Mizzou Baseball in the Minors - Weekly Update



July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The dog days of August are rapidly approaching! Several players have starred for their teams this year, some to the point that they may be called up to the Bigs in September. 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+
After a rough start because of injury,>Brock Bond has been one of the San Jose Giants' best hitters. In his last 10 games, Bond is batting .333 with a .422 on-base percentage. On the season, he's batting .261 with a .356 on-base percentage.>Brock Bond has been playing well for the San Jose Giants and it's only a matter of time until he's moved back up to AAA.

Blake Brown - Danville Braves - Atlanta Braves A
>Blake Brown has struggled at the plate all season and bounced back and forth between Rome (A affiliate) and Danville (Rookie affiliate). Blake hasn't recorded a hit since being sent down to Danville on July 18. Blake just needs a breakout game to rebuild his confidence and move forward with a promising career.

Tyler Clark - Erie SeaWolves - Detroit Tigers AA
>Tyler Clark has appeared twice since our last update, throwing 6.0 innings in two games, giving up only one earned run. Clark's command issues continued as he walked three and gave up four hits. However, Clark did record six strikeouts.

Evan Frey - Durham Bulls - Tampa Bay Rays AAA
After catching on with the Bulls since his release from Reno earlier this season,>Evan Frey has not hit well and has started sporadically for the Durham Bulls. In his last 10 games, Frey is hitting .241 in 29 at bats. He does have a couple of bright spots, however. Frey had two two-hit games, his first on July 13, and his second on July 22. In his second two-hit game, Frey drove in two runs and scored two runs.



Eric Garcia - Rome Braves - Atlanta Braves A
After struggling in the beginning of July,>Eric Garcia has started to heat up for the Rome Braves. Garcia is batting .417 (5-12) in his last three games, while driving in four and scoring two runs. Despite his early-July struggles, Garcia has had a great season. He represented the Rome Braves in the All-Star Game and received a brief promotion with the Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves A+ affiliate).

Blake Holovach - Clinton LumberKings - Seattle Mariners A
Since our last update,>Blake Holovach appeared in three games, throwing 6.1 innings. Holovach struck out five batters while only walking one. He gave up one earned run and three hits during that span. On the season, Holovach has a 4.42 ERA in 20 games. In 36.2 innings, Holovach has 27 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Ryan Lollis - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA
>Ryan Lollis has put up decent numbers so far this season, batting .270 with a .350 on-base percentage in 97 games. In his last 10 games, Lollis is batting .235 with .297 on-base percentage. He also has two home runs and three RBIs in that span.

Doug Mathis - New Orleans Zephyrs - Miami Marlins AAA
Since our last update,>Doug Mathis is 1-0 over two starts for the Zephyrs. He threw 12.0 innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) while striking out nine and walking eight. On the season, Mathis is 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA. He's appeared in 21 games while starting 18 of them and has 78 strikeouts to 50 walks in 102.2 innings.

Phil McCormick - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA
>Phil McCormick has had a good season as a lefty specialist for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. On the season, McCormick is 3-5 in 41 games and has a 3.40 ERA in 42.1 innings pitched. McCormick has a 2.75 ERA against lefties and has held them to a .192 batting average.

Brett Nicholas - Frisco RoughRiders - Texas Rangers AA
>Brett Nicholas has posted solid numbers in July. On the month, he's hitting .307 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 20 games. He also has a .349 on-base percentage this month. With the departure of Mike Olt in the Matt Garza trade, a huge opportunity has opened up for Nicholas to fill in Olt's role as a potential 3- or 4-hole power hitter.

Dane Opel - Great Falls Voyagers - Chicago White Sox Rookie
We want to give a belated congratulations to>Dane Opel on signing an amateur free agent contract to play in the Chicago White Sox organization. Since signing to play in Great Falls, Montana, Opel has played in seven games, batting .273 with three runs scored and four walks to just four strikeouts.

Aaron Senne - Jupiter Hammerheads - Miami Marlins A+
After a promising career plagued by injuries,>Aaron Senne announced his retirement from professional baseball. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!

Matt Stites - San Antonio Missions - San Diego Padres AA
>Matt Stites finally showed that he's human after getting roughed up during two games. Stites threw 3.0 innings and gave up seven hits and five runs (all earned). The five earned runs raised his ERA to 2.13 this year. Despite the hiccup, Stites has 14 saves in 45 games as San Antonio's closer this season to go along with 50 strikeouts to just eight walks in 50.2 innings.

Ben Turner - Augusta Greenjackets - San Francisco Giants A
Splitting time between catcher, first base, and designated hitter,>Ben Turner is batting .253 on the season in 68 games. Turner has 17 doubles and a home run to go along with 19 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He also has 13 walks to 15 strikeouts.

Jake Walsh - GCL Nationals - Washington Nationals Rookie
After a rough debut, Walsh has been lights-out and assumed the closer role for the GCL Nationals. Walsh has three saves in eight games, throwing 9.2 innings and strikeout out seven to just two walks. Although the sample size is small, Walsh has dominated lefties. In 3.0 innings, Walsh has given up just one hit and one walk against them, striking out four and holding them to a .111 batting average.

Rob Zastryzny - Boise Hawks - Chicago Clubs A (short season)
Rob Z has yet to disappoint in his professional career. Rob has appeared in five games, starting four. He's thrown 8.0 innings and has six strikeouts to just two walks. He has given up five hits and has yet to give up a run. Hitters are only hitting .179 against him. Rob is on an innings watch so he'll likely to be shut down after a few more games as a precaution.

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