Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks earned his fifth win of the season, with a win Sunday against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals).
Beeks pitched seven shutout innings Sunday and he allowed only three hits, and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks.
On the season, Beeks now owns a 5-4 overall record and a 2.40 ERA with 101 strikeouts and 20 walks over 75 innings.
Since his return to Triple-A, Beeks is 2-1 with both victories coming against Syracuse.
It would be a surprise if Beeks did not earn a spot in the upcoming Triple-A All-Star Game. Fan voting ended June 22.
Over his professional career, Beeks owns a 34-27 overall record with a 3.58 ERA and 475 strikeouts and 155 walks over 503 1/3 innings.
Beeks’ current pace would give him the best season of a pro career that started in 2014. The Red Sox picked Beeks in the 12th round from Arkansas, his collegiate destination after Crowder.
— In his four previous relief outings, former Crowder and current Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins) pitcher Mike Kickham had not surrendered an earned run.
On Sunday, the Memphis Cardinals touched Kickham for three earned runs over 2 2/3 innings of work. Kickham surrendered four hits, struck out one, and walked none.
On the season, Kickham, who’s pitched exclusively in relief this season, owns a 1-0 record and a 2.95 ERA between 10 games and stops at both New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville. Kickham has 15 strikeouts and six walks over 21 1/3 innings.
The San Francisco Giants made Kickham a sixth round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and Kickham pitched in 14 games for the Giants during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, producing a 0-3 record and a 10.98 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 11 walks over 30 1/3 innings.
— Former Crowder and current Double-A Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) outfielder Sam Hilliard remained the team’s leading hitter with a .288 batting average after Sunday’s game against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets, Tim Tebow’s team) was rained out.
Over his last 10 games, Hilliard collected 10 hits overall and hit safely in 7 of the 10 games, including a recent stretch of five straight games with a hit.
On the season, Hilliard has 63 hits in 61 games with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 22 RBI, 23 walks and 67 strikeouts, and 17 stolen bases in 24 attempts.
Hilliard earned midseason all-star honors both of the previous two seasons and we will find out soon if that will be three straight for the Rockies’ 15th round selection in 2015.
— After an eventful 2017 season highlighted by both professional and personal triumphs, it’s been a rough 2018 season for former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Tampa Tarpons (New York Yankees) reliever Andrew Schwaab.
Schwaab took a loss Friday night against the Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins), former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark’s current team.
Schwaab allowed one run (not earned) on one hit during one inning of work and he both struck out and walked one.
Jupiter defeated Tampa 5-4 in 11 innings.
Then, on Sunday, Clark and Schwaab both pitched. Clark took the loss for the Hammerheads and Schwaab pitched a scoreless ninth inning during the 9-0 Tampa rout.
Clark allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings and he both struck out and walked four. Clark dropped to 0-2 overall and his ERA stands at 4.12 this season.
Schwaab struck out one and walked none.
Schwaab began the season in Double-A Trenton (Eastern League, where Sam Hilliard plays for Hartford), where he earned a 2-3 record with a 4.42 ERA and one save and 19 strikeouts and 11 walks over 18 1/3 innings.
Since being demoted to Tampa, for whom he earned Florida State League all-star honors last season, Schwaab stands at 0-3 with a 2.45 ERA, one save in his lone opportunity, eight strikeouts, and six walks over 7 1/3 innings.
Over his career, Schwaab owns a 14-10 record and a 2.92 ERA with 36 saves in 45 opportunities and 173 strikeouts and 64 walks over 160 1/3 innings.
The Yankees signed the 6-foot-1, 225-pound reliever to an undrafted free agent contract in 2015 from Missouri, Schwaab’s collegiate destination after Crowder.
The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, selected Clark in the 15th round in 2015 and he played in the Rays organization until he was part of a trade for Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. (The other prospect, outfielder Braxton Lee, plays on Triple-A New Orleans with Mike Kickham as teammate.)
Over his career, Clark owns a 14-13 overall record with a 3.35 ERA and 196 strikeouts and 77 walks over 212 1/3 innings.
— Former Crowder and current Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles) pitcher Zach Matson earned his first career save during Friday’s win over the Staten Island Yankees.
This was Matson’s first time involved with either a win or a save in a decision, previously logging a 0-5 record over his pro career that began in 2016.
Matson owns a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances this season, and he struck out five and walked none over his two-inning save Friday night.
This season, Matson has eight strikeouts and one walk over his first 4 1/3 innings.
Over his career, 36 appearances with no starts, Matson owns a 0-5 record and a 3.22 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 24 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
The Orioles picked Matson in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB Draft straight from Crowder.
— Former Crowder and current Single-A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets) pitcher Kyle Wilson saw his first action of the 2018 season Wednesday against the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays).
Making the start, Wilson allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings and he struck out six and walked one. Wilson took a no-decision, since Brooklyn earned a tie score after his departure in the fourth.
Wilson owns a 7.36 ERA after his first appearance.
In eight games last season in rookie ball, Wilson earned a 1-1 record and a 2.49 ERA with one save in his lone opportunity and he struck out 25 and walked eight over 21 2/3 innings.
The Mets selected Wilson in the 35th round last June and this was the second time Wilson had been selected in the draft, his first time coming out of Raymore-Peculiar High School. Wilson opted to attend Crowder, where he pitched during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
— Former Crowder pitcher Aaron Ashby’s professional debut was not exactly a good one.
Pitching for rookie ball Helena Brewers (Milwaukee) on Wednesday night, Ashby gave up four earned hits on three hits over 2/3 inning and he both struck out and walked one.
Ashby’s ERA stands at 54.00 after his pro debut.
Helena won that game, however, 13-6 against the Missoula Osprey (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Helena and Missoula play in the Pioneer League.