Everyone likes see the local athlete succeed. That’s why we created SGFers in the Bigs, a snapshot of where they are playing and how they are playing. Because it’s likely with all of these athletes, we’ve watched them do something incredible — and now we can all brag on them.
All stats are through Tuesday’s games (June 26).
Marcum was placed on the disabled list this week, and the news gets worse. During a throwing session, he experience discomfort in his right elbow, a development that could extend what was supposed to be only a brief stay on the 15-day disabled list.
The Brewers had hoped to have Marcum back on the mound either Saturday or Sunday against the D-backs, after two missed starts. But that plan is now in doubt after Marcum played catch with head athletic trainer Dan Wright in the outfield grass at Great American Ball Park in his first activity since a June 14 start at Kansas City, when he felt tightness in his surgically-repaired elbow.
Marcum told a reporter he was “still sore.”
Next scheduled start: Not anytime soon.
Ziegler only pitched once in the last week and made it count. He pitched two scoreless innings against the Cubs, striking out 3 and earning his 4th victory. The Diamondbacks have been disappointing, but Ziegler has not.
Upcoming schedule: Today-Thursday at Atlanta; Friday-Sunday at Milwaukee; Monday-Wednesday vs. San Diego
Gray continues to succeed in varying roles. He picked up his first hold of the year — which is the equivalent of a save for middle relievers — against Cincinnati on Friday. His last 5 innings pitched have been scoreless, including 2 this past week.
Upcoming schedule: Today vs. Chicago White Sox; Friday-Sunday vs. Kansas City (doubleheader Saturday); Monday-Thursday at Detriot
Elbert had his busiest week of the season, one that shows manager Don Mattingly is starting to have real faith in his results. Elbert gave up a home run to Oakland’s Brandon Moss last Wednesday, but it’s one of only 5 hits he’s given up all month, spanning 8 1/3 innings. His ERA in June is 2.16.
Upcoming schedule: Today at San Francisco; Thursday-Sunday vs. NY Mets; Monday-Tuesday vs. Cincinnati
Detwiler’s return to the starting rotation was glorious. He didn’t earn the victory, but threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 6 baserunners and striking out 3. He only threw 82 pitches in the 2-1 loss to Baltimore, but likely cemented his value in the rotation.
Next scheduled start: Friday at Atlanta (Ramon Delgado), 7:35 p.m.
Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros (Ozark HS)
Harrell just rolled out his most dominant start of his professional career — and not only didn’t win, but was saddled with a loss. Against Cleveland on Friday, Harrell struck out a career-high 9 and allowed just 2 hits over 7 innings, allowing just one run. However, Houston was shut out by Ubaldo Jimenez and Harrell got the tough-luck loss.
Next scheduled start: Today vs. San Diego (Clayton Richard), 8 p.m.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told the press Wednesday morning that Howard could join the MLB roster immediately following the All-Star break, which is only two weeks away. That’s great news as he recovers from Achilles surgery.
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Carroll has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. There’s no report of what happened, but the move occurred on Sunday. Hopefull, it will get him right and back on track. He is on the 40-man roster, so the Reds think highly of him. Here’s a video of Carroll talking about his transition from starter to reliever.
Upcoming schedule: None for Carroll
This is a gutcheck time for Palmer, who has been miserable since being DFA’d by San Diego a few weeks ago. He allowed 6 runs and 10 hits in 6 innings to Las Vegas on Friday. Since rejoining Tucson, he’s allowed 16 runs in 14 2/3 innings. Yikes.
Upcoming schedule: Today vs. Colorado Sky Sox, 8 p.m.
Baumann only pitched once last week, and allowed a run in two innings on a home run to Arkansas. Still, things continue to be solid for the Rogersville native. His role with Northwest Arkansas is clearly as a long reliever.
Upcoming schedule: Friday-Sunday at Corpus Christi; Monday-Wednesday at San Antonio
Kickham started twice in the past 7 days with mixed results. In both, his control problems flared up again. In a victory on Thursday, he allowed only one run over 5 2/3 innings, but walked 6 to go along with 4 hit. On Tuesday, he earned a loss by allowing 6 runs — 3 earned — in just 3 2/3 innings with 5 walks and 5 hits allowed. He walked 11 in his last two starts, after walking 11 in his previous 5. Still, the season numbers look pretty.
Next scheduled start: Sunday at Akron (Which means if Matt Lawson starts, Kickham will pitch against his fellow MSU alum…See below)
Matt Lawson, Cleveland Indians Double-A (Missouri State/Carl Junction HS)
Back in Double-A full time, Lawson is playing every day, but is scuffling. He’s just 2 for his last 16, both singles. And, he’s only walked twice in that same span. Still, he’s got an opportunity, but he’s going to need to hit to stay there.
Upcoming schedule: Today-Thursday vs. Akron; Friday-Monday vs. Richmond (If he starts, he’ll face Mike Kickham on Sunday…)
Pat Doyle, Cincinnati Reds High-A (Missouri State)
As we speculated, Bakersfield gave Doyle a turn in the starting rotation Sunday. It didn’t go well. He allowed 8 runs — 5 earned — in 4 innings, weakened by 8 hits. It’s surprising, too, because the longer Doyle has gone in outings, generally the better he’s fared. Hopefull he gets another turn Friday.
Upcoming schedule: Friday vs. Modesto, 9:45 p.m.
Tyler Clark Detroit Tigers High-A (Catholic HS)
Clark didn’t pitch in the last week, but as we know, there hasn’t been a lot of baseball in Florida lately with the flooding. We hope everything is OK down there in Lakeland.
Upcoming schedule: All TBA
Cedar Rapids looks to be toying with the way they want to use Meade. On Friday, he pitched 1/3 of an innings, striking the batter out. On Sunday, he threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and struck out one batter. He earned his second victory.
All of a sudden, Meade has thrown 28 1/3 quality innings. It doesn’t look like a flash in the pan, or a gimmick.
Upcoming schedule: Today vs. Burlington, Thursday-Saturday at Quad Cities; Sunday-Tuesday at Beloit
|Low-A Cedar Rapids
Medrano’s second 5 games weren’t as good as his first 5, but he’s still solid. He went 4-for-19 last week with a triple, an RBI and 3 walks. It’s a small sample size, but he’s 4-for-8 against lefthanded pitching with a triple. Oh, and those 3 walks in the last 5 games? They make up his season total.
Upcoming schedule: Today at Tri-City; Thursday-Saturday vs. Tri-City; Sunday-Tuesday vs. Spokane
J.C. Casey, Chicago White Sox Short Season Advanced (Missouri State and Kickapoo HS)
Casey’s second start for Great Falls wasn’t as glamorous as the first. He was saddled with a loss Monday after allowing 3 runs, 6 hits and 4 walks over 4 2/3 innings to Billings.
Next scheduled start: Saturday vs. Helena, 8 p.m.
|SSA Great Falls
Conner showed enough to earn a promotion from the Gulf Coast League to the Short Season rookie affiliate in Bluefield, WV (Appalachian League). After batting cleanup for the GCL team, he’s batted 7th twice and 5th once.
Upcoming schedule: Today at Burlington; Thursday-Saturday vs Kingsport; Sunday-Tuesday vs. Pulaski
|GCL Blue Jays
|SS Rookie Bluefield
Eierman has only played once in the last week, and it likely has a lot to do with the flooding in Florida. We wish them all the best, so he can get his MLB career back on track.
Upcoming schedule: All TBA
|SSA Great Falls
Wait, I thought they were in pro baseball…
- MSU Bears ace Pierce Johnson has been assigned to the Cubs’ Arizona League affiliate. He hasn’t pitched yet, and is expected to take it slow. He signed with the Cubs for $1,196,000 after being selected 43rd overall by Chicago.
- Former MSU slugger Josh Mazzola has signed with the Winnepeg Goldeyes of the American Association. It’s the same league former MSU closer/Glendale HS alum Dan Kickham will play in with the KC T-Bones.
- Speaking of the T-Bones, that’s where recent MSU outfielder Spiker Helms has landed. He signed late last week.
- Former MSU infielder Toby Gardenhire retired and was named as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
- Per MSU coach Paul Evans, former MSU ace Brett Sinkbeil’s has retired. He received some offers
- All information points to former MSU catcher Dallas Hord catcher having retired.
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