Revised on: 06.20.2018 at 03:24 p.m.
Posted on: 06.17.2018 at 11:53 a.m.
Statistics are through games of June 19.
MacKenzie Gore has spent more time this baseball season battling a blister than he has opposing hitters. However, results from his two performances after returning from his most recent stint on the DL are very encouraging. Gore plays for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps in the Midwest League (Class A).
June 10, Gore pitched two innings against Lansing. He did not allow a run or hit, struck out three and walked one. Saturday, Gore pitched shut out Great Lakes for three innings. He allowed one hit, struck out five and walked no one.
Former East Columbus and Whiteville baseball state championship team member Hunter Smith was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List June 16 by the Salem Red Sox. Prior to the move, Smith had appeared in 17 games with a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 5.60 in 35.1 innings pitched. Smith has recorded 21 strikeouts and issued 14 walks for the Carolina League (Class A, Advanced) Salem team.
Tanner Duncan is back with Quad Cities of the Midwest League after five games with Buies Creek of the Carolina League. Duncan pitched in five games for Buies Creek, logging 8.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA. Duncan was sent back to Quad City despite allowing just one run in his last three games.
Duncan’s Quad Cities numbers are impressive. In 15 innings pitched spread over seven games, Duncan has an ERA of 1.20 with 19 Ks and 5 walks.
Eric Jenkins had the distinction of making ESPN’s top 10 plays from May 27. Jenkins made a catch in foul territory, flipped over a fence, landed on his feet and immediately fired the ball back into the infield. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJl2FPgQ3PM
Jenkins started the season strong enough with Hickory (26 games, .291 average, 16-19 stolen bases) to earn a promotion to Down East Wood Ducks (Kinston) of the Carolina League. In 32 games with Down East, Jenkins is batting .204 with three doubles, two triples and has been successful on 5 of 7 stolen base attempts.
The Baltimore Orioles’ Mike Wright Jr’s season stats (37 IP, 6.08 ERA) may not shine, but he has much better results in recent outings. In 16.2 innings, Wright has allowed just four earned runs over a ten-game stretch.
Seth Frankoff is playing in Korea for the Doosan Bears. Frankoff is married to the former Bess Hammond of Cerro Gordo. Frankoff has a sterling 10-0 record with an ERA of 2.67 in 77.2 innings. He has recorded 71 strikeouts and walked 36.
Taylor Ward is the son of former West Columbus three-sport athlete Joey Ward. Selected as a catcher out of Fresno State by the LA Angels in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, Ward has been shifted to third base. Ward started the season with the Mobile Bears of the AA Southern League. After compiling a .342 average in 42 games, Ward was promoted to the Angels AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City. In 15 games for Salt Lake, Ward has a .328 batting average with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs.