By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of July 24-30, 2017:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Jake Thomas

LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/High-A) hit .389 (7-for-18) with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and 5 walks last week. His .436 on-base percentage ranks 8th-best among all minor leaguers this season.



Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Jason Richman

  • P Jason Richman (Dodgers/High-A) was near-perfect in three relief appearances last week, giving up no runs, no hits and one walk across 5 innings while striking out 2 and earning a win. Richman was released by the Texas Rangers on May 31 but signed with Los Angeles two weeks later.

Other highlights

  • LF Zach Borenstein* (Diamondbacks/AAA) hit .375 (9-for-24) with a home run, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs and a walk, although he also struck out 10 times. For the season, Borenstein is hitting .273 with 15 HRs and 59 RBIs.
  • C Andy Yerzy (Diamondbacks/rookie) hit .333 (6-for-18) with a home run, a double, 4 RBIs and 3 walks.
  • SS Scotty Burcham* (Rockies/High-A) hit .318 (7-for-22) with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, a walk and 2 stolen bases.
  • CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/AA) hit .318 (7-for-22) with a double, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases. He is hitting .303 since being promoted to Double-A on July 22.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .318 (7-for-22) with a home run, double, 3 walks and 4 RBIs.
  • LF Blake Gailen* (Dodgers/AA) hit .313 (5-for-16) with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs.
  • C Michael Barash (Angels/High-A) hit just .200 (4-for-20) but made the most of it, stroking 2 doubles and a home run while driving in 5 runs and adding 2 walks.
  • P Jake Fishman (Blue Jays/A-short-season) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings across two games. In nine games this season, including one at the rookie-league level, he has a 0.00 ERA with 16 strikeouts and just 2 walks. Fishman recently was profiled by a Canadian website.
  • P Keith Weisenberg (Braves/rookie), a 2017 draftee, was perfect in two relief appearances, yielding no hits or walks across 4.2 innings while striking out 7.
  • P Spencer Kulman (Padres/rookie), a 2017 draftee, pitched 2 perfect innings on July 27, yielding no hits or walks while striking out one. In five games since being signed, he is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA.
  • P Zack Weiss (Reds/AA) earned 2 more saves to bring his season total to 8. In his last 10 games, Weiss is 2-1 with 7 saves and a 1.69 ERA.
  • P Max Fried (Braves/AA), a former 1st-round draft pick who is struggling this season (2-11, 6.21 ERA), pitched his second straight scoreless start on July 27, yielding one hit and 2 walks over 3 innings while striking out 2.
  • P Kenny Koplove (Marlins/A-short-season) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding one hit and no walks while fanning 2.
  • P Troy Neiman* (Rockies/AA) pitched 6 innings of one-run ball across 3 appearances, yielding 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6.
  • P R.C. Orlan* (Nationals/High-A) pitched 2 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 2 hits and no walks while striking out one.


  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics) was called-up from Triple-A on July 27.
  • P Craig Breslow was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins on July 24 and released outright on July 29.
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/High-A) was sent down from Double-A to High-A on July 24.
  • SS Preston Grand Pre (Dodgers/rookie), a 2017 draftee, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on July 30.

Free agents

  • Players believed to be seeking employment include major leaguer Craig Breslow and minor leaguer Corey Baker*. Former major leaguer Sam Fuld* recently said he may be at the end of his career.

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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