From the Southland to the Show: May 2

first_imgRobie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Rocky Mountain VibesThe 2017 Southland Conference Tournament MVP returns to the Rookie League level for the Brewers to start the season after batting .304 with 12 runs, 10 RBI and nine walks at all levels in 2018. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year has come back down to earth after a three-homer performance in just as second game in a Cardinal uniform against the rival Brewers on March 29. Nonetheless, the two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year is among the top-three on the squad in runs (22), hits (30), home runs (nine), RBI (19), walks (15), slugging percentage (.517) and OPS (.866). Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 3-1 record and 1.64 ERA in seven appearances. Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsIn his second stint with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year has struck out 18 batters in 13.1 innings. Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Hatcher will start year two with the Rockies’ Rookie League team after going 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in 26 innings over 11 games in 2018. Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in a team-high 10 games out of the bullpen in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 15 batters in 9.1 innings and recording a pair of saves. Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate. He is 1-2 with a save and a 4.34 ERA in five games, including two starts. Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL DiamondbacksA 2018 31st-round pick, Hatcher will start year two with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League team after hitting .163 with six runs, three RBI and four walks in 2018. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera was activated from the 10-day injured list on April 18 and has pitched 5.1 innings out of the bullpen and held opponents to a .167 batting average. Over his last four appearances, he has struck out three batters over 3.2 innings and only allowed one run on two hits. Triple-AAndrew Guillotte (McNeese) – Buffalo BisonsIn his third stint with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is hitting .160 with five runs scored and a pair of extra-base hits through 15 games this season. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader was promoted to the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season and is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 12 strikeouts through 15 innings. Double-APreston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader is tied atop the Texas League with six dingers in 2019. He leads the team in OPS (.871). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormPodorsky’s second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad has started much better than his first as he ranks second on the team in stolen bases (eight), on-base percentage (.397) and batting average (.322). Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second stint with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year is reaching base at a .336 clip thanks to a team-high 17 walks. Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – New Hampshire Fisher CatsIn his first year with the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate, Tice is 1-3 with a 2.38 ERA in nine appearances. He has struck out 17 batters through 11.1 innings while only allowing three walks. Carson Smith (Texas State) – Pawtucket Red SoxAfter spending all of 2018 at the major league level, the two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was assigned to Boston’s Triple-A squad and placed on the seven-day injured list on April 4. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Altoona CurveIn his third season with the Pirates’ Double-A squad, the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP is 1-1 with eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings out of the bullpen. Class A Short SeasonTanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie SeaWolvesOn April 26, Vest was promoted to the Tigers’ Double-A team after going 1-1 with a save, nine strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA in eight innings at the Advanced-A level.Class A AdvancedDrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted to from Single-A on April 19 and has driven in five runs in his first seven games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A team. Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Albuquerque IsotopesIn his first season with the Rockies’ Triple-A squad, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and 19 innings pitched over four starts. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader added much-needed depth to the Astros rotation after signing a one-year deal with the team in February. He ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 33.1 frames pitched over six starts. Holding opponents to a .221 average in the month of April, Miley has helped Houston overcome a slow start to take over the top spot in the AL West Division. Louis Head (Texas State) – Tulsa DrillersHead was assigned to the Dodgers’ Double-A squad on April 19 and has struck out 16 batters in 10.2 innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances. Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPrior to being placed on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had struck out six batters and allowed just three hits through 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year has been one of the top sluggers in MLB through the opening month with the American League’s top marks in slugging percentage (.686) and OPS (1.133) and team highs in home runs (seven) and walks (15). Dozier ended the month with an eight-game hit streak, batting .520 in that span with six extra-base hits and seven RBI. Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville SoundsIn his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .226 with eight RBI, six doubles and six runs scored. He is the No. 25 prospect in the Rangers organization. Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia RawhideGreen was promoted to the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A affiliate to start the year and is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts. His 28 innings pitched are first on the team and second in the California League. Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and has a 3-0 record, 10 strikeouts and .226 opponent batting through nine innings of relief.center_img Austin Briggs (McNeese) – AZL Athletics GreenA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs prepares to start his second season with the Rookie League team after striking out 28 batters in 26 innings across 16 appearances in 2018. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – San Jose GiantsIn his second season with the Giants’ Advanced-A squad, the two-time Southland hits leader leads the team in walks (17) and stolen bases (six) and ranks third on the team in runs (11) and RBI (nine). Kyle Arjona (New Orleans) – GCL Phillies EastA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona will start year two with the Phillies’ Rookie League team after posting a 2.25 ERA in five appearances in 2018. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA member of last year’s All-Southland Conference First Team, Hancock will start the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team. Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa TarponsOn April 30, Semple was promoted to the Yankees’ Advanced-A affiliate after going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA, three saves and 32 strikeouts across 21 innings pitched with the Charleston RiverDogs. Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Idaho Falls ChukarsOn April 24, Dziedzic was assigned to the Royals’ Rookie League team after starting the year 0-2 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts with the Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers. Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby CakesKeller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He is 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a .211 opponent batting average in 10.2 innings across six appearances. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsWhile O’Hearn’s numbers have dipped at the plate this season, the former Bearkat is second on the team to teammate Dozier in walks with 13 and recorded four multi-hit games in the first month of the season. O’Hearn has shone defensively in 21 starts at first base with an unblemished fielding percentage, 20 double plays and seven assists in 178 total chances. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 13 stolen bases. Heath is batting .210 with 12 walks and 14 runs scored. RookieKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackA Third-Team All-Southland pick in 2018, Adkins will start year two with the Giants’ Rookie League team after reaching base at a .364 clip with 21 walks, 21 runs and five extra-base hits in 2018. Jake Norton (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL MarlinsThe Third-Team All-Southland pick from last year will start year two with the Marlins’ Rookie League team after tossing 3.1 innings of relief without allowing an earned run in 2018. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesAfter spending most of 2018 with the Orioles, Peterson started 2019 with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad. The 2011 Southland Conference triples leader (eight) has a team-high two triples this season. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first full year of Class A ball with the Brewers’ organization, last year’s Southland Conference Player of the Year leads the team in doubles (eight), home runs (three), RBI (17) and total bases (37). Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Delmarva ShorebirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted to the Orioles’ Single-A affiliate to start the year and is batting .143 with four runs, four walks and a pair of RBI. Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 2-0 with 15 strikeouts across 15.1 innings in nine relief appearances. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober got promoted to the Mariners’ Advanced-A team at the end of 2018 and is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in nine appearances in 2019. Since a tough first outing on April 5, he has a 1.50 ERA over his last 12 innings. MLBJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter starting the season in the big leagues, Davis suffered a right ankle sprain causing him to miss most of the month of April. The three-time All-Southland Conference pick was sent on a Triple-A rehab assignment on April 22 and has reached base safely in all eight games with a .348 average, nine walks, eight runs six RBI and a pair of home runs. He is scheduled to return in early May. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year hit the seven-day injured list on April 16 with a .267 average. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez has struck out 18 batters in 15.2 innings across five games, including three starts for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team. Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Visalia RawhideStapler is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and a team-high 26 strikeouts in four starts for the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A team. On April 19, he struck out a career-high nine batters in seven shutout innings.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesDespite sitting down 23 batters on strikes through 17 innings, the two-time All-Southland Conference pick is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 53 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through April 30, 2019. Click on each player’s name to access updated stats. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in six appearances, including three starts. Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year signed a minor league contract with the Rangers and made the Opening Day roster in his 13th year in the pros. The two-time World Series champion has reached base safely in eight-straight appearances, including a 3-for-5, four RBI outing in the series finale against Seattle on April 28. Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsSmith has dazzled as the anchor of the Marlins rotation with a 2-0 record and a 2.17 ERA through five starts in 2019. The team leader in strikeouts (37) and WHIP (0.83), the two-time All-Southland Conference hurler has tossed four-straight quality starts. Among National League pitchers, Smith ranks second only to Max Scherzer in strikeouts per nine innings (11.48). Extended Spring TrainingTyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Texas RangersThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from last year is starting the year in extended spring training with the Rangers. He registered a .330 on-base percentage with 20 walks in Short-A in 2018.last_img

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