Summer Update - July 11, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
.409 (9-for-22), 4 2B, 4 RBI, 7 R, BB, 2 HBP, 3 SO in 5 G
Crandall was named a Prospect League All-Star last week as he will be one of six Springfield players on the West Division team in this Wednesday’s game in Kokomo, Indiana. The rising senior earned the mid-season accolade due to him holding the ninth-best batting average in the league (.322) – which is also the best clip on the league’s top team. In addition to average, Crandall is fourth in the league in hits (48), first in doubles (14) and third in runs scored (29). Last week, he had three multi-hit games, including a two-double day on July 7 and a pair of three-hit contests on July 8 and 10.

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
Through July 5, Ethier was batting .313 (26-for-83) with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 15 RBI and a .427 OBP.

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
1-1, 2.25 ERA, 0 SV, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 3 BB in 3 appearances
After back-to-back scoreless appearances to start the week, Floyd allowed his first run of the summer on July 8 when he matched his season-high in innings pitched (2.0). The left-hander worked a combined 2 frames on July 4 and 7, but in his final outing of the week, he surrendered three straight hits in the 11th inning to load the bases before issuing a run-producing walk. He was coming off a scoreless 10th inning in which he struck out two.

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
0-1, 1.23 ERA, 0 SV, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 BB in 3 appearances
Upper Valley’s team leader in appearances turned in a summer-high 4 2/3 innings during his final outing of the week on July 6. Jones, who had not thrown more than an inning all season before tossing 2 the day before on July 5, entered the game in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He managed to work around an RBI single by inducing a force out at home and back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat. He then faced the minimum for the next three innings before a two-out error in the 13th eventually came around to score after a stolen base and an RBI single to end the game.

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 2 BB in 1 appearance (start)
Making his second start of the summer, Rigler turned in a quality start by holding the Harwich Mariners to one run over 6 innings on July 10 – a game that resulted in a 1-1 tie after 12 innings. The left-hander’s lone run against came via a leadoff homer in the fourth, but he settled in by scattering 3 hits over his final 3 innings. 

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.143 (3-for-21), 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 SO in 8 games
In a busy 8-game week, Scudder reached base safely 7 times with the help of 3 hits, 3 walks and a hit by pitch. In the first game of a doubleheader on July 9, Scudder had a season-high 3 walks to help the Miners pick up a 9-0 win over the Peninsula Oilers.

Junior in 2016-17
Sam Chadick, Northwest Honkers (Pacific International League)
No games played

Sophomore in 2016-17
Josh Rolette, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.000 (0-for-6), 1 BB, 2 SO in 3 games
Rolette was hitless in his 3 games last week, but he did draw a walk in one of his 3 plate appearances on July 6. He has 10 walks in 18 games this summer.

Freshmen in 2016-17
Will Brennan, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
.417 (5-for-12), 1 3B, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB, 2 BB in 3 games
Brennan, who is sixth in the Mid-Plains League in batting average, had a pair of multi-hit and multi-RBI efforts in last week’s 3 games. He helped lead Topeka to a 5-3 win over Rossville on July 7 by reaching base in all 4 of his plate appearances and scoring 3 runs. He later went 2-for-6 with a triple, 2 RBI and 2 runs on July 9 against the Rattlers, but the Golden Giants lost, 17-16. Brennan and Topeka will now enter the first round of the playoffs starting on Tuesday.

Tyler Eckberg, Rossville Rattlers
.143 (1-for-7), 2B, R, SB, BB, 3 SO in 2 games
Eckberg’s lone hit of the week came on July 8 when he had a double in a 4-3 win over Topeka. It was his first double of the season and second extra-base hit among his 15 total safeties. He also drew a walk in the one-run victory, giving him 8 walks in 15 games this summer.

Gunner Halter, Topeka Golden Giants
.143 (2-for-14), HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, SB, BB, 2 SO in 3 games
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB in 1 appearance
After starting the week hitless in his first 2 games, Halter registered his seventh multi-hit game of the summer on July 9 against Rossville. In the 17-16 loss, the third baseman hit his sixth home run of the season and drove in 4 runs. He also made his third appearance on the mound on July 8, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.

Tristan Peterson, Rossville Rattlers
Did not play in any games

Connor Rule, Topeka Golden Giants
.250 (2-for-8), 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB in 3 games
Rule was productive for the Golden Giants in all 3 games last week as he had a combined 4 RBI to give him 11 on the season. His third multi-RBI game of the summer came on July 9 when he drove in 2 runs while also reaching base safely 4 times with 2 walks, a single and a hit by pitch.

Pro Cats
A.J. Morris, Cincinnati Reds
Did not pitch (15-day disabled list)

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB in 3 appearances
Another week, another stretch of scoreless appearances as Torres has not surrendered a run in 8 straight outings. He only faced one batter on July 5, issuing a walk, but he bounced back by tossing 2 scoreless frames the next day and then turned in a perfect inning on July 9 against St. Louis. Since the start of June, the 33-year-old has registered a 2.30 ERA (4er, 15.2ip) in 14 appearances.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
Marshall had a pair of scoreless outings last week as he has not allowed a run in 3 straight games. He faced one over the minimum in his 2 combined innings due to a hit by pitch in his July 6 appearance. However, he struck out 2 to work around the hit batter. 

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Double-A, St. Louis)
.200 (5-for-25), 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 SO in 7 games
Martini got the call-up back to Triple-A to start last week, and after going hitless in his first 2 games, he collected a safety in 5 straight contests. He had a triple and 2 RBI on July 6 to start the stretch and then capped it with a double and 2 RBI on July 10 to conclude the first half of the Triple-A season.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle)
0-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB in 2 appearances
Hunter was the first out of the bullpen in both of his outings last week, and he threw 4 innings of relief, while striking out 4, on July 5. He surrendered a solo home run for his only blemish in 2 2/3 frames on July 9.

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.318 (7-for-22), 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 11 SO in 7 games
Hinkle collected a hit in 5 of his 7 games and drew a walk in 3 consecutive games to end the week. The first baseman has a hit in 11 of his last 15 contests and has 72 in 76 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.115 (3-for-26), 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 SO in 6 games
Kivett swatted his career-best seventh home run of the season last week - a two-run, two-out shot that helped the Flying Tigers pick up a 10-5 win on July 8 against Palm Beach. He also registered his 12th double of the year on July 10 while also driving in a run.

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
.300 (6-for-20), 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 SO in 6 games
Witt opened the week with back-to-back 2-hit games, which was the third time this year he has turned in consecutive multi-hit efforts. He also drove in 2 runs on July 5, helping him total 11 RBI this year.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
0-0, 2.45 ERA, 1 SV, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB in 3 appearances
Despite blowing a save in his first outing of the week on July 4, Griep turned around and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning on July 5 and got the six-out save on July 8. It was the fourth time among his 13 saves this season that Griep registered a six-out save. Despite allowing 2 hits (and one run) on July 8, the right-hander is still holding opponents to a .195 batting average against this year in addition to posting a 1.53 ERA.

Lucas Benenati, Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Cincinnati Reds)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
Benenati entered his July 4 outing with the bases loaded, one out and the game-tying run on deck as Billings was trying to hold onto a 10-5 lead in the 8th inning. The right-hander surrendered a two-run single to the first batter he faced but induced an inning-ending double play to halt the threat. With the lead down to 3 runs, the Mustangs busted out for 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth and Benenati quickly turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to record the save in a 20-7 win. Two days later, he notched his fourth save of the year by striking out the only batter he faced.

Max Brown, Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
.300 (3-for-10), 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 SB in 4 games
Brown reached base safely 5 times in 4 games last week, collecting 3 hits and 2 walks. He also stole 2 bases on July 7, his second 2-steal effort in a 3-game stretch. He is 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts this year.

Levi MaVorhis, Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie, St. Louis Cardinals)
0-0, 6.77 ERA, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 2 BB in 1 appearance
In his only outing of the week, MaVorhis worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh after he walked 2 with an inherited runner on second, but a wild pitch in the eighth allowed a run to score. It was the first time he allowed a run since his second career outing on June 26.

Tyler Wolfe, Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Houston Astros)
.316 (6-for-19), 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, 3 SO, SB in 5 games
Wolfe had a pair of multi-hit games, giving him 5 in 14 contests this season, while he drew his first 2 walks of his pro career. He capped the week with a 2-hit effort on July 10, a game in which he also drove in the eventual game-winning run to help Greenville earn a 4-1 victory over Elizabethton.