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Rutgers MLB Update - August
  • Posted on August 08, 2014 11:38:25 AM
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  • Both Todd Frazier (left) and Brian O'Grady were drafted by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rutgers.

    Todd Frazier

    Todd Frazier made his first career All-Star Game and Home Run Derby appearance last month. The Cincinnati Reds’ third baseman hit nine home runs in the first three rounds on his way to representing the National League in the final, where he lost to defending champion Yoenis Cespedes.

    Frazier drew a walk in his only plate appearance of the All-Star Game, but he also received national attention when a picture surfaced of a 12-year-old Frazier with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at the 1998 All-Star Game. He had his picture taken with Jeter, which the media used as a testament to Jeter’s longevity.

    Frazier did not slow down after the All-Star Break. In the Reds’ last ten games, Frazier has batted .300 and batted in six runs.

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .279 114 441 64 123 18 1 20 60 203 35 103 17 6 .338 .460 .798

    David DeJesus

    DeJesus has been on the disabled list with a broken left hand since June 19. He is expected to return to action for the Tampa Bay Rays sometime this month. DeJesus is in his 11th major league season and his first full season with the Rays, his fifth MLB team.

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .269 62 182 18 49 14 1 5 17 80 25 32 0 2 .367 .440 .806

    Patrick Kivlehan

    In 80 games since being promoted to the Double-A Jackson (Tenn.) Generals, of the Seattle Mariners’ farm system, Kivlehan leads the team with a .316 batting average and nine home runs. In his last 10 games, the third baseman has logged 11 hits, two home runs and three stolen bases.

    With Class-AA Jackson:

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .316 80 288 49 91 18 6 9 55 148 39 62 9 4 .399 .514 .913

    With Class-A High Desert:

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .282 34 142 24 40 9 2 9 35 80 12 32 2 0 .331 .563 .895

    Jayson Hernandez

    Hernandez made his first career Triple-A appearance on June 29, playing for the Boston affiliate Pawtucket (R.I.) Red Sox. Hernandez is currently on the Double-A Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs’ roster, but has not yet played for them due to injury.

    With Triple-A Pawtucket:

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .000 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000

    With Single-A Salem:

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .234 23 77 7 18 8 0 1 6 29 5 18 0 0 .286 .377 .662

    Rob Smorol

    In 13 relief appearances and one start for the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners this season, left-handed pitcher Rob Smorol has an ERA of 4.33 in 27 innings pitched. Smorol has struck out 18 batters this year and has allowed only one home run.

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
    0 4 4.33 14 1 0 0 0 27.0 23 16 13 1 16 18

    Brian O’Grady

    O’Grady has played 41 games for the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League. He is tied for second-most on the Mustangs with 12 doubles. O’Grady has an impressive on-base percentage of .390, thanks in part to a team-high 29 walks drawn, and he has stolen five bases without being caught once. O’Grady has played five positions for Billings – center fielder, right fielder, first baseman, third baseman and designated hitter.

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .271 41 140 35 38 12 2 4 30 66 29 24 5 0 .390 .471 .861

    Steve Nyisztor

    Nyisztor started the 2014 season with the independent Rockland Boulders, and played well enough to earn a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who assigned him to single-A affiliate Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops. Nyisztor has played 26 games for the Hops, spending time as a second baseman, shortstop, right fielder and designated hitter. He has batted .317 for Hillsboro, including 14 RBIs, seven doubles and a home run.

    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    .317 26 104 20 33 7 3 1 14 49 9 15 4 2 .379 .471 .850
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