Summer Update - June 20

SENIORS IN 2017-18

Kyle Barfield, El Dorado Broncos (Jayhawk League)
Through 14 games this summer, Barfield is hitting .238 (15-for-62) with four doubles, a home run and six runs batted in. He owns an on-base percentage of .304 while slugging .333, as the Broncos are 6-8 in the Jayhawk League to begin the season. Barfield has five multi-hit efforts, including a stretch of four straight two-hit games. Went 3-or-6 against the Haysville Aviators on June 3 and hit his only home run and drove in two against the Dodge City A’s on June 10. Leads Broncos in runs scored (12) and is second on team in hits and home runs.

Jake Biller, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
Biller has helped the Rough Riders to 6-4 record in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League to begin the season (no stats available).

Hanz Harker, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
In 16 games, Harker is hitting .190 (11-for-58) and leads team with three triples and 15 RBI. Scored 13 runs with a double and two homers as the Springfield (Illinois) Sliders are 10-7 in the Prospect League. Went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI in second game of season in 15-11 win over Lafayette that sparked a six-game winning streak.  

Trent McMaster, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
McMaster has helped the Rough Riders to 6-4 record in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League to begin the season (no stats available).

JUNIORS IN 2017-18

Josh Rolette, Cotuit Kettleers (Cape Cod League)
Rolette made his season debut on June 15 against Falmouth after being drafted in the 39th round of MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. In his one appearance, went 1-for-1 with a double and run scored in the Kettleers’ 10-0 victory.

Matt Nerz, Syracuse Salt Cats (New York Collegiate Baseball League)
Nerz, through 12 games with the Salt Cats, is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with a double, triple, home run and two RBI. He has registered three multi-hit games, including going 3-for-4 with a double against Rochester on June 3. Went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored on June 2 vs. Sherrill. The Salt Cats are 6-7 through the season’s first 13 games.

SOPHOMORES IN 2017-18

Will Brennan, Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska League)
K-State’s batting champ in his freshman season, Brennan picked up right where he left off as he paces the Glacier Pilots with a .375 average (12-for-32). Had a string of four straight multi-hit games from June 8-16. Brennan has an OBP of .500 while slugging .406 with five RBI, seven runs and four stolen bases. He has also made a pair of appearances on the mound, logging 2 1/3 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits and a strikeout.

Tyler Eckberg, Superior Rough Riders (Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League)
Eckberg has helped the Rough Riders to 6-4 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 is hitting .259 (7-for-27) in seven games played for the Jamestown (New York) Jammers. The sophomore catcher has two doubles and seven RBI and has driven in at least one run in six of seven games he has appeared. On June 10, Rule went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Has an on-base percentage of .382 and slugging .333, helping the Jammers to an 11-2 record.

Cameron Thompson, Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska League)
In 11 games for the Glacier Pilots, is hitting .194 (7-for-36) with five RBI and four runs scored. Went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks against the Miners on June 18. Thompson has also appeared once on the mound, throwing four shutout innings with two hits and three strikeouts in collecting a victory on June 11.

PRO CATS

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
Torres owns a 3-4 record with one save for the Brewers in 2017 and is tied for the team lead in appearances with 36. In 36 1/3 innings pitched, he has allowed 20 earned runs for a 4.95 ERA with 29 strikeouts to 16 walks. Torres had a strong May, as he allowed just three earned runs in 14 appearances (13 innings) to earn a save and a 1-1 record. In that stretch had 11 strikeouts and three walks. Last week, appeared in three games, picking up a win over the St. Louis Cardinals. As of June 20, the Brewers are in first place 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 the All-Star Break.

Kyle Hunter, Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Seattle Mariners)
Hunter has split time this season between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A Arkansas. In seven appearances (two starts) for Tacoma, he went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts and four walks. In eight games for Arkansas, has allowed nine earned runs in 14 1/3 innings with 15 punchouts and four walks allowed. Last week, tossed two innings in two appearances with two earned runs and two strikeouts.

Nick Martini, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis Cardinals)
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 36 games with the Redbirds, he is hitting .285 with two homers, 20 RBI and 11 doubles. On Monday, hit a game-tying two-run single with two outs against Round Rock to help the Redbirds to a 5-4 victory and improve to 16 games over .500. 

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
In his second season with the Detroit Tigers organization, Hinkle has spent both season with Lakeland where he is hitting .240 with three home runs. Hinkle leads the Flying Tigers with 12 doubles and is second with 26 runs batted in. 

Ross Kivett, Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett began 2017 with Class A Advanced Lakeland, where he spent most of last season. In 41 games with the Flying Tigers, he is hitting .270 with eight doubles, two home runs and nine runs driven in before being called up to Double-A Erie on May 23. For the SeaWolves, he has played in 21 games and has a .197 average with two homers and three RBI.

Nate Griep, Carolina Mudcats (Class A Advanced, Milwaukee Brewers)
After settling into a closer role with the Class A Wisconsin, Griep has continued his late-inning success with Class A Advanced Carolina. Griep has 14 saves in 15 opportunities this season with an ERA of 1.54 (4 ER, 23.1 IP). Opponents are hitting just .188 off him while he has 22 strikeouts to 14 walks and a 3-0 record (22 appearances). Last week, converted two saves in two opportunities (2.0 IP), allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Lucas Benenati, Dayton Dragons (Class A, Cincinnati Reds)
In his second season of pro ball in the Reds organization, has played the entire 2017 season with Class A Dayton. In seven appearances, has 13 strikeouts and yielded four walks in 10 2/3 innings with an 8.44 ERA. 

Levi MaVorhis, State College Spikes (Class A Short Season, St. Louis Cardinals)
After his first season of pro ball with the Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie), MaVorhis was assigned to the Class A Short Season State College Spikes. State College's season began Monday.

Tyler Wolfe, Quad Cities River Bandits (Class A, Houston Astros)
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 three games for the River Bandits, Wolfe is 1-for-11 with a double.

Jordan Floyd, Kansas City Royals (10th round)
Last week, 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).

Jake Scudder, Washington Nationals (16th round)
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, Chicago White Sox (31st round)
Rigler was the second Wildcat pitcher taken in last week’s Draft, picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round (927th overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Josh Rolette, Cleveland Indians (39th round)
Rolette was the fourth and final Wildcat selected in the 2017 MLB Draft, taken in the 39th round (1,182nd overall) by the Cleveland Indians.