It might be a new week, but there’s been no change seen in our best performing WVUPros in the professional baseball world this week. Speaking of change, we’ll also see many new players featured in future editions of the Mountaineer Diamond Review following six players taken in the 2014 MLB Draft over this past weekend, which tied a school record from 2001.
Before that new crop of WVUPros begin their professional baseball careers, we’ll get you updated on the current players as we again start in the Great White North instead of in the Major or Minor Leagues.
With a team-high .373 batting average for Winnipeg, Tyler Kuhn totaled nine hits and scored eight runs through the past week of action, continuing his impressive start to the season in Canada.
Last Thursday, Kuhn collected three hits, including his seventh double of the season, and scored two runs on a 3-for-5 night at the plate, as Winnipeg completed a four-game series sweep at the Sioux City Canaries.
Winnipeg continues to be one of the best teams in the American Association, going 5-2 over the past week and sitting just a half game with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks behind division leader St Paul Saints.
Without rain keeping him the off the field like last week, Ryan Tuntland chipped in with four hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBI, helping the Augusta GreenJackets to go 5-2 over the past week. Tuntland helped Augusta snap a two-game losing streak last Wednesday with a two-hit, two-RBI game in route to a 12-8 home win over the Rome Braves.
The successful week helped Augusta get over the .500 mark to 31-30 on the season, but still find themselves 10 games behind the Savannah Sand Gnats, the South Atlantic League Southern division leader.
Like so many others during a long baseball season, Vince Belnome hit his own rough stretch at the plate over the past week. The first baseman did have three hits, three RBI and two runs scored for the Durham Bulls, but had eight strikeouts in the three games this past weekend.
Just like last week, Durham still remains 4.5 games ahead of second place Gwinnett Braves after alternating wins and losses since a loss to Lehigh Valley on June 2.
The Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, Carpenter, began the month of June with a loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday after collecting three wins during the month of May. As for the loss, Carpenter allowed a Cody Ross single, followed by a Didi Gregorius walk before Gerardo Parra hit a bloop hit in front of BJ Upton for the walk-off Arizona win.
Despite only one win during the Arizona series’ opening game this past week, Atlanta still sits atop the NL East with the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins.
The West Virginia native, Buckner, had just a double and a strikeout in his only game of the past week for the Winston-Salem Dash’s 12-4 loss to the Carolina Mudcats on Wednesday. Over the past 10 games dating back to May 21, Buckner has only four hits to go along with seven strikeouts, including five games with at least one at the end of May.
Like Buckner, Winston Salem has struggled this season, sitting in fourth place some 15 games behind division leader Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Jedd Gyorko continued to struggle on the field with two strikeouts and a walk before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in the second baseman’s left foot.
The time on the disabled list could be just the thing for Gyorko to shake from his slump this season, and start putting up the numbers that pushed him to being one of the best National League’s rookies during the 2013 season.