By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of August 7-13, 2017:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Zach Borenstein*

LF Zach Borenstein* (Diamondbacks/AAA) hit .458 (11-for-24) with 4 HRs, 2 doubles, a triple and 12 RBIs last week. All 4 HRs and 11 of his RBIs came during a incredible two-game stretch on August 9-10. We’re not the only ones to honor Borenstein; the Pacific Coast League also named him its Player of the Week. Now in his second full season at the Triple-A level, the 27-year-old is hitting .283 with 20 HRs, 75 RBIs, 25 doubles, 5 triples, a .361 on-base percentage and a .578 slugging percentage.

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Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Sherriff*

  • P Ryan Sherriff* (Cardinals/AAA) pitched 2.1 perfect innings across 3 relief appearances last week, yielding no hits or walks while striking out 3 and earning his 6th save in 7 chances. The 27-year-old is 5-1 with a 3.33 ERA and is holding opponents to just 1.01 walks/hits per inning, 4th-best among Pacific Coast League pitchers with 50+ innings.

Other highlights

  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays/AAA) hit .400 (10-for-25) with 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and 4 walks, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AAA) hit .353 (6-for-17) with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. He also released his latest video.
  • Garrett Stubbs (Astros/AAA) hit .294 (5-for-17) with 7 RBIs in his first full week at the Triple-A level.
  • CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/AA) hit .360 (9-for-25) with a double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks and a stolen base. Since his promotion to Double-A, he is hitting .329 with 6 RBIs in 85 at-bats and a .420 on-base percentage.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .333 (7-for-21) with a HR, 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBIs and 2 walks.
  • OF Justin Cohen (Marlins/rookie) hit .467 (7-for-15) with a double, RBI and 3 walks. He notched four consecutive 2-hit games.
  • C Andy Yerzy (Diamondbacks/rookie) hit .389 (7-for-18) with a home run, double, 3 RBIs and 4 walks. His hit streak has reached 15 games.
  • P Josh Zeid* (Cardinals/AAA) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.
  • P Scott Effross (Cubs/High-A) pitched 5 scoreless innings across 3 relief appearances, yielding 3 hits and a walk while striking out 6 and earning his 6th save. He has a 1.93 ERA in his last 10 games.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/rookie), a 2017 draftee, earned his first 2 professional saves, yielding one run, one hit and one walk over 4 combined innings while striking out 3.
  • P Keith Weisenberg (Braves/rookie), a 2017 draftee, pitched 5 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and no walks while striking out 4 and earning his first professional save.
  • P Sam Delaplane (Mariners/rookie), a 2017 draftee, pitched 5 innings of one-run ball across 2 games, yielding 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9. He has 36 strikeouts and just 5 walks in 21.2 innings.


  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics/AAA) was sent outright to Triple-A by Oakland on August 7.
  • P Craig Breslow, who signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on August 4, made his debut with the franchise’s Triple-A club on August 9.

Free agents

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

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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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