Deacs in the Pros: July 28
July 28, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A total of 16 Demon Deacons are playing professional baseball across North America. Stay up to date on the Deacs in the pros below.
Tim Cooney, Columbus Clippers (CLE) - Cooney remains on the disabled list with a forearm strain. He hasn't pitched in the regular season since 2015 after missing last year with a shoulder injury. He's 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA in six big league starts, and has a career mark of 33-26 with a 3.35 ERA in the minors.
Mac Williamson, Sacramento River Cats (SF) - Williamson has been up and down between the San Francisco Giants and their AAA affiliate, Sacramento, this year. He has 10 total homers including one at the big-league level, in addition to 11 doubles.
Michael Dimock, Mobile BayBears (LAA) - Dimock has been impressive of late after struggling early in the year. With the BayBears, he has a 1-3 record and 3.52 ERA, also tallying four saves. Foes are hitting just .224 against him and he has struck out more than a batter per inning. So far in July, Dimock has a 1.42 ERA in nine apperances, and has successfully closed out all three of his save opportunities.
Will Craig, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) - The first-round pick of the Pirates a season ago, Craig has come into his own this season. He ranks fourth in the Florida State League with 25 doubles this year, also hitting .293 with six homers and 53 RBIs - second-most in the league. Since May 30, Craig is hitting .328, and was named an FSL all-star.
Connor Kaden, San Jose Giants (SF) - Kaden has been a regular out of the pen with San Jose. This year, he has a 5-1 record and 4.39 ERA in 22 appearances. Opponents are hitting just .247 against him and he has 30 strikeouts in 41.0 frames.
Nate Mondou, Stockton Ports (OAK) - A 13th-round pick last year, Mondou has enjoyed another successful campaign. He received a promotion to High A at the end of June after being named a Midwest League all-star with Beloit. Across both levels this year, Mondou is hitting .291 with 20 doubles, seven triples, two homers, 48 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has also committed just one error at second base in 25 games with Stockton, good for a .991 fielding percentage.
Aaron Fossas, Dayton Dragons (CIN) - Fossas has been consistently strong out of the Dayton bullpen this year. In 33 relief outings, he's 3-0 with a 2.41 and has converted all three of his save opportunities. This month, he has a 1.38 ERA over 10 outings with 13 strikeouts in 13.0 innings. He was named a Midwest League all-star.
Gavin Sheets, Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) - A second-round pick last month, Sheets started at rookie ball and was quickly promoted. Across both levels, he's hitting .270 with six doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and 10 walks, good for a .382 on-base percentage. He hit his first homer with Kannapolis on Thursday.
Short Season A
Ben Breazeale, Aberdeen IronBirds (BAL) - Breazeale has been one of the hottest hitters in minor league baseball since being a seventh-round pick in June. He leads the New York-Penn League in average (.400), doubles (11) and RBIs (22) and recently had a 17-game hitting streak. The 22-year-old catcher also has three homers and 17 walks, and was named the NYPL Player of the Week on July 9 after hitting .600 with three doubles and a homer that week.
Parker Dunshee, Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK) - Dunshee has been lights out since joining the Lake Monsters at the end of June. He has yet to concede a run in 18.1 innings at A ball, allowing just eight hits and four walks, while striking out 21. Opponents have hit just .133 against him over his six outings. He is on an innings limit due to tossing more than 100 innings at Wake Forest this year.
Joe Napolitano, Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) - In his first promotion to A ball, Napolitano has recovered from a rocky start. Four of his last five outings have been scoreless, recording a 4.15 ERA in that span. He's 0-1 with an 11.32 ERA this year, striking out 11 in 10.1 frames.
Jonathan Pryor, Auburn Doubledays (WAS) - After a sluggish start, Pryor has come on strong in recent weeks. He's raised his average 100 points over the last three games and is now hitting .271 with two doubles, eight RBIs and a stolen base in 15 games. He's 7-for-13 over his last three contests.
Donnie Sellers, Vancouver Canadians (TOR) - Through six outings, 11th-round pick Sellers has a 1-1 record and 3.45 ERA, and 14 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. He's coming off his best outing on July 25, allowing no runs on a hit and a walk in 4.0 innings. Opponents are hitting just .232 against him so far.
Stuart Fairchild, Billings Mustangs (CIN) - A second-round pick last month, Fairchild has come on strong since the calendar turned to July, as he's hitting .342 this month. Overall, he's hitting .304 with two doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs through 27 pro games, and ranks sixth in the league with nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Connor Johnstone, Danville Braves (ATL) - Johnstone is currently at the Braves' spring training complex in Orlando rehabbing a minor injury. He had a strong start to his pro career, allowing one run on three hits and no walks over 5.0 innings with six strikeouts on June 26. He made three starts and struck out 12 in 10.0 frames before getting hurt.
Garrett Kelly, Schaumburg Boomers - After posting a 3.67 ERA on the Twins rookie league team last year, Kelly was released after spring training in 2017. He has since joined the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League where he has excelled out of the pen. In 22 outings, Kelly has a 0.35 ERA, allowing just one earned run and seven hits in 25.2 innings, also striking out 36 batters.
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