Summer Update - July 25, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
.440 (11-for-25), 5 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 5 SO in 6 G
Crandall has moved his way into the top-five for batting average in the Prospect League as he is now hitting .344 (64-for-186). He also leads the league in doubles with 20 and is second in hits with 64. Last week, he hit well over .400, and he continued his hitting streak to 10 games – a season-high. Over his last 10 contests, Crandall is batting .452 (19-for-42).

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
Through July 18, Ethier was hitting .303 (30-for-99) with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 17 RBI and 20 runs in 31 games.

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, SV, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB in 2 appearances
Two more appearances for the left-hander last week, and he stretched his scoreless appearance streak to 5 games. In fact, Floyd has not allowed a hit in those 5 outings as opponents are now hitting .129 against this summer. He also notched his league-best ninth save on July 18. For the season, Floyd has a 0.47 ERA and surrendered 8 hits and 8 walks in 19.0 innings (0.84 WHIP).

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
0-1, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB in 3 appearances
Despite taking the loss on July 19 after seeing a leadoff error result in a run in the final inning, Jones lowered his season ERA to below 1.00 for the first time since late June as the right-hander threw a combined 3 1/3 scoreless innings on July 20 and 22. Jones struck out 3 over the 2 outings, giving him 5 in his last 3 appearances. His 0.83 ERA this summer is the best mark on Upper Valley.

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
0-1, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB in 1 appearance (start)
Rigler took the hard-luck loss in his fourth start of the summer on July 24 as he allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-0 decision. It was Rigler’s second quality start of the season while the 5 strikeouts were a personal-best. Both runs came around to score in the seventh inning when a one-out error loaded the bases and preceded a strikeout, passed ball and double to end his day.

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.200 (3-for-15), RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, in 4 games
Scudder had 3 hits last week and all 3 came in the July 21 game against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. In the 12-1 victory, Scudder went 3-for-4 with a walk and run scored. The base on balls was one of 3 for Scudder over last week’s 4 games.

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

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
1-0, 2.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB in 3 appearances
Torres had a busy week, making 3 appearances, and allowed just one run over a combined 4 innings. The one run against came on July 20 at Pittsburgh, but the right-hander still went on to earn the win. He also combined for 4 strikeouts in the 3 games, giving him 49 this year – one more than he had all of last year with the New York Mets. He has a 2.96 ERA and .222 batting average against in 42 appearances this season.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB in 2 appearances
Marshall stretched his scoreless appearance streak to 4 games after turning in 2 shutout outings last week for Reno. He threw 2/3 of an inning on July 21, working around a walk, and then used 13 pitches to get through a perfect inning on July 24. In 9 games during July, Marshall has a 2.25 ERA and .179 batting average against.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle)
0-0, 7.36 ERA, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 K, 3 BB in 2 appearances
After throwing a scoreless inning on July 20 – getting the final out in the fifth and the first 2 in the sixth – Hunter was tagged with 3 runs over 2 2/3 innings on July 24. The 3 runs were the most surrendered by the left-hander in an appearance since June 26.

Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, St. Louis)
.233 (7-for-30), 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 SO in 8 games
Martini started his week with 6 hits in the first 4 games, including a combined 3-for-7 with a double in a July 18 doubleheader against Arkansas. 

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.308 (8-for-26), 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 SO in 7 games
Hinkle went 2-for-4 with a double on July 19, kicking off a stretch of 6 games in which he collected 8 hits. One of those hits was a solo home run on July 23, his sixth roundtripper of the year. He has 37 extra-base hits in 87 games this season.

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.320 (8-for-25), 2 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R, BB, 7 SO in 6 games
Kivett hit over .300 for the week and had a pair of 3-RBI games on July 20 and 24. The 3-RBI effort on July 24 also featured him hitting his eighth home run of the season. Of the 6 games played last week, Kivett had 3 multi-hit contests.

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
.067 (1-for-15), 3 RBI, 2 R, 4 SO in 4 games
Witt only had one hit last week – on July 24 at Clearwater – but he did drive in 3 runs to bring his season total to 16 in 51 games this year.

Lucas Benenati, Dayton Dragons (Class A, Cincinnati Reds)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 SV, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 8 K, 1 BB in 3 appearances
In his second week with Class A Dayton, Benenati made 3 appearances, 2 of which he did not allow a run. On July 18, he threw a career-high 3 innings, not surrendering a run and striking out a personal-best 5. After allowing 2 unearned runs on July 22, he ended the week by working around a hit and walk over 1 1/3 scoreless innings on July 24. In 4 appearances with the Dragons, Benenati has a 2.45 ERA, 10 strikeouts and a walk.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
0-0, 7.73 ERA, 1 SV, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB in 3 appearances
Griep recorded his 15th save of the year on July 22 despite allowing 3 runs (one earned) over 1 1/3 innings. He entered the game in the eighth inning of a 7-4 game, getting a strikeout to end the frame, before a leadoff walk, double and error in the ninth helped eventually lead to 3 runs during an 8-7 win. Griep continues to lead the Midwest League in saves while also sporting a 1.73 ERA in 34 games.

Tyler Wolfe, Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Houston Astros)
.231 (3-for-13), 3 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB in 4 games
Wolfe went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored on July 20 with Rookie-level Greenville – and then was transferred to short season Tri-City of the New York-Penn League the next day. He collected his first hit at that level, as well as 2 RBIs, in his second game on July 24.

Levi MaVorhis, Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie, St. Louis Cardinals)
0-0, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB in 2 appearances
MaVorhis yielded 2 runs (one earned) over 1 1/3 innings on July 20, but he bounced back by throwing 3 scoreless innings on July 23. The right-hander also allowed just one hit over the 3 frames as he is now holding opponents to a .204 batting average against this season.