By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of August 13-19, 2018:

Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Scotty Burcham*

SS Scotty Burcham* (Rockies/AA) hit .500 (9-for-18) with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a .571 OBP. And after stealing only one base in three attempts all season, Burcham stole 2 on August 18 and another 2 the next day.

Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: RC Orlan*

  • RC Orlan* (Indians/AA) pitched 4.2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and a walk while striking out 6. His season ERA across High-A and Double-A is 0.73, with 34 strikeouts in 24.2 innings and just 5 walks, 2 of them intentional.

Other highlights

  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Pirates/AAA) hit .400 (6-for-15) with 3 doubles, 3 RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage, including a 4-for-4 performance on August 15. With a few more at-bats, Lavarnway would rank among the International League’s top 5 hitters in average (.304) and on-base percentage (.392).
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays/AAA) hit .304 (7-for-23) with 5 RBIs and a .407 OBP, highlighted by a two-homer game on August 14. Tellez has hit .333 so far in August.
  • C Scott Manea (Mets/A) hit .500 (9-for-18) with a home run, double and 2 RBIs. His .380 OBP ranks #3 in the South Atlantic League.
  • C Andy Yerzy (Diamondbacks/A-short-season) hit .318 (7-for-22) with a .423 OBP, highlighted by a 4-for-5, 2-homer performance on August 19 (see article).
  • OF Albee Weiss (Twins/rookie), a 2018 draftee, hit .364 (4-for-11) with a double.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Athletics/AAA) pitched 2 perfect innings across 2 games, striking out one and lowering his season ERA to 2.78.
  • P Craig Breslow* (Blue Jays/AAA) pitched 2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding no hits and one walk while striking out 4.
  • P Rob Kaminsky (Indians/AA) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out 2 and earning his 3rd save in 3 chances.
  • P Scott Effross (Cubs/AA) tossed 2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out 3.
  • P Jason Richman (Dodgers/AA) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings on August 17, yielding zero hits and a walk while striking out one. He also had a bunt single in his 1st and only at-bat after 4 years as a pro.
  • P Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Rays/A), a 2018 draftee, pitched 4.1 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 2 hits and zero walks while striking out 7. He has given up just one earned run in 32.2 innings this season, with 52 strikeouts and 7 walks.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/A-short-season) pitched 3 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out one and earning his first win of the season.
  • P Max Lazar (Brewers/rookie) pitched 5 innings of one-run ball on August 18, scattering 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 to earn his 2nd win of the season.
  • P Tyler Cohen (Rangers/rookie), a 2018 signee, pitched a perfect inning of relief on August 15, striking out one.
  • P Jake Miednik (Indians/rookie), a 2018 draftee, pitched a perfect inning of relief on August 15, striking out 2.
  • P Andy Rohloff (Giants/rookie) pitched 2 no-hit innings on August 17, yielding one walk and striking out 3.

Transactions

  • Tyler Benson (Padres/A-short season) was promoted on August 19.
  • P Sean Bierman, a former prospect with four MLB franchises, signed with the Sussex County Miners of the independent Can-Am League.

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.

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

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