Former Gators Nolan Fontana and Preston Tucker were named Texas All-Stars as both are teammates once again for the South Division. Anthony DeSclafani also was named to the Florida State League All-Star team as he put together a nice season with the Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads. DeSclafani has once again made his way to the majors, joining the 1o other Gators in MLB:
LHP Kevin Chapman (2007, 2009-2010), Houston Astros
The Astros reassigned Chapman to Houston’s Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Redhawks April 16th. Since then, he’s been spectacular. In Triple-A, Chapman has pitched 25 innings, giving up just 16 hits and f0ur runs (two earned), striking out 33 batters, and has notched two saves. The past week saw Chapman adding 4 innings, only allowing two hits while striking out seven batters. He lowered his ERA to an impressive 0.72 since joining the Redhawks, On the season in the majors, he has a 12.27 ERA in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. With his domination in the minor leagues, look for Chapman to make his way back up to the majors.
OF Matt den Dekker (2007-2010), New York Mets
Matt den Dekker has played in 10 straight games for the Mets, albeit mostly pinch-hitting. This past week, he managed 14 at-bats, hitting a double and his first RBI of the season, as well as a walk. He’s hitting .156 with New York. With the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A), den Dekker hit .269 with four homers, 26 RBI, and 32 runs scored. He’s regularly in the Mets lineup as he took Eric Young‘s spot when he landed on the disabled list.
RHP Anthony DeSclafani (2008-2011), Miami Marlins
The Marlins recalled DeSclafani from Triple-A to start Tuesday night. He struggled in his first game back. He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in a career-high 6 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out five. In three starts with Miami, DeSclafani has gone 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA. In the minors, he’s compiled a 3-5 record with a 3.92 ERA in time with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns and Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. In 64 1/3 innings, DeSclafani has struck out 59. He was named to the Florida State League South Division All-Star Team which took place June 14. He was held out of the game due to his impending promotion.
INF Mark Ellis (1996-1999), St. Louis Cardinals
Ellis had his five-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday night, but still had a solid week. He hit .300 (3-for-10) with a double and a walk. He managed to raise his batting average to .188 over the period.
INF Cole Figueroa (2007-2008), Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays optioned Figueroa to Triple-A Durham. During his time in the majors, he hit .250 with a double, RBI, and run scored. With the Bulls, Figueroa has been on a bit of a tear, raising his average to .313 from .290 last week with five RBI. He has three home runs, 25 RBI, and 22 runs scored on the minor league season.
LHP Nick Maronde (2009-2011), Los Angeles Angels
Maronde has been reassigned to Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. He struggled as of late, leaving the majors with a 12.79 ERA after 6 1/3 innings and appearances in 11 games. He hasn’t fared much better in the minor with control being an issue. He’s walked 30 in 16 innings pitched. Maronde’s allowed 20 runs on 17 hits, posting a 11.25 ERA in time split between Triple-A Salt Lake City and Double-A Arkansas.
RHP Darren O’Day (2003-2006), Baltimore Orioles
O’Day’s in a bit of a slump as of late. After blowing his third save of the season last week, this past week he took his first loss of the season. In four innings pitched, O’Day gave up two runs on four hits and one walk, striking out three. His ERA ballooned to 1.47 after being under 1.00 last week.
INF Ryan Raburn (2000), Cleveland Indians
Raburn had a tough week for the Indians. He saw playing time in three games, and went 2-for-11 (.182). He’s playing more and more, however, as he’s up to 46 games on the season, hitting .208 with one homer and 14 RBI.
LHP Paco Rodriguez (2010-2012), Los Angeles Dodgers
Paco has bounced back and forth between the Los Angeles and Triple-A Albuquerque. But his time lately has been spent with the Isotopes. He’s pitched 16 1/3 innings with Albuquerque, giving up 15 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) for a 4.41 ERA. Rodriguez has also struck out 24. In his time with the Dodgers, he pitched seven innings with a 6.43 ERA, striking out eight.
C David Ross (1998), Boston Red Sox
In three games (six ABs), Ross went hitless this past week. He did, however, manage to get on base twice with two walks. He’s now hitting .163 with two homers and five RBI as the Red Sox backup catcher.
C Mike Zunino (2010-2012), Seattle Mariners
Zunino posted another tough week with Seattle. He hit .190 (4-for-21), with two doubles and a run scored. For the season, Zunino’s hitting .217 with seven home runs, 22 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 57 games as the Mariners’ catcher.