Summer Update - July 11

SENIORS IN 2017-18
Kyle Barfield, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Barfield is riding a seven-game hitting streak dating back to July 2, with a double and an RBI in each of his last three games. In that span, he is 8-for-23 (.348) with three doubles, 12 RBI and five runs scored. On July 8 vs. Dodge City, he was 2-for-2 with a double and four runs driven in. Through 30 games this summer, Barfield is hitting .274 (32-for-117) is the team leader in doubles (8) and runs batted in (22). He owns an on-base percentage of .356 while slugging .368. The Broncos have won five of their last six games and are 15-18 in the Jayhawk League this season. 

Jake Biller, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
Biller has helped the Rough Riders to 9-14-1 record in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League to begin the season (no stats available).

Hanz Harker, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
Harker has hit safely in three of his last four, including a pair of two-hit games, going 2-for-3 with an RBI on July 9 vs. Danville and 2-for-4 with two runs driven in on July 7 vs, Quincy. Over his last six games, Harker is hitting .304 (7-for-23) with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored. He is third on the team in RBI (25) and tied for the team lead in triples (3), as the Springfield (Illinois) Sliders are 19-16 in the Prospect League. 

Trent McMaster, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
McMaster has helped the Rough Riders to 9-14-1 record in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League to begin the season (no stats available).

JUNIORS IN 2017-18
Matt Nerz, Syracuse Salt Cats (New York Collegiate Baseball League)
Nerz started the last four games behind the plate for Syracuse, collecting two hits, a run scored and a walk. In 30 games (22 starts) with the Salt Cats, Nerz is hitting .261 (23-for-88) with three doubles, a triple, home run and five RBI. He has registered five multi-hit games, including back-to-back two-hit games on June 22-23. Syracuse is 15-18 in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

SOPHOMORES IN 2017-18
Will Brennan, Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska League)
Brennan has reached base safely in his last 11 games and has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games, going 10-for-33 (.303) with two RBI over that stretch. He is tied for second on his team with a season average of .300. In 25 games, he has an on-base percentage of .407 with 10 RBI, 17 runs and 17 walks drawn. He also made three appearances on the mound this season, posting a 1-1 record with three strikeouts and a 4.91 ERA (3.2 IP, 2 ER). Anchorage is 10-13 in the Alaska League.

Tyler Eckberg, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
Eckberg has helped the Rough Riders to 9-14-1 record in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League to begin the season (no stats available).

Connor Rule, Jamestown Jammers (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League)
Rule has three hits and four runs batted in over his last two games, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored in a 12-2 victory against Adirondack on Friday. He is hitting .273 (15-for-55) with three doubles and 14 runs batted in in 13 games for Jamestown. The Jammers are 26-6 and have won nine of their last 10 games in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

Cameron Thompson, Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska League)
Thompson registered a two-hit game (2-for-4) while driving in a run and drawing a walk in a 7-2 victory over the Chugiak Chinooks. He also scored two runs and drew three walks in July 6 vs. the Peninsula Oilers. In 22 games for the Glacier Pilots, Thompson is hitting .207 (17-for-82) with nine RBI and 12 runs scored. Thompson has also appeared twice on the mound, throwing four shutout innings with two hits and three strikeouts in collecting a victory on June 11 and allowed one hit in 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout on June 20.

PRO CATS
Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
Torres tossed two-thirds of an inning on Sunday in Milwaukee’s final game of the first half, not allowing a baserunner in the Brewers’ 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees. So far in July, Torres has made three appearances and yielded two earned runs on five hits over three innings. Torres owns a 4-4 record with one save for the Brewers in 2017 and is tied for the team lead in appearances with 43. In 45 1/3 innings pitched this season, he has allowed 22 earned runs for a 4.37 ERA with 37 strikeouts to 17 walks. At the All-Star break, the Brewers have a 5 ½ game lead in the NL Central.

Evan Marshall, Seattle Mariners
Marshall was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners early in the 2017 season and has appeared in six games for the Mariners, totaling 7 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and allowing eight earned runs. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list after suffering a hamstring injury on May 5 against the Texas Rangers and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis Cardinals)
Martini belted his fourth home run and drove in two for Memphis on Wednesday before a 4-for-5 effort on Thursday against Round Rock. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with five RBI and seven runs scored, hitting safely in five of his last seven games overall. After starting the season and hitting .263 in 23 games with Double-A Springfield, Martini was called up to Triple-A Memphis on May 6. In 53 games with the Redbirds, he is hitting .325 with four homers, three triples, 12 doubles and 31 RBI. The Redbirds head into the All-Star break with a 56-33 record, their best first-half record in franchise history.

Kyle Hunter, Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
Hunter has split time this season between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A Arkansas. He made two appearances last week for the Travelers, going 2/3 innings without allowing a run on July 8 before going 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts against Corpus Christi on Monday, in which he allowed his first earned run in his last six appearances. In the two games, he gave up five hits and two walks. He has now pitched in 13 games (one start) for Arkansas and has allowed 10 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings (3.97 ERA) with 19 punchouts and seven walks allowed. In seven appearances (two starts) for Tacoma earlier this season, he went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts and four walks

Wade Hinkle, Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Detroit Tigers)
Hinkle was promoted from Class-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie on June 29. In six games with the SeaWolves, Hinkle is 2-for-19 (.105) with a double, RBI and a run scored. In 68 games with Lakeland, he hit .241 with an OBP of .372 and three home runs and led the Flying Tigers with 14 doubles and was second with 28 runs batted in. 

Nate Griep, Carolina Mudcats (Class A Advanced, Milwaukee Brewers)
On Thursday, Griep tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation against Salem, in which he allowed one hit and struck out two. This season, Griep leads the Carolina League with his 17 saves (19 opportunities) and owns an ERA of 1.80 (6 ER, 30.0 IP). Opponents are hitting just .186 off him while he has 30 strikeouts to 16 walks and a 3-0 record (27 appearances). 

Lucas Benenati, Dayton Dragons (Class A, Cincinnati Reds)
Benenati was the first guy out of the pen on Monday against South Bend, throwing two perfect innings of relief with a strikeout. Friday vs. South Bend, he totaled 2 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. He has 14 appearances this season with Dayton, with 22 strikeouts and five walks in 21 innings and a 8.14 ERA. 

Tyler Wolfe, Quad Cities River Bandits (Class A, Houston Astros)
Wolfe has reached base safely in his last nine games with Quad Cities, including going 1-for-3 with a two-run double Thursday against Kane County. Wolfe began the season with Double-A Corpus Christi, where he had a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in 10 games before being assigned to Class A Quad Cities on June 16. In 14 games for the River Bandits, Wolfe is 7-for-47 (.149) with three RBI, two doubles and eight walks.

Levi MaVorhis, State College Spikes (Class A Short Season, St. Louis Cardinals)
MaVorhis made two appearances out of the bullpen for State College, highlighted by four scoreless innings against Williamsport on Wednesday where he gave up just two hits and struck out two without walking a batter. MaVhoris is 0-0 in four games (two starts) with an ERA of 4.22 (5 ER, 10.2 IP) and six strikeouts. He is in his second season of pro ball after spending 2016 in Johnson City (rookie), where he posted a 3.09 ERA in 35 innings (12 ER) and 22 strikeouts.

Jake Scudder, Auburn Doubledays (Class A Short Season, Washington Nationals)
Scudder made his professional debut on June 28 for Class A Auburn, and has recorded at least one hit in seven of eight games played and is currently on a five-game hitting streak. In eight games, he is hitting .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Scudder, K-State’s two-time home run and RBI leader, was taken by the Nationals in the 16th round (493rd overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Parker Rigler, Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie, Chicago White Sox)
Over the last week, Rigler made two appearances out of the bullpen for Great Falls. Thursday against Missoula, the southpaw struck out five in two innings with three hits and two earned runs. Rigler struck out six more over three innings Monday against Billings, giving up two hits and two earned. Despite being sixth on the team in innings pitched, Rigler leads the Voyagers with 23 strikeouts in 12 innings (six appearances) in his first season of professional baseball. He was the second Wildcat pitcher taken in the 2017 MLB Draft, picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round (927th overall).

Jordan Floyd, Burlington Royals (Rookie, Kansas City Royals)
Floyd made one appearance for Burlington last week, allowing an earned run on four hits over three innings against Danville. The earned run was his first allowed as a professional, as the lefty has now tossed 8 2/3 innings over four outings with Arizona and Burlington. After making his professional debut the Arizona Royals on June 25, Floyd was assigned to Rookie Burlington. In two game for Burlington, Floyd has allowed eight hits over 5 2/3 innings with one earned run and two strikeouts. Floyd collected a save in his professional debut with the Arizona Royals, going two innings while striking out five and allowing only one hit and one walk. Floyd was the first Wildcat taken in the 2017 MLB Draft after being selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round (300th overall).

Josh Rolette, AZL Indians (Rookie, Cleveland Indians)
Rolette made his professional debut with the AZL Indians on July 9 against the AZL Diamondbacks, going 1-for-3. Rolette was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.