Mizzou in Major League Baseball



June 5, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Plenty of young baseball players will have their lives changed in the next two days as the Major League Baseball Draft begins. Several Mizzou players and signees will likely hear their name called and follow in the footsteps of the many Tigers who have gone on to play professional baseball. It was a busy week since we last updated the current Tigers in the pros. Below is a look.

Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
Since last checking in with the former Tiger, Max Scherzer lost his only start against the Seattle Mariners on June 1. The Tiger ace gave up four earned runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings. Scherzer is now 6-2 on the season with a 3.20 ERA and 89 strikeouts. The right-hander is still ranked 5 in the American League with 89 strikeouts. The Mizzou alum will pitch again on Saturday, June 7, against the Boston Red Sox.

Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
The Detroit Tigers leadoff hitter has cooled off a little bit in the beginning of June. Kinsler is just 2-for-21 in the last week, dropping his season average to .297. The former Tiger did hit a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 4. Kinsler now has five home runs, 24 RBIs, 40 runs, 10 walks, and six stolen bases on the season. The 40 runs still good enough to rank him at 6th in the American League. The former Tiger still only has one error on the season, posting a .996 fielding percentage. Click here to watch Kinsler in action.

Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Kyle Gibson has struggled pitching on the road in his first full season in the Majors. Away from home again, Gibson lost his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 2. The 6-6 righty gave up four earned runs on six hits over six innings. Playing in the National League ballpark, Gibson did pick up his first major league career hit. With the loss, Gibson dipped below .500 with a record of 4-5 and a 4.35 ERA. Over his last three starts however, Gibson has not allowed a walk, a stretch that has reached 19 innings. The Mizzou alum is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA at home this season. Gibson's next start will be back at Target Field in Minnesota against the Houston Astros on Saturday, June 7.



Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
In the last week, Crow has pitched in four games for the Royals, including two scoreless appearances in the I-70 series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the first game of the series on June 2, Crow pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the 6-0 Royals victory. In the four appearances, Crow pitched 3.2 innings, only allowing players to cross the plate in one appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 2. Over 28 appearances and 25.1 innings pitched, Crow is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA.

Nick Tepesch - Texas Rangers - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Nick Tepesch lost his first start of the season on May 31st against the Washington Nationals. The former Tiger allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks over two innings. After four starts, Tepesch is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA. The former Tiger has struck out 17 batters and walked seven over 20.1 innings for a WHIP ratio of 1.38. Tepesch has picked off two runners this season, one short of the league leader. Nick Tepesch will pitch again on Saturday, June 7th against the Cleveland Indians.

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