Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Kiermaier put together a pair of two-hit games last Friday and Saturday in Baltimore, including his second home run of the week. The Rays center fielder has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.

RHP Tanner Roark, ex-Illini, Nationals

Roark had his best start of the season last Wednesday, scattering three singles over eight innings as Washington beat Milwaukee. It was the first time in 20 starts this season that he did not give up a run.

RHP Dan Winkler, ex-Parkland, Braves

Winkler made three appearances last week, throwing 21 / 3 scoreless innings while allowing just one baserunner and striking out three. He has walked just two hitters in his last 11 outings.

MINOR LEAGUES

Class AAA

RHP James Naile, ex-Parkland, Nashville (Athletics)

Naile will want to forget last Saturday's start against Salt Lake, where he was pounded for 12 hits and eight runs in 21 / 3 innings. It was his shortest start of the season.

RHP Nick Wittgren, ex-Parkland, New Orleans (Marlins)

The ex-Parkland reliever continues to struggle, blowing a hold opportunity last Thursday against Reno and allowing a run on two hits to Tacoma three days later.

Class AA

C Jason Goldstein, ex-Illini, Midland (Athletics)

Goldstein's struggles at the plate continue as he is now hitless in last six games. Since his promotion to Class AA, Goldenstein has struck out eight times in 16 at bats.

LHP Tyler Jay, ex-Illini, Chattanooga (Twins)

After pitching 12 / 3 scoreless innings against Pensacola last Tuesday, the lefty blew both his third save opportunity of the season as well as picking up the loss to Tennessee four days later, giving up a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.

Class A

INF Pat McInerney, ex-Illini, Carolina (Brewers)

The Mudcats first baseman managed just two hits in 18 at-bats last week. His slash stat line since coming to Carolina is .125/.260/.175 with just five RBI in 27 games.

C Chuckie Robinson, ex-Danville, Buies Creek (Astros)

Robinson went two for five in two games last week. On July 21, he had a monster day at the plate, homering twice, including his first professional grand slam, and driving in seven runs.

SS Adam Walton, ex-Illini, Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Walton swatted his third home run of the season and drove in two runs against Lancaster last Friday. He also displayed his versatility in the field, playing second base, shortstop, left field and right field over the past six games.

Class A Short-Season

OF Doran Turchin, ex-Illini, Aberdeen (Orioles)

Turchin has not been able to crack the IronBirds lineup since July 13.

Rookie

C Jordyn Muffley, ex-Parkland, Princeton (Rays)

Muffley singled twice and drove in a run in his only appearance last week. He is hitting .353 over his last five starts.OF Bren Spillane, ex-Illini, Billings (Reds)The highlight of Spillane's week came last Monday when he homered and drove in two runs against Orem. Spillane leads the Mustangs with 20 walks and 47 strikeouts in his 89 at-bats.

INF Cole Taylor, ex-Salt Fork, ex-Parkland, Orem (Angels)

Taylor went hitless in six at-bats but walked three times last Wednesday at Idaho Falls. Six of his nine hits on the season have gone for extra bases.

RHP Brady Schanuel, ex-Parkland, AZL Brewers

Last Thursday Schanuel was reassigned to Brewers' Arizona League team. He pitched a third of an inning in each of his first two appearances, allowing no runs or hits.

INDEPENDENT

OF Will Krug, ex-Illini, Windy City (Frontier League)

Krug had gone two for five in three games last week before landing on the seven-day disabled list last Thursday.

INF David Kerian, ex-Illini, Sioux City (American Association)

Kerian managed just four hits in 23 at-bats last week. On the positive side, he doubled twice and drove in four runs.

LHP Jesse Remington, ex-Rantoul, Bakersfield (Pecos League)

Making his second consecutive start in 100 degree-plus heat, Remington lasted just 22 / 3 innings, giving up five earned runs and nine hits.

JAPAN

Nippon Professional Baseball Organization

RHP Spencer Patton, ex-Parkland, Yokohama DeNA

Patton picked up two holds in his two appearances last week, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out four of the six batters he faced.

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