Marshall Baseball Players in the Pros – Summer Update #2

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HUNTINGTON, WV -- Winning decisions from former Thundering Herd pitchers Mike Mason and Joe Church highlight the second summer update for Marshall baseball’s players in the pros.


Mason took his victory in his professional debut, a relief appearance where he allowed only two base-runners in two scoreless innings of work.  Church waited until his fourth outing but took a winning decision in a road victory over Salem-Keizer.  Both pitchers currently stand at 1-0 in their first season of Minor League Baseball.


At the Triple-A level, Dan Straily turned in two quality starts last week with only one win (and one loss) to show for it.  The right-hander struck out 18 over those two starts and developed a commanding lead in the strikeouts category (134).  Only Stephen Strasburg (122) of the Washington Nationals and Justin Verlander (121) of the Detroit Tigers have eclipsed the 120 mark.  


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


Dan Straily – Starting Pitcher – Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) Straily threw back-to-back quality starts, posting 18 strikeouts and a 1-1 record in his second week of Triple-A.  In all three starts with the River Cats, Straily has thrown six-plus innings with eight-plus punchouts and continues to lead professional baseball with 134 K’s this season (Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals is currently second with 122).

Straily’s Triple-A stats are: 2-1, 1.42 ERA, 19.0 IP, 3 appearances, 26 strikeouts

Straily’s cumulative minor league stats are: 5-5, 3.02 ERA, 104.1 IP, 17 appearances, 134 strikeouts


Joe Church – Relief Pitcher – Eugene Emeralds (Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres) Church appeared in two games last week, picking up his first professional winning decision on Monday.  Church’s season stats are: 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 7.0 IP, 5 appearances, 12 strikeouts


Mike Mason – Relief Pitcher – Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie Pioneer League – Colorado Rockies) Mason grabbed a winning decision in his professional debut before appearing twice last week for Grand Junction.  Mason’s season stats are: 1-0, 17.18 ERA, 3.2 IP, 3 appearances, 0 strikeouts


Ian Kadish – Relief Pitcher – Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) Kadish lowered his season earned run average to 1.13 last week after throwing three scoreless innings of relief.  The right-hander fanned six over the two games, bringing his season tally to 14.  Kadish’s season stats are: 1-0, 1.13 ERA, 8.0 IP, 5 appearance, 14 strikeouts


Arik Sikula – Relief Pitcher – Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) Sikula appeared in two games last week.  In his first appearance (2.2 innings on the road), the right-hander allowed his first runs of the season.  Sikula is holding opposing hitters to a .179 average.  Sikula’s season stats are: 0-0, 2.35 ERA, 7.2 IP, 5 appearances, 7 strikeouts


Victor Gomez – Catcher – GCL Braves (Rookie Gulf Coast League – Atlanta Braves) 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) Stafford’s season stats are: .154 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7 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 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 MilwaukeeBrewers) Shackelford made three appearances last week, allowing only one earned run over seven combined innings.  Shackelford’s season stats are: 1-2, 4.89 ERA, 35.0 IP, 15 appearances, 22 strikeouts


Greg Williams – Relief Pitcher – Hickory Crawdads (Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers) 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

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