Summer Update - June 27, 2016

Seniors in 2016-17
Quintin Crandall, Springfield Sliders (Prospect League)
Springfield’s top hitter went 9-for-26 (.346) over 6 games last week, helping him raise his batting average to a team-best .324 for the summer. The Nickerson, Kansas native had 2 doubles among his 9 hits, including one as part of his 3-for-4 performance on June 26 to help lead Springfield to a 4-3 win over Danville. Crandall drove in a run and scored a run in the victory, giving him 18 and 11, respectively, in those categories. Over his last 10 games, he has 19 hits, 8 RBI and 8 runs.

Josh Ethier, San Diego Waves (Western Baseball Association)
Through June 24, Ethier was batting .255 (14-for-55) with 2 doubles, a triple and 8 RBI in 16 games.

Jordan Floyd, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
Floyd made 3 appearances last week and stretched his scoreless outing streak to start the summer to 7 games. After working around 2 walks by striking out the side in an inning of work on June 20, Floyd tossed his third straight frame without allowing a hit on June 23. The next day, he gave up a hit but more importantly, registered his third save to preserve Mat-Su’s 5-3 victory. In 7 innings this summer, Floyd has 11 strikeouts, 4 walks and 2 hits allowed.

Nick Jones, Upper Valley Nighthawks (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
The only Nighthawks pitcher yet to allow a run of his own this summer, Jones turned in 3 scoreless outings last week. The right-hander notched the save on June 21 at Keene, getting the final 2 outs in a 10-7 win. After a scoreless ninth inning of work on June 25, Jones came back the next night and used 5 pitches to get the final out while recording his third save of the summer. In 8 appearances, Jones is 1-0 with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Parker Rigler, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod League)
Rigler bounced back from his June 22 outing in which he failed to record an out among his 3 batters faced by turning 1 2/3 shutout innings on June 26. Against Hyannis, the southpaw entered the game in the fifth, getting a fly out to halt a four-run inning by the Harbor Hawks. He then turned in a scoreless sixth, working around a leadoff single, and got the first out of the seventh before his night was ended. In 3 appearances this summer – all out of the bullpen – Rigler has a 2.25 ERA with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 4 innings.

Jake Scudder, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
Scudder opened the week by hitting his second home run of the summer, a solo shot in a 4-0 win, and he went on to collect 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 games. The first baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk, run and 2 RBI last Monday against Chugiak, which was his third multi-hit game of the summer and second multi-RBI effort. In Mat-Su’s 5-3 win over Peninsula on June 24, he went 1-for-2 with 2 walks. In 13 games this summer, Scudder is hitting .267 (12-for-45) with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, a .370 OBP and a .467 SLG.

Juniors in 2016-17
Sam Chadick, Northwest Honkers (Pacific International League)
After a season-high 3 hits in the second game of a doubleheader on June 19, Chadick added 2 more hits in as many games last week to put his batting average at .304 (7-for-23). He had a double on June 21, his first extra-base hit of the summer, and then had 2 walks to go with a single on June 24. Along with hitting above .300 in 7 games this season, Chadick has 7 walks and 8 stolen bases.

Sophomores in 2016-17
Josh Rolette, Mat-Su Miners (Alaska League)
Playing in 2 games last week, Rolette went a combined 1-for-3 with an RBI double. The run-producing hit came in a pinch-hit role on June 26 against Anchorage and brought the Miners within one run before losing 7-6. In his lone start of the week, he went 0-for-2 on June 20 against Chugiak. In 11 games, Rolette is hitting .147 (5-for-34) with a double, a home run and 5 RBI.

Freshmen in 2016-17
Will Brennan, Topeka Golden Giants (Mid-Plains League)
Playing in 6 games last week, Brennan went 7-for-19 (.368) with a pair of RBI and walks to help Topeka pick up 3 wins. He bookended the week with 2-hit games, first against Midwest in the second game of a doubleheader on June 20 and then at Sabetha on June 24. The centerfielder also scored 7 runs and stole 3 bases, giving him 16 and 5, respectively, this summer. He is also hitting .390 in 18 games.

Tyler Eckberg, Rossville Rattlers
Rossville’s leading hitter with a .423 batting average, Eckberg went 4-for-12 with 4 RBI in 4 games last week. He had an RBI and 2 walks on June 20 in his only hitless game of the week, but added a hit in each of his last 3 contests, including 2 on June 23 at Junction City. He also had a season-high 3 RBI against the Brigade on June 25. In 8 games this season, Eckberg has 6 RBI and a .531 OBP to go with his .400+ batting average.

Gunner Halter, Topeka Golden Giants
Halter reached base safely in 4 of his 5 games last week as he went 3-for-12 with 6 walks. He used a sacrifice fly on June 20 to drive in one of his 3 runs for the week but then hit his team-leading fifth home run of the summer on June 21 at Midwest. He drew 4 walks on June 23 at Sabetha, helping him total 11 so far this season. The shortstop is batting .315 (17-for-54) with 5 doubles, 5 home runs, 18 RBI and a .418 OBP in 17 games.

Tristan Peterson, Rossville Rattlers
Peterson only had one hit in 4 games last week, a three-run home run on June 25 against Junction City, but the utility player had at least one walk in all of the contests to stretch his on-base streak to 6 games. He had 2 RBI and 2 walks on June 20 and an RBI and a walk in the second game of a doubleheader on June 21, giving him 13 RBI and 11 walks in 13 games this season. He is also batting .250 (8-for-32) with a .478 OBP.

Connor Rule, Topeka Golden Giants
His 5-hit week was highlighted by a 3-for-5 performance on June 23 at Sabetha when he also drove in a run and drew a walk. In 18 games this season, Rule is batting .237 (14-for-59) with 7 RBI and 12 walks.

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

Carlos Torres, Milwaukee Brewers
Torres did not allow a run in his 2 appearances on back-to-back days last week, throwing a combined 1 2/3 innings. On June 24, the right-hander fanned 2 in a perfect inning. The next day, he worked around a hit over 2/3 of an inning. He lowered his ERA to 3.65 over 32 games this season.

Evan Marshall, Reno Aces (Triple-A, Arizona Diamondbacks)
After nearly a month without pitching, Marshall made 4 appearances last week for Triple-A Reno. In his first game, he retired the only 2 batters he faced in the seventh inning of the Aces’ 4-3 win at Albuquerque. He pitched the next day, against Las Vegas, and surrendered a run on 2 hits and a walk in one inning. He then tossed back-to-back scoreless games on June 23 and 26, with the last outing against El Paso being for 2 innings. In 12 games at the Triple-A level this year, Marshall has a 3.14 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 14 1/3 frames.

Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Seattle)
Hunter began the week at Triple-A Tacoma, making an appearance against Fresno on June 20, before being sent to Double-A Jackson, where he had 11 outings earlier this season. In his first game back with the Generals, Hunter yielded 3 runs on 3 hits in an inning pitched on June 26.

Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, St. Louis)
Playing in 6 of Springfield’s 7 games, Martini went 3-for-14 with 8 walks. He had 3 free passes in the first game of the week at Tulsa and then collected 5 over the final 3 games. He also went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base to go with his 2 walks against Arkansas on Sunday. In 9 games with Double-A Springfield, Martini has a .314 OBP despite only registering 3 hits.

Wade Hinkle, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
Hinkle had 6 hits in last week’s 7 games, giving him 62 in 64 games this season with Lakeland. He had a two-hit effort to start the week before later adding another multi-hit game (2-for-4) on June 24. The first baseman also drove in 4 runs, adding to his season total RBI that now stands at 33.

Ross Kivett, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett had a hit in each of his 2 games last week, going 1-for-3 on both June 25 and 26. In his first game, he added an RBI and a walk at Daytona, giving him 20 RBI and 37 walks in 63 contests this season. He is already 7 walks shy of matching his career-high (44) set last year over 133 games with Single-A West Michigan.

Tanner Witt, Fort Myers Miracle (Class A Advanced, Minnesota Twins)
Like his former teammate Ross Kivett, Witt also had a hit in all of his games played last week. The second baseman had a lone safety in his 3 games but also added a walk on June 22 and a pair of free passes on June 24 to help him reach base 3 times in 5 plate appearances. He also produced his sixth RBI of the campaign last Friday.

Nate Griep, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A, Milwaukee Brewers)
Griep recorded his team-leading 11th save of the season – and second most in the Midwest League – last Thursday for his only outing of the week. He struck out two in the perfect frame as he stretched his streak of not allowing an earned run to 12 games. In 23 appearances, Griep has 24 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings, a .189 batting average against and 0.88 WHIP.

Max Brown, Hillsboro Hops (Class A Short Season, Arizona Diamondbacks)
After starting the year in rookie ball, Brown was moved to Class A Short Season last week, where he appeared in 4 games and went 3-for-17 at the plate. He went hitless in his Hillsboro debut, but he bounced back the next day and got his first hit while also scoring 2 runs. He went 1-for-4 in back-to-back games to close out the week.

Lucas Benenati, Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Cincinnati Reds)
Benenati had a busy week, making 3 appearances. The right-hander allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in one inning on June 21, but then turned in consecutive scoreless outings on June 23 and 26. He also had a strikeout in each of his 3 games, including 2 on Sunday, to give him 5 punchouts in 4 innings so far this season.

Levi MaVorhis, Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie, St. Louis Cardinals)
MaVorhis made his pro debut last Thursday, turning in a scoreless ninth inning. The right-hander did allow one hit, though – which was against a familiar face in former K-State teammate Tyler Wolfe. Wolfe was the first batter MaVorhis faced in his pro career and the second baseman singled to right field. MaVorhis stranded Wolfe, however, as he sandwiched a fly out with strikeouts. He made his second appearance of the week on June 26, allowing 3 earned runs on 2 hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings.

Tyler Wolfe, Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Houston Astros)
Wolfe wasted little time collecting his first professional hit as he singled off Ian Oxnevad in his first at-bat on June 23. He later added a single against Levi MaVorhis in the ninth to complete a two-hit game in his pro debut. The former K-State shortstop, who collected his third hit of the season on June 24, saw time at second base and third base.