By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 7-13, 2018:



Jewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Nick Rickles*

C Nick Rickles* (Phillies/AAA) hit .714 (5-for-7) last week with 2 HRs, 2 RBIs and a walk, with both home runs coming on May 9. He is hitting .314 this season and was the subject of two recent articles: one on his improved hitting, and another on his social-media prowess.



Jewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Scott Effross

P Scott Effross (Cubs/AA) pitched 4 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 2 hits and no walks while striking out 7.

Other highlights

  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros/AAA) hit .444 (4-for-9) with a double, triple and 2 RBIs. He is hitting .358 this season and has thrown out 7 of 14 attempted base-stealers.
  • C Ryan Lavarnway* (Indians/AAA) hit .571 (4-for-7) with 3 doubles and a walk. So far this season he has retired 3 of 4 attempted base-stealers.
  • SS Scott Burcham* (Rockies/AA) went 3-for-4 on March 10 with a home run, double and 2 RBIs. Since making his Double-A debut on May 5, he is hitting .375 with a .474 on-base percentage and 1.161 OPS.
  • 2B Adam Walton (Diamondbacks/A) hit .556 (5-for-9) with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 walks.
  • C Scott Manea (Mets/A) hit .533 (8-for-15) with a home run, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and a walk. He leads the Columbia Fireflies in batting average (.319), on-base percentage (.484) and slugging percentage (.528) and has thrown out 11 of 17 attempted base-stealers.
  • RF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/High-A) hit .286 (6-for-21) with 2 HRs, a double, 5 RBIs and 2 walks. Both home runs came on May 10.
  • P Jeremy Bleich* (Athletics/AAA) pitched 3 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding 3 hits and a walk while striking out one.
  • P Sam Delaplane (Mariners/A) pitched 2 scoreless innings on May 10, yielding a hit and a walk while striking out 3.
  • P Alex Katz* (Orioles/A) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings across 2 games, yielding one hit and 3 walks while striking out 6.


  • P Ryan Sheriff (Cardinals/AAA)¬†was¬†optioned to Triple-A.

Free agents

Disabled list

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