Since last week, there hasn’t been much to update on with Red Raiders in the Major and Minor Leagues, but here are a few notable players to keep track of for now:
Let’s start with Chad Bettis for the Colorado Rockies. He started against the Texas Rangers on June 15 (his last start coming June 9) and pitched 5.2 innings. Bettis continues to deal as he improves to 5-1 on the season. Even though he gave up five earned runs on six hits in this particular game, he struck out six and opposing batters only hit .256 off of him. He is projected to end the season with a 10-7 record, but if he keeps up the pace, he might have a lot more wins to grab.
Next up is Josh Tomlin for the Cleveland Indians, who appeared in a game against the Minnesota Twins on June 15. Tomlin has been struggling a bit this season, posting a 0-4 record so far; however, in his short two inning outing last Friday, he gave up no hits or runs. There’s a lot of games left to play in the season, and Tomlin’s recent shutout may be exactly what he needs moving forward in the season.
On June 5, Kelby Tomlinson was sent to the Sacramento River Cats from the San Francisco Giants, but on June 18, he would be recalled from the minor league team and is looking to start today against the Miami Marlins since his last game with the Giants on May 30.
Last week, Daniel Coulombe was on the Oakland Athletics’ active roster, but on June 14, he was optioned to the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A minor league team. Coulombe appeared for an inning against the Houston Astros the day before he was reassigned to the minors. He walked three and gave up one earned run on one hit, which ended up being a homerun. Coulombe still remains on the 40-man roster and don’t be surprised if he gets recalled back to the active roster at some point this season.
Tyler Neslony, who was drafted in the ninth round by the Atlanta Braves in 2016, has been playing very well for the Mississippi Braves, a Class AA minor league team. Neslony was recently selected to play in the South Division All-Star game today (June 19) as a designated hitter. So far this year, Neslony has appeared in 66 games. He is batting .235 with 13 doubles, two triples and 31 RBIs. He has a .991 fielding percentage in the outfield for the Mississippi Braves with only one error on the season. Neslony will join fellow Red Raider Parker Mushinski to play in an All-Star game this year.
Eric Gutierrez, who was picked in the 20th round of the 2016 draft by the Miami Marlins, was assigned to the Jupiter Hammerheads (a Class-A advanced minor league team) on April 27. He has appeared in 31 games for the Hammerheads and has a .288 batting average with eight doubles, one triple and one homer. He has batted in seven runs so far. At first base, he has an impressive .994 fielding percentage and 160 putouts.
On June 10, Zach Davis was assigned to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Class-A Advanced minor league team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Since 2016, he has appeared in 125 games and has a batting average of .256. Davis has played in the outfield his entire minor league career and has a .979 fielding percentage.
A.J. Ramos remains on the 40-man roster for the New York Mets, but is still on the 10-day disabled list because of a right shoulder strain.
On June 2, Nathan Karns was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list because of right elbow inflammation, and because of this, is not on the 40-man roster for the Kansas City Royals.