Former Crowder pitcher and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks continues to be the subject of much buzz in the Red Sox organization.

Former Crowder pitcher and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks continues to be the subject of much buzz in the Red Sox organization.
Trifecta Network Sports recently blogged about Beeks in a story titled “Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Could Be The Next Guy From Paw Sox.” Not bad for a young man who had the headline “A star is born? …” from the Boston Globe back in March.
“He buries his holds,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said of Beeks to Trifecta. “He maintains his stuff from the stretch. (Beeks) does a lot of things well, and he’s got a really good pitch-ability. He’s not afraid to pitch inside either.”
Beeks ascended to Pawtucket — just one step from the major leagues — from Double-A Portland earlier this season.
All that said, Beeks took a loss Sunday night against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees), the defending Triple-A national champions.
Beeks allowed three runs on six hits over five innings and he struck out five and walked three.
On the season, overall, Beeks owns a 7-4 record and a 2.84 ERA with a 5-1 mark and a 2.19 ERA for Portland. He’s 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA for Pawtucket.
Beeks has struck out 87 and walked 33 over 79 1/3 innings overall, striking out 29 and walking 11 over his first 30 innings at Triple-A.
The 12th round pick of the Red Sox owns a 25-19 career record and a 3.77 ERA split between five professional teams.
Beeks pitched for the Arkansas Razorbacks after Crowder. During the 2014 season, Beeks posted a 6-4 record and a 1.98 ERA for the Razorbacks. Beeks earned 12 career wins for Arkansas, posting six in both his seasons, and finished with a 12-6 career mark.

Kickham’s winning streak snapped
Former Crowder and current Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins) pitcher Mike Kickham saw his four-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night against the Jackson Generals (Arizona).
Kickham allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings and he balanced five strikeouts against two walks.
On the season, Kickham — named a midseason Southern League all-star — owns a 4-4 record and a 2.43 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 11 walks over 77 2/3 innings.
Kickham’s 36-42 over his professional career with a 3.96 ERA and 555 strikeouts.
The Jumbo Shrimp are in the final four of the MiLB Logomania contest and face the Vermont Lake Monsters in one semifinal.

Clark sharp Saturday in six scoreless
Former Crowder pitcher and current Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay) pitcher Ethan Clark gave maybe the best performance of his professional career Saturday night against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres).
Clark surrendered just a single hit, struck out nine and walked a mere one over his six scoreless innings and he lowered his ERA 38 points to 3.11, a number that increased from his previous start.
Bowling Green finished with a 4-0 victory.
On the season, Clark owns a 3-2 record and a 3.11 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 18 walks over 55 innings. He’s made 12 appearances and nine starts.
The Rays made Clark a 15th round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft straight from Crowder.

Hilliard continues hit streak
Entering Monday night’s game against Inland Empire (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) outfielder Sam Hilliard owned a nine-game hitting streak.
Hilliard collected three hits Friday, two Saturday and two Sunday.
On the season, after 70 games, Hilliard owns a .311 average (84 for 270) with 49 runs scored, 11 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 55 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 27 attempts.
Hilliard earned midseason all-star honors in the California League.
At the start of the week, Hilliard ranked eighth in the California League in batting average, sixth in runs scored, fifth in hits, second in triples, fifth in homers, second in RBI, and second in stolen bases.
Over his career, Hilliard reached 180 RBI in the pros with his RBI tally Friday.

Other former Crowder players
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-2, 3.86 ERA, 18 games, no starts, one save, two save opportunities, 28 innings, 13 strikeouts, 20 walks.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 2.25 ERA, two games, no starts, four innings, three strikeouts, no walks.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 3-9, 5.68 ERA, 15 games, 11 starts, 58 2/3 innings, 35 strikeouts, 45 walks.
Andrew Schwaab, Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (New York): 4-1, 3.86 ERA, 20 games, no starts, two saves, two save opportunities, 28 innings, 25 strikeouts, six walks.

Bohannan assigned to Johnson City
Neosho native and former Neosho High standout Silas Bohannan, a 2014 undrafted free agent of the St. Louis Cardinals, was recently assigned to the Johnson City Cardinals of the rookie Appalachian League.
Bohannan’s currently listed on the seven-day disabled list.
Over his first two seasons, 2014 and 2016, Bohannan posted an overall 5-1 record and a 5.13 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 13 walks over his first 33 1/3 innings.
In his second season, Bohannan went 2-1 with a 5.57 ERA and 12 strikeouts and 12 walks over 21 innings.
In his first season, Bohannan went 3-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 10 strikeouts and one walk over 12 1/3 innings.
Bohannan pitched both of his first two pro seasons for the GCL Cardinals of the Gulf Coast League.