By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of July 2-8, 2018:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Andy Yerzy

C Andy Yerzy (Diamondbacks/A-short-season), Arizona’s #18 prospect, reached base in all five plate appearances on july 6 (4 singles, walk) and hit a 2-run, walk-off single on July 2. For the week, he hit .370 (10-for-27) with a HR, double, 4 RBIs and a .393 OBP.



Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Simon Rosenblum Larson

  • P Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Rays/rookie), a 2018 draftee, tossed 6.1 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and a walk while striking out 10 and earning his 2nd save. Since his pro debut on June 17, the Harvard alum has maintained a 0.00 ERA across 14.1 innings, fanned 23 batters, and walked just 3.

Mazel tov

Other highlights

  • LF Zach Borenstein* (Mets/AAA) hit .250 (7-for-28) with 2 HRs, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs and a .300 on-base percentage last week.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Diamondbacks/AAA) was 0-for-3 at the plate last week, but on July 6 he made his his third pitching appearance of the season — a scoreless inning in which he reportedly never threw faster than 53 mph.
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros/AAA) hit .313 (5-for-16) with a double, triple, 2 RBIs, stolen base, and a .389 OBP.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/High-A) hit .389 (7-for-18) with 3 doubles, 5 RBIs and a .421 OBP.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .304 (7-for-23) with a HR, 3 RBIs and a .429 OBP. His 15 HRs and .515 slugging percentage both rank #4 in the Carolina League.
  • 2B Zane Gurwitz (Angels/A) hit a 2-run, 9th-inning triple on July 7 that proved to be a game-winner. For the week, he hit .300 (3-for-10) with 3 RBIs and a .364 OBP.
  • C Scott Manea (Mets/A) hit .313 (5-for-16) with a HR, 3 doubles, 8 RBIs and a .421 on-base percentage. Six of his RBIs came in a single game, on July 2.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Athletics/Triple-A) pitched 3 scoreless innings over 2 appearances, yielding 3 hits and zero walks while striking out 3.
  • P Matthew Gorst (Red Sox) pitched 3 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out 4. One of the batters he struck out looking was Mets prospect (and former NFL quarterback) Tim Tebow. In five relief outings since being promoted to Double-A, Gorst has maintained a 0.00 ERA and held opposing batters to a .103 batting average.
  • P Dean Kremer* (Dodgers/AA) celebrated his promotion to Double-A with 11 strikeouts and a complete-game shutout on July 5. The joint Israeli/American citizen has 125 strikeouts, #1 among all minor leaguers.
  • P Brad Goldberg* (Diamondbacks/AA) tossed 1.1 perfect innings across 2 appearances, yielding zero hits or walks while striking out 2.
  • P Rob Kaminsky (Indians/AA) pitched 3 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 2 walks and zero hits while striking out one.
  • P Jake Fishman (Blue Jays/High-A) pitched 2 perfect innings of relief on July 5 to earn his second win. In his last 10 appearances, the southpaw is 1-0 across 13.2 innings, with 3 saves, a 0.66 ERA, 2 walks and 16 strikeouts.
  • Brandon Gold (Rockies/High-A) tossed six innings of 2-run ball on July 5 to earn his 6th win.
  • P Alex Katz* (Orioles/A) came to the mound with two outs in the 5th inning of a no-hitter on July 5 and kept the no-no alive through the 9th inning, yielding no hits or walks. Unfortunately, his successor gave up the losing run in the 10th inning.
  • P Jordan Scheftz (Indians/A-short-season) threw 3 scoreless innings across 2 games, giving up a hit and 2 walks while striking out 3 and earning his 1st win.
  • P Keith Weisenberg (Braves/A) earned a 6-inning, rookie-league win on July 4 before being promoted to Single-A, yielding one earned run on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.
  • P Tyler Cohen (Rangers/rookie), a 2018 signee, tossed 2.2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and zero walks while striking out 2.
  • P R.C. Orlan* (Indians) pitched 2.1 no-hit innings across 2 games in a rookie-league rehab assignment.

Draft update

  • SS Zack Kone (Pirates/A-short-season), a 13th-round pick in the 2018 draft, signed with Pittsburgh on July 6 and was assigned to the franchise’a A-short-season team. Before the draft, Kone was ranked 94th on Baseball America’s top 100 college draft prospects for 2018.


  • P Craig Breslow* (Blue Jays/AAA) was promoted to Triple-A on July 2.
  • P Robert Stock (Padres/AAA) was optioned to Triple-A on July 6.
  • P Dean Kremer* (Dodgers/AA) was promoted to Double-A on July 5.
  • C Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AA) was reassigned to Double-A on July 4.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/High-A) was reassigned to A-short season on July 6.
  • P Keith Weisenberg (Braves/A) was promoted to Single-A on July 4.

Free agents

Disabled list

  • SS Preston Grand Pre (Dodgers/rookie), since June 29.
  • SS Scotty Burcham* (Rockies/AA), since June 21.
  • P Ryan Sherriff (Cardinals/AAA), since May 18. Out for season with Tommy John surgery.
  • P Mitchell Osnowitz (Cardinals/High-A), since April 9.

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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