Summer Update - June 20, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
K-State’s top hitter for the last month-and-a-half of the regular season has continued his .300+ hitting in the early part of the Springfield Sliders season as he is batting .316 (25-for-79) with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 10 RBI. He was able to raise his average above .300 after going 10-for-17 (.588) in last week’s final 4 games. On June 17 at Quincy, he had a season-high 4 hits and 5 RBI to help lead the Sliders to an 8-0 victory. He added 3 hits, including a double and triple, the next day before turning in a 2-hit game at Lafayette to end his week. Crandall has a hit in 15 of his 18 games this summer.

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
Through June 15, Ethier was batting .333 (10-for-30) with 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI over 10 games. 

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
One of 2 Mat-Su pitchers to not surrender a run so far this summer, Floyd has thrown 4 scoreless frames and allowed just one hit over 3 appearances. The southpaw notched a save in his 2 outings last week, getting the six-out save on June 13 – and also striking out 4 – before fanning 2 of the 3 batters he faced in a perfect ninth on June 14. Of the 14 batters he has faced this season, Floyd has retired 12 of them, including 7 on strikes.

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Jones is Upper Valley’s team leader in appearances as he has a 0.00 ERA in his 5 outings this season. In 3 appearances last week, the right-hander notched a win and turned in 2 perfect outings. On June 14, he quieted New Bedford in the ninth after the Bay Sox scored 2 runs to tie the game before the Nighthawks walked off with a 6-5 victory. On June 19, Jones once again retired both of the batters he faced, helping lowering his batting average against to .091. 

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
Rigler made his first appearance of the summer last week, allowing a run over 2 1/3 relief innings in the Anglers’ 4-2 loss to Brewster on June 17. Rigler threw a 1-2-3 sixth and then struck out the side in the seventh before yielding a pair of singles to put runners at the corners in the eighth. His run against scored after he was lifted from the game.

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
After collecting 4 hits in 5 games last week, Scudder is hitting .250 (8-for-32) with 3 doubles, a home run and 6 RBI in 9 contests so far this summer. The homer occurred on June 12 against Chugiak as he drove in 3 runs in the Miners’ 7-1 win. Scudder later had an RBI in back-to-back games on June 14 and 15 against the Chinooks. In 3 games against Chugiak, he is 5-for-11 with 5 RBI.

Juniors in 2016-17
Sam Chadick, Northwest Honkers (Pacific International League)
Chadick made his summer debut last week, going 2-for-8 with an RBI, 3 walks and 4 stolen bases in 3 games. In his first game on June 13, he drew 2 walks, and then on June 15, he went 2-for-4 and swiped 3 bases. The next day, he reached base safely once in his 3 plate appearances with a walk and stole another base. Despite just playing in 3 games, he is tied for fourth in the Pacific International League in stolen bases.

Sophomores in 2016-17
Josh Rolette, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
Rolette, who is hitting .129 in 9 games so far this summer, went 3-for-18 with 4 RBI and 4 walks last week. After collecting his first multi-hit game of season on June 15 against Chugiak, he drove in 2 runs on June 16 – despite going hitless – and then walked twice on June 18. In 8 of his 9 contests, Rolette has started at catcher.

Freshmen in 2016-17
Will Brennan, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
A two-way player this summer, Brennan is batting .400 (16-for-40) with a triple, home run and 8 RBI in 12 games while also posting a 6.23 ERA (6er, 8.2ip) in 2 starts on the mound. In 5 games at the plate last week, the outfielder went 4-for-19 with 3 walks and 4 RBI. He drove in 2 runs in the first game of a doubleheader against Liberty on June 13 before later reaching base 4 times – 2 hits, 2 walks – on June 17 at Rossville.

Tyler Eckberg, Rossville Rattlers
The shortstop had a hit in all 3 games last week, including consecutive multi-hit games against Topeka on June 17 and 18, to help him bat .500 (7-for-14) in 4 contests this summer. After collecting 2 RBI on June 13 against Independence, Eckberg went 3-for-5 on June 17 and 2-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored on June 18.

Gunner Halter, Topeka Golden Giants
Following back-to-back 2-hit games on June 10 and 11, Halter carried his hot-hitting into last week by going 6-for-14 (.429) with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in 4 games. He hit his second homer of the season on June 16 at Rossville, leading the Golden Giants to a 13-3 win, before doubling his home run total for the season by hitting 2 on June 17. He finished last Friday’s game going 3-for-5 with 6 RBI, which was his fourth multi-hit effort of the summer. Defensively, Halter started the season at shortstop before sliding over to second base in 3 of the 4 games last week.

Tristan Peterson, Rossville Rattlers
Peterson had a 2-hit game last Friday against Topeka as he went 2-for-8 with a double and hit by pitch in 3 games last week. The right fielder, who is batting .304 on the season, had a home run in back-to-back games on June 9 and 10.

Connor Rule, Topeka Golden Giants
After going hitless in 6 at-bats during a June 13 doubleheader against Liberty, Rule hit a home run in consecutive games on June 16 and 17 at Rossville as he reached base safely 6 times over the final 3 games of the week. The catcher is batting .231 (9-for-39) with a .375 OBP and 7 RBI in a dozen games this season.

A.J. Morris, Cincinnati Reds
Morris, who made his Major League debut in late May, was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with a right shoulder strain. The right-hander threw 1 1/3 innings in his only appearance of the week on June 15, but after issuing a walk in the fifth inning against the Braves, he was lifted due to the injury. He has a 6.30 ERA (7er, 14.2ip) in 7 games with the Reds.

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
Torres is third on the Brewers in appearances with 30 this season and had 2 outings last week, surrendering 2 runs over a combined 4 innings. He struck out 2 in 2 innings on June 14 at San Francisco and then gave up 2 runs on 4 hits on June 18 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torres also had a strikeout against the Dodgers as he has at least one punchout in 4 straight appearances and in 10 of his last 11 outings. For the season, he has 34 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Did not play

Kyle Hunter, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Seattle)
After starting the season at Class A Advanced and working his way back to Double-A, Hunter made his Triple-A debut last week. The left-hander threw 3 1/3 innings on June 15 at Salt Lake, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while also striking out 3. Hunter earned his promotion to Tacoma after going 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 appearances with Double-A Jackson.

Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, St. Louis)
Despite hitting .274 with Triple-A Memphis for the first 2 months of the season, Martini was sent to Double-A in mid-June as St. Louis shifted players at several levels. Martini, who spent most of 2015 with Springfield, made his 2016 debut with the Cardinals last week and has gone hitless in 13 at-bats so far. With Memphis, in addition to hitting .274, the 25-year-old had 8 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 19 RBI in 59 games.

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
In his first season with the Detroit Tigers organization, Hinkle has spent all year with Lakeland where he is hitting .271 (56-for-207) with 16 doubles, 5 home runs and 30 RBI in 57 games. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .351 (13-for-37), a stretch in which includes 6 hits over 4 games last week. Hinkle is second on the team in doubles and third in RBI.

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
In his first season at the Class A Advanced level, Kivett has played in 61 of Lakeland’s 65 games and is batting .208 (47-for-226) with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 19 RBI and 9 stolen bases. The outfielder was 1-for-10 last week but also drew 2 walks to give him 36 this season. Kivett is second on the team in walks while he is pacing the team in stolen bases.

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
After signing with the Twins organization back in early May, Witt is hitting .232 (22-for-95) with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run and 5 RBI in 29 games. He played in 2 contests last week, going a combined 1-for-8 with a run scored.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
Settled into Wisconsin’s closer role, Griep is having a solid start to his first full professional season. The right-hander is 10-for-11 in save opportunities while recording a 1.32 ERA (4er, 27.1ip) in 22 appearances. Last week, he allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings in 3 appearances. He notched the six-out save on June 14 at Quad Cities before tallying his 10th save of the year 4 days later at Beloit. In his last 20 games, Griep has yielded just one run and 13 hits. He also has 21 strikeouts against 6 walks over the same stretch.

Lucas Benenati, Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Cincinnati Reds)
The 10th round draft pick by the Reds two weeks ago made his professional debut on June 19, throwing a scoreless ninth inning against Missoula in the Mustangs’ 10-5 win. Benenati struck out the first batter he faced and then issued a walk before inducing a game-ending double play.

Max Brown, Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Although he did not face his former teammate Lucas Benenati on June 19, Brown did go 2-for-3 with 2 walks and a run scored against the Mustangs last Saturday. The 2-hit night followed up his 1-for-4 performance on June 18 to help him go 3-for-7 in his first 2 games this season.