Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks took a no-decision in a game suspended Friday night and completed Saturday evening against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (New York).

Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks took a no-decision in a game suspended Friday night and completed Saturday evening against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (New York).
Beeks allowed no runs on a single hit over three innings, all Friday night and he left with a 2-0 lead. He struck out five and walked none Friday, and was denied the opportunity to complete a strong performance on the mound.
Pawtucket ended the game with a 5-2 win, scoring two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
On the season, between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Beeks owns a 7-4 record and a 2.73 ERA with 92 strikeouts and 33 walks over 82 1/3 innings.
At the highest level of professional baseball this side of the majors, Beeks stands at 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts and 11 walks over 33 innings.
Beeks was a 12th round pick of the Red Sox in the 2014 MLB Draft straight from Arkansas (his collegiate destination after Crowder) and he’s earned 25 wins over his pro career.
He seems to be on the cusp of reaching the highest level of baseball.

Kickham sharp for Jumbo Shrimp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Crowder and current Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins) pitcher Mike Kickham rebounded with a win Friday night against the Mobile Bears (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).
Kickham allowed one run on four hits over seven strong innings of work. He struck out three and walked two. Kickham lowered his ERA to 2.34, rebounding nine points after his ERA took a 17-point hit from his season-best 2.26 ERA.
Over his last 10 starts, Kickham owns a 5-1 mark and a sparkling 1.09 ERA, with 41 strikeouts and 10 walks over his last 57 2/3 innings.
Overall, Kickham stands at 5-4 with that 2.34 ERA and 71 strikeouts balanced against 13 walks over 84 2/3 innings.
Entering Saturday night, Kickham — a midseason all-star this season — ranked third in the Southern League in ERA, tied for first in complete games (two) and shutouts (one), and ninth in innings pitched.
The Giants drafted Kickham in the sixth round of the MLB Draft and he reached the majors for the first time with the Giants in 2013. Kickham played at Missouri State collegiately after Crowder.

Clark takes no decision in Grasshopper debut
Former Crowder and current Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami Marlins) pitcher Ethan Clark made his first start for the Grasshoppers since his trade from the Tampa Bay Rays organization last week.
Clark took a no-decision for the Grasshoppers against the Asheville Tourists, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Clark struck out four and walked two.
On the season, Clark owns a 3-2 record with a 3.02 ERA and 54 strikeouts and 20 walks over 59 2/3 innings, most of those numbers accumulated for the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He earned the Midwest League pitcher of the week for his last outing for the Hot Rods.
The 15th round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Rays owns a 11-9 career record and a 3.67 ERA, with 122 strikeouts and 42 walks over 144 2/3 innings.
The South Atlantic League has seen most Crowder players currently in the pros come through its ranks in recent seasons. For example, Sam Hilliard and Andrew Schwaab were midseason all-stars last summer.
Former Crowder player Kenny Hook, also the former manager of the Kansas City T-Bones, serves as the hitting coach of the Hickory Crawdads, the Single-A South Atlantic League representative of the Texas Rangers. The Crawdads are managed by former MLB player Spike Owen, the No. 6 overall pick in the 1982 MLB Draft.

Other former Crowder players
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-3, 3.90 ERA, 20 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 32 1/3 innings, 19 strikeouts, 20 walks.
Sam Hilliard, Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado): .295, 53 runs scored, 88 hits, 12 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 57 RBI, 31 walks, 85 strikeouts, 21 stolen bases, 28 attempts.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 1.50 ERA, four games, no starts, six innings, six strikeouts, no walks.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 4-10, 5.76 ERA, 17 games, 13 starts, 70 1/3 innings, 40 strikeouts, 54 walks.
Andrew Schwaab, Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (New York): 4-1, 3.69 ERA, 22 games, no starts, three saves, three opportunities, 31 2/3 innings, 27 strikeouts, nine walks.