By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of August 20-26, 2018:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Rhett Wiseman

RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .526 (10-for-19) with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 RBIs, a stolen base and a .625 on-base percentage. Although he did not appear in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he did play for Team Israel in the tournament’s qualifying round.



Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Dean Kremer*

  • P Dean Kremer* (Orioles/AA), Baltimore’s #16 prospect, wowed fans with two wins last week, both due to 6-inning shutout performances. The 22-year-old Israeli-American yielded a combined 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 14. His 168 strikeouts this season rank #4 among all minor-league pitchers.

Mazel tov

  • R.C. Orlan and Rob Kaminsky have a lot in common. Drafted one year apart, the pair are Jewish, southpaws and relievers. In addition, both recently joined the bullpen of the Akron RubberDucks (Indians/AA), where they are getting some well-deserved attention for their “lights-out” pitching (see article).
  • Jonathan de Marte, a pitcher with the Normal CornBelters of the independent Frontier League, has been identified as Jewish.

Other highlights

  • C Jason Goldstein (Athletics/AA) hit .429 (3-for-7) with 2 RBIs and his first Double-A home run.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/High-A) hit .385 (5-for-13) with 2 HRs, a double, 4 RBIs, 2 stolen bases in 3 attempts, and a .429 OBP.
  • 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels/High-A) hit .280 (7-for-25) with a home run, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and a .308 OBP.
  • C Scott Manea (Mets/A) hit .300 (6-for-20) with 2 HRs, a double and 7 RBIs. His .377 OBP ranks #2 in the South Atlantic League.
  • C Ryan Gold (Blue Jays/A) hit .313 (5-for-16) with a home run, 3 RBIs and a stolen base.
  • LF Tyler Benson (Padres/A-short-season) hit a game-winning single in the 11th inning on August 11. He finished the night 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 2 walks.
  • SS Zack Kone (Pirates/A-short-season), a 2018 draftee, had perhaps the best game of his young career on August 21, going 1-for-1 with his first professional home run, 3 walks, 3 RBIs and a stolen base.
  • OF Albee Weiss (Twins/rookie), a 2018 draftee, went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI on August 26. It was his first pro game with more than 2 hits.
  • P Matthew Gorst (Red Sox/AAA) pitched 4.2 innings of one-run ball across 2 appearances, yielding 2 hits and zero walks while striking out 4.
  • P RC Orlan (Indians/AA) pitched 2.1 perfect innings across 2 games, striking out 2 and earning his first 2 saves with the Akron RubberDucks.
  • P Jake Fishman (Blue Jays/High-A) pitched 2.1 perfect innings across 2 games, striking out 2 and earning his 8th save.
  • P Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/High-A) pitched 2 perfect innings on August 24, striking out one. He is 6-2 with a 5.58 ERA as a starter this season, and 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA as a reliever.
  • P Simon Rosenblum Larson (Rays/A), a 2018 draftee, continued his remarkable rookie season with 3 innings of scoreless relief across 2 games. He yielded zero hits and a walk while striking out 6.
  • P Sam Delaplane (Mariners/A) bounced back from a rough outing with a stellar one on August 25, striking out all 6 batters he faced. So far this season he is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA, 9 saves in 10 chances, and 92 strikeouts in 56 innings. Among Midwest League players with at least 50 innings pitched, he ranks #2 with 14.8 strikeouts per 9 innings.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/A-short-season) pitched 5 shutout innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7.
  • P Max Lazar (Brewers/rookie) was dominant in an August 24 start, pitching 6 shutout innings on 3 hits and zero walks while fanning 6.
  • P Jake Miednik (Indians/rookie), a 2018 draftee, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on August 25, yielding 2 hits and zero walks while striking out one. So far this season, the Florida Atlantic alum is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA, one save, 25 strikeouts and just 2 walks.

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.

Players who represented Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic are marked with an asterisk.

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