Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks’ recent struggles continued Monday with his third consecutive loss.

Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks’ recent struggles continued Monday with his third consecutive loss.
Beeks allowed four runs (all earned) on six hits over 4 2/3 innings Monday. He struck out five and walked three. Pawtucket took a 10-1 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota) in the final game of the season for the Red Sox.
On the season, Beeks finished 11-8 overall and a 3.29 ERA between two stops, first with Double-A Portland this season where Beeks finished 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
Beeks went 6-7 with a 3.86 ERA in 17 games for Pawtucket. He won three straight decisions before his losing streak.
His numbers, though, still look impressive — for example, 155 strikeouts and 55 walks over 145 innings, both the strikeouts and innings career highs or near career highs in the case of innings pitched, just 2/3 innings away from his 145 2/3 innings pitched for Greenville in 2015. Beeks’ 11 wins also surpass his nine from each of the previous two seasons.

Kickham ends one of his best seasons
The Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami) put a wrap on their 2017 season and in his final start Sunday, former Crowder pitcher Mike Kickham took a no-decision against the Nashville Sounds (Oakland). Kickham allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking none.
On the season, between New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville (a Jumbo Shrimp and a Baby Cake in the same season), the sixth round selection of the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 MLB Draft finished with a 8-10 mark and a 3.65 ERA, 119 strikeouts, 24 walks, and 145 2/3 innings.
Kickham earned midseason all-star honors for Jacksonville, but did not get to play in the game since it was rained out for the first time in Southern League history.
Kickham’s 3.65 ERA ranks second during his professional career, falling behind the 3.05 ERA he recorded for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in the San Francisco organization.
His eight wins tie his second best mark from 2014 for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco).
Kickham’s 24 walks are his fewest over a complete season, beating out the 28 he walked for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle).

Reyes makes 1st Triple-A appearance
Despite a rough season for Single-A Advanced San Jose (San Francisco), former Crowder pitcher Mark Reyes got his opportunity to pitch in Triple-A — second-highest level of pro baseball — for the Sacramento River Cats.
In the next to last game of the regular season, Reyes tossed three innings against the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego), allowing one run on three hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Reyes pitched his first 25 games this season for San Jose and ended the season there with a 4-13 record and a 6.08 ERA, 60 strikeouts, 77 walks, and 111 innings.
In his final start with San Jose, he struck out one and walked seven. In his start before that, he struck out seven and walked one.
Reyes led the California League in losses, in his by far worst professional season.

Schwaab, Thunder reach postseason
The Double-A Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) completed their best regular season in franchise history with a 3-2 win Monday over the Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia).
Trenton began a best-of-five series Wednesday against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets).
In the 3-2 win Monday, former Crowder pitcher Andrew Schwaab earned his second save with Trenton and his seventh of the season overall.
Schwaab pitched two spotless innings Monday, almost spotless considering he did walk a batter. Schwaab added a strikeout.
Over the regular season, between Trenton and Single-A Advanced Tampa, Schwaab went 6-2 with a 3.43 ERA and seven saves in seven save opportunities. He struck out 53 and walked 20 over 57 2/3 innings. Schwaab made 39 appearances.
Schwaab earned his second midseason all-star appearance in a row, his second one with Tampa of the Florida State League. Before the game, Schwaab proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes.
Just call it a very memorable season for Schwaab.

Hilliard, JetHawks make postseason
Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) right fielder Sam Hilliard finished his regular season in style with a pair of home runs Monday night.
The JetHawks began their playoff series Wednesday against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Over 133 games, Hilliard batted .300 (161 hits in 536 at-bats) with 23 doubles, seven triples, 21 home runs, 92 RBI, 50 walks, 154 strikeouts, and 37 stolen bases in 54 attempts.
Nearly all those numbers were career highs for the third-year pro from Wichita State, Hilliard’s collegiate destination after Crowder.
In the California League, Hilliard finished eighth in batting average, second in games played, first in at-bats, third in runs scored, third in hits, fifth in homers, second in RBI, fifth in strikeouts, third in stolen bases, and first in caught stealing.
Like Schwaab, Hilliard has earned consecutive midseason all-star honors.

Clark makes postseason start tonight
Former Crowder and current Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami) pitcher Ethan Clark will get the postseason start tonight against the Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox).
In the regular season, Clark posted a 6-4 overall record and a 2.59 ERA between stops at Greensboro and Bowling Green, both Single-A teams.
Clark went 3-2 for each team and put together a 2.05 ERA in 11 games for the Grasshoppers.
Clark struck out 107 and walked 44 over 107 2/3 innings this season.
This will be Clark’s second time playing in the postseason during his three-year career. The Tampa Bay Rays made Clark a 15th round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft.
The Rays traded Clark and fellow prospect Braxton Lee to the Marlins for MLB shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
Lee won the batting title in the Southern League for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Hechavarria batted .246 with four home runs and 16 RBI his first 57 games for the Rays.

Other former Crowder players
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-5, 4.50 ERA, 33 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 56 innings, 34 strikeouts, 37 walks. Pitched first 12 games with Single-A Advanced Dunedin.
Zach Matson, Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore): 0-1, 4.13 ERA, 16 games, no starts, one save opportunity, 24 innings, 26 strikeouts, 10 walks. Pitched first 13 games with Single-A Short Season Aberdeen.
Trey Turner, GCL Nationals (Washington): Seven-day disabled list.
Kyle Wilson, GCL Mets (New York): 1-1, 1.50 ERA, seven games, two starts, one save, one save opportunity, 18 innings, 19 strikeouts, seven walks.