While several Rice Baseball alums are producing at the highest level, others are working their way up the ladder. Here’s the latest on the MiLB Owls.
Jon Duplantier (Diamondbacks) made two appearances with the Reno Aces before called back up to the big leagues, where he stayed for a couple of weeks, making four appearances, before being placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained middle finger. He hasn’t made an appearance at either level since. Collectively, Duplantier had a 13.15 ERA with the Diamondbacks before he was sent down. Duplantier’s teammate, Kevin McCanna, remains on the injured list. He has yet to make an appearance this year.
Jordan Stephens (Indians) has been a steady hand out of the pen. He allowed three runs in his first relief outing of the season, rebounding nicely with a 1.42 ERA in his 10 subsequent appearances. He holds a season ERA of 3.38 and is averaging 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
At the plate, Tristan Gray (Rays) has been picking up steam. He tallied seven hits and four RBI over a six-game series with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp this week. He’s hitting .212 for the season with five extra-base hits. His OPS is .646 and he’s collected eight RBI.
🗣 HE’S HEATING UP 🔥🔥
Tristan Gray homers for the 2nd straight night to extend our lead to 4-2 in the 8th pic.twitter.com/bvIFbOOYLT
— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) June 27, 2021
Recently named the No. 3 hottest pitching prospect in baseball by Baseball America, Glen Otto (Yankees). That’s the kind of thing that happens when you have outings like this:
Yankees No. 28 prospect, Glen Otto, struck out 14 of the 16 batters he faced tonight in Double-A!
5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xIr2w7LUCB
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) May 21, 2021
Otto has a 3.96 ERA this season. He’s struck out 83 batters in 52.1 innings pitched and owns a .958 WHIP.
Ford Proctor (Rays) has gotten off to a slow start. He’s hitting .168 this season in 38 games, well below his career .295 average. He’s still found a way to get on base, drawing 28 walks, lifting him to a .333 on-base percentage
Ricky Salinas (Indians) made the jump to Double-A this month. Salinas has made six appearances since the jump. He has a 4.30 ERA in those outings, striking out 36 batters across 29.1 innings.
Matt Canterino (Twins) hasn’t appeared in a game since the end of May, currently residing on the injured list. Before he stepped off the rubber, Cantero was dealing, striking out 35 of the 68 batters he faced, posting a staggering 17.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Evan Kravetz (Reds, High-A) joined his former teammate on the injured list in mid-June. Prior to that, Kravetz had started his season with a 1.64 ERA across six games, striking out 33 batters in 22 innings, averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s only allowed 10 hits.
Dane Myers (Tigers, Low-A) is on his third team of the season, starting the year in Low-A before making the jump to Double-A and moving back to High-A. Across all three leagues, he’s hitting .283 in 75 plate appearances, collecting six extra-base hits. He has a .867 OPS.
Trei Cruz (Tigers, High-A) has started to get going after a slow start to his pro career. He held a .105 average after his first 17 games but has since raised it to .164, currently riding a four-game hitting streak. His first triple of the season helped jump-start the rally.
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