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By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of June 12-18, 2017:

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Stubbs

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Garrett Stubbs

Garrett Stubbs (Astros/AA) hit .308 (4-for-13) with one RBI and 5 walks while striking out just once last week. The USC alum is one of only three teammates this season with at least as many walks as strikeouts.

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Sherriff

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Sherriff

  • Ryan Sherriff (Cardinals/AAA) made three one-inning appearances last week, and he was perfect in the first two, including earning a save. The third was one of his worst outings of the season, yielding 4 hits and 2 earned runs. But the 2011 draftee has been remarkably consistent in 2017, holding opponents scoreless in 22 of 28 games, yielding more than one earned run only twice, and succeeding in four out of 5 save opportunities.

Other highlights

  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics/AAA) hit .333 (4-for-12) with an RBI and two walks.
  • Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AA) hit .300 (3-for-10) with a double and 2 RBIs.
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/AA), who was promoted to Double-A this month, went 0-for-3 last week but managed to score 2 runs on 4 walks. The base-on-balls prodigy has walked 44 times this season while striking out 36 times.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .261 (6-for-23) with a home run, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and 3 walks.
  • P Matthew Gorst (Red Sox/A) went 1-0 in two relief appearances, yielding one earned run and 4 hits over 5 combined innings to lower his ERA to 3.60. He walked none and struck out 4.
  • P Marc Huberman (Cubs/A) pitched a combined 3.2 scoreless innings over 2 appearances, yielding 2 hits, a walk, and an unearned run while fanning 5.
  • P Dean Kremer* (Dodgers/High-A) pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief, yielding a hit and no walks while striking out 3.
  • P Jared Lakind* (Pirates/AA) earned his second save of the season on June 18. He retired all three batters he faced in the 11th inning, concluding with a game-ending strikeout.

Transactions

  • P Kenny Koplove (Marlins) signed a contract with Miami and was assigned to its short-season team.
  • C Tim Remes (Tigers) was promoted to Double-A on June 15.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets) was promoted to Triple-A on June 16. In 113 Double-A at-bats this season, Decker hit .257 with 7 HRs, 24 RBIs and an .854 on-base percentage.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Dodgers) was promoted to Triple-A on June 16. The Stanford alum has performed far better at Triple-A than at Double-A this season, as reflected in ERA (1.86 versus 6.17), WHIP (0.83 versus 1.89) and opponent batting average (.200 versus .347).
  • P Josh Zeid* (Cardinals/AAA) was activated June 13 from the temporarily inactive list.

Free agents

Disabled list

2017 draft picks

The following players selected in this month’s amateur draft are Jewish. The list may grow as additional athletes are verified by Jewish Baseball News and our friends at Jewish Sports Review.

1. Keith Weisenberg (P), Braves (Round 14, Pick #410)
2. Sam Delaplane (P), Mariners (23/693)
3. Jordan Scheftz (P), Indians (23/702)
4. Harrison Simon (P), Padres (24/708)
5. Preston Grand Pre (SS), Dodgers (24/730)
6. Zane Gurwitz (2B), Angels (26/775)
7. Elliott Barzilli (3B), Marlins (32/959)
8. Andy Rohloff (P), Giants (37/1116)
9. Dylan Horvitz (C), White Sox (38/1137)
10. Jacob Hoffman (SS), Athletics (40/1191)

Note to readers: Minor-League Monday does not include stats for all current Jewish minor-leaguers. Click here for a complete list of players, and then click on a player’s name to be taken to his stat page.

Members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad are marked with an asterisk.

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By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of June 5-11, 2017.

Members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad are marked with an asterisk:

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Decker

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Cody Decker*

1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AA) hit .250 (3-for-12) with 2 HRs, 6 RBIs and a walk. With 7 HRs in 101 at-bats, he’s averaging one round-tripper every 14.4 at-bats.

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Gold

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Gold

  • P Brandon Gold (Rockies/A), a second-year prospect enjoying his first season as a starter, tossed the best start of his career on June 8, pitching 6 shutout innings en route to a 2-0 win. Gold yielded just 3 hits and one walk while striking out 5.

Other highlights

  • C Mitchell Kranson (Twins/A) hit .381 (8-for-21) with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.
  • C Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AA) hit .444 (4-for-9) with a home run, double, walk and one RBI. Since being traded to the Phillies’ organization on May 25, the 27-year-old has hit .310 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in 29 at-bats and has thrown out 4 of 8 attempted base-stealers.
  • P Alex Katz (Orioles/High-A) pitched four shutout innings over two appearances, striking out 7 while yielding 3 hits and 2 walks.
  • P Zack Weiss (Reds/High-A) has pitched a total of 7.2 innings since returning to the mound for the first time since 2015. So far, he’s 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA and has struck out 10 batters while walking zero.

Transactions

  • P Brad Goldberg* (White Sox/AAA) was sent back to Triple-A after making his MLB debut June 3.
  • 1B Ike Davis* (Dodgers/AAA) came off the disabled list long enough to go 1-for-4 with a walk over two games but then returned to the list on June 11.
  • C Adam Sonabend (Giants/AA) came off the disabled list. In his first game back, he went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.
  • P Marc Huberman (Cubs/A), who began the season at Single-A before being promoted to High-A, was sent back down June 10.
  • P Josh Zeid* (Cardinals/AAA) was placed on the temporary inactive list June 8.
  • P Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/A) returned to active play after less than a week at extended spring training.
  • P Jeremy Bleich (Dodgers/AA) was placed on the disabled list June 10.
  • P Mitchell Osnowitz (Red Sox/High-A) was placed on the disabled list June 11.
  • P Zack Thornton*, who last played organized ball in 2016 (Mets/AAA), has joined the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. In 6 innings spread across 6 appearances, Thornton is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
  • P Alec Grosser, whose four-year stint with the Atlanta Braves’ franchise began out of high school in 2013, says he will be studying full-time at Delaware State University and hopes to join the school’s football team as a walk-on.
  • 2B Maxx Tissenbaum, who played for three franchises during a 5-year minor-league career, tied an independent CanAm League record on June 6 by scoring 6 runs in a single 9-inning game. The 25-year-old is hitting .367 this season with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs in 90 at-bats.

Free agents

Disabled list

Note to readers: Minor-League Monday does not include stats for all current Jewish minor-leaguers. Click here for a complete list of players, and then click on a player’s name to be taken to his stat page.

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By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 29 – June 4, 2017. Members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad are marked with an asterisk:

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Rickles

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Nick Rickles*

Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AA) hit .385 (5-for-13) in his first full week with the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, highlighted by a two-HR, 5 RBI performance on June 3. It was the second two-HR game in his 7-year minor-league career and tied his career high for most RBIs in a game.

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Weiss

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Zack Weiss

  • Zack Weiss (Reds/High-A), who last played in 2015, finally escaped the disabled list and was nearly perfect in his two relief appearances last week, yielding one hit and no walks over a combined 2.1 innings while striking out 4.

Other highlights

  • P Brad Goldberg* (White Sox) was promoted from Triple-A on June 3 and made his Major League debut the same day. In the minors this season, Goldberg is 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 4 saves in 5 chances.
  • CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/High-A) hit .320 (8-for-25) with a double, 4 RBIs, 3 walks and 2 stolen bases. He leads the Modesto Nuts in batting average (.320), on-base percentage (.419), OPS (.844) and stolen bases (11 in 12 tries). Bishop has just one error in the outfield, giving him a .992 fielding percentage.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AA) hit .368 (7-for-19) with 4 doubles and 4 RBIs. He leads the Binghamton Rumble Ponies with a .528 slugging percentage and an OPS of .902.
  • LF Mike Meyers* (Red Sox/High-A) hit .348 (8-for-23) with a double and 4 RBIs.
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/AA) hit an RBI double in his Double-A debut on June 4.
  • P Corey Baker* (Cardinals/AA) held opponents scoreless in two relief outings, yielding 3 hits and no walks over a combined 3.2 innings while striking out 2.
  • P Ryan Sherriff (Cardinals/AAA) ran his scoreless relief streak to 10 innings over 8 appearances. He is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA, 3 saves in 3 chances, and only 1.09 hits/walks per inning.

Transactions

  • P Brad Goldberg* was called up by the Chicago White Sox on June 3 and made his MLB debut the same day.
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/AA) was promoted from Single-A on June 3, skipping High-A entirely.
  • P Zack Weiss (Reds/High-A) came off the disabled list and made his season debut on May 31.
  • P Jason Richman (Rangers/High-A) was released on May 31.
  • P Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/A), who is 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a save so far this season, was assigned to extended spring training.
  • P Henry Hirsch, a former minor-leaguer with the Pirates, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
  • 3B Zach Goldstein, a Southern New Hampshire University third baseman who was named Northeast-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year in 2017, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Playing in his first professional game on June 2, Goldstein went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
  • C Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AA), who was traded by the Nationals in late May, made his debut with Philadelphia’s Double-A team on May 31.

Free agents

Disabled list

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By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 22-28, 2017. Members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad are marked with an asterisk:

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Nate Freiman

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Nate Freiman*

1B Nate Freiman*, a former Major Leaguer playing for Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League, hit .471 (8-for-17) with 2 HRs, a double, triple, 5 RBIs, 7 walks and only one strikeout. Freiman is hitting .316 for the season and ranks second on Pericos with a 1.033 OPS.

Kenny Rosenberg

Kenny Rosenberg

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Kenny Rosenberg

  • Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/A) was dominant in a May 26 shutout, yielding just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7 for his first win of the season. Rosenberg’s ERA (4.21) is its lowest since his first appearance of the season.

Other highlights

  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics/AAA) had a memorable day on May 28. In the first game of a doubleheader, the former Major Leaguer threw his first professional pitches, coming on with the bases loaded and two outs in the 7th and inducing an inning-ending groundout on 2 pitches. In game 2, Lavarnway returned to the catcher’s role and stroked a walk-off hit (see video).
  • C Michael Barash (Angels/High-A) hit .381 (8-for-21) with 4 doubles, a HR, 6 RBIs and 2 walks. Barash leads the Inland Empire 66ers with 11 doubles.
  • CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/High-A) hit .412 (7-for-17) with a triple, one RBI, and five walks. The 2015 draft pick leads the Modesto Nuts in average (.320), on-base percentage (.423) and OPS (.857).
  • LF Mike Meyers* (Red Sox/High-A) hit .444 (8-for-18) with a HR, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, 2 walks and a stolen base.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays/AAA) hit .429 (9-for-21) with 3 doubles, a triple, 6 RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. After hitting .194 in April, Tellez is hitting .278 in May with 14 RBIs and a .352 on-base percentage.
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/A) hit just .227 (5-for-22), but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The 2015 draft pick also drove in 5 runs, drew 6 walks, and stole 4 bases in 5 tries.
  • P Ryan Sherriff* (Cardinals/AAA) was perfect in 2 relief appearances, yielding no hits or walks across 3 combined innings while striking out 3. Sherriff’s ERA in May is 2.03, versus 6.52 in April. For the season, he is giving up just 1.13 walks and hits per inning.
  • P Brandon Gold (Rockies/A) has given up a lot of hits this season (59 in 43 innings), but he’s stingy with walks, yielding just 6 while fanning 42 batters.
  • P Brad Goldberg* (White Sox/AAA) trimmed his season ERA to 2.08 with two scoreless appearances, yielding 3 hits and a walk across 3 combined innings while striking out 4.
  • P Matthew Gorst (Red Sox/A) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings across 2 outings, yielding 2 hits and no walks while fanning 3.
  • P Jared Lakind* (Pittsburgh/AA) pitched 5 scoreless innings across 2 games, giving up 4 hits and no walks while striking out 4 and notching his first win of the season.
  • Joey Wagman* (Oakland/High-A) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings across 2 appearances, yielding 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3.

Transactions

  • Gabe Cramer* (Royals/High-A) was placed on the disabled list.
  • P Robert Stock (Reds/AA) was promoted to Double-A.
  • 1B Ike Davis* (Dodgers/AAA) was placed on the disabled list.

Free agents

Disabled list

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By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 15-21, 2017. It was a particularly good stretch for members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad, who we’ve marked with an asterisk:

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Borenstein

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Zach Borenstein*

LF Zach Borenstein* (Diamondbacks/AAA) had a modest 7 hits in 26 at-bats last week (.269) but made them count, stroking 3 home runs and 2 doubles while knocking in 8 runs and walking twice.

 

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Sherriff

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Sherriff

  • P Ryan Sherriff (Cardinals/AAA) had three perfect relief outings, yielding no hits or walks across 3.1 combined innings while striking out 3 and earning his third save in three attempts.

Other highlights

  • 1B Ike Davis* (Dodgers/AAA) hit .400 (4-for-10) with a double, 4 RBIs and a walk. Since coming off the disabled list May 11, he’s lifted his average from .111 to .220.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AA) hit .538 (7-for-13) and did most of his damage over the weekend, going a combined 6-for-9 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. The offensive outpouring raised his average from .191 to .267.
  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics/AAA) hit .300 (3-for-10) with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs and 3 walks.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/A) went 2-for-9 (.222) with a double but drove in 3 runs and drew 3 walks in his 2017 debut.
  • P Gabe Cramer* (Royals/High-A) lowered his season ERA to 1.54 with a sterling 2.2-inning appearance on May 17, yielding one hit and no walks while fanning 4.
  • Brandon Gold (Rockies/A) earned a win May 15 with his best start of the season. The 2016 draftee yielded 5 hits, 2 earned runs and no walks over 5 innings while striking out 6 batters.
  • P Brad Goldberg* (White Sox/AAA) earned two saves and two perfect relief appearances last week, yielding no walks or hits over 3.1 combined innings and striking out one.
  • P Marc Huberman (Cubs/High-A) held opponents scoreless in two one-inning relief appearances, yielding one hit and no walks while striking out 3.
  • P Dean Kremer* (Dodgers/High-A), a 2016 draftee, came into his May 18 start with a hefty 8.14 ERA…and pitched his best game of the season. Kremer yielded one hit, 3 walks and one earned run over 4.1 innings while striking out 7.
  • After struggling May 16 (1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), P Troy Neiman* (Rockies/AA) was dominant on May 21, yielding 2 hits and no walks over 2.2 innings while fanning 5.
  • Jason Richman yielded just one earned run in 6.2 combined innings of relief, giving up 6 hits and a walk while striking out 6.
  • Joey Wagman* (Oakland/High-A), fresh off the disabled list and pitching for the first time this month, struck out 4 of the 5 batters he faced in a hitless relief gig May 19.

Transactions

  • Great news for P Alex Katz*, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox by the Baltimore Orioles and promoted to High-A. From the Baltimore Sun: “He has a good fastball and excellent strikeout record,” executive vice president Dan Duquette said of Katz, who has struck out 10.1 per nine innings in his minor league career. “A lot of guys like him and they project him to be a major league reliever.”
  • C Tim Remes (Tigers/AA) came off the disabled list and was promoted to Double-A.
  • C Nick Rickles* (Nationals/AA) made his 2017 debut.
  • C Adam Sonabend (Giants/AA) came off the disabled list, went 1-for-5 in two appearances, and then returned to the disabled list.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/A) made his 2017 debut.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Dodgers/AA) was demoted to Double-A after going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four games at Triple-A.
  • P Joey Wagman* (Oakland/High-A) came off the disabled list.
  • Former minor-league 2B Mason Katz signed with the independent Winnipeg Goldeyes. He is listed as a catcher/infielder.
  • Former minor-league C Steven Pollakov signed with the independent Joliet Slammers.
  • IF Ryan Lashley signed with the independent Southern Illinois Miners.

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