By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 1-7, 2017:

thomas lugnuts mugJewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Jake Thomas

  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/A) hit .375 (3-for-8) last week and drew two walks in each of the three games he played. Thanks to his prodigious walking — Thomas is drawing a base on balls 34.2% of the time he comes to the plate — he leads all minor-leaguers with a .553 on-base percentage. The next best OBP among players with at least 70 plate appearances is .491. Thomas also is batting a healthy .319.


kenny rosenberg hot rods mugJewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Kenny Rosenberg

  • Maybe P Kenny Rosenberg (Rays/A) is better off in the bullpen at this point in his career. After three rough starts followed by a decent one on May 2 (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), the 21-year-old plowed through his opponents in a May 7 relief appearance, pitching 4 shutout innings on 6 strikeouts while yielding just 2 hits, walking none, and earning his third career save in three chances.

Other highlights

  • CF Braden Bishop (Mariners/High-A) hit .333 (9-for-27) with 3 doubles, 3 RBIs and 3 walks. For the season, he’s hitting .331 with a .414 on-base percentage.
  • 1B Cody Decker (Mets/AA) made the most of his few plate appearances, hitting .286 (2-for-7) with a home run, double, 3 RBIs and 4 walks.
  • P Jeremy Bleich (Dodgers/AAA), a recently-signed free agent, was masterful in his first two relief appearances of the year. The 29-year-old pitched a total of 5.33 scoreless innings, yielding just 2 hits and no walks while striking out 6.
  • It’s no fun getting sent back to the minors, particularly after making just one appearance, but P Richard Bleier (Orioles/AAA) made no waves last week. On May 7, his first game back at Triple-A, the 30-year-old pitched 3 near-perfect innings, yielding just one hit and no walks while striking out 2. In six minor-league appearances this season, Bleier has a slim 0.75 ERA, a save, and 13 strikeouts against zero walks.
  • Max Fried (Braves/AA) continued his up-and-down pattern this season, losing big on May 1 but bouncing back May 7 with a solid 6.33-inning win, yielding 6 hits, 3 earned runs and a walk while striking out 10, tying his career high.
  • P Alex Katz (White Sox/A) trimmed his ERA a bit with two scoreless one-inning outings, yielding one hit and no walks while striking out 3.
  • P R.C. Orlan (Nationals/AA) held opponents scoreless in each of three one-inning appearances.
  • P Robert Stock (Reds/High-A) was perfect in two short-relief appearances. He yielded no hits, walks or runs in 3 total innings and struck out 3 batters. His season ERA is down to 2.60.


  • P Marc Huberman (Cubs/High-A) was promoted from Single-A.
  • P Richard Bleier (Orioles/AAA) was sent down to the minors after one appearance with the O’s.
  • 1B Ike Davis (Dodgers/AAA) was placed on the disabled list.
  • C Tim Remes (Tigers/High-A) was placed on the disabled list.
  • P Joey Wagman (Athletics/High-A) was placed on the disabled list.
  • P Kenny Koplove (Phillies/A) was released.

Free agents

Disabled list

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