Thursday, December 7 2023

Our weekly update of how former Arkansas baseball players are doing or have done in in the Major League this year continues today.

As of Sunday, eight former Diamond Hogs were on MLB rosters. Some have been there a long time and some are just starting their careers. And that doesn’t count those who have tasted the bigs this year, too, which we’ll also track.

On top of that, we’ll list the guys below – in text – who are just around the corner from their first cups of coffee.

But for now, let’s look at those who have stuck around in 2023 with the images and captures.

Benintendi’s solid June continued as he’s hitting .311 for the month with an on-base percentage over .420. He also popped his first homer of the season last week.

Stats: .275 BA, .345 OBP, .360 slugging, 1 HR, 18 RBI

<img class="caas-img caas-lazy has-preview" alt="Mar 22, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports” decoding=”async” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/lfR5yeY5nvTaXrF2lI6dsA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/9f6241c865cf0f1702715f9e722569b7″><img alt="Mar 22, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/lfR5yeY5nvTaXrF2lI6dsA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/9f6241c865cf0f1702715f9e722569b7″ decoding=”async” class=”caas-img”>
Mar 22, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Beeks is going the opposite direction of Benintendi. The Rays’ left-hander was sent to Triple-A Durham earlier in the week after pitching just one game.

Stats: 5.81 ERA, 34 IP, 1.44 WHIP, 36 K, 18 BB

<img class="caas-img caas-lazy has-preview" alt="Mar 9, 2023; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Brian Anderson (9) during a Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports” decoding=”async” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Bchn19nxsqm0B1492trmRA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/696eb6d8412b808d1d8f65abf5d680d1″><img alt="Mar 9, 2023; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Brian Anderson (9) during a Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Bchn19nxsqm0B1492trmRA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/696eb6d8412b808d1d8f65abf5d680d1″ decoding=”async” class=”caas-img”>
Mar 9, 2023; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Brian Anderson (9) during a Spring Training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Anderson continued to be a regular starter in the Brewers’ lineup, though he did get Sunday off. His numbers are below-average, but his positional versatility keeps him a viable Major Leaguer.

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Stats: .225 BA, .325 OBP, .390 SLG, 9 HR, 34 RBI

Jackson is still on the injured list because of a flexor tendon strain. His gig is waiting for him when he returns, though.

Stats: 2.50 ERA, 18 IP, 1.556 WHIP, 18 K, 10 BB

<img class="caas-img caas-lazy has-preview" alt="Feb 26, 2023; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (27) bats against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports” decoding=”async” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/fHWnHmRFwux11HOUOGW8Fg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/c3c29d513efc930cc9ddff5ff44b001b”><img alt="Feb 26, 2023; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (27) bats against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/fHWnHmRFwux11HOUOGW8Fg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/c3c29d513efc930cc9ddff5ff44b001b” decoding=”async” class=”caas-img”>
Feb 26, 2023; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (27) bats against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

McCann picked up a couple of starts for the upstart Orioles in the week despite being the team’s back-up catcher. He had knocks in both. Not much more to ask for.

Stats: .194 BA, .232 OBP, .344 SLG, 3 HR, 7 RBI

Ryne Stanek – Houston Astros

Stanek missed the early part of the week because he was on the bereavement list. He pitched in two games when he returned and struggled a bit.

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Stats: 4.76 ERA, 22 2/3 IP, 1.63 WHIP, 22 K, 14 BB

Apr 21, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Drew Smyly (11) throws the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY SportsApr 21, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Drew Smyly (11) throws the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 21, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Drew Smyly (11) throws the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Smyly’s turn in the rotation came Wednesday against the Pirates. They hit him around for three home runs, though the Cubs picked up the win. Smyly is in good position in the Chicago rotation.

Stats: 3.59 ERA, 77 2/3 IP, 1.20 WHIP, 65 K, 21 BB

<img class="caas-img caas-lazy has-preview" alt="Oct 18, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Trevor Stephan (37) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning in game five of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports” decoding=”async” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/lSTltBXbNZUBiXmfMwhlUA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/098791d0fb581cb3569cf6701b927239″><img alt="Oct 18, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Trevor Stephan (37) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning in game five of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/lSTltBXbNZUBiXmfMwhlUA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/098791d0fb581cb3569cf6701b927239″ decoding=”async” class=”caas-img”>
Oct 18, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Trevor Stephan (37) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning in game five of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen pitched in just one game but picked up the victory against San Diego, giving up just a walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Stats: 2.40 ERA, 30 IP, 1.28 WHIP, 33 K, 10 BB

Fletcher’s rough week at Triple-A isn’t a big deal. He’s still on his way back to the MLB when the Diamondbacks have a place for him. He’s considered a part of their future.

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Stats at Arizona: .308 BA, .349 OBP, .474 SLG, 4 HR, 13 RBI (22 games)

Stats at Reno: .320 BA, .412 OBP, .498 SLG, 3 HR, 20 RBI (33 games)

<img class="caas-img caas-lazy has-preview" alt="May 2, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt Reynolds (3) is congratulated at the dugout after scoring a run against the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports” decoding=”async” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/s2vlXDCMOZ2wdFgdzHv_Sw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/4732de89825fd713b6463365f0803c4c”><img alt="May 2, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt Reynolds (3) is congratulated at the dugout after scoring a run against the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/s2vlXDCMOZ2wdFgdzHv_Sw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTY0MDtoPTQyNw–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/razorbacks_wire_usa_today_articles_712/4732de89825fd713b6463365f0803c4c” decoding=”async” class=”caas-img”>
May 2, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt Reynolds (3) is congratulated at the dugout after scoring a run against the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Reynolds played in just one game for the Reds before being designated for assignment. He isn’t getting much run in Louisville since the demotion, though his overall numbers are good.

Stats at Cincinnati: 1 for 5, 1 R (2 games)

Stats at Louisville: .297 AVG, .398 OBP, .607 SLG, 9 HR, 30 RBI (39 games)

Getting close

  • OF Heston Kjerstad – Baltimore Orioles (Triple-A)

  • P Matt Cronin – Washington Nationals (Triple-A, 40-man roster)

  • C Grant Koch – Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A)

  • P Barrett Loseke – New York Yankees (Triple-A)

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports

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