Sept. 2, 2014
With the unofficial end of the summer on Sept. 1, this will be the final installment of this year’s summer updates. Stay tuned for information over the next couple of weeks regarding the start of K-State baseball’s fall camp.
In the Pros
Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
The right-hander continues to impress in his first season in the Majors as Marshall did not allow a run of his own in his three appearances last week. He walked one and struck out one in 1/3 of an inning on August 27 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and threw 1/3 of an inning against Colorado on Aug. 29, surrendering one hit that allowed an inherited runner to score. On August 31, Marshall tossed a scoreless seventh inning against Colorado, picking up his 18th hold of the season. He has been responsible for just one run in his last 12 games, helping him post a 0.96 ERA for the month of August. In 45 games this season, he is 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA (13er, 38.2ip), 43 strikeouts and 14 walks.
Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
A three-appearance week for Torres saw him allow one run in a combined 3 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two. He threw on back-to-back days on August 27 and 28, holding the Atlanta Braves scoreless in both appearances. In his final game of the week on September 1, Torres threw two innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks at Miami. Torres posted a 4.61 ERA in 11 appearances (one start) in the month of August while he has a 3.33 ERA (30er, 81.0ip) in 59 appearances on the season. His 88 strikeouts this year are already a career-high while he is approaching his career-high in innings pitched, which is set at 86 1/3 during the 2013 campaign.
Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Finished the season on the disabled list, not playing over the final two weeks of the season. He finished the year batting .250 (86-for-344) with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 40 RBI. He also had a .340 OBP and .384 SLG in 98 games.
A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
A year in which he reached the Triple-A level for the first time in his career, Morris made two starts in the final week of the season, going 1-0 with a 4.65 ERA (5er, 9.2ip), eight strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander did not factor into the decision on August 26 after he threw 4.0 innings and allowed two runs. In his final start of the year, Morris surrendered three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up his first win with the Indians since June 12.
Morris went 2-4 with a 4.54 ERA (19er, 37.2ip), 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in seven Triple-A starts. At four different levels this year, Morris made 26 appearances (16 starts) and went 7-5 with a 2.92 ERA (34er, 104.2ip), 76 strikeouts and 30 walks.
Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
Tenbrink played in four games last week to wrap up his 2014 campaign, going 3-for-8 (.375) with two walks and a run scored. He reached base three times on August 26 vs. Iowa, collecting a pair of hits and drawing a walk. Tenbrink finished his season with Tacoma playing in 23 games and batting .237 (18-for-76) with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.
Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
Much like his entire second-half of the season, Hunter posted zeros in the runs column during his three outings last week. He combined to throw 5 2/3 innings, only allowing one inherited runner to score, while he also picked up two winning decisions to give him five on the season. Hunter stranded a runner in his 1 2/3 innings pitched on August 25 and followed that up by tossing a scoreless 1 1/3 innings on August 28. In his final outing of the year, the left-hander struck out two and allowed two hits in 2 2/3 innings at Montgomery on August 31.
For the season, Hunter finished with a 3.25 ERA (27er, 74.2ip), 46 strikeouts and 21 walks in 38 appearances. In his last 22 appearances of the year, Hunter had a 2.41 ERA, including a 0.49 ERA in nine August games.
Nick Martini, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, Texas League, St. Louis)
Martini played in seven games last week for the Palm Beach Cardinals before earning a final-day promotion to Double-A, where he played in one game for the Springfield Cardinals. His final game of the year was a four-hit effort as he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored for Springfield. The four hits helped raise his batting average to .375 (6-for-16) in six games with Springfield this year. In 115 games with Palm Beach, Martini finished hitting .256 (112-for-438) with 25 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 59 RBI. He also had a .334 OBP and .384 SLG with Palm Beach.
James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
Two appearances, two shutout innings each for Allen in his final week of the season. He struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings on August 28, and two days later, he threw two more scoreless innings and allowed just one hit vs. Visalia. The appearances lowered his season ERA to 6.23 (60er, 86.2ip) while he struck out 64 and walked 22 on the year.
Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle’s season came to end with him on the disabled list, where he has been since July 27. Hinkle hit .295 (86-for-292) with 25 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 46 RBI in 82 games this season.
Jared King, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, New York Mets)
King’s first full professional season came to an end with him collecting a hit in seven straight games as he went 9-for-27 (.333) with seven RBI over last week’s seven contests. Of his nine hits, three were for extra bases, including two doubles and one triple – his first triple of the year with St. Lucie. He had an RBI in each of his final five games, helping him total 28 runs driven in during his 49 games with St. Lucie. He also hit .287 (52-for-181) with 11 doubles and two home runs with the Mets.
Across three levels this year, King hit .270 (80-for-296) with 15 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 51 RBI in 83 games. He started the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A Southern Atlantic League.
Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Midwest League, Detroit Tigers)
Kivett’s first regular season as a professional came to an end, but he and the West Michigan Whitecaps will now prepare to compete in the Midwest League playoffs. Kivett went 5-for-23 (.217) in his seven games last week, but he finished the season hitting .364 (4-for-11) in his final three games. In 19 games with West Michigan, Kivett hit .215 (14-for-65) with two doubles and seven RBI. In 66 combined games between Class A Short Season Connecticut and West Michigan, Kivett batted .271 (69-for-255) with 12 doubles, two triples, one home run and 33 RBI.
Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein had one hit in four games last week as he finished his 2014 campaign batting .252 (27-for-107) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI in 36 games with Lansing.
Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher’s first professional season came to a close last week but not before he hit his first professional home run, a solo shot off Jacksonville University product Alex McRae on August 27. In 46 games with Mahoning Valley, Fisher hit .196 (31-for-158) with a double, a home run and 10 RBI.
Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer started last week by hitting his seventh home run of the season as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored on August 25 vs. Billings. The three hits were a career-high for Meyer and helped him total 50 hits in 53 games with Helena. Meyer is hitting .246 with 21 extra-base hits and 26 RBI this year.
RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
After missing more than two weeks of action, Santigate played in three games last week, going 3-for-14 (.214) with a walk and three runs scored. Santigate’s first pro season comes to a close this week with him hitting .230 (23-for-100) with a double, nine walks and 11 RBI in 31 games.