84 games this season.

Tanner Witt, Frederick Keys (Class A Advanced, Baltimore Orioles)
Witt started all seven games last week at third base, going 3-for-21 (.143) with four walks at the plate. Despite the slow week as a hitter, Witt is still hitting .367 (18-for-49) with seven extra-base hits and five RBIs in 18 games with Frederick this season.

Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett saw time in all seven games last week for West Michigan, batting .214 (6-for-28) with an RBI and two walks. He did turn in a pair of multi-hit games, one on July 20 and the other on July 22, while also reaching base safely in five of the seven contests. In 96 games this season, Kivett is batting .287 (108-for-376) with 24 doubles, four home runs, 41 RBIs, 62 runs and 22 stolen bases. In the Midwest League, he is first in runs scored, tied for third in doubles, fifth in hits, and tied for eight in steals.

Mitch Meyer, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer snapped a 1-for-21 stretch by going 3-for-3 on July 24 as he had two hits over his final two games last week. The outfielder is batting .228 (34-for-149) with five doubles and a triple in 47 games this season.

Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher turned in a pair of multi-hit games last week as he had five hits total in his five games played. He went 2-for-4 on July 23 before wrapping up the week with a 2-for-3 day at the plate on July 26. The infielder, who played four games at third and one at shortstop last week, is hitting .263 (21-for-80) with four doubles and nine RBIs in 25 games.

Max Brown, AZL D-Backs (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Brown had two hits and three RBIs over four games last week as the outfielder is now hitting .222 (14-for-63) with two doubles, four triples and eight RBIs in 18 games.

Shane Conlon, AZL Athletics (Rookie, Oakland A’s)
Conlon, who ended last week with back-to-back three-hit games, bounced back from a 0-for-7 day on July 20 by going 10-for-19 (.526) over the week’s final six games. After going 3-for-4 with an RBI on July 21, Conlon had back-to-back multi-hit and multi-RBI efforts on July 24 and 25. Of the first baseman’s three hits on July 25, two were triples as he has four extra-base hits to go with his .313 batting average in 21 games this season.

Nate Griep, Helena Brewers (Rookie, Milwaukee Brewers)
In his one appearance last week, Griep allowed two runs on three hits in three innings against Billings on July 24. The right-hander surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced, but he went on to retire six straight. In his final inning, a leadoff double came around to score on a sacrifice fly as Billings went on to win 4-3. In his last four games, Griep has a 3.86 ERA (3er, 7.0ip).