Summer Update - July 5, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
.227 (5-for-22), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB in 5 games
Still maintaining a .300+ batting average for the season, Crandall started the week by going 2-for-5 with a stolen base at Terra Haute on June 28 to charge Springfield to an 8-2 win. The infielder reached base safely once with a walk in his next game, while also driving in a run, before collecting a lone hit in each of his last 2 games of the week. Crandall has reached base safely in each of his last 15 games and in 26 of his 29 contests this summer.

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
No updated stats since last week’s update.

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB in 3 appearances
Floyd turned in another 3-appearance week as he retired 9 of the 11 batters he faced and was 3-for-3 in save opportunities. The southpaw has yet to yield a run this summer, throwing 10 scoreless innings so far, while opponents are batting .094 against. His 6 saves are also tops in the Alaska League.

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
0-0, 4.50 ERA, 0 SV, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 2 BB in 2 appearances
Jones turned in 2 appearances last week, issuing 2 walks in a scoreless and hitless inning on June 27 followed by an inning on June 29 in which he surrendered a run on 2 hits. Prior to the June 29 outing, Jones had allowed just 3 hits all season in 6 1/3 innings.

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
0-1, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 4 BB in 1 appearance
In his first start of the summer, Rigler allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings on July 3 against Orleans. The left-hander, who suffered his first loss of the season, worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first and followed it up with a 1-2-3 second frame. In the third, however, he allowed a solo homer as well as 2 singles, a walk, and a wild pitch. In the fourth, a leadoff walk and single preceded 2 errors in the inning – all of which helped lead to a 3-run inning.

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.150 (3-for-20), 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, SO in 5 games
Scudder had a hit in each of the week’s first 3 games before going hitless in the final 2 contests. He had a 2-run double on June 29, his fourth double of the summer, while he reached base safely twice on June 27 with a single and walk. Until going 0-for-4 on July 2, Scudder had reached base in 11 straight games from June 14-July 1.

Junior in 2016-17
Sam Chadick, Northwest Honkers (Pacific International League)
.500 (2-for-4), R in 1 game
Playing in just one game last week, Chadick went 2-for-4 with a run scored on June 29 to help lead the Honkers to a 4-2 win. In 8 games this season, Chadick is hitting .333 (9-for-27) with 8 stolen bases.

Sophomore in 2016-17
Josh Rolette, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
.091 (1-for-11), RBI, R, 2 BB, 5 SO in 4 games
Rolette recorded a hit on June 27, giving him hits in back-to-back games for the first time this summer, while he walked twice and drove in a run on June 29. He has 6 hits and 9 walks in 16 games.

Freshmen in 2016-17
Will Brennan, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
.450 (9-for-20), 2 2B, RBI, 5 R, 4 SB, BB in 5 games
The incoming freshman outfielder was named a Mid-Plains League All-Star, one of two Wildcats to receive the honor (Tristan Peterson). His 9-hit week was capped with a 4-hit performance on July 1 at Junction City. Despite the 16-8 loss for the Golden Giants, Brennan went 4-for-5 with a double, a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. The hits and steals were season-highs. Brennan leads Topeka in hits (32) and is second in batting average (.405). 

Tyler Eckberg, Rossville Rattlers
.214 (3-for-14), HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, SB, 3 BB, 5 SO in 5 games
Eckberg started his week by hitting his first home run of the summer, a three-run shot in the first inning in the first game of a doubleheader on June 27. In game two, he drove in a run for his 10th RBI of the season. Along with double-digit RBIs, Eckberg is hitting .350.

Gunner Halter, Topeka Golden Giants
.318 (7-for-22), 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB, BB, 3 SO in 6 games
Halter matched his K-State teammate Will Brennan with 4 hits on July 1 at Junction City. The shortstop went 4-for-6 with 2 RBI, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases against the Brigade, with the hits being a season-high. Halter has an RBI in 5 of his last 7 games, giving him 23 in 23 games this summer. He also logged his second appearance on the mound, surrendering a run on 2 hits and 2 walks in 1/3 of an inning on June 28.

Tristan Peterson, Rossville Rattlers
.444 (4-for-9), 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SO in 3 games
Tabbed as a Mid-Plains League All-Star, Peterson started the week with a season-high 3 hits on June 27 and then hit his fourth home run of the year in the second game of the doubleheader. In game two, Peterson went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs.

Connor Rule, Topeka Golden Giants
.059 (1-for-17), 2B, R, 3 BB, 6 SO in 6 games
Rule’s lone hit of the week came on June 30 at Junction City when he led off the top of the 11th with his third double of the summer. Despite collecting only one hit, he did reach base safely 5 other times with 3 walks and 2 hit by pitches. He has drawn 15 walks this season, the third-highest total on Topeka.

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

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 7 K, 2 BB in 3 appearances
Torres stretched his scoreless appearance streak to 5 games by turning in 3 unblemished outings last week. He struck out 3 in 2 innings on June 28, his most punchouts in an outing since May 6, while he tossed a no-hit frame with 2 strikeouts on July 2. The right-hander has 43 strikeouts in 41 innings this season while he lowered his ERA to 3.29.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
0-0, 8.11 ERA, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, K, 3 BB in 3 appearances
After allowing 2 runs in an inning on June 28, Marshall threw on back-to-back days over the weekend at El Paso. He surrendered a run in 2/3 of an inning on July 2 before throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings on July 3.

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Double-A, St. Louis)
.273 (3-for-8), 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB in 2 games
Martini started the week with Double-A Springfield, collecting 3 hits in 2 games, before earning his second stint with Triple-A Memphis. In his last 3 games with Springfield, Martini had 5 hits and 4 walks.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle)
0-0, 4.50 ERA, 2.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K, 0 BB in 1 appearance
In his lone outing last week, Hunter threw a perfect sixth inning on June 30 before yielding 2 singles in the seventh that resulted in a run. It was his second outing with Jackson since being transferred to the Double-A level in mid-June.

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.267 (4-for-15), 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 SO in 5 games
Hinkle had a hit in each of his last 4 games to end the week, a stretch that started with a double on June 28. He also drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs last Tuesday, but the Flying Tigers fell to Dunedin, 10-7. Hinkle is fourth on Lakeland with 67 hits this season. 

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
.200 (4-for-20), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R, 2 BB, 4 SO in 5 games
Kivett’s week started with 4 hits in the first 3 games, including a home run as part of his 2-for-5 day on June 28. The roundtripper was his first since May 29 and sixth of the season (already a career-high).

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
.214 (3-for-14), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO in 4 games
Witt had a hit in 3 straight games to end last week, capped by a double on July 2. He also had a walk and 2 RBI against Jupiter last Saturday as the 25-year-old now has 5 doubles and 8 RBI this season.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
0-0, 2.70 ERA, 1 SV, 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, K, 2 BB in 3 appearances
Griep allowed an earned run for the first time since May 14 when he surrendered a run on 2 hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings on June 29. He followed that up, though, by working around 2 hit batters on July 2 to turn in a scoreless frame and register his 12th save of the season. He also did not allow a hit last Saturday, lowering his batting average against to .190 and ERA to 1.42.

Lucas Benenati, Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Cincinnati Reds)
1-0, 13.50 ERA, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 K, BB in 2 appearances
Benenati notched his second save in as many outings on June 29 to start his week as he struck out 2 and walked one in a scoreless inning. He yielded 3 runs on 4 hits – while fanning 2 – in his second outing on July 1, but he managed to earn his first career victory as Billings scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win.

Max Brown, Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
.125 (2-for-16), RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 SB in 4 games
Brown’s week started with the Hillsboro Hops, where he went 1-for-4 on Monday at Vancouver, but he was sent back to Missoula – where he started the season. Brown’s lone hit with the Osprey came on June 30 while on July 2, he stole 2 bases despite going 0-for-4. He reached on an error in the third, stealing second and later swiping home on a double steal.

Levi MaVorhis, Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie, St. Louis Cardinals)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K, BB in 2 appearances
After allowing 2 runs in his second outing of his pro career, MaVorhis turned in 2 scoreless and hitless appearances last week to lower his season ERA to 4.26 in 4 games. He threw 1 2/3 innings on June 30, striking out one and issuing a walk, and then tossed a season-high 2 1/3 frames on July 3. Opponents are hitting .136 against MaVorhis so far this year.

Tyler Wolfe, Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Houston Astros)
.259 (7-for-27), 4 RBI, 2 R, 3 SO, 2 SB in 6 games
Wolfe drove in 3 runs on June 29, a season-high in the brief campaign so far, and then he had back-to-back multi-hit efforts on July 1 and 2. On the first day of the month, he went 3-for-5 at Princeton and followed it up with 2 hits on July 2 against Kingsport. In 10 games this season, Wolfe has 11 hits.