Summer Update - July 18, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
.417 (5-for-12), 2B, RBI, R, HBP, 2 SO in 3 G
Crandall had a hit in all 3 games last week – giving him 8 over his last 4 contests – and still ranks among the Prospect League’s top hitters (9th in batting average, 4th in hits, T-1st in doubles). He also took part in the All-Star Game festivities, but he did not play as the game was cancelled after 4 innings due to inclement weather.

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
Through July 12, Ethier was hitting .297 (27-for-91) with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 16 RBI and 16 runs in 28 games.

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB in 3 appearances
The league leader in saves was tabbed as an all-star, one of 11 Miners selected to the July 17 game. Earlier in the week, though, Floyd notched 2 saves over 3 appearances and only allowed one of the 10 combined batters he faced to reach base safely (hit by pitch). The southpaw has continued to put up impressive numbers this summer, surrendering just 8 hits and one run in 17 innings while striking out 21. Of the 9 Alaska League pitchers with 10 or more appearances this season, Floyd is the only one with an ERA below 2.35 as he has a mark of 0.56 in 14 games.

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 SV, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
Jones brought his season ERA and opponent batting average down to 1.10 and .213, respectively, following last week’s 2 outings. The right-hander still remains the team leader in appearances this season with 15. 

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
0-1, 1.50 ERA, 2.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 K, 2 BB in 1 appearance (start)
In his third start of the season, Rigler surrendered 8 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 2 2/3 innings on July 17 against Hyannis. Six of the 8 runs occurred in the third inning when Rigler, who struck out the first batter of the inning, allowed 8 of the last 9 batters he faced to reach base safely (6 hits, 2 walks). 

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.412 (7-for-17), 3 2B, 7 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, SO, 2 SB in 5 games
Like K-State teammate Jordan Floyd, Scudder was named an Alaska League all-star – as well as a home run derby participant – as he is second in the league in RBI (20), tied for second in doubles (8), and tied for sixth in walks (14). In last week’s 5 games, Scudder had one of his more impressive stretches all summer as he hit .412 with 3 doubles and 7 RBI. Five of those 7 runs driven in came on July 11 against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, helping the Miners to a 7-4 win. 

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

Sophomores in 2016-17
Josh Rolette, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
No games played

Freshmen in 2016-17
Will Brennan, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
.429 (3-for-7), RBI, SB in 2 games
The season came to a close last week for Brennan and the Golden Giants as the outfielder went 3-for-7 with an RBI in a quarterfinal series loss to the Junction City Brigade. Brennan finished the season as Topeka’s second-best hitter in terms of average, batting .408 (40-for-98). The Mid-Plains League All-Star also had 2 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 16 RBI and a team-best 12 stolen bases.

Tyler Eckberg, Rossville Rattlers (Mid-Plains League)
.200 (2-for-10), RBI, R, SO in 2 games
Eckberg and Rossville advanced to Mid-Plains League semifinals last week before falling to Junction City in a three-game set. Eckberg appeared in 2 playoff games, going 2-for-10 with an RBI and run scored. The infielder finished summer batting .298 (17-for-57) with a double, home run and 11 RBI in 17 contests.

Gunner Halter, Topeka Golden Giants
.143 (1-for-7), BB, 2 SO in 2 games
Halter, who reached base safely twice in the quarterfinal series loss to Junction City last week, closed out the summer batting .278 (27-for-97) with 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 28 games. He also pitched 3 times, turning in a 3.85 ERA over 2 1/3 innings.

Tristan Peterson, Rossville Rattlers
Did not play in any games
Peterson’s summer ended with a .293 batting average (12-for-41), 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 16 RBI in 16 games.

Connor Rule, Topeka Golden Giants
.250 (2-for-8), RBI, SO in 2 games
Rule had a two-hit game in the opener of the quarterfinal series against Junction City, finishing the summer with 19 hits in 29 games. He also had an RBI on July 12, giving him 12 on the season. 

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

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB in 1 appearance
As the MLB returned to action following its All-Star break, Torres made one appearance last week, yielding a walk and double in 2/3 of an inning on July 15 against Cincinnati. He also allowed 2 inherited runners to score in the sixth inning. The hit, meanwhile, was only the second surrendered by Torres in his last 5 outings.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB in 3 appearances
Making 3 appearances over a 4-day span, Marshall allowed a combined 3 hits and one run in 2 innings last week. The lone run against occurred on July 14 when a leadoff single in the eighth eventually worked its way around to score. The right-hander bounced back by throwing a perfect eighth inning on July 16 and stranding a double to the first batter he faced on July 17 by inducing an inning-ending groundout in the eighth.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle)
0-1, 6.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 3 BB in 1 appearance (1 start)
Hunter made his second start of the season for Double-A Jackson on July 15, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks over 3 innings in a losing decision. The left-hander has thrown 2 or more innings in 4 straight appearances.

Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, St. Louis)
.133 (2-for-15), 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 SO in 4 games
Martini returned to Double-A Springfield, collecting a double and single over 4 games. He had spent his previous 7 games with Triple-A Memphis.

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.286 (4-for-14), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO in 4 games
Hinkle started his 4-game week by reaching base safely 3 times with 2 hits and a walk on July 11. Later, he had a 2-RBI game on July 16, which was his first multi-RBI effort since June 13. Hinkle has 40 RBI this season.

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.154 (2-for-13), RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 SO in 4 games
Kivett reached base safely 5 times in last week’s 4 games, drawing 3 walks and notching 2 hits. The third-year professional is sixth in the Florida State League with 44 base on balls this year.

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
.353 (6-for-17), HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 SO in 4 games
Witt had a hit in all 4 games last week, giving him a 5-game hitting streak, and he swatted his second home run of the season on July 17. The homer on Sunday was part of a two-hit game, his second in as many days. Over his last 11 games, Witt is batting .325 (13-for-40) with 7 RBI.

Lucas Benenati, Dayton Dragons (Class A, Cincinnati Reds)
0-0, 6.00 ERA, 0 SV, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
Benenati’s week started with him on the Rookie-level Billings Mustangs, where he registered a scoreless inning of relief on July 11. He was then promoted to Class A Dayton, and he yielded 2 runs on 3 hits over 2 innings on July 15 in his first career appearance at that level. Prior to the promotion, Benenati had not allowed a run in 3 straight games with Billings.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
0-0, 2.25 ERA, 1 SV, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
Griep recorded his league-leading 14th save in his first appearance last week – despite allowing his sixth earned run all year – and then threw a season-high 3 innings on July 15. A leadoff double and error on July 11 led to a run on a sacrifice fly, but the right-hander closed out Wisconsin’s 5-3 win. On Friday, Griep retired all nine batters he faced from the 10th through 12th inning, including two on strikes. He has a strikeout in 6 consecutive appearances while issuing only one walk over the same stretch.

Max Brown, Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
.286 (2-for-7), 2B, 3 SO in 2 games
Brown played in 2 games and had his second multi-hit game of the short season on July 15. He went 2-for-4 with a double at Ogden, his first multi-hit effort since June 19.

Levi MaVorhis, Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie, St. Louis Cardinals)
0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB in 1 appearance
MaVorhis allowed one run – on a solo homer – over 3 innings in his only appearance last week. The right-hander yielded the home run to the first batter he faced on July 16 after he was summoned to start the second inning. He followed that up by allowing a single, but he then retired 8 of the last 9 batters he faced to finish out his outing. MaVorhis also had 3 strikeouts, which was a season-high along with his innings pitched.

Tyler Wolfe, Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Houston Astros)
.182 (2-for-11), R, 4 SO in 4 games
Wolfe had 2 singles and a run scored in his 4 games last week. For the season, he has 18 hits in 18 games.