Aug. 18, 2014
In the Pros
Evan Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Marshall continued his strong second-half of the season by turning in three shutout appearances last week, including an August 14 appearance at Miami in which he struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning. The night before, at Cleveland, Marshall entered the game in the sixth with two men on, but he got the Diamondbacks out of the situation unscathed. He came back out in the seventh, but he needed his fellow reliever to help bail him out after he allowed two walks and a hit. The three appearances last week extended Marshall's consecutive scoreless inning streak to 7 1/3 innings as he has not allowed a run since July 31. In 15 appearances after the All-Star break, Marshall has a 1.93 ERA (3er, 14.0ip) and 17 strikeouts against four walks. For the season, he is 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA.
Carlos Torres, New York Mets (MLB)
He allowed a home run in his first appearance of the week on August 12, which was his fourth straight appearance surrendering a homer, but Torres ended the streak by throwing back-to-back scoreless appearances to end his week. On August 14 vs. Washington, he worked a scoreless 1 1/3 innings after he was thrown into the fire in the seventh with the bases loaded. In his next appearance, on August 17 against the Chicago Cubs, he inherited two runners, but the right-hander did not allow them to score in 1/3 of an inning pitched. Torres has not allowed an inherited runner to score since May 26. Despite the two runs allowed in 3 2/3 innings pitched last week, Torres owns a 5-5 record with a 3.68 ERA in 53 appearances this season.
Jared Goedert, Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Goedert had two hits and two walks in four games last week with Buffalo. The third baseman's two hits came on August 15 at Lehigh Valley when he went 2-for-4 with a walk in Buffalo's 7-1 win. In 98 games this season, Goedert is now batting .250 (86-for-344) with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 40 RBI.
A.J. Morris, Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League, Pittsburgh)
The right-hander started his week by pitching for the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League, striking out one in a scoreless inning pitched on August 12. On August 14, Morris was transferred to Double-A Altoona, the same team he started the season with, and he allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in four innings pitched in a start at Erie on August 16. The next day, he was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was before getting injured in late June.
Nate Tenbrink, Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Seattle)
He went hitless in his only at-bat on August 11 as a pinch-hitter, but Tenbrink went on to collect four hits in his three other games last week, including hitting a home run on August 16 at Round Rock. The homer, his second of the season, followed up his previous day's performance when he went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI as Tacoma beat New Orleans, 6-3. In 18 games with Tacoma this season, Tenbrink is batting .234 (15-for-64) with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.
Kyle Hunter, Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League, Seattle)
Another week, another pair of scoreless appearances for Hunter. The southpaw, who has not allowed a run in his last 10 appearances, combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in last week's two games. His first appearance is tied for his second-longest outing of the year as he surrendered two hits and a walk while striking out one in 3 1/3 innings on August 13 vs. Birmingham. He pitched three days later, also against Birmingham, striking out two and surrendering one hit in one inning pitched. Hunter has not been charged with an earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings pitched, helping him lower his season ERA to 3.66 in 33 appearances.
James Allen, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced, California League, Cincinnati)
After allowing three runs in his final appearance of the previous week, Allen surrendered four runs on four hits in his only game last week. The right-hander took the loss, his second straight losing decision, on August 14 at Modesto. He entered the game in the sixth and allowed four singles among the six batters he faced before being charged in the end with four runs in 2/3 of an inning. Allen is 3-7 with a 6.50 ERA (58er, 80.1ip), 58 strikeouts and 20 walks this season.
Justin Bloxom, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Atlanta)
Bloxom had a hit in each of his five games last week, going 6-for-18 (.333) with three runs scored, four walks and four RBI. Three of his four walks occurred on August 13 at Winston-Salem when he set a new season-high in free passes while also going 1-for-2. The next day, he hit his second home run in a Lynchburg uniform, hitting a solo home run and helping him drive in two of the Hillcats' four runs in their 5-4 loss. He ended his week with back-to-back 1-for-4 performances in his final two games. He is batting .247 (37-for-150) with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI in 41 games with Lynchburg.
Wade Hinkle, Inland Empire 66ers (Class A Advanced, California League, Los Angeles Angels)
Hinkle did not play last week after he was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 27. Hinkle was batting .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 registered 12 hits in eight games last week, hitting .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles and eight RBI (he had 12 RBI in 28 games with St. Lucie entering the week). The outfielder started the week by going 2-for-4 with two RBI on August 11, and two days later, he had a season-high four hits, one of which was a double. The four-hit game set off a stretch of five straight games in which he notched a hit. Within that five-game stretch, King went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI on both August 14 and 15. In 36 games with St. Lucie, King is batting .291 (39-for-134) with nine doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI.
Nick Martini, Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A Advanced, Florida State League, St. Louis)
Martini started his week by going 3-for-4 on August 11 - with the three hits matching season-high - but the centerfielder ended the week collecting one hit and four walks over his final six games. He went 0-for-4 on August 17, but he drew two walks and scored two runs in a 6-5 extra-inning loss against Fort Myers. Martini is hitting .258 (99-for-383) with 22 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 54 RBI in 101 games with the Cardinals.
Ross Kivett, West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A, Midwest League, Detroit Tigers)
He earned his first professional promotion to start the week, and Kivett went on to play in five games with West Michigan in his first week at the Class A level. In those five games, he went 3-for-16 (.188), with all three hits coming in his last three games. He started out 0-for-5 in the first two games, but he went 2-for-5 with a run scored on August 15 to break up the brief hitless stretch. On August 16, Kivett went 1-for-2 with a double, walk and RBI, and he reached base safely once again on August 17 with a walk among his five plate appearances. He hit as high as No. 5 in the lineup and played in center field in all five games with the Whitecaps.
Dan Klein, Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, Midwest League, Toronto Blue Jays)
Klein went 0-for-3 in his first game last week, but over the final three games, he went 1-for-3 in each contest. His one hit on August 17 was a double, his sixth two-base hit of the season. In 29 games this year with Lansing, Klein is hitting .259 (22-for-85) with seven RBI.
Austin Fisher, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season, New York-Penn League, Cleveland Indians)
Fisher only had one hit last week, but he did draw two walks in each of his last two games, all of which helped him score three runs in his five games played. In 37 games this season, Fisher is hitting .197 (25-for-127) with a double, six RBI and 11 walks.
Mitch Meyer, Helena Brewers (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Meyer had five hits in five games last week, with the week starting off with him going 2-for-4 on August 12 against Idaho Falls. The two-hit game was his second in three games. He also has a hit in 28 of his last 34 games, helping him bat .244 (43-for-176) with nine doubles, three triples, six home runs and 22 RBI in 46 games over the entire season.
RJ Santigate, Orem Owlz (Rookie League, Pioneer League, Los Angeles Angels)
Santigate played in just one game last week, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on August 13 vs. Great Falls. He is now batting .233 (20-for-86) with a double and 11 RBI in 28 games this season.