Recently, former Crowder and current Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado) right fielder Sam Hilliard became only the second Isotope player to reach 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season, joining Joc Pederson who had 33 homers and 30 steals in 2014.
Just three weeks ago, the Denver Post said that Hilliard could merit consideration for a call-up to the Rockies in September. Hilliard is considered the Rockies’ top-ranked outfield prospect.
Not bad for the 15th round selection in 2015. Hilliard’s earned four consecutive midseason all-star honors at four different levels: Triple-A this season, Double-A last season, Single-A Advanced in 2017, and Single-A in 2016.
Entering Wednesday’s game, Hilliard owned a .257 average (112 for 436) with 90 runs scored, 24 doubles, six triples, 29 homers, 90 RBI, 43 walks and 138 strikeouts, and 20 stolen bases in 24 attempts, plus five assists from right field.
Hilliard leads the Pacific Coast League in both runs scored and RBI. He ranks third in homers.
— Former Crowder and current AZL Athletics Gold (Oakland) shortstop Elvis Peralta delivered a two-out RBI single on Wednesday night against the AZL Dodgers Mota (Los Angeles), and he extended his hitting streak to five games.
Peralta’s RBI Wednesday gave him 15 after his 40 first professional games.
On the season, Peralta owns a .282 average (42-149) with 38 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, two homers, 15 RBI, 25 walks and 38 strikeouts, and eight stolen bases in 11 attempts.
Entering the day Thursday, Peralta ranks fourth in the Arizona League in runs scored and seventh in walks. Peralta’s runs scored streak ended Wednesday at four games.
The Athletics drafted Peralta in the 26th round in June.
— Former Crowder pitcher Kyle Wilson entered a rehab assignment for the GCL Mets (New York) on Monday and in his first appearance, he allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks over three innings.
Wilson earned a 4-7 record with a 3.87 ERA and 49 strikeouts and 37 walks over 76 2/3 innings for Single-A Advanced St. Lucie in the Florida State League.
The Mets selected Wilson in the 35th round in 2017, not long after Wilson pitched for Crowder in the JUCO World Series.
Over his pro career, Wilson owns a 9-12 overall record and a 3.51 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 60 walks after his first 151 1/3 innings.
— Former Crowder and current Single-A Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels) pitcher Ethan Clark took his first loss of the 2019 season with the Bees’ 3-2 defeat against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota).
Clark allowed one run (earned) on two hits over his one inning of relief and he recorded two strikeouts and two walks.
Clark made only his second appearance this season for Burlington and his first 10 appearances this season came with Advanced Rookie Orem.
Overall, Clark stands at 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 30 strikeouts and 14 walks over 21 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay selected Clark in the 15th round in 2015 — drafted in the same round as former Crowder teammate Sam Hilliard — and he’s pitched for three different organizations.
Clark made the news on June 26, 2017, when the Rays traded Clark and fellow prospect Braxton Lee to the Miami Marlins for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. (Ironically, both Hechavarria and Lee now play in the New York Mets organization, Hechavarria at the big league level and Lee at Triple-A Syracuse.)
Clark finished out 2017 and then pitched 2018 and early 2019 in the Marlins organization. On April 6, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels. Two months later, he debuted with the Orem Owlz.
Clark’s pro career has been highlighted by his 2016 season: 7-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and 44 strikeouts and 15 walks over 58 2/3 innings for Princeton in the Appalachian League. For that season, Clark earned postseason all-star honors.
— Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Carolina Mudcats (Milwaukee) pitcher Aaron Ashby took his 10th overall loss of the season with his loss Sunday against the Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox).
Ashby allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks over six innings.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound southpaw dropped to 2-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 46 strikeouts and 27 walks over 56 2/3 innings for Carolina.
Ashby pitched his first half of the season for Single-A Wisconsin and he earned Midwest League midseason all-star honors after posting a 3-4 record with a 3.54 ERA and 80 strikeouts and 28 walks over 61 innings. Ashby led the Midwest League in strikeouts before his promotion.
Overall, this season, at both stops, hitters are still struggling against Ashby with a combined .222 batting average.
The Brewers selected Ashby in the fourth round in 2018, not long after Ashby completed his outstanding career at Crowder that included an appearance in the JUCO World Series his freshman season and leading NJCAA Division I in strikeouts his sophomore season.
— A horrible outing in his Single-A Short Season Auburn Doubledays (Washington) debut ballooned Trey Turner’s ERA to 54.00.
Turner allowed six earned runs in one inning of work, a disaster highlighted by four walks.
After three scoreless innings of relief in his next two outings for the Doubledays, Turner lowered his ERA to 13.50.
Despite allowing two runs in his fourth outing for Auburn, Turner still lowered his ERA to 12.00.
In six innings with Auburn, Turner struck out 10 and walked 11 and that brings his overall numbers to 45 strikeouts and 25 walks over 27 1/3 innings between his work for Auburn and Hagerstown.
Turner went 1-3 with a 3.80 Era and 35 strikeouts and 14 walks in 21 1/3 innings for Single-A Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League.
Well into June, Turner owned a sub-1.00 ERA.
The Nationals selected the former Neosho High and Crowder College standout in the 10th round in 2017, after Turner’s one season playing for NCAA Division I Missouri State.