Cards In The Pro’s: All-Star Game Update
Will Smith is on absolute fire right now for the Tulsa Drillers. He hit .378 with 17 total hits in 11 games, 6 games included multiple hits. Kyle Funkhouser was promoted this week to AAA in the Detroit Tigers organization and if he continues his surge of great performances on the mound he may be on the Tigers Roster in September.
Corey Ray is going nuts right now for Biloxi as he hit 4 home runs, had 12 RBI’s and 12 stolen bases. Logan Taylor was signed by the Reds on July 12th. Devin Hairston is currently on an 11 game hitting streak for Carolina.
Weekly statistics are from the week of 7/2-7/16/2018
Adam Duvall hit .211 this week with 8 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 home runs, accompanied by 11 RBI’s for a Reds team that has become one of the better offenses in the National League lately. At the All-Star Break, Duvall is slashing .204/.286/.398 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 60 RBI’s, and 35 runs scored.
Adam Engel capped off his week with a double after hitting .185 for the White Sox. Going into the All-Star Break the defensive specialist has 11 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 18 RBI’s, 31 runs scored and is hitting .218/.272/.302.
Chad Green started July off on a scoreless streak but that has come to a crashing halt in his last two appearances. Both against Baltimore and Cleveland, Green gave up home runs that resulted in multiple runs being scored during his innings of work. Despite these few blips, “Jolly” is heading to the break as one of the best relievers in the American League with a 2.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 46 innings of work.
Matt Koch was recalled to the Diamondbacks on July 12th where he pitched 1 inning in relief. This point at the Big League Level, Koch is 5-4 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 72.2 innings.
Nick Burdi was placed on the 60-day Disabled List by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of the season but has begun throwing at the Spring Training Home of the Pirates.
Kyle McGrath pitched 4 times this week and in 3 of those 4 outings, he was lights out. His lone poor outing came on one pitch that was hit a long way for a 3 run home run. To this point at the AAA level, McGrath has really settled in and is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, with 33 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.
Josh Rogers took the loss in both starts for the Railriders after getting touched up for 19 hits and 9 earned runs in 11.2 innings. Rogers has had a pretty strong season to this point even with the struggles recently, he is 6-7 with a 3.92 ERA, and has 78 strikeouts in 103.1 innings pitched.
Cole Sturgeon had 5 hits in 7 games, .250 with 2 RBI’s for Pawtucket. Since being called up to AAA, Sturgeon is hitting .223/.285/.293 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 13 RBI’s, and 12 runs scored.
Dean Kiekhefer pitched 4.2 innings for Nashville and gave up 2 earned runs while striking out 6. In 18 games with Nashville, Kiekhefer is 5-0 with a 4.24 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
Chris Dominguez hit .241 with 1 home run 7 RBI’s for Syracuse. On his quest to get back to the Big Leagues, Dominguez is averaging .223/.280/.372 and has 8 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 20 RBI’s, and 14 runs scored for the Nationals farm team.
Kyle Funkhouser was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens on July 10th but has yet to pitch for the Tigers AAA affiliate.
Zack Burdi is starting this season on the Disabled List as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery.
Jeff Arnold played in 5 games this week but did not record a hit in any game. This season, Arnold is averaging .163/.266/.230 with 6 doubles, 1 home run, 12 RBI’s, and 10 runs scored.
Derek Self, an Eastern League All-Star with Funkhouser, pitched in 4 games totaling 5.1 innings, only surrendering 1 earned run in his first outing for Harrisburg. Self has put together a solid year for the Senators with a 3-2 record that includes 6 saves, a 3.13 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 37.1 innings of work.
Nick Solak hit .170 this week for Montgomery that included 1 double, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI’s. Halfway through the season, Solak is slashing .276/.379/.442 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 54 RBI’s, 17 stolen bases and 62 runs scored.
Corey Ray totaled 11 hits and hit .216 with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 1 triple, and 12 RBI’s to go along with 12 stolen bases for Biloxi. The All-Star is starting to look everything like the 1st round pick he was two summers ago. At this point, he has 23 doubles, 6 triples, 16 home runs, 51 RBI’s, 56 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.
Will Smith is on absolute fire right now for the Tulsa Drillers. He hit .378 with 17 total hits in 11 games, he didn’t hit safely in only one game, including 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 18 RBI’s, and just for good measure he stole a base. So far this year, the Dodgers first rounder in 2016 has 13 doubles, 17 home runs, 44 RBI’s, 40 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases.
Grant Kay was placed on the 7 day DL at the start of the season.
Jared Ruxer was released on 5/23 by the Kansas City Royals
Joe Filomeno was released on 4/23 by the Texas Rangers.
Drew Ellis hit .106 and is in the midst of a bit of a slump for Visalia. On the year, Ellis is slashing .248/.323/.437 with 29 doubles, 10 home runs, 54 RBI’s, 39 runs scored.
Lincoln Henzman threw twice this week for Winston-Salem totaling 5 innings, striking out 2 and allowing 3 earned runs. Since his promotion to Advanced-A, Henzman is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, and 2 strikeouts in 8 innings.
Devin Hairston is currently on an 11 game hitting streak and hit .333 with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI’s for Carolina. Since being promoted, Hairston is slashing .278/.321/.380 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 5 RBI’s in 20 games.
Jeff Thompson pitched in 3 games, totaled 4.2 innings, struck out 3 and gave up 2 earned runs. So far for Lakeland this year, Big Jeff is 1-0 with a 7.82 ERA including 7 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
Brendan McKay was activated off of the DL on July 9th and is currently on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast Rays.
Blake Tiberi hit .333 for the Fireflies including 3 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run. After 80 games this year, Tiberi has 12 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 26 RBI’s, 51 runs scored and 5 stolen bases while slashing .258/.376/.352.
Colby Fitch totaled 5 hits in 7 games. Through 47 games, Fitch is hitting .261/.349/.416 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 18 RBI’s.
Drew Harrington went 1-1 in 2 starts this week totaling 11 strikeouts in 13 innings and 3 earned runs. Since being acquired by the White Sox, Harrington is 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.
Devin Mann tallied 11 hits this week including 2 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI’s. In 20 games with the Loons, Mann is hitting .254/.333/.338 with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 8 RBI’s.
Logan Taylor was signed by the Reds on July 12th and assigned to the Dayton Dragons. They also put him on the 7 Day Disabled List.
Kade McClure was placed on the 7 day DL on May 14th.
Dace Kime retired from professional baseball on June 16th.
A Short Season
Josh Stowers had 5 hits in 10 games this week for the AquaSox and now has 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI’s, and 5 stolen bases while averaging .242/.351/.419.
Adam Wolf pitched three times this week and went 1-1 10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. In all three starts, Wolf gave up 2 earned runs and now is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched for his young professional career.
Riley Thompson has started one game in his pro career and he went 2 innings, gave up 1 earned run and struck out 1.
Liam Jenkins pitched in 3 games this week and totaled 6 innings, struck out 13 and gave up 3 earned runs. His totals so far are 20 strikeouts in 10.1 innings with a 4.35 ERA.
Austin Conway continues to do well after he pitched in 3 games this week striking out 5 in 3.2 innings of work and giving up 2 earned runs. So far he is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
2018 Draft Picks
*Josh Stowers was selected in the 2nd round, 54th overall, to the Seattle Mariners.
*Adam Wolf was drafted by the Detroit Tigers at 135 overall, in the 5th round.
*Devin Mann was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 164th overall, in the 5th round.
*Riley Thompson was taken in the 11th round by the Chicago Cubs with pick number 338.
*Sam Bordner was drafted by the Miami Marlins, 477 overall in the 16th round.
*Liam Jenkins was drafted in the 17th round, 523 overall, by the Cleveland Indians.
*Austin Conway was taken 918 overall in the 31st round by the Chicago White Sox.
Bryan Hoeing was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 36th round, 1066 overall.
* players who have signed professional contracts