Cards In the Pros: End of July Update


Corey Ray is currently the only player in the Southern League who has 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases. That is a feat that is not easily accomplished and done by guys who become future big leaguers and MLB All-Stars. At this point, Ray is on pace to join the 30,30,30 club. †Will Smith continues to mash at AA and we could see him moving up to AAA soon for the Dodgers.

† † †The Yankees traded 3 prospects to the Orioles for closer Zach Britton. Included in that trade was Josh Rogers who has pitched well this season for the Yankees AAA club. Nick Burdi has begun a rehab assignment with the Altoona Curve and is looking strong so far. †Blake Tiberi has been promoted to A Advanced St. Lucie Mets.

Weekly statistics are from the week of 7/17-7/24/2018

Major Leagues

Adam Duvall hit .143 this week with 2 doubles. †While his average is low this year at .201 he is still putting up decent power numbers with 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 60 RBIís and still has a chance to finish the year with over 25 home runs and 85+ RBIís. †

Adam Engel struggled this week totaling 2 hits in 5 games for the White Sox. †On the season, Engel is slashing .214/.266/.294 with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 11 stolen bases.

Chad Green bounced back nicely this week with 2 outings of 1 hit baseball, striking out 1 and not allowing a run. With the trade the Yankees made with the Orioles it will be interesting to see how the Yankees use Green who has been a rock at the front of the pen.

Matt Koch threw one scoreless inning for the Diamondbacks in a game that I was watching when he pitched against the Cubs. †The interesting thing about that game was that Anthony Rizzo pitched in the top half of the 9th for the Cubs and then Koch came on in the bottom half of the 9th and finished the game off. †

Kyle McGrath pitched twice, 2.1 innings total with 1 strikeout and no runs allowed for El Paso. †In 38.1 innings in El Paso, McGrath has 34 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP.

Josh Rogers was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on July 24th from the New York Yankees and will be assigned to the Norfolk Tides in the Orioles organization. ††Before he was traded he started one more game for Scranton Wilkes Barre going 6 innings, striking out 5 and allowing 3 earned runs. Rogers concludes his AAA time in the Yankees organization at 6-8 with a 3.95 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 109.1 innings. †

Cole Sturgeon only had 1 hit in 3 games this week for Pawtucket as his struggles continue with the Paw Sox. †He was doing so well at the AA level and right now is working to find a rhythm in AAA. Sturgeon is an incredible competitor so I do not see these struggles lasting for much longer. †

Dean Kiekhefer was stretched out this week in both of his outings totaling 6 innings, 3 in each. †He gave up 3 total hits, 1 earned run and struck out 1 in each appearance for the Nashville Sounds. †

Chris Dominguez was not able to record a hit in 5 games this week with Syracuse. †

Kyle Funkhouser has struggled a bit since getting promoted to Toledo and took the loss this week in a start that only went 2.2 innings giving up 4 earned runs, and walking 5. †So far in 2 starts with Toledo, Funk is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA.

Zack Burdi is starting this season on the Disabled List as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery.


Jeff Arnold hit .300 for Richmond with 1 double, 1 home run and 5 RBIís. †With Richmond this year, Arnold is hitting .171/.274/.293 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBIís. †

Derek Self pitched 1 inning allowing just 1 hit and 0 runs for the Senators. †

Nick Solak made an incredible diving catch in left field this week and he hit .200 with 1 double, 1 home run and 3 RBIís. †Solakís small slump is continuing but look for him to bounce back in a big way.

Corey Ray just continues to be a monster at the plate and on the bases for the Shuckers this season and was named to another MLB Pipeline player of the week list, his third in the last four weeks. †Ray hit a great .407 with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 7 RBIís and 4 stolen bases this week. He is currently the only player in the Southern League with 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases and has a very real shot at joining the 30,30, 30 club of 30 doubles, 30 home runs, and 30 stolen bases. †He currently has 27 doubles, 20 home runs, 32 stolen bases.

Will Smith hit .200 with 1 double, 2 home runs and 6 RBIís for Tulsa this week and he continues to put up solid numbers for the Dodgers farm team. †After 67 games, Smith is slashing .280/.368/.572 with 14 doubles, 19 home runs, and 52 RBIís.

Nick Burdi is on a rehab assignment for the Pirates with the Altoona Curve and in 3 innings on the mound this year, Burdi has 8 strikeouts and has allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits. †

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.
A Advanced

Drew Ellis hit .300 and tallied 1 double, 2 home runs, and 6 RBIís this week for Visalia. †Last years 2nd round pick has 30 doubles, 12 home runs, 60 RBIís while slashing .251/.331/.450 at High A this year. †

Lincoln Henzman started his first game for Winston-Salem and in 3 innings allowed 2 hits, struck out 3 and did not allow a run. †After struggling out of the bullpen for the Dash it was nice to see Henzman do well in the starters role where he has performed exceptionally well this year. †

Devin Hairston had 3 RBIís and hit .208 for Carolina this week. †With the Mudcats, Hairston is hitting .250/.289/.324 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBIís. †
Brendan McKay the pitcher threw 4 innings and struck out 7 without surrendering a hit since coming off the Disabled List on July 18th. †McKay the hitter in 2 games since coming off the DL has 1 double and 1 RBI in 2 games.

Blake Tiberi was promoted to the St. Luci Mets on July 19th. †In 5 games since the promotion, Tiberi has 1 double, 1 triple, and 2 RBIís. †

Jeff Thompson was released by the Detroit Tigers on July 21st. †


Colby Fitch had 3 hits in 6 games including 1 triple and 3 RBIís. †On the year, Fitch is hitting .256/.358/.406 with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 21 RBIís. †

Drew Harrington got the win in his start this week going 6 innings striking out 3 but allowing 6 earned runs. †Since joining the Intimidators, Harrington is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

Devin Mann has played in 27 games for the Great Lakes Loons and has 5 doubles, 1 home run and 10 RBIís while slashing .242/.336/.326. †

Logan Taylor was signed by the Reds on July 12th and assigned to the Dayton Dragons and then put 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 has played 25 games in his professional career and is tearing it up so far. †The Mount Carmel product is averaging .291/.400/.512 with 7 doubles, 4 home runs 20 RBIís and 5 stolen bases. †

Adam Wolf did not factor into the decision in his most recent start after he went 3 innings, struck out 4 and gave up 1 earned run. †6 starts into his professional career, Wolf is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

Riley Thompson has started 3 games for Eugene and is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA and a WHIP of 1.43. †

Rookie Level

Liam Jenkins pitched twice this week totaling 3 innings, striking out 4 and allowing 0 runs. †In 13.1 total innings, Jenkins is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.58 WHIP to go along with 24 strikeouts. †

Austin Conway also pitched twice this week going 3 total innings, 4 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. †In 17 innings of work at the pro level, Conway is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA, 1..24 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts. †
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

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