In this week’s Mountaineer Diamond Review, we find Billy Fleming signing with the New York Yankees, Jedd Gyorko nearing a return to the San Diego Padres and Ryan McBroom being named one of the best in the Northwest League.
Vince Belnome, Durham Bulls
Vince Belnome left his struggles at the plate two weeks ago behind him, as the first baseman collected eight hits, including three in an 11-10 win over the Toledo Mud Hens Sunday, and three RBI this week.
Belnome is hitting .241 on the season, and has 75 hits to go with 37 RBI in 87 games for Durham.
Bobby Boyd, Tri-City ValleyCats
Bobby Boyd finished a slow week at the plate with a 0-5 night against fellow WVUPro John Means and the Aberdeen IronBirds. Boyd collected just four hits and two RBI through the rest of the week for Tri-City.
On the season, Boyd is hitting .352 with 43 hits, eight RBI and nine stolen bases through 32 games.
Grant Buckner, Winston-Salem Dash
Grant Buckner capped the past week with the best game this season as the Winston-Salem third baseman collected three hits and four RBI in the 6-1 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks Sunday. Buckner also had three other appearances to finish with seven hits and four RBI for Winston-Salem.
After early struggles to the season, Buckner now sits with a .271 average with 54 hits through 199 at-bats.
Sean Carley, Staten Island Yankees
For Sean Carley, his relief appearance for the Staten Island Yankees Friday will be one that he will likely forget quickly after allowing seven runs, in which six were earned, in a third of an inning of work against the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Friday’s rough outing caused Carley’s ERA to balloon to a hefty 9.82 after allowing just two earned runs through his three previous appearances with Staten Island.
David Carpenter, Atlanta Braves
David Carpenter made just one appearance for Atlanta where he pitched two perfect innings against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday this past week.
He also lowered his ERA, which is currently 3.93 as of his last appearance, to its lowest point on June 4 since before going on the disabled list with a right bicep strain in June.
Billy Fleming, Gulf Coast League Yankees
Billy Fleming was the latest former West Virginia Mountaineer to become a WVUPro after signing a deal with the New York Yankees, forgoing his senior season this week. “Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been my dream to play professional baseball,” Fleming told WVUSports.com last Tuesday. “It is still surreal that I get to chase my dream, but I am ready to get after it.”
To start his pro career, Fleming had four hits and an RBI with two runs scored in two games for the Gulf Coast League Yankees on Friday and Saturday.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres
After being sidelined with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the San Diego Padres activated Jedd Gyorko Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 6. He spent his rehab assignment with the Padres’ Triple-A club, the El Paso Chihuahuas, as he collected six hits, including a homerun, and five RBI with six runs scored in four appearances this past week.
In his brief time with El Paso, Gyorko has a .292 average with seven hits and five RBI through 24 at-bats.
Tyler Kuhn, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Tyler Kuhn’s lucky number must have been two this week as the Winnipeg infielder collected a pair of hits in four games this week. He also picked up an RBI in three straight games in the final two games against Fargo on Tuesday and Wednesday follow by another in the series opener against Gary on Friday.
Kuhn ranks second on the team with a .354 batting average and 101 hits behind the .389 batting average and 102 hits of team leader Casey Haerther to this point of the season.
Ryan McBroom, Vancouver Canadians
Vancouver’s Ryan McBroom was selected to play in the 2014 Northwest League All-Star Game on August 5, and made his selection a wise choice after collecting 11 hits and five RBI this week.
For the season, McBroom has a .329 average with 12 doubles, six homeruns and 35 RBI for Vancouver.
John Means, Aberdeen IronBirds
John Means pitched two games for Aberdeen this week, including Sunday’s game against Bobby Boyd and the Tri-City ValleyCats. In those two games, he pitched 6.2 innings and struck out five, but allowed five earned runs against Mahoning Valley last Monday and two against Tri-City Sunday.
After allowing those earned runs this past week, Means’ ERA has jumped to 4.97 after not allowing a run through his first three appearances for Aberdeen.
Harrison Musgrave, Grand Junction Rockies
Harrison Musgrave earned his first victory in Grand Junction’s 13-2 rout of the Ogden Raptors last Thursday, allowing four hits and striking out five over five innings pitched, his longest outing of his career.
With the win, Musgrave is now 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA through six appearances, including four starts, this season.
John Polonius, Augusta GreenJackets
Augusta’s John Polonius is still on the 7-day inactive list for the Augusta GreenJackets. He’s hitting .257 with two home runs, 20 RBIs and five stolen bases this season.
Ryan Tuntland, Augusta GreenJackets
Like Polonius, Ryan Tuntland remains on the seven-day disabled list as he saw action last on the Fourth of July against the Greenville Drive. He’s hitting just .199 with 31 hits and 14 RBI in 156 at-bats through 51 games.
Corey Walter, Vermont Lake Monsters
Corey Walter pitched in two games over the past week, his first being his worst appearance to date with three hits allowed and two earned runs in Vermont’s 7-5 win over the Lowell Spinners last Tuesday. He bounced back on Friday with a perfect inning pitched against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Since his first appearance on July 6, Walter earned a win over 8.2 innings pitched, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and seven strikeouts for Vermont.