By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your minor-league highlights from the week of May 8-14, 2017:

tellez bisons mugJewish Baseball News Hitter of the Week: Rowdy Tellez

  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays/AAA) began the week with a four-game hitting streak, during which he hit .375 (6-for-16) with 3 doubles, 6 RBIs, 2 walks (one of them intentional) and his first stolen base of the season.


baker cardinals mugJewish Baseball News Pitcher of the Week: Corey Baker

  • P Corey Baker (Cardinals/AA) pitched a total of 4.1 scoreless innings, giving up 5 hits but zero walks while striking out 2. So far this year, the Team Israel alum is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA and is 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

Other highlights

  • Coming off the disabled list, 1B Ike Davis (Dodgers/AAA) hit .307 (4-for-13) last week with a home run and 3 RBIs.
  • C Mitchell Kranson (Twins/High-A) went 4-for-5 on May 12 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. The 2016 draftee (9th round) ranks among the leaders of his Cedar Rapids Kernels team in doubles (10/2nd), average (.292/3rd), on-base percentage (.348/3rd), RBIs (15/4th-tied) and slugging (.462/5th).
  • LF Jake Thomas (Blue Jays/A) had hits in all three games he played last week, raising his hitting streak to seven games. The 2015 draftee (27th round) has an incredible .545 on-base percentage, tops among all minor leaguers with at least 80 plate appearances; the next highest rate is .488. One blogger recently commented that Thomas’s on-base percentage would “make Wade Boggs blush.”
  • P Gabe Cramer (Royals/High-A) wasn’t perfect in his lone appearance last week, a 3-inning stint on May 10. An undrafted free agent signed out of Stanford, Cramer yielded an earned run on 2 hits and a walk. But pitching alongside Team Israel teammate Jake Kalish, Cramer struck out 8 of the 9 players he retired and earned the win. The only player to drive in a run off him? Nationals prospect Rhett Wiseman, who also struck out against Cramer.
  • P Scott Effross (Cubs/High-A) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings over two appearances, yielding 2 hits and a walk while striking out 4.
  • P Troy Neiman (Rockies/AA) didn’t fare terribly well in his Double-A debut on April 9, yielding 2 earned runs over one inning for a plump 18.00 ERA. Since then, the Team Israel alum has trimmed his ERA to a slim 3.10. Over a combined 3.2 innings last week, Neiman yielded one earned run.


  • Richard Bleier (Orioles) was called-up from Triple-A for the second time this season.
  • 1B Ike Davis (Dodgers/AAA) came off the disabled list.
  • Brandon Gold (Rockies/A) came off the disabled list.
  • The independent-league Joliet Slammers released former minor leaguer Steven Pollakov.
  • Former minor leaguer Mike Schwartz re-signed with the independent Joliet Slammers, joining fellow Jewish ex-minor leaguers Sean Bierman and Nate Irving on the roster.

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