July 23, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. -While Mizzou baseball is busy with summer camps and workouts, they are also keeping an eye on what former Tigers are doing in the minors. Below is a look at the former Tigers who have continued their careers professionally.
Rob Zastryzny- Daytona Cubs - Chicago Cubs A Advanced - Starting Pitcher
Rob Zastryzny has made three starts since last checking up with him. On July 7, he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out five batters. Zastryzny gave up three earned runs on a July 12 start and five earned runs on a July 18 start. He remains at 1-6 on the season with a 5.43 ERA and 73 strikeouts over 71.1 innings.
Jake Walsh - Potomac Nationals - Washington Nationals A Advanced - Relief Pitcher
Jake Walsh has experienced success in the closer role this season for the Washington Nationals A affiliate Hagerstown Suns. In 23 appearances, Walsh posted 10 saves with a record of 1-2 with a 1.45 ERA. In 31 innings pitched, Walsh gave up just 17 hits. Opponents are hit a mere .157 against him. From his success on the mound, Walsh received a promotion to the Washington Nationals A Advanced affiliate Potomac Nationals. He has played in four games for Potomac so far. In those four appearances, he has posted a 2-0 record over seven innings of work. On July 20, he pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three batters, allowing just one run.
Blake Holovach - Clinton LumberKings - Seattle Mariners A - Relief Pitcher
After making four starts for the short season Everett AquaSox, Holovach has returned to the Mariners' A affiliate Clinton LumberKings as a member of the starting rotation. After pitching exclusively out of the bullpen before his short season stint, Holovach has made three starts for Clinton in July. On a July 16 start, he pitched six scoreless inning, striking out six batters while giving up four hits and a walk. Holovach has now made 18 appearances with Clinton, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.61 ERA over 52.1 innings pitched.
Ben Turner - San Jose Giants - San Francisco Giants A Advanced - Catcher
Ben Turner has continued to hit the ball well since last checking in with him. In a game on July 3, he went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs, and an RBI. In 71 games, Turner is hitting .281 on the season with two home runs, 25 RBIs, 70 hits, and 34 runs. Turner concluded his scorching month of June with a .405 average, eight RBIs, 30 hits, and nine runs.
Eric Garcia - Lynchburg Hillcats - Atlanta Braves A Advanced - Second Base
Eric Garcia has played in 56 games this season with Lynchburg. In 187 at-bats, he has hit .257 with a .347 OBP. Garcia has 48 hits, 29 runs, six stolen bases and 19 RBIs on the season. In a game on July 7, he went 3-for-5 with two runs. Garcia is seeing the ball better in day games, hitting .314 opposed to .243 in night games.
Blake Brown - Lynchburg Hillcats - Atlanta Braves A Advanced - Outfield
Blake Brown has played in 18 games after receiving a promotion joining his former Tiger teammate Eric Garcia in Lynchburg. In those 18 games, Brown has hit .270 over 63 at-bats, with 17 hits including four doubles, five runs, six RBIs, and a stolen base. Brown has had four multi-hit games for Lynchburg.
Phil McCormick - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA - Relief Pitcher
Since last checking in with Phil McCormick, he has appeared in seven games, picking up a victory on June 30th. He is now 2-4 on the season with a 4.44 ERA over 46.2 innings pitched. McCormick has continued to do a good job forcing opposing hitters to groundout. His groundout to air out ratio is 2.83.
Tyler Clark - Lakeland Flying Tigers - Detroit Tigers A Advanced - Relief Pitcher
In 21 appearances out of the bullpen, Tyler Clark is 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA over 31 innings pitched. In a game on June 5, he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out two batters. Clark has struck out 31 batters this season.
Brett Nicholas - Round Rock Express - Texas Rangers AAA - Catcher
Brett Nicholas is playing everyday as the starting catcher for Round Rock. He has really started to heat up in the middle of July, hitting .405 in his last 10 games. Nicholas has raised his average to .269 in 86 games this season with seven home runs, 37 RBIs, 83 hits, and 25 runs. Nicholas is enjoying hitting in the daytime, hitting .367.
Ryan Lollis - Richmond Flying Squirrels - San Francisco Giants AA - Outfield
Ryan Lollis has played in 58 games and is hitting .220 with one home run, 15 RBIs, 37 hits, and 21 runs. In a game on June 24, Lollis went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Doug Mathis - Durham Bulls - Tampa Bay Rays Class AAA- Pitcher
After two appearances for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a short season league, Mathis has returned to Durham. He appeared in 18 games for the Durham Bulls, posting a 2-3 record with a 4.22 ERA. In 49 innings, Mathis struck out 40 batters while allowing 57 hits and 26 runs. In a game on July 5, Mathis pitched 4.1 innings of relief, striking out four batters while allowing one unearned run on three hits and one walk.
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