From the Southland to the Show: July pro baseball update
League lays claim to 73 professional baseball players, including seven major leaguers
FRISCO, Texas – A total of 73 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through July 1, 2019.
Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City Royals
The 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year leads the Royals in walks (31), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.952) and ranks second in home runs (13) and third in triples (3) and RBI (44). In nine games since he was activated from the injured list, he has tallied 11 RBI and five extra-base hits, including a game-winning grand slam — the first of his career — in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over Cleveland on June 25.
Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis Cardinals
The two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) ranks among the top-three on the team in runs (46), hits (76), home runs (14), walks (40), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.405). Goldschmidt delivered his 14th home run of the season in walk-off fashion, capping a 2-1 win over the Marlins in 11 innings on June 19. Among active MLB players, he is third in career on-base percentage (.393) and fifth in career OPS (.916).
Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year on June 25 after going 4-5 with 69 strikeouts over 76.1 innings in 14 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque. Gonzalez, who last started a MLB game in 2016 with the Texas Rangers, has struck out six over nine innings in two starts for the Rockies. The Delray Beach, Fla., native is 4-9 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 appearances over his major league career.
Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston Astros
The 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 6-4 record and 3.39 ERA through 18 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 95.2 frames. The Hammond, La., native is 5-2 with six quality starts since the beginning of May. Opposing hitters are batting just .196 against Miley in the month of June and he has struck out 26 batters through 26.1 innings.
Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas Rangers
The longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year was voted to start for the American League in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, receiving 46.7 percent of the vote and beating out Boston’s J.D. Martinez and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz to earn his fourth all-star nod. Pence leads the Rangers in RBI (48) and has the ranks second in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.608).
Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami Marlins
In his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA through 12 starts in 2019. He had tossed six-straight quality starts until suffering his first loss on May 14 to the AL East-leading Rays. Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters across 6.2 innings against the Cubs on May 7. He hit the 10-day injured list on June 7, but has punched out 19 batters over 9.1 innings in two starts with Double-A Pensacola on his rehab assignment.
Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue Jays
After missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and is expected to miss six weeks. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average.
Jonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo Bisons
The three-time All-Southland Conference was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate on June 5 and is reaching base at a .372 clip with 13 walks and 19 runs scored. For just the second time in his career, Davis homered twice in a game against Pawtucket on June 24.
Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha Stormchasers
In his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 games. He returned from the injured list on June 22 and has allowed just two runs on three hits in three appearances.
Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City Dodgers
Head was promoted to the Dodgers’ Triple-A squad and has struck out 14 batters in 12 innings of relief for Oklahoma City. He picked up his first AAA victory with a hitless inning in a win over Round Rock on May 14. Head was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 8.
Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby Cakes
Keller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He has 49 strikeouts and a .196 opponent batting average in 38.1 innings across 25 appearances. He has a 0.63 WHIP and 21 strikeouts over his last 12.1 innings pitched.
Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville Sounds
In his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year is reaching base at a .330 clip with 18 RBI, 15 walks and 10 runs scored in 26 games with the Sounds.
Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Omaha StormChasers
O’Hearn was optioned to the Royals’ Triple-A team on June 14 and, in nine games with Omaha, has a .328 on-base percentage and .703 OPS. His three-run home run against San Antonio on June 21 proved to be the difference-maker in a 4-3 win.
Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk Tides
In his first year with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad, the two-time First Team All-Southland pick leads the team in runs (48), doubles (20), triples (5) and walks (36). Peterson has 10 multi-hit games in June with a slash line of .316/.382/.500 in that span.
Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo Bisons
The 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate after making four appearances in the big leagues. Romano has struck out 46 batters through 33 innings in 19 games with the Bisons.
Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo Bisons
Tice was promoted to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A squad on June 13 and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 10 innings. He picked up his second win with the Bisons after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit with a strikeout.
Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville Sounds
In his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .240 with 13 RBI, seven doubles and 14 runs scored. The No. 25 prospect in the organization hit the 7-day injured list on May 19, but began his rehab assignment on June 24.
Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte Knights
In his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 3-4 with 71 strikeouts in 64 innings in 21 appearances. He punched out a career-high nine batters across five innings in a start against Syracuse on June 19.
Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa Drillers
The two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted on June 16 after posting a slash line of .293/.353/.488 in Advanced-A. Avans’ first Double-A hit came on a walk-off single in a 2-1 win over Amarillo on June 22.
Preston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco Roughriders
In his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader has eight dingers in 2019 and is reaching base at a .338 mark with 34 walks, 31 RBI and 34 runs scored.
Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader has 34 strikeouts through 44.2 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season. Cutura earned a brief call-up to Triple-A Rochester, where he gave up four runs in four innings in a June 21 start.
Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas Naturals
The two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 44 stolen bases. In a four-game series against Springfield, Heath went 9-for-17 (.529) with four RBI, four runs scored and four stolen bases.
Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying Squirrels
The two-time Southland hits leader was promoted to Double-A on June 25 after recording eight multi-hit games in June with San Jose. He rode that momentum into his first six games with the Flying Squirrels, in which he has a slash line of .400/.458/.700 and six runs.
Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying Squirrels
Placed on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had six strikeouts and three hits in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. He has struck out eight batters and only allowed three hits in 4.2 innings during his rehab assignment.
Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin Phils
Russ has appeared in an Eastern League-high 32 games in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 51 batters in 32.2 innings with 11 saves. Over his last 22.1 innings, he has a 1.21 ERA and 35 strikeouts and is 9-for-10 in save opportunities.
Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard Goats
The 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was released on June 21 and signed a day later by Colorado. Scioneaux was assigned to the Rockies’ Double-A squad on June 24. He has struck out six through three no-hit outings in his first three outings.
Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson Generals
Stapler was promoted to Arizona’s Double-A squad on July 1 after going 3-6 with 87 strikeouts in 75 innings with Advanced-A Visalia. In his Generals debut, he picked up the win after striking out four in five innings with three earned runs allowed.
Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie Seawolves
After a brief promotion to the Tigers’ Triple-A squad in Toledo, Vest is 1-3 with 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings since returning to Detroit’s Double-A affiliate. He has punched out 10 batters and only allowed two earned runs on eight hits in his last 9.1 innings.
Class A Advanced
Kyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater Threshers
A member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona was assigned to the Phillies’ Advanced-A affiliate on May 17 and has punched out 19 batters in 17.1 innings. He has a 0.87 ERA and a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 10.1 innings.
Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac Nationals
In his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-3 with 32 strikeouts. Borne struck out a career-high eight batters against Wilmington on May 11. He hit the 7-day injured list on May 25.
Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood Ducks
The Third-Team All-Southland selection from 2018 received a brief call-up to the Rangers’ Triple-A squad but was assigned to the club’s Advanced-A affiliate after three games with the Sounds. He has driven in eight runs in 18 games with Down East.
Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem Dash
In his second year with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year was named to the Carolina League’s Southern Division All-Star team. He leads the team in doubles (19) and walks (45), and ranks second in runs (40).
Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia Rawhide
In his first season with the D-backs’ Advanced-A affiliate, Arizona’s No. 26 prospect is tied for the California League lead in wins at 7-1 and ranks second in ERA (2.01) and third in WHIP (1.12). In his last four starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21 innings
Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ers
A 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA and has struck out 48 batters in 43.2 innings across 12 outings for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team.
Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto Nuts
Kober is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 60 strikeouts through 41 innings in his second season with the Mariners’ Advanced-A team. He has 16 punchouts and a 0.93 WHIP in his last 9.2 innings, including matching a season high with four strikeouts in three frames on June 20.
Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore Storm
In his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4.
Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona Tortugas
The two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and is 4-1 with 59 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. Sceroler struck out seven over six innings against Tampa on June 25 to pick up his first win since April 30.
Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa Tarpons
Semple was briefly promoted to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate before returning to Advanced-A on May 26. He has 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings and tossed his second-straight quality start against Bradenton on June 21 with 6.1 scoreless innings and three punchouts.
Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The two-time All-Southland Conference pick has sat down 41 batters on strikes through 35.1 innings in 17 games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. Warzek has allowed just two earned runs (2.57 ERA) and struck out eight in his last seven innings pitched.
Grant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory Crawdads
Since being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 5-4 record, five saves and 2.41 ERA in 21 games. He has a 1.76 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his last 15.1 innings.
David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
In his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year leads the Midwest League in doubles (30) and total bases (149) and will start in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He has a .569 slugging percentage over the last 15 games.
Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington Legends
The 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate and is 2-3 with a save and a 4.89 ERA in 15 games. He has 21 strikeouts across 38.2 innings.
Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia Power
The 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Seattle’s Class A affiliate after striking out four in 4.1 innings across four appearances for Short-A Everett.
Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Augusta Green Jackets
In his first year with the Giants’ Single-A affiliate, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA through six starts for the GreenJackets. Oller is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11.2 innings over his last two starts
Class A Short Season
Kwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
In his first year with the Giants’ A Short-A team, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick has a hit in 14 of 17 games, resulting in a .269 batting average, 10 runs scored and five RBI. He went 5-for-13 with three runs and two RBI in a series against Boise to close out June.
Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust Devils
A Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Blanchard was signed on June 12 and assigned to the Padres’ Short-A affiliate on June 13. He has six strikeouts in four innings and opponents are batting just .235. He pitched two no-hit innings in a June 29 start.
Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake Monsters
A 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs was assigned to Oakland’s Short-A squad on June 11. He picked up his first win with the Lake Monsters after giving up just one earned run in two innings of relief with two strikeouts against Connecticut on June 26.
Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronBirds
A Second Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Cannon was signed by Baltimore on June 11 and assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on June 17. He is hitting .143 with a pair of runs scored and recorded his first extra-base hit with a triple against Brooklyn on June 27.
Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia Muckdogs
The Second Team All-Southland selection from 2018 was assigned to the Marlins’ Short-A team on June 14. Through 12 games with the Muckdogs, Dinicola has a slash line of .283/.327/.370 with six RBI and six runs scored.
Tanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn Doubledays
The 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Driskill struck out 21 batters in 24 innings in his rookie season in 2018.
Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen Ironbirds
The two-time All-Southland Conference selection was assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on May 21. Fregia has reached safely in seven-straight games with a slash line of .318/.407/.455 and five RBI in that span.
Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn Cyclones
The 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Short-A Brooklyn on June 27 after holding hitters to a .200 average in four innings with Kingsport. Gaconi allowed just one earned run over three innings in his Cyclones debut on June 29.
Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport Crosscutters
The two-time All-Southland Conference honoree was signed by Philadelphia on June 20 and assigned to the Phillies’ Short-A team on June 21. Hearn registered his first professional RBI with a run-scoring single in the first inning against West Virginia on June 29.
Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn Cyclones
A Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick was signed by the Mets on June 9 and assigned to the team’s Short-A squad on June 13. In his professional debut, Jones struck out five batters over two hitless innings with just one walk on June 17.
Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake Monsters
The 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year was promoted to Oakland’s Short-A team on June 30 after posting a slash line of .351/.415/.350 with 10 runs, nine RBI and seven walks in 10 Rookie League games.
Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley Renegades
The 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year was signed by the Rays on June 13 and assigned to Tampa Bay’s Short-A team on June 14. He picked up his first professional hit and RBI with an run-scoring single in a loss to Lowell on June 16.
Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro Hops
A 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Short-A team on June 14 and has driven in seven runs in 11 games with the Hops, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the ninth of a 6-3 win over Vancouver on July 1.
Aidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies West
The 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was signed as an undrafted free agent py the Phillies on June 18 and was assigned to Philadelphia’s Rookie League team on June 24. Anderson pitched a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in his debut on July 1.
Seth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – AZL Angels
An undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew was assigned to the Angels’ Rookie League squad on June 22. Ballew is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four appearances. On July 1, he struck out four over 2.2 innings, allowing just one earned run and picking up the win.
Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Kingsport Mets
After tying for the league lead with 10 saves in Southland Conference play in 2019, Biddy was signed by the Mets on June 30 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League affiliate on July 1.
Cody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls Chukars
A Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport was signed by Kansas City on June 17 and assigned to the Royals’ Rookie League team on June 18. He has struck out five and allowed just three hits in four innings.
Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners
A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse was signed by Seattle on June 10 and assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad on June 17. Grosse has driven in four runs in seven games and has a pair of triples.
William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington Royals
An All-Southland Conference First Team pick in 2018, Hancock started the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team. After going 0-for-3 in his first game, he has recorded a hit in seven of the last eight games, including a two-hit outing against Bluefield on June 29.
Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula Osprey
A 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze was signed on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He has tossed eight scoreless innings across three appearances with five strikeouts.
Bryan King (McNeese) – AZL Cubs 2
A recipient of the 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, King signed with the Cubs on June 19 and reported to the Rookie League team on June 22. He has yet to allow an earned run in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts.
Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics Green
A 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo was signed by the Athletics and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has pitched five scoreless innings in three outings with seven strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP.
Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula Osprey
A Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell was signed by Arizona on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He is reaching base at a .297 clip with nie walks and a pair of runs in his first 10 games.
Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – AZL Indians Blue
An 11th-round pick by Cleveland in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak was signed by the Indians on June 14 and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has 10 strikeouts in four innings, including six punchouts over two innings on June 28.
Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants Black
An undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich was picked up by San Francisco on June 30 and assigned to the Giants’ Rookie League team on July 1.
Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – AZL Mariners
A Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Ricca was signed by Seattle on June 17 and subsequently assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad.
Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – GCL Tigers East
A 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin was signed on June 23 and assigned to the Tigers’ Rookie League affiliate on June 24. He has a pair of strikeouts and just one earned run allowed through 2.1 innings in two outings.
Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski Yankees
The 2019 Southland Conference strikeouts leader was signed by the Yankees on June 8 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League team on June 22. Wesneski has three punchouts through 3.2 innings, allowing just one earned run through his first three appearances.
Extended Spring Training
Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Milwaukee Brewers
Rojas was assigned to the Brewers’ extended spring training team after batting .308 with a pair of doubles, three runs, and a .780 OPS in four games with Milwaukee’s Double-A team.
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