By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 15-21, 2017. It was a particularly good stretch for members of Team Israel’s 2017 squad, who we’ve marked with an asterisk:

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Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Zach Borenstein*

LF Zach Borenstein* (Diamondbacks/AAA) had a modest 7 hits in 26 at-bats last week (.269) but made them count, stroking 3 home runs and 2 doubles while knocking in 8 runs and walking twice.


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Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Ryan Sherriff

  • P Ryan Sherriff (Cardinals/AAA) had three perfect relief outings, yielding no hits or walks across 3.1 combined innings while striking out 3 and earning his third save in three attempts.

Other highlights

  • 1B Ike Davis* (Dodgers/AAA) hit .400 (4-for-10) with a double, 4 RBIs and a walk. Since coming off the disabled list May 11, he’s lifted his average from .111 to .220.
  • 1B Cody Decker* (Mets/AA) hit .538 (7-for-13) and did most of his damage over the weekend, going a combined 6-for-9 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. The offensive outpouring raised his average from .191 to .267.
  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Athletics/AAA) hit .300 (3-for-10) with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs and 3 walks.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/A) went 2-for-9 (.222) with a double but drove in 3 runs and drew 3 walks in his 2017 debut.
  • P Gabe Cramer* (Royals/High-A) lowered his season ERA to 1.54 with a sterling 2.2-inning appearance on May 17, yielding one hit and no walks while fanning 4.
  • Brandon Gold (Rockies/A) earned a win May 15 with his best start of the season. The 2016 draftee yielded 5 hits, 2 earned runs and no walks over 5 innings while striking out 6 batters.
  • P Brad Goldberg* (White Sox/AAA) earned two saves and two perfect relief appearances last week, yielding no walks or hits over 3.1 combined innings and striking out one.
  • P Marc Huberman (Cubs/High-A) held opponents scoreless in two one-inning relief appearances, yielding one hit and no walks while striking out 3.
  • P Dean Kremer* (Dodgers/High-A), a 2016 draftee, came into his May 18 start with a hefty 8.14 ERA…and pitched his best game of the season. Kremer yielded one hit, 3 walks and one earned run over 4.1 innings while striking out 7.
  • After struggling May 16 (1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), P Troy Neiman* (Rockies/AA) was dominant on May 21, yielding 2 hits and no walks over 2.2 innings while fanning 5.
  • Jason Richman yielded just one earned run in 6.2 combined innings of relief, giving up 6 hits and a walk while striking out 6.
  • Joey Wagman* (Oakland/High-A), fresh off the disabled list and pitching for the first time this month, struck out 4 of the 5 batters he faced in a hitless relief gig May 19.


  • Great news for P Alex Katz*, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox by the Baltimore Orioles and promoted to High-A. From the Baltimore Sun: “He has a good fastball and excellent strikeout record,” executive vice president Dan Duquette said of Katz, who has struck out 10.1 per nine innings in his minor league career. “A lot of guys like him and they project him to be a major league reliever.”
  • C Tim Remes (Tigers/AA) came off the disabled list and was promoted to Double-A.
  • C Nick Rickles* (Nationals/AA) made his 2017 debut.
  • C Adam Sonabend (Giants/AA) came off the disabled list, went 1-for-5 in two appearances, and then returned to the disabled list.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/A) made his 2017 debut.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Dodgers/AA) was demoted to Double-A after going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four games at Triple-A.
  • P Joey Wagman* (Oakland/High-A) came off the disabled list.
  • Former minor-league 2B Mason Katz signed with the independent Winnipeg Goldeyes. He is listed as a catcher/infielder.
  • Former minor-league C Steven Pollakov signed with the independent Joliet Slammers.
  • IF Ryan Lashley signed with the independent Southern Illinois Miners.

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