After struggling for much of the season, former McNeese State pitcher Clay Buchholz has found a good groove, much to the delight of the Boston Red Sox, who are in the heat of a pennant race for the American League East title.
Buchholz has put together consecutive outstanding starts. On Aug. 18, Buchholz pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three in a no decision at hard-hitting Detroit. He followed that up with an outstanding outing Tuesday night at Tampa Bay, pitching six and a third innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking a season high nine as the Red Sox edged the Rays 2-1. Boston is tied for first in the East with Toronto, two games ahead of Baltimore.
As for the Orioles, former LSU ace Kevin Gausman has provided a huge lift for them most recently. A hard luck pitcher most of the season, Gausman has won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Houston on Aug. 18 and downing Washington Tuesday night. In the 8-1 victory over the Nationals, Gausman pitched six shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking two while walking no one as he improved to 5-10 with a 3.92 ERA.
The ascension of Alex Bregman continues. After a very slow start with Houston, the LSU product continues to raise his batting average daily. Bregman has hit in 15 of 17 games to raise his average to .230 with eight doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI for the Astros in 27 games played.
Former Tulane star Rob Segedin hit his first major league home run at Cincinnati on Monday. He followed that up with his second home run in as many games against the Giants in a 9-5 victory Tuesday night in a National League West showdown. The Dodgers extended their division lead to two games over slumping San Francisco.
Shreveport’s Taijuan Walker was recalled by the Seattle Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma prior to last night’s game with the New York Yankees. Walker got the start at home and took the loss in a 5-1 victory for New York. Walker pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out five.
Aaron Loup, the former Hahnville and Tulane hurler, was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. With the Blue Jays, Loup has pitched in 10 games with a 6.00 ERA. With the Bisons, Loup was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a save in 17 appearances.
The Tiger is a Tiger again. Neville High alum Alex Presley is back in the big leagues, recalled by the Detroit Tigers from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 18. He was hitting .293 in 34 games for the Mud Hens. Presley has played previously for Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston and Milwaukee. Presley played 47 games for the Brewers earlier this season. Presley is 1-for-5 thus far for the Tigers in three games.
Another former Tiger of the Purple and God variety is back in the majors as the Chicago White Sox recalled Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 17. The ex-LSU right-hander was 6-5 with a 3.35 ERA for the Knights in 15 starts. It is Ranaudo’s second stint with the White Sox this season. He also pitched in two games for the Texas Rangers earlier this season.
Former Catholic High and LSU star Aaron Nola was shut down for the remainder of the season this past Sunday by the Philadelphia Phillies. Nola has been plagued by a flexor and UCL sprain. After initially considering surgery, Nola will simply rehab the injuries and is expected to ready by Spring Training of 2017. Nola finished the season 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA in 20 appearances.
The news is not as good for former Jesuit and University of New Orleans star Johnny Giavotella, who was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 20. Giavotella, who was the starter for the Angels for much of the last two seasons at second base, had seen his playing time diminish in recent weeks. He was hitless in his last 16 at-bats, prompting a tough move by Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
“Johnny, for a time, was an incredible sparkplug for us,” Scioscia said. “But I think being just able to play second base, his opportunities had started to diminish, and not being versatile was going to be tough, especially if we were not going to commit to him to playing second base every day. It was going to be tough for him to get at-bats and to contribute.”
At Triple-A Las Vegas (New York Mets) of the International League, former Barbe star Gavin Cecchini has a seven-game hit streak for the 51s. Cecchini is batting .314 with 23 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 47 RBI. Could a Sept. call-up be in the offing?
Former Southern pitcher Jose De Leon, who has been plagued by injuries much of this season, is healthy and pitching extremely well for Oklahoma City (Los Angeles Dodgers) of the International League. He came back to Louisiana and stoned the New Orleans Zephyrs in a 7-0 victory Monday night. De Leon pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, walking no one and striking out 10 in a brilliant performance.
De Leon, who is ranked 38th on MLB.com’s list of top 100 prospects, is now 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 15 starts for the Dodgers. He has allowed just 57 hits in 78 and two-thirds innings with 98 strikeouts and an impressive WHIP of 0.98. A Sept. call-up by the parent Dodgers is a strong possibility.
At Double-A Richmond (San Francisco Giants) of the Eastern League, former Tulane hurler Preston Claiborne has posted nine consecutive scoreless outings, covering 11 and two-thirds innings. In that stretch, Claiborne has allowed just seven hits while striking out 17. He is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA and two saves in 27 appearances for the Flying Squirrels.
At Double-A Chattanooga (Minnesota Twins) of the Southern League, former Northshore High and LSU pitcher Ryan Eades pitched six shutout innings for the Lookouts in a 3-1 victory over Montgomery last Saturday. Eades allowed just one hit, walked just one and struck out four to improve to 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 appearances on the season.
Former LSU pitcher Tyler Jones collected saves Monday and Tuesday nights for Trenton (New York Yankees) of the Eastern League. Jones is now 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 11 saves for the Thunder. He has 57 strikeouts in just 40 and two-thirds innings.
At Double-A Harrisburg (Washington Nationals) of the Eastern League, former Tulane pitcher Tyler Mapes has been a workhorse for the Senators. Mapes won his 12th game of the year Tuesday night in a 4-3 victory over Altoona. Mapes pitched five innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out 12 to improve to 12-8 with a 3.08 ERA in 23 starts.
Ryan Deemes was promoted from Class A Lancaster to Double-A Corpus Christi (Houston Astros) of the Texas League on Tuesday. The former Holy Cross and Nicholls State hurler immediately made his mark for the Hooks, pitching one and two-thirds innings Tuesday night against Midland, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three in a 7-2 victory. At Lancaster, Deemes was 4-1 with a 4.43 ERA and six saves in 27 appearances.
At Class A Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay Rays) of the New York-Penn League, former LSU outfielder Jake Fraley is warming up after a slow start. Fraley has hit in his last six games and nine of his last 10 games to raise his average to .229 with five doubles, six triples, one home run and 14 RBI. He hit his first home run Tuesday night against Tri-City. In addition, Fraley is running wild, successful on all 27 of his stolen base opportunities.
Nick Hartman, the LSU-Eunice product, has posted saves in his last three appearances for Vancouver (Toronto Blue Jays) of the Northwest League. Hartman is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and three saves in 16 appearances for the Canadians.
Taylor Henry picked up his second win for Brooklyn (New York Mets) of the New York-Penn League Tuesday night. The former Airline and Centenary pitcher pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two as the Cyclones defeated Mahoning Valley 2-1. Henry is now 2-1 with a fine 1.93 ERA and four saves in 25 appearances.
Former Ouachita Christian and LSU outfielder Mark Laird has a six-game hit streak (10-for-23/.435) for Lakewood (Philadelphia Phillies) of the South Atlantic League. Laird has raised his average to .329 with a double, one home run and seven RBI in 19 games for the BlueClaws.
In Rookie League action, former Northwestern State star Nick Heath has an eight-game hit streak (11-for-29/.379) for Idaho Falls (Kansas City Royals) of the Pioneer League to raise his average to .281 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. Heath has been running often as well with 26 stolen bases.
At Bluefield (Toronto Blue Jays) of the Appalachian League, former Nicholls State pitcher Stuart Holmes has not allowed a run in his five appearances, going 1-0 for the Blue Jays. In seven and two-thirds innings, Holmes has allowed just four hits.
Clay Buchholz—Red Sox (McNeese St.) 29 G, 5-9, 5.18 ERA, 107.2 INN, 104 H, 71 K
Steve Clevenger—Mariners (SLU) .221, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI (60-day DL)
Danny Farquhar—Rays (UL Lafayette) 18 G, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 18.1 INN, 23 K
Kevin Gausman—Orioles (LSU) 23 G, 5-10, 3.92 ERA, 133 INN, 131 K
Will Harris—Astros (Slidell, LSU) 50 G, 1-2, 2.59 ERA, 12 SV, 48.2 INN, 42 H, 52 K
James Hoyt—Astros (Centenary) 9 G, 0-0, 7.27 ERA, 8.2 INN, 9 K
Wade LeBlanc—Mariners (Barbe) 10 G, 3-0, 4.53 ERA, 1 SV, 49.2 INN, 40 K
Aaron Loup—Blue Jays (Hahnville, Tulane) 10 G, 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 6 INN, 4 H, 8 K
Seth Lugo—Mets (Parkway, Centenary) 10 G, 0-2, 3.04 ERA, 23.2 INN, 17 H, 19 K
Wade Miley–Orioles (Loranger, SLU) 23 G, 7-10, 5.58 ERA, 129 INN, 95 K
Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic, LSU) 20 G, 6-9, 4.78 ERA, 111 INN, 121 K (15-day D.L.)
Jace Peterson—Braves (Hamilton Christian, McNeese) .254, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 7 HR, 22 RBI
Anthony Ranaudo—Charlotte (LSU) 4 G, 1-1, 9.42 ERA, 14.1 INN, 12 H, 7 K
Ryan Schimpf–Padres (St. Paul’s, LSU) .217, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 14 HR, 34 RBI
Taijuan Walker—Mariners (Shreveport) 18 G, 4-8, 4.14 ERA, 95.2 INN, 93 H, 85 K
Reid Brignac—Gwinnett (St. Amant) .255, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 6 SB
Garin Cecchini—Colorado Springs (Barbe) .271, 21 doubles, 5 triples, 5 HR, 44 RBI, 12 SB
Chris Cotton—Corpus Christi (Byrd, LSU) 13 G, 0-0, 6.92 ERA, 26 INN, 13 K
Charlie Furbush—Tacoma (LSU) 6 G, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 INN, 5 H, 4 K’s (60-day D.L.)
Nick Goody—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LSU) 15 G, 0-0, 1.86 ERA, 5 SV, 19.1 INN, 9 H, 28 K
JaCoby Jones—Toledo (LSU) .230, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB
Jim Miller—Colorado Springs (ULM) 11 G, 1-0, 7.41 ERA, 17 INN, 19 K (Released)
Austin Ross—Colorado Springs (Captain Shreve, LSU) 45 G, 5-2, 4.19 ERA, 66.2 INN, 61 H, 73 K
Caleb Adams—Arkansas (UL Lafayette) .215, 5 doubles, 2 triple, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 9 SB
Wil Browning—New Hampshire (ULM) 44 G, 2-2, 2.06 ERA, 10 SV, 48 INN, 40 H, 58 K
Preston Claiborne—Richmond (Tulane) 27 G, 2-0, 2.61 ERA, 2 SV, 38 INN, 25 H, 42 K
James Dykstra—Birmingham (LSU) 25 G, 4-8, 5.68 ERA, 82.1 INN, 58 K
Nate Fury—Arkansas (Rummel, Delgado, LSU) 4 G, 0-1, 3.38 ERA, 5.1 INN, 4 H, 7 K
Chaz Hebert—Trenton (Breaux Bridge) 60-day DL
Mason Katz—Springfield (Jesuit, LSU) 14 G, .381, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI (7-day D.L.)
Ryan Leonards—Birmingham (Notre Dame, UL Lafayette) 9 G, .161 (5-for-31), 2 double, 1 RBI
Mason Melotakis—Chattanooga (Northwestern St.) 34 G, 1-2, 3.16 ERA, 31.1 INN, 38 K (7-day D.L.)
Jared Mortensen—Montgomery (LSU-S) 32 G, 6-7, 5.70 ERA, 66.1 INN, 49 H, 83 K
Stuart Turner—Chattanooga (Eunice, LSU-E) .234, 21 doubles, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 5 SB
Justin Williams—Montgomery (Terrebonne) .245, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 24 RBI
Stephen Alemais—West Virginia (Tulane) .251, 5 doubles, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 10 SB
Grant Borne—Hagerstown (Catholic-BR, Nicholls) 18 G, 3-2, 3.86 ERA, 3 SV, 49 INN, 36 K
Parker Bugg—Greensboro (LSU) 4 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 INN, 2 H, 6 K
Eric Carter—State College (UL Lafayette) 13 G, 2-0, 3.18 ERA, 6 SV, 17 INN, 13 H, 22 K
Chris Chinea—Peoria (LSU) .313, 22 doubles, 5 HR, 56 RBI
Jace Conrad—Charlotte (Lafayette, UL Lafayette) .229, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 22 SB
Arby Fields—Bakersfield (LSU) .227, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB (Released)
Jared Foster—Inland Empire (Barbe, LSU) .307, 5 doubles, 2 triple, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 6 SB
Ryan Gebhardt—Carolina (Ouachita Parish, LA Tech) .259, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 19 RBI (Temporary inactive list)
Ian Gibaut—Charlotte (Tulane) 24 G, 1-2, 2.18 ERA, 3 SV, 45.1 INN, 41 H, 41 K
Preston Guillory—Greensboro (Live Oak) 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 INN, 1 K
Conner Hale—Clinton (LSU) .270, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 3 SB
Seth Harrison—Augusta (UL Lafayette) .260, 18 doubles, 3 triples, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 16 SB
Taylor Henry—Brooklyn (Airline, Centenary) 24 G, 2-1, 1.71 ERA, 4 SV, 31.2 INN, 28 H, 28 K
Jake Johnson—Billings (SLU) 14 G, 0-2, 9.30 ERA, 20.1 INN, 17 K
Breck Kline—Greensboro (Northshore) Voluntary retired list
Randy LeBlanc—Fort Myers (Covington, Tulane) 13 G, 5-7, 4.70 ERA, 69 INN, 41 K
Phil Maton—Lake Elsinore (Louisiana Tech) 25 G, 3-2, 1.91 ERA, 9 SV, 33 INN, 17 H, 47 K
Zac Person—Quad Cities (Eunice, LSU-E, LSU) 23 G, 3-1, 2.93 ERA, 46 INN, 43 H, 46 K
Austin Robichaux—Burlington (Notre Dame, UL Lafayette) 10 G, 3-3, 4.60 ERA, 47 INN, 29 K
Colin Rodgers—Wilmington (Parkview Baptist) 16 G, 2-7, 6.02 ERA, 61.1 INN, 42 K
Tate Scioneaux—Bradenton (Riverside, SLU) 28 G, 3-2, 2.59 ERA, 2 SV, 62.2 INN, 48 H, 59 K
Riley Smith—Hillsboro (LSU) 21 G, 1-0, 1.61 ERA, 2 SV, 28 INN, 27 H, 27 K
Nick Thurman—Everett (Belle Chasse, UL Lafayette) .283, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 16 RBI
Blake Trahan—Daytona (Kinder, UL Lafayette) .251, 17 doubles, 8 triples, 3 HR, 42 RBI, 20 SB
Bryton Trepagnier—Carolina (East St. John) 2 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2 INN, 1 H, 2 K (Released)
Jacob Waguespack—Lakewood (Dutchtown) 39 G, 4-2, 3.51 ERA, 6 SV, 66.2 INN, 64 K
Ivan Wilson—Columbia (Ruston) .197, 15 doubles, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB (Voluntary Retired List)
Luis Anguizola—AZL Padres (Loyola) .256, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 16 RBI
Brayden Bouchey—Bluefield (ULM) 8 G, 1-0, 2.60 ERA, 17.1 INN, 14 H, 73 K
Ben Braymer—GCL Nationals (Catholic, LSU-E) 8 G, 0-2, 4.12 ERA, 19.2 INN, 13 H, 24 K
Blake Butera—Princeton (Mandeville) .250, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 5 SB
Domenick Carlini—Elizabethton (SLU) 11 G, 1-6, 4.37 ERA, 1 SV, 45.1 INN, 37 K
Zach Clark—AZL Brewers (Springfield) .261, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB
Phillip Diehl—Pulaski (LA Tech) 12 G, 2-0, 2.66 ERA, 1 SV, 23.2 INN, 20 H, 35 K
Nick Flair—Orem (Belle Chasse) .296, 11 doubles, 8 HR, 34 RBI
Emerson Gibbs—Helena (Jesuit, Tulane) 3 G, 0-2, 6.30 ERA, 10 INN, 7 K
Stuart Holmes—Bluefield (Nicholls St.) 5 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA 7.2 INN, 4 H, 4 K
Kolton Kendrick—GCL Twins (Oak Forest) 13 G, .075 (3 for 40), 1 HR, 1 RBI
Alex Massey—Burlington (Catholic, Tulane) 14 G, 2-1, 1.84 ERA, 2 SV, 29.1 INN, 24 H, 33 K
Santos Saldivar—Helena (Southern) 16 G, 0-0, 4.66 ERA, 19.1 INN, 20 K
Jesse Stallings—Billings (Grant, LSU) 15 G, 1-2, 4.19 ERA, 3 SV, 19.1 INN, 17 H, 19 K
Stefan Trosclair—GCL Cardinals (Sulphur, LSU-E, UL Lafayette) .281, 5 doubles, 4 HR, 19 RBI
Jared West—AZL Mariners (LSU-Shreveport) 14 G, 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 18 INN, 10 H, 16 K
Brian Bogusevic—Orix Buffaloes (Tulane) .194, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB
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