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 (Phillies) was moved to the 60-day injured list on April 6. He has yet to appear in a game in the Phillies organization after signing with them as a free agent this offseason.
Tristan Gray (Rays) has begun the 2023 season with the highest OPS (.780) he’s had since a brief short-season campaign in 2017. Gray recorded six home runs and 19 RBI in 23 games in the month of April.
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Ford Proctor (Giants) made his major league debut at the end of the 2022 season and has started the 2023 campaign somewhat slowly. He’s hitting .205 in the early going, but has walked 22 times to push his on-base percentage to .368 despite the lower average. He’s appeared in 26 games to date all over the infield. He’s made starts at first base, second base, third base and shortstop, as well as designated hitter.
Matt Canterino (Twins) began the 2023 season on the 60-day injured list as he recovered from offseason surgery. He’ll be sidelined for some time.
Trei Cruz (Tigers) is off to the best start of his minor league career by a wide margin. After hitting no better than .231 in either of his first two minor league seasons spread across several different teams, Cruz has settled down nicely in AA, slugging a career-best .478 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 18 games. He was recently named Eastern League Player of the Week.
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Evan Kravetz (Reds) hasn’t had much of a minor league season to this point. He’s appeared in one game, throwing two innings and allowing three runs, a 13.50 ERA. That will almost certainly work itself out as he gets more work when the season progresses.
Dane Myers (Marlins) opened the season in AA after splitting time between AA and AAA last season. He’s hitting .282 with more hits (20) than games played (19) with seven of those hits going for extra bases.
Roel Garcia (Rays, High-A) has appeared in four games this season with mixed results. He owns a 4.50 ERA and has struck out 11 in 12 innings, allowing 13 hits and 10 runs, although only six of which were earned. He’s walked seven.
Cooper Chandler (Orioles) has pitched in seven games, working 11.2 innings. He’s struck out 19 but allowed opposing batters to hit .313 against him. To this point, he has a 4.63 ERA.
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