Summer Ball: Sunday Action

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May 31, 2015 action

Coastal Plain League

  • LHP Daniel Gooden faced six batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP.

East Cobb Yankees

  • C Will Galloway went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles and a walk.
  • RHP Keyton Gibson got the win as the Yankees beat the East Cobb Patriots 9-1.  His line: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO (35 pitches/24 strikes).
  • RHP Cody Worthy faced 12 batters in relief of Gibson.  His line: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (46 pitches/29 strikes).

Alumni In The Pros: Saturday Action

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May 30, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.257) was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and an HBP.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.205) went 1-for-4 including two strikeouts.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.239) was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • DH Matt Murton (.245) went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Luke Bard

Luke Bard

  • RHP Luke Bard earned another win in relief as Cedar Rapids beat Clinton 5-1.  His line: (W,2-0) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.
  • LF Brandon Boggs (.270) extended his hitting streak to six games while going 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • LHP Jed Bradley walked both batters that he faced in relief. One came around to score to raise Bradley’s season ERA to 10.18.
  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.276) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, an HBP, a strikeout, and five RBI overall.
  • C Zane Evans (.31o) was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
  • RHP Matt Grimes was the losing pitcher as West Virginia topped Delmarva 9-4.  His line: (L,3-3) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 WP (93 pitches/61 strikes).
  • SS Mott Hyde (.312) was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.238) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • RHP Deck McGuire was charged with the loss as Fresno edged Oklahoma City 2-1. His line: (L,1-1) 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP (109 pitches/63 strikes).
  • RF Brandon Miller (.218) was 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.299) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, and a strikeout.
  • RF Eric Patterson (.227) was 1-for-4.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.190) went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • C Matt Wieters (.182) was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a walk as he continued his rehab assignment with Class AA Bowie.
  • RHP Blake Wood took the loss in relief as Toledo scored three runs in the top of the ninth to beat Indianapolis 9-8. His line: (L,0-2) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP (36 pitches/22 strikes).
  • LF Kyle Wren (.266) went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a strikeout.

Alumni In The Korea Baseball Organization

  • LHP Bong Jung-keun threw one pitch in relief and induced an inning-ending double play.

 

Summer Ball: Saturday Action

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May 30, 2015 action

Coastal Plain League

  • RHP Matt Phillips was not involved in the decision in his first start for Lexington County.  His line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP.

 

Summer Ball: Friday Action

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May 29, 2015 action

Coastal Plain League

  • Daniel Gooden came in to play right field in the top of the ninth inning for Peninsula.

Alumni In The Pros: Friday Action

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May 29, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.262) came off the bench for defense in the seventh inning.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.204) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.243) went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Josh Heddinger

Josh Heddinger

  • LF Brandon Boggs (.256) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout.
  • 3B Derek Dietrich (.264) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a strikeout.
  • RHP Tim Gustafson faced five batters in relief.  His line: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO (20 pitches/10 strikes).
  • RHP Josh Heddinger faced 14 batters in relief.  His line: 3+ IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
  • SS Mott Hyde (.320) was 2-for-4 with a double.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.250) went 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.295) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • 2B Eric Patterson (.226) was 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.194) went 1-for-4.
  • RHP Blake Wood turned in his International League-leading 13th save as Indianapolis’ beat Toledo 5-4. His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (11 pitches/9 strikes).
  • LF Kyle Wren (.262) went 0-for-4.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Thursday Action

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May 28, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • RHP Buck Farmer took the loss in his return to the Majors as the Angels pounded the Tigers 12-2.  His line: (L,0-1) 5+ IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR (84 pitches/59 strikes).
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.239) was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Buck Farmer

Buck Farmer

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.247) went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.264) went 1-for-4 including a strikeout.
  • RHP Jacob Esch did not figure in the decision as Birmingham rallied to beat Jacksonville 6-5 in 1o innings.  His line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO (89 pitches/56 strikes).
  • C Zane Evans (.308) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.315) was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.259) extended his hitting streak to seven games while going 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a game-ending RBI double.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.222) was 0-for-5.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.301) went 1-for-3.
  • Matt Wieters (.222) went 0-for-5 with an RBI in the second game of his rehab assignment with Class AA Bowie.
  • CF Kyle Wren (.269) went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.

 

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2015 Draft: Tech recruits in the @BaseballAmerica Top 500 Prospects

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From “The BA 500

15) Tyler Stephenson

Stephenson didn’t attend many of the big summer showcases last year, instead focusing on playing summer ball in the competitive East Cobb program (East Cobb Yankees). That kept him out of the spotlight, but not off of scouts’ radars, and he also was one of the stars of the WWBA World Championships last fall. He missed a few weeks this spring due to an oblique injury, but played well in his return and subsequently shot up draft boards, even generating some buzz as a potential first overall pick. In a class that is light on catching, the Georgia Tech commit stands out. Stephenson is big for a catcher (listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds), but he is an excellent defender. He is very quiet behind the plate and frames pitches well thanks to his strong, soft hands. He has plus arm strength and once he gets his footwork down has the potential to be an above-average defender. Offensively, he creates raw power thanks to his strength. There is some length to his swing and he didn’t hit all that well with a wood bat last summer. But his advanced skills behind the plate will allow a team to be patient has he figures things out offensively.

145) Tristin English

English came late to pitching, spending much of his early high school career as a catcher. He was again an imposing presence in Pike County’s lineup this spring and hit .632/.740/1.279 with seven home runs and didn’t strike out in 104 plate appearances, but his baseball future is on the mound. English throws his fastball in the low 90s and can get up to 95 mph with the pitch. His high three-quarters arm slot adds deception and sink to the ball. He throws a curveball and a slider, both of which have plus potential. He occasionally showed a nascent changeup last summer, but it needs more development. English was kept off the mound by a shoulder injury for a few weeks this spring, but returned to pitch before the season ended. He presents an intriguing set of raw tools for a team to develop if they’re able to sign him away from his Georgia Tech commitment.

183) Joey Bart

After handling a strong pitching staff and helping Buford High to a state championship this spring, Bart is now poised to become the first position player drafted in school history. He stands out most for his prowess at the plate. Bart generates easy bat speed that translates into above-average power potential. He also shows enough feel for the barrel to hit for average in addition to power. The bigger questions revolve around Bart’s defense. He called his own games in high school and has improved as a receiver. But he struggled at times this spring, especially early in the season, and many scouts think he’ll eventually move to first base. Bart is committed to Georgia Tech, as is fellow power-hitting Georgia prep catcher Tyler Stephenson, though it’s more likely Bart makes it to campus.

247) Brandt Stallings

Stallings won the home run derby last summer at the Perfect Game All-American Classic and then led King’s Ridge Christian to a state championship this spring. But scouts are emphatically divided on his professional potential, much as they were a year ago with Kel Johnson, another Atlanta-area slugger who was committed to Georgia Tech. Stallings has plus raw power, but a lot of swing-and-miss comes along with it. He’s listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and likely will end up at either left field or first base, though he’s played center field this spring. Stallings’ power will play no matter where he ends up defensively, as long as he’s able to tap into it consistently.

254) Jonathan Hughes

Hughes spent last summer pitching to catchers Tyler Stephenson and Joey Bart, who rank Nos. 15 and 183 on the BA 500, on the East Cobb Yankees and, like his summer teammates, is committed to Georgia Tech. Hughes is listed at 6-foot-2, 185, and can run his fastball up to 95 mph. He more typically pitches with a bit less velocity, but gets good life on the pitch when he keeps it down in the zone. He throws two breaking balls, with his slider slightly ahead of his curveball, and occasionally mixes in a changeup. Hughes earns praise for his athleticism and competitiveness.

448) Matt Gonzalez

Gonzalez was drafted by the A’s in the 11th round in 2012, but chose to attend Georgia Tech instead of signing. He’s had a solid college career, but hasn’t developed quite as much as scouts would have liked. Gonzalez is an aggressive hitter with above-average speed and some raw power, but hasn’t been able to consistently get to it in games. He’s been a versatile player for the Yellow Jackets, and could end up as a utility player or a corner outfielder as a professional. Gonzalez earns praise for his makeup and work ethic.

Alumni In The Pros: Wednesday Action

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May 27, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.262) was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (7), a walk, and a strikeout.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.208) went 0-for-4.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.243) was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.251) went 0-for-5.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • RHP Luke Bard pitched to four batters in relief.  His line: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. See story.
  • LF Brandon Boggs (.252) was 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • LHP Jed Bradley struck out one batter during a 1-2-3 inning of relief (9 pitches/7 strikes).
  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.264) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • RHP Tim Gustafson took the loss in relief as Lancaster rallied to beat Bridgeport 4-3.  His line: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.322) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run (1), an RBI single, two walks, and a strikeout.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.241) extended his hitting streak to six games while going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (2) and two strikeouts.
  • RF Brandon Miller (.240) was 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.301) went 2-for-5 including an RBI double.
  • 2B Eric Patterson (.227) was 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RHP Andrew Robinson faced six batters in relief.  His line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (27 pitches/16 strikes).
  • 1B Matt Skole (.193) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • RHP Blake Wood notched his International League-leading 12th save by turning in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off Indianapolis’ 2-1 at Buffalo. His line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (14 pitches/9 strikes).
  • CF Kyle Wren (.263) went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, a walk, and two strikeouts.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Tuesday Action

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May 26, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.262) was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Reds’ LF Marlon Byrd (.213) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.243) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (14) and a two-run double.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

Alumni In Nippon Professional Baseball

  • LF Matt Murton (.258) went 3-for-4 including a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

  • 2B Derek Dietrich (.255) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • C Zane Evans (.318) struck out three times.
  • 2B Mott Hyde (.317) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice.
  • RHP Dusty Isaacs faced seven batters in relief. His line: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.235) was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a strikeout.
  • 3B Matt Skole (.197) went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • C Matt Wieters began his rehab assignment with Class AA Bowie and went 2-for-4 while also throwing out the only runner that attempted to steal.  See story.
  • RHP Blake Wood worked to four batters in relief. His line: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (14 pitches/9 strikes)

Alumni In The Korea Baseball Organization

  • LHP Bong Jung-keun closed out the game in a non-save situation. His line: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

 

Alumni In The Pros: Monday Action

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May 25, 2015 action

Alumni In Major League Baseball

  • Rockies’ CF Charlie Blackmon (.267) was 1-for-3 with two walks and three stolen bases (10).
  • Reds’ DH Marlon Byrd (.211) went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run (10).
  • Yankees’ 1B Mark Teixeira (.236) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Alumni In Minor League Baseball

Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire

  • LF Brandon Boggs (.235) went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • RHP Matthew Grimes took the loss as Hickory beat Delmarva 10-3.  His line: (L,3-2) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP.
  • DH/2B Mott Hyde (.316) was 1-for-6 with two walks and a strikeout during a doubleheader.
  • DH Paul Kronenfeld (.191) went 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • RHP Deck McGuire got the win in his first start for Class AAA Oklahoma City. His line: (W,1-0) 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR (106 pitches/67 strikes).
  • RF Brandon Miller (.245) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • RF Daniel Palka (.298) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • 2B/RF Eric Patterson (.237) was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base (4), and a strikeout.
  • CF Kyle Wren (.258) went 0-for-3.