July 11, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - As the summer heats up, so do the updates! Several players have dazzled this season while some continue to struggle. An unemployed Tiger has found a home in Durham. Meanwhile, two Tigers recently debuted. One of them struggled but has been lights out since while the other was spectacular. Check out below and see how the boys of summer are doing in this week's update!
Brock Bond - San Jose Giants - San Francisco Giants A+
One year removed from being an All-Star in AAA,>Brock Bond continues to play for the San Jose Giants. In his past 10 games, Bond has hit well, posting a .306 batting average and a .400 on-base percentage. He also has a home run and nine RBIs. He has been steadily raising his batting average since the beginning of the season and it's now up to .254.
Blake Brown - Rome Braves - Atlanta Braves A
>Blake Brown's struggles in A ball hit a low this season as he was sent down to the Danville Braves for six games. While in Danville, Brown hit .300 in 20 at bats and collected two RBIs, six runs, and a double. He still struck out 10 times. Blake was sent back up to Rome and went 0-1 in his only game. Blake continues to get plagued by the strikeouts this year, and has 82 of them in 198 at bats this season.
Tyler Clark - Erie SeaWolves - Detroit Tigers AA
Evan Frey - Durham Bulls - Tampa Bay Rays AAA
>Tyler Clark has only appeared in one game since our last update, throwing an inning on July 3. He struck out one and walked two. So far on the season, Clark has appeared in 15 games, throwing 21.0 innings, and posting a 3.86 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts and 16 walks. Tyler has had command issues all season and continues to work through them.
After getting released by Reno,>Evan Frey
has since hooked on with the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Frey has played 11 games for the Bulls and is currently batting .171. He has two stolen bases in two attempts. Look for Frey's numbers to improve as he adjusts to a new team and new league.
Eric Garcia - Lynchburg Hillcats - Atlanta Braves A+
>Eric Garcia is currently with the Rome Braves after a brief stint with the Lynchburg Hillcats (A+ affiliate of the Atlanta Braves). Since returning to Rome, Garcia has seven hits in 28 at bats, including a double and a triple. So far on the season, Garcia is batting .274 and has a .388 on-base percentage. Look for Garcia to continue to impress as he makes his way up the Braves' minor league ladder.
Blake Holovach - Clinton LumberKings - Seattle Mariners A
Since our last update,>Blake Holovach has appeared in four games, throwing four innings and striking out four, while allowing six earned runs. Holovach has had an up in down season and has bounced around between starting and relieving. On the season, Holovach has a 5.04 ERA in 30.1 innings, and has collected 22 strikeouts to 19 walks.
Ryan Lollis - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA
>Ryan Lollis is heating up! In his last 10 games, Lollis is batting .323 and has a .400 on-base percentage. He's collected 10 hits, including two doubles and a triple. He also has two RBIs and two runs scored. Lollis continues to get on base and make things happen for the Flying Squirrels.
Doug Mathis - New Orleans Zephyrs - Miami Marlins AAA
>Doug Mathis has been pitching well for the New Orleans Zephyrs. In his most recent start, Mathis threw 7.0 innings to get the win. He shut down the Iowa Cubs, allowing two hits and striking out seven. On the season, Mathis is 4-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 90.2 innings.
Phil McCormick - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA
Although>Phil McCormick has had a few struggles in his last 10 games, he's had a solid season. McCormick has been mowing down lefty hitters. On the season, lefties are hitting .179 against him and have struck out 30 times in 18.1 innings. Look for McCormick to continue to get opportunities as he pitches well against lefties.
Brett Nicholas - Frisco RoughRiders - Texas Rangers AA
After a solid first half in which he hit .299 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs,>Brett Nicholas has been on fire in the second half, batting .342 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 12 games. In his last ten games, Nicholas has a .357 batting average. Despite monster numbers, he's fallen victim to the strikeout, striking out 13 times in his last 10 games. If Nicholas can cut back on the Ks, then look for him to move up to AAA.
Aaron Senne - Jupiter Hammerheads - Miami Marlins A+
The former Tiger hitter-extraordinaire is in the midst of an injury-plagued season for the Jupiter Hammerheads and has been on the disabled list since April 15th. He has a .080 batting average on the season.
Matt Stites - San Antonio Missions - San Diego Padres AA
>Matt Stites had a spectacular first half, posting a 1.46 ERA and collecting five saves and 38 strikeouts in 37.0 innings. Stites has been even better in the second half, posting a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings, while punching out nine batters and collecting seven saves. Stites has also dominated both sides of the plate, allowing lefties to hit .222 off him and righties are only hitting .139 off him. With the numbers he's put up in his career thus far, the future is very bright for Stites.
Ben Turner - Augusta Greenjackets - San Francisco Giants A
The former Tiger backstop has slowed down in his last 10 games, batting .205. On the season, Turner has a .253 batting average to go along with 15 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits. Turner has shown good numbers with his hitting, and although he's known to be streaky, you can still expect him to finish the year off with good numbers.
Jake Walsh - GCL Nationals - Washington Nationals Rookie
Since a rough debut, Walsh has been lights-out for the GCL Nationals. He's since appeared in four games, throwing three innings and collecting two saves and a strikeout. He hasn't given up a run or hit since his debut. On the season, Walsh has a 3.86 ERA in 4.2 innings pitched. Look for Walsh to get more opportunities as he continues to impress for the GCL Nationals.
Rob Zastryzny - Boise Hawks - Chicago Clubs A (short season)
Congrats to>Rob Zastryzny in his professional debut! Rob debuted on July 7 and did not disappoint. He threw an inning and struck out two batters while walking one. He did not allow a run or hit. Rob Z won't throw a lot this season after throwing 90.2 innings during his junior year. He'll likely appear in relief two more games and eventually make a start before getting shut down for the season.
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