FAYETTEVILLE — Several former Arkansas baseball players are having strong seasons in professional baseball. Here’s an update on the 30 former Razorbacks currently in professional baseball.
MLB After missing much of the first half of the season,
Logan Forsythe has played in 30 games for the San Diego Padres and is hitting .226 with three homers and 11 RBI. Currently in his third season in the majors, Forsythe has played in 183 games and has a .249 batting average with nine homers and 49 RBI.
Craig Gentry is currently on the 15-day disabled list for the Texas Rangers after suffering an injury on June 18. Before the injury, Gentry had played in 51 games for the Rangers and was hitting .216 with a home run, nine RBI and eight stolen bases. Gentry is expected to be back with the Rangers shortly after the All-Star break and recently started a rehab assignment with Texas’ double-A team in Frisco. Gentry is in his fifth season in the big leagues and has a .265 career batting average with three homers and 52 RBI in 267 career games.
Dallas Keuchel has pitched in 19 games, including 12 starts, this season for the Houston Astros. Keuchel has compiled a 4-5 record with a 4.62 ERA in 89.2 innings of work. Now in his second season in Major League Baseball, Keuchel has a career record of 7-13 with a 4.94 ERA in 35 appearances, including 28 starts.
Cliff Lee put together a stellar first half of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies, earning a spot in the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career. In 19 starts this season, Lee has a 10-3 record with a 2.86 ERA. In 138.2 innings, the left hander has struck out 125 batters and is holding opponents to a .227 batting average. Lee is currently in his 12th season in the big leagues and has a 135-81 record and a 3.54 ERA in 303 appearances, with 299 starts.
Blake Parker has been one of the top relief options this season for the Chicago Cubs. The right-handed pitcher has appeared in 18 games for the Cubs and has a 0-1 record with one save and a 2.45 ERA. Parker is averaging a strikeout an inning, fanning 18 in 18.1 innings and holding opponents to just a .188 batting average. Parker is in his second big league season and has a career record of 0-1 with one save and a 3.33 ERA in 25 relief appearances.
Drew Smyly has filled a variety of roles this season out of the Detroit Tigers bullpen. The southpaw ranks second on the team with 36 appearances, all out of the bullpen, and has a 4-0 record with two saves and a 1.91 ERA. Smyly has tossed 56.2 innings, striking out 58 batters and allowing just a .198 opponent batting average. Now in his second season in MLB, Smyly has a career record of 8-3 with two saves and a 3.23 ERA in 59 appearances, including 18 starts.
Mike Bolsinger has split time this season between the double-A and triple-A affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bolsinger is currently at triple-A Reno and has started eight games, compiling a 4-3 record with a 3.91 ERA. Bolsinger turned in his best start at triple-A in his most recent outing, throwing a complete game against Tacoma and allowing one run on six hits.
Zack Cox is currently on the seven-day disabled list for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Cox played two games with the Zephyrs before going on the disabled list and went 0-for-5 at the plate. Cox was called up to triple-A after hitting .281 with a homer and 17 RBI for double-A Jacksonville.
Eric Hinske is currently teammates with Bolsinger at Reno, the triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinske has played five games at Reno and is hitting .056. Hinske has also played 52 games this season for the Diamondbacks and hit .173 with a home run and 16 RBI. The 12-year MLB veteran has played in 1,387 games in the major leagues and has a .249 career batting average with 137 home runs and 522 RBI.
Daryl Maday is currently playing for the Fresno Grizzlies, the triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Maday has pitched in seven games at triple-A and is 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA. Maday started his season at double-A Richmond and had a 1-1 record with 13 saves and a 2.84 ERA in 26 appearances.
Nick Schmidt is pitching for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. In 26 appearances, including three starts, Schmidt has a 3-3 record with one save and a 4.97 ERA.
Jess Top is currently with the Toledo Mud Hens, the triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Top has pitched in 34 games in 2013 and has a 2-3 record with one save and a 2.44 ERA in 34 appearances. Top has struck out 62 batters in 55.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .179 batting average. Over his last 10 appearances, Top has only allowed two runs in 20.1 innings for a 0.89 ERA.
Duke Welker has seen time in both triple-A and the major leagues this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Welker made his Major League debut on June 23 against the Angels, throwing a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Welker has made two appearances in the big leagues this season, throwing 1.1 shutout innings. At triple-A Indianapolis, Welker has pitched in 32 games and is 3-3 with four saves and a 3.50 ERA.
Andy Wilkins has split time this season between double-A Birmingham and triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox organization. Wilkins is currently with Charlotte and is hitting .256 with three home runs and eight RBI. Wilkins opened the season with Birmingham and hit .288 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 67 games with the Barons.
DJ Baxendale is currently pitching for the New Britain Rock Cats, the double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Baxendale has started six games for the Rock Cats and has a 2-3 record with a 5.29 ERA. Baxendale opened the season at Fort Myers, the single-A advanced affiliate of the Twins. Baxendale started nine games at Fort Myers and had a 7-0 record with a 1.10 ERA.
Brett Eibner has spent the 2013 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Eibner has played in 74 games for the Naturals and is hitting .243 with 13 home runs and 27 RBI. Eibner has played some of his best baseball in recent games, hitting .386 with five homers and seven RBI over his last 10 games.
James McCann is playing for the Erie SeaWolves, the double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. McCann has played in 78 games and is hitting .283 with three homers and 37 RBI. McCann recently played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, catching the final four innings for the U.S. team and going 0-for-1 at the plate. McCann was also selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game.
Matt Reynolds is playing for the St. Lucie Mats, the single-A advanced affiliate of the New York Mets. Reynolds has played in 81 games and is hitting .242 with four homers, 35 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Nolan Sanburn is currently pitching for the Beloit Snappers, the single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Sanburn, who missed the start of the season with an injury, has pitched in two games for Beloit and is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Before joining the Snappers, Sanburn pitched two games for the A’s team in the Arizona Rookie League and had a 2.25 ERA in two appearances, allowing a run in four innings.
Short Season Single A/Rookie
Barrett Astin is pitching for the Helena Brewers, the rookie league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Astin has pitched in five games, including three starts, and has no record with a 7.71 ERA. Astin is teammates with former Razorback Brandon Moore.
Sam Bates is playing for the Burlington Royals, the rookie league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Bates has played in 18 games and is hitting .278 with three home runs and 13 RBI.
Derrick Bleeker is pitching for the GCL Orioles, the rookie league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Bleeker has pitched in three games and has not allowed a run, while striking out four in three innings.
Trent Daniel is off to a strong start in his professional career with the Tri-City Dust Devils, the short season single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Daniel has pitched in seven games and has five saves. Daniel has not allowed a run in 7.2 innings and has only allowed three hits.
Randall Fant has started his professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats, the short season single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Fant has pitched in five games, including three starts, and is 0-1 with one save and a 2.79 ERA.
Dominic Ficociello is playing with the Connecticut Tigers, the short season single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Ficociello has played in 26 games and is hitting .245 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
Brandon Moore is pitching for the Helena Brewers, the rookie league team of the Milwaukee Brewers. Moore has pitched in five games, including three starts, and has a 0-1 record with a 5.84 ERA. Moore is teammates with former Razorback Barrett Astin.
Jacob Morris is currently playing for the Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Morris has played in 19 games and is hitting .278 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Over his last 10 games, Morris is hitting .375 with three homers and eight RBI.
Colby Suggs is pitching for the Batavia Muckdogs, the short season single-A affiliate for the Miami Marlins. Suggs has pitched in seven games for the Muckdogs and has a 1-0 record with three saves and a 1.13 ERA. Suggs pitched one game for the Marlins team in the Gulf Coast Rookie League before getting called up.
Matt Vinson is playing for the AZL Diamondbacks, the rookie league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vinson has appeared in 11 games and is hitting .171 with five RBI and five stolen bases.
Tyler Wright has started his professional career with the Everett AquaSox, the short season single-A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners. Wright has pitched in seven games and has no record with a 2.08 ERA. Wright has only allowed eight hits in 13 innings and is holding opponents to a .174 batting average.