By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of August 14-20, 2017:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Braden Bishop

CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/AA) hit .458 (11-for-24) with a home run, 5 doubles, 4 RBIs and 2 walks. Since being promoted to Double-A on July 22, the 23-year-old is hitting .358 with a .437 on-base percentage.



Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Sam Delaplane

  • P Sam Delaplane (Mariners/rookie), a 2017 draftee, pitched 3 innings of near-perfect relief on August 16, yielding one walk and no hits while striking out 2. His average of 13.86 strikeouts per nine innings ranks #3 among all Arizona League pitchers with at least 20 innings under their belt.

Other highlights

  • LF Blake Gailen* (Dodgers/AA) hit .375 (8-for-8) with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and a walk.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AAA) hit .276 (8-for-29) with 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 8 RBIs and a walk.
  • C Mitchell Kranson (Twins/High-A) hit .333 (5-for-15) with 5 RBIs and a walk.
  • SS Scotty Burcham* (Rockies/High-A) hit .438 (7-for-16) with 3 doubles, 2 RBIs and 2 walks.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .350 (7-for-20) with 2 doubles, an RBI and 3 walks.
  • 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels/rookie), a 2017 draftee, hit .429 (9-for-21) with 2 doubles, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. His .436 batting average is #1 among all Arizona League batters with at least 50 plate appearances.
  • OF Justin Cohen (Marlins/rookie) hit .350 (7-for-20) with a triple, 4 RBIs, 3 walks and a stolen base. He has an active 11-game hitting streak.
  • C Andy Yerzy (Diamondbacks/rookie) hit .350 (7-for-20) with a home run, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and 4 walks. He extended his active hitting streak to 20 games.
  • C Ryan Gold (Blue Jays/rookie) hit .333 (4-for-12) with a home run, 2 doubles and 4 RBIs. Despite having only 115 at-bats, his 31 RBIs are tied for #11 in the Appalachian League.
  • C Jason Goldstein (Athletics/A) hit .308 (4-for-13) with a home run, 2 RBIs and a walk.
  • P Ryan Sherriff* (Cardinals/AAA) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings over 2 games, yielding one walk and no hits. He is giving up an average of just 0.99 walks/hits per inning, #4 among Pacific Coast League pitchers with 50-plus innings.
  • P Scott Effross (Cubs/High-A) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and no walks while striking out 5 and earning his 7th and 8th saves of the season.
  • P Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/A) earned his fourth straight decision, yielding 3 earned runs on 7 hits and a walk over 6 innings on August 16. Rosenberg’s 7 strikeouts raised his season total to 117; he’s averaging 10.74 strikeouts per 9 innings, #2 in the Midwest League among pitchers with 90-plus innings.
  • P Jared Lakind( (Marlins/A) pitched 4 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and no walks while striking out 3.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/rookie), a 2017 draftee, pitched 3 scoreless innings across 2 appearances, yielding 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. For the season, he’s 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 3 saves in 3 chances.


  • CF Joc Pederson (Dodgers/AAA) was optioned to Triple-A on August 19.

Free agents

  • Players believed to be seeking employment include minor leaguer Corey Baker* and former major leaguer Sam Fuld*.

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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