A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins
The only active Red Raider in Major League Baseball earned his first two career victories in June. On June 25 Ramos grabbed his second win in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. He threw two shutout innings allowing one hit and recording three strikeouts.
In a 9-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on June 28, Ramos threw the final inning not allowing a run and recording a strikeout.
Ramos also pitched Monday recording a strikeout. The young right hander was taken out before he could notch the save after allowing a hit and a walk.
Ramos is currently 2-2 with a 4.10 ERA and a BB/K ratio of 1:2.
Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Karstens is currently on the 60 Day Disabled List. Karstens had right shoulder surgery in June on his rotator cuff. There is no timetable on his return.
Tomlin, much like Karstens, is on the 60 Day Disabled List due to surgery. Tomlin had Tommy John surgery last August. The latest update on Tomlin is that he has been throwing four times per week. That update came June 10. As of right now, he could possibly return late this season.
Stewart played the role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the past week. His first start on June 26 lasted just four innings. Stewart allowed nine hits, six runs all earned, two walks and a home run. Four of the runs came in the first inning. On the flip side, Stewart struck out 7. The Knights eventually lost 7-6 to the Louisville Bats.
Stewart came back firing seven innings of shutout baseball and picking up his fifth win against the Buffalo Bisons July 1. The former Major Leaguer racked up 6 strikeouts while surrendering three hits and one base on balls.
Stewart currently sports a 5-9 record with a 5.06 ERA. Stewart records almost four strikeouts for every walk allowed.
If all stays consistent, Stewart's next start should be Saturday against the Norfolk Tides.
Kieschnick has been in a bit of a slump the past month. Kieschnick's average has dropped from over .300 to .265 and has only hit in two of the past 10 games. When Kieschnick does hit, he is on. Both of those games have been multi-hit games including a 2-3 on Tuesday with a walk. IF Kieschnick is able to find his power and some consistency, he could be a late season call-up. That is especially true after the Giants were no-hit Tuesday.
James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins
Leverton made two appearances for the Zephyrs in the past week. On June 28, Leverton picked up his first save of the season throwing three innings allowing a solo home run in a 9-4 victory over the Round Rock Express. Leverton notched three strikeouts in the ballgame.
The Rockwall product went onto record his first hold Tuesday. After recording the first two outs of the ninth inning, Leverton allowed two singles and then surrendered a walk prompting a pitching change ending his bid for save number two.
Leverton is 2-1 with a save and a 2.66 ERA in AAA. His K/BB ratio is 3:1.
Colt Hynes, LHP, Tucson Padres: San Diego Padres
This past week, Hynes got called out of the bullpen three times. As part of a doubleheader, Hynes got summoned for the final 1.2 innings. Hynes recorded the save without giving up a run, hit or walk. Two of the outs were strikeouts.
The final inning against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox also belonged to Hynes, but the reliever gave up a run in a 5-2 loss.
The damage was done on July 1 in Sacramento agains the River Cats. Tucson won 6-3, but all three runs were tagged to the Texas Tech product who sported an ERA below 2.00 prior to the game.
The third year in AAA has been a charming one for Colt Hynes. After two years of producing ERAs swarming 5.50, Hynes currently sports a 2.15 ERA with 4 saves. He is also 1-0 with a K/BB ratio of 19:1.
Bobby Doran, RHP, Corpus Christi Hooks: Houston Astros
Doran made an appearance in AAA this past week, but it was a one-time deal. Doran looked fine through 4 shutout innings, but in the fifth a three run homer ended his Oklahoma City debut.
The second start for Doran in the week was back in the Texas League where he received a loss against the Tulsa Drillers. Doran gave up six hits, two runs, one earned, and a walk.
Doran is currently 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA. He has 63 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Doran makes a relief appearance every now and then, but if all stays on schedule his next start comes Tuesday in Tulsa.
Jay Johnson, LHP, Reading Fightin Phils: Philadelphia Phillies
In three appearances this week, Johnson only gave up one run. That run was on the road in New Hampshire. Johnson pitched a total of 4.1 innings this week in three appearances and earned a win July 2. The Fightin Phils were down 5-3 and after throwing an inning of shutball, Reading erupted for four runs in one inning for a 7-5 victory. It is Johnson's first victory this season.
Johnson is currently 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA. His opposing batting average is .215.
The Duke is in AA after only one season in professional baseball. This past week hasn't been his most impressive. Duke still managed to notch two wins in two appearances. On June 27 von Schamann gave up three earned runs on eight hits including the only home run in AA in five appearances. In five innings, he struck out five batters.
Duke threw six innings Tuesday surrendering one earned run on five hits and two walks.
von Schamann has racked up 24 K's in AA while walking just seven. He is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He made it to AA in his first professional season. As long as he stays healthy and consistent, Duke may be cruising down Sunset Blvd. faster than Magic Johnson can sign a $100 million check.
Chad Bettis, RHP, Tulsa Drillers: Colorado Rockies
It's been a rough two seasons in AA for the Rockies #4 prospect. Plagued by injuries, Bettis has lasted only one month off the 7-day disabled list.
Fowler made two appearances in the past week. On June 26, Fowler shut the Carolina Mudcats down for two innings snatching the win. In the game he surrendered a hit, a walk and recorded a strikeout.
Fowler pitched 1.2 innings Sunday against the Winston-Salem Dash. This game, Fowler was not as effective. The Liberty-Eylau product allowed three runs on two hits and two walks.
With a 3-3 record and a 2.22 ERA, Fowler has notched 2 saves. Fowler has struck out 34 and only given up 1 home run. His weakness seems to be in the hit department. He's given up 44 hits while only walking 15.
Robert Kilcrease, RHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates
In the one appearance Kilcrease made this week, he recorded a win. Kilcrease pitched three innings of shutout baseball allowing three hits and two walks.
Kilcrease has only given up one home run all season. It came on June 13. He is 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA Kilcrease has produced 26 strikeouts this season. His weakness is found in the 17 walks given up. If Kilcrease can work on finding the strike zone, this undrafted free agent may be a diamond in the rough.
Daniel Coulombe, LHP, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Los Angeles Dodgers
Coulombe pitched 2.2 innings in two appearances this week. Against the Lancaster JetHawks on July 28, Coulombe walked four batters, struck out one and gave up an earned run.
Coulombe had a better outing July 2 against the Inland Empire 66ers. The former Red Raider tossed an inning of shutout ball including a strikeout.
He is currently 0-2 with an ERA of 5.40.
Kelby Tomlinson, SS, San Jose Giants: San Francisco Giants
After an injury and cruising through his rehab assignment, Tomlinson has yet to go hitless. Tomlinson is 7-18 and it seems as he is only improving. After taking a day off, Tomlinson went 3 for 5 scoring two runs and driving in an RBI.
Throughout the entire season, which does not include May, Tomlinson is hitting .386.
Barrett Barnes, OF, West Virginia Power: Pittsburgh Pirates
Barrett Barnes was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week on June 24. Take into consideration that Barnes had just come off of the 7 day disabled list and that's impressive.
Unfortunately for Barnes, July greeted him rudely by snapping his hitting streak. Barnes was walked twice and scored a run on Monday. The following day, Barnes went 0 for 4. He has struck out six times in the past three days.
John Neely, RHP, Quad Cities River Bandits: Houston Astros
June 28, John Neely gave up an earned run on three hits and a walk at Peoria. Neely came back Tuesday to pick up the win throwing two innings of shutout ball. In the three innings this week, Neely recorded three Ks.
The Texas Tech graduate is 2-4 with a 3.34 ERA. He has 12 saves this season.
Rusty Shellhorn, LHP, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners
It has been a rough year for Shellhorn. After being sent down from A Advanced High Desert to A Clinton, Shellhorn found himself with an 0-1 record, a 5.49 ERA and a stint on the 7 day disabled list. Red Raider nation can only hope the struggles are due to the injury and that Rusty can find his stride after some time off.
Short Season A
Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Everett AquaSox: Seattle Mariners
McGruder started his second season at Everett with a couple of 0fers. Prior to going 0 for 4 on Tuesday, McGruder hit in 6 of 7 games including two multihit games. Jamodrick is still a thorn in pitcher's necks with six stolen bases. Since June 28, he has 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 stolen bases, and 6 runs.
McGruder is hitting .277 on the season.
Masek made his professional debut on June 29. He's made two appearances so far and has a 0.00 ERA. He did give up a run due to his own throwing error at Salem-Keizer on Tuesday. The former Tech ace has allowed a hit in both appearances. He gave up a walk on Tuesday and has yet to strike a batter out.
Jared McCrummen, RHP, Tri-City Dust Devils: Colorado Rockies
In five appearances, McCrummen has yet to give up a run. In the process McCrummen is 1-0 throwing 6.1 innings and recording three strikeouts. McCrummen has given up five hits and two walks.
Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins
Redman has become a pitcher. The transition will take some time to see exactly how Redman will respond to the change. It has been well so far. Two of the three outings, Redman threw two innings each of shutout ball. On Tuesday, Redman recorded three strikeouts.
Redman has recorded more strikeouts than walks and hits combined. He has an ERA of 3.18.
Shane Broyles, RHP, Tri-City Dust Devils: Colorado Rockies
After going 1-9 with a 6.94 ERA, Broyles was sent down from class A.
Bradley Marquez, OF, Kingsport Mets: New York Mets
Marquez has struggled this season in the minor leagues. This past week he went 0 for 8 in four games. The one time he got on base was by walk. Marquez only has two hits on the season. He has scored three runs, but carries a .091 batting average.
Andre Wheeler, LHP, Bristol White Sox: Chicago White Sox
Wheeler made his second professional appearance on June 27. He gave up an earned run on two hits and a walk through 1.1 innings. Wheeler has two strikeouts on the season and sports a 3.86 ERA.
Bo Altobelli, C, Elizabethton Twins: Minnesota Twins
Altobelli started the season off well. Unfortunately, the 7 day disabled list saved a spot for him. Prior to the injury, Altobelli was hitting .444 with a walk and two runs.