You’ll find no typical rookie growing pains among the latest West Virginia Mountaineers draft class of to become WVUPros in professional baseball, as their recent play on the diamond this past week has shown up their veteran counterparts.
We begin with West Virginia’s best power-hitter this past season collecting hits in bunches for his new club in the Great White North.
McBroom is picking up right where he left for West Virginia earlier this year, collecting 11 hits and six RBI for Vancouver over the past week. He would also add four runs scored to help his team attempt to chase down the Northwest League North division leaders, the Spokane Indians.
McBroom will look to extend his eight-game hit streak against the Salem-Keizer Volcanos at 7:05 p.m. tonight.
After joining the Tri-Valley ValleyCats for the first time last Monday, Boyd capped his first week playing professional baseball with a four-hit game against the Connecticut Tigers on Sunday night. Boyd would have 11 hits, five runs scored and an RBI for the week as a whole for Tri-Valley.
After going hitless in the first two games of the past week on Tuesday and Wednesday, Fleming bounced back with two hits and two RBI to help the Bourne Braves cruise past the Brewster Whitecaps on Friday night. He would also a hit a piece in Bourne’s losses to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and the Falmouth Commodores the remainder of the weekend.
Kuhn saved his best game of the past week for Saturday with three hits and an RBI, continuing to be one of the best players in the American Association since joining the league earlier this year. In other games, Kuhn collected two hits and an RBI in a 5-3 win over Trois-Rivieres Aigles on Wednesday.
In his best game of the week, Belnome collected three hits, which two were doubles, and two RBI to help the Durham Bulls knock off the Indianapolis Indians last Wednesday. He would add another two hits over the weekend as the Pawtucket Red Sox swept a four-game series from Durham.
Buckner continued his recent, steady play over the past week, as the Winston-Salem Dash’s outfielder had three hits and just one strikeout.
Walter made only one appearance over the past week for the AZL Athletics, allowing two hits and striking out three against the AZL Cubs on Saturday night.
Despite allowing two runs in his most recent outing, Walter has yet to allow an earned run in his early pro career in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Musgrave pitched three perfect innings and struck out one against the Ogden Raptors for the Colorado Rockies’ Rookie Pioneer League team, the Grand Junction Rockies, on Wednesday.
After his first appearance for Grand Junction, Musgrave relayed his opinion on how he felt on Twitter on Thursday:
Solid first outing had a great time!
— harrison musgrave (@hmusky15) June 26, 2014
Carley allowed just one hit as he faced four batters in his first action for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He will join the New York Yankees’ short-season affiliate, the Staten Island Yankees, this week.
Unlike the first appearance of Musgrave for Grand Junction, Means took the loss in his first start for the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Thursday, throwing for two innings and allowing an earned run with three strikeouts.
In last week’s Mountaineer Diamond Review, we told you of Tuntland’s struggles at the plate for the Augusta GreenJackets, as he went hitless over seven at-bats and struck out three times. Well, things did get slightly better this past week, but not by much for the third baseman.
Tuntland went 0-for-5 and three strikeouts in four appearances over the past week.
Carpenter could return as soon as Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves after being put on the disabled list with a strained right bicep on June 17.
“Velocity was good, arm strength was good. Threw a couple of good breaking balls,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Carpenter’s rehab outing with Triple-A Gwinnett Saturday.
After being put on the disabled list on retroactive to June 4, Gyorko has seen to make little progress with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot after his walking boot return a day after it was removed on June 18.
Gyorko is not expected to return to the San Diego Padres before the All-Star break.