It did not take very long for former Crowder and current Rookie GCL Mets (New York) pitcher Kyle Wilson to make an impact on the field.

It did not take very long for former Crowder and current Rookie GCL Mets (New York) pitcher Kyle Wilson to make an impact on the field.
On Saturday afternoon, making his professional debut against the GCL Nationals (fellow former Crowder player Trey Turner’s team), Wilson pitched a scoreless seventh inning and earned his first professional save.
Wilson sat the Nats (Washington) down in order in the bottom of the seventh — Justin Connell grounded out back to the pitcher, Ricardo Mendez lined out to short, and Luis Garcia flied out to left to end the game.
Wilson’s career stat line reads mostly zeroes, except for one inning pitched and one save.
Wilson’s first career save happened July 22 at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. That park is the spring training complex for the Houston Astros and the Nationals.
The Mets selected Wilson — wearing No. 89 and born in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — in the 35th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
This was Wilson’s second time being drafted, but he chose to attend Crowder rather than sign with the Minnesota Twins after they picked the strong-armed right-handed pitcher from Raymore-Peculiar High in the 19th round in 2015.
In his only complete season with Crowder, Wilson finished with a 3-1 record, two saves, and a 2.27 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks over 39 2/3 innings. Wilson pitched effectively both as starter and reliever, contributing quality innings to a 54-14 JUCO World Series qualifier.

Clark sets new career high for Ks
In his final start for the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay), former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark established a career high for strikeouts with nine.
That career high stood for just under a month, as Clark — now pitching for the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami) — fanned 10 batters Thursday night against the Greenville Drive.
All told, Clark struck out 10 and walked three over 5 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits. Clark’s earlier career best performance earned him Midwest League pitcher of the week honors.
On the season, Clark owns a 5-3 record and a 3.08 ERA between two Single-A stops. He’s struck out 72 and walked 28 over 73 innings.
In his four starts with the Grasshoppers since his trade, Clark owns a 2-1 record with a 3.00 ERA and 22 strikeouts and 10 walks over 18 innings.
Clark improved to 13-10 over his three-year career and ran his career ERA to 3.65 after 37 career appearances and 27 career starts.
The 15th round selection of the Rays in the 2015 MLB Draft was traded with fellow prospect Braxton Lee to the Marlins for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
Lee, currently with the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (formerly teammates with former Crowder pitcher Mike Kickham), leads the Southern League in batting average.
Hechavarria, in his first 17 games with the Rays, owns a .250 average (15 for 60) with two runs scored, two doubles, and four RBI.

Hilliard still RBI king in Cali League
While a few of his former and possibly future teammates earned a promotion to Double-A this season, former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) outfielder Sam Hilliard will surely advance in the organization by at least next season.
Hilliard drove in a run Saturday night against the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego) and it gave the two-time midseason all-star 68 RBI on the season. Those 68 RBI are the most in the California League — entering Sunday, Hilliard led San Jose Giants catcher Aramis Garcia by six.
On the season, over 93 games entering Sunday, Hilliard owns a .292 average (108 for 370) with 63 runs scored, 17 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, and 23 stolen bases in 33 attempts.
Defensively, he’s recorded five assists this season, coming off last season during which he gunned down 12 runners. Hilliard played for the Asheville Tourists last season.
Hilliard’s former teammates include Brian Mundell and Brendan Rodgers, both of whom were called up to the Hartford Yard Goats.

Schwaab fares better in last outing
Making his Double-A debut, former Crowder and current Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) pitcher Andrew Schwaab received a rude greeting from the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston), roughed up for three earned runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings.
After one career game with Trenton, Schwaab had a 16.20 ERA for the Thunder.
To say that Schwaab fared much better in his second appearance would be a vast understatement.
Schwaab pitched two scoreless innings Friday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto), lowering his Trenton ERA to 7.36.
Schwaab, who struck out one and walked two during his Double-A debut, fanned three and walked one Friday night.
On the season, Schwaab has a 4-2 mark and a 4.24 ERA with five saves in five opportunities. He’s struck out 36 and walked 14 over 40 1/3 innings.
Schwaab earned a 4-2 record with a 3.93 ERA and all five saves in 26 games for the Single-A Tampa Yankees, for whom he earned his second consecutive midseason all-star game appearance. Schwaab earned his previous honors for Charleston in the South Atlantic League, an all-star game that also featured former Crowder standout Sam Hilliard.
In his first pro season, Schwaab’s Pulaski Yankees faced Ethan Clark’s Princeton Rays in the Gulf Coast League playoffs. Princeton came out victorious in the series.
The Yankees signed Schwaab in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from Missouri, Schwaab’s collegiate destination after Crowder.

Beeks takes loss for Pawtucket
Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks dropped to 3-4 since his promotion to Pawtucket, taking a loss Thursday night against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore).
Beeks allowed six runs (three earned) on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two, and surrendered three home runs, not one of his better outings. It turned quickly on Beeks, though, who held Norfolk hitless and faced the minimum of 15 batters through five innings.
With Pawtucket, Beeks stands at 3-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 50 strikeouts and 17 walks over 50 innings in his nine starts.
On the season, overall between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, Beeks owns a 8-5 record with a 2.63 ERA and 108 strikeouts and 39 walks over 99 1/3 innings.
Beeks needs one more win to match his career best number he set the past two seasons.
The Red Sox made Beeks a 12th round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft and he’s generated a 26-20 overall record with a 3.67 ERA over 72 career games and 70 career starts.
Beeks’ next start might be Wednesday against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit).

Other former Crowder players
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-3, 4.22 ERA, 25 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 42 2/3 innings, 25 strikeouts, 26 walks.
Mike Kickham, Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami): 5-7, 3.31 ERA, 19 games, 17 starts, two complete games, one shutout, 100 2/3 innings, 91 strikeouts, 17 walks.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 3.48 ERA, eight games, no starts, 10 1/3 innings, 14 strikeouts, two walks.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 4-11, 5.69 ERA, 19 games, 15 starts, 80 2/3 innings, 45 strikeouts, 60 walks. Next start was slated for Monday night against the Modesto Nuts (Oakland). Leads the California League in losses.
Trey Turner, Rookie GCL Nationals (Washington): Disabled seven-day list. Signed with Nationals on June 20. Assigned to GCL Nationals on June 26.