Marshall Baseball Players in the Pros - Summer Update #1


Joe Church (Eugene Emeralds) struck out two of the first three professional hitters he faced Saturday against the Yakima Bears

Joe Church (Eugene Emeralds) struck out two of the first three professional hitters he faced Saturday against the Yakima Bears

June 18, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Former Thundering Herd pitcher Dan Straily headlined the first weekly baseball update of the summer after becoming professional baseball's strikeouts leader and being promoted to the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, Sunday. 

In what would turn out to be his final start with the Midland Rockhounds, Straily struck out nine and allowed only a single base runner in eight innings of work Friday night.  The lone baserunner came via a solo home run and broke up a perfect game that Straily carried into the seventh. 

With the Rockhounds, Straily was 3-4 with a 3.38 earned run average in 14 starts (85.1 innings).  Straily (108 strikeouts) became professional baseball's current strikeouts leader when he passed Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander (103) in Friday's start. 

For continued updates on Marshall's players in the pros, check back to HerdZone.com each week.  This week's performances can be found below:

Joe Church - Relief Pitcher - Eugene Emeralds (Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres)
Church appeared in one game last week, striking out two hitters in one inning.  Church's season stats are:
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 1 appearance, 2 strikeouts

Mike Mason - Starting Pitcher - Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie Pioneer League - Colorado Rockies)
The Pioneer League opens Monday.  Mason's season stats are:
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 appearances, 0 strikeouts

Ian Kadish - Relief Pitcher - Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
Kadish made one appearance last week, striking out one and walking one in a single inning.  Kadish's season stats are:
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 1 appearance, 1 strikeout


 

 

Arik Sikula - Relief Pitcher - Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
Sikula appeared in two games last week on the road against the Spokane Indians.  He allowed no runs on one hit while striking out one in two innings.  Sikula's season stats are:
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 2 appearances, 1 strikeout

Victor Gomez - Catcher - GCL Braves (Rookie Gulf Coast League - Atlanta Braves)
The Gulf Coast League opens Monday.  Gomez's season stats are:
.000 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, 0 BB, 0 SB

Rhett Stafford - Catcher - Vermont Lake Monsters (Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics)
The New York- Penn League opens Wednesday.  Stafford's season stats are:
.000 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, 0 BB, 0 SB

Shane Farrell - Relief Pitcher - GCL Blue Jays (Rookie Gulf Coast League - Toronto Blue Jays)
Awaiting assignment

Ryan Kiel - Relief Pitcher - Bakersfield Blaze (Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds)
Kiel is currently listed on the 7-Day disabled list.  Kiel's season stats are:
0-0, 1.17 ERA, 7.2 IP, 4 appearances, 8 strikeouts

Kevin Shackelford - Relief Pitcher - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)
Shackelford entered Thursday's game - his only appearance of the week - in a long relief role where he threw four innings.  The right-hander struck out two but walked three and conceded three hits and an earned run as a result.  Shackelford's season stats are:
1-2, 5.79 ERA, 28.0 IP, 12 appearances, 15 strikeouts

Greg Williams - Relief Pitcher - Hickory Crawdads (Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers)
Williams had last week off.  William's season stats are:
2-0, 4.37 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 appearances, 18 strikeouts

Kenny Socorro - Shortstop - Peoria Chiefs (Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs)
Socorro's season stats are:
.000 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, 0 BB, 0 SB