Pacific Baseball: Catching Up With Former Tigers In Minor League Baseball
As of this week, the Pacific baseball team currently has nine former players active in Minor League Baseball. They include: Eric Stolp (2006), Josh Schmidt (2005), Anthony Jackson (2006), Jake Wild (2007), Hunter Carnevale, (2010), J.B. Brown (2010), Nick Longmire (2010) and Mike Walker (2010).
The two players to have reached the highest level of minor league baseball are Schmidt, who is playing with the Trenton Thunder (Double A -affiliate of the New York Yankees) and Jackson, who is listed on the Tulsa Drillers (Double A-affiliate of the Colorado Rockies). Currently with the Thunder, Schmidt has compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.41 ERA over the span of 38.2 innings pitched in 24 appearances. During that period he has struck out 39 batters. In Schmidt's most recent outing on June 28, he logged 2.1 innings of shutout relief against the Eerie Seawolves, surrendering only two hits while fanning five. As for Jackson, he is hitting .227 in the Texas League over 68 games played. During that time, he's drawn 36 walks and tallied 17 stolen bases. Against Springfield on June 28, Jackson went 3-for-5 at the plate.
In the next level playing in the California League are Stolp with the San Jose Giants (High A-affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) and Wild who plays with the High Desert (High A-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners). To date Stolp posted a 4-5 record with a 4.48 ERA over 14 appearances in 2010. His eight starts this season is a career high half-way through the year. In his most recent outing, Stolp shutout the local Stockton Ports on May 27. In that game he went eight innings deep and only allowed four hits to get the win against the Ports. It was his second victory over Stockton, as Stolp tossed a five-inning one-hit shutout on month prior, on April 27. Stolp's counterpart in the California League, Wild, has compiled a 6-3 record from the mound with a 5.14 ERA this season. He got the starting nod in all 14 games played this year and has struck out 66 in 2010, while walking 19 batters. Wild's most recent game came against Rancho Cucamonga on June 28, in which he went six innings deep while giving up only one run off a season-low three hits allowed. That contest also featured six strikeouts for the righty. Prior to that showing, Wild logged his longest outing of the year against the Stockton Ports on May 16, going 7.2 innings to garner the win. Against the Ports, Wild relinquished seven hits en rout to four earned runs, while striking out two.
Pacific's five draft picks in 2010 are all currently playing with Short-Season clubs across the country. Teammates Carnevale and Brown are both spending time with the Brooklyn Cyclones (Class A-affiliate of the New York Mets). From the mound this season Carnevale has not yet recorded a decision, but has surrendered four earned runs off seven hits, alongside seven strikeouts in three appearances. On June 27 against former Tiger teammate Oliveira's Aberdeen Ironbirds, Carnevale tallied his longest outing with two innings of relief in which he allowed one run off two hits, but struck out three batters. Three days prior to that, Carnevale tossed one inning of scoreless relief against Hudson Valley, striking out all three batters he faced. Carnevale's Tiger counterpart Brown is hitting .094 in nine games this season, with three hits in 32 at-bats. Against Aberdeen on June 22, Brown went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the contest.
Playing for three separate short-season clubs are Oliveira who plays for the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class A-affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles), Walker who is on the Henela Brewers roster (Class A-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) and fifth-round pick Longmire who plays for the 2010 Batavia Muckdogs (Class A-affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals). Oliveira this season has seen 16 at-bats, from which he's tallied a .125 batting average. Against Staten Island in his most recent outing on June 23, Oliveira went 2-for-4 at the plate, tallying one run in the contest. Walker quickly made the transition to professional ball with the first-place Brewers, after launching the game-winning walk-off triple in just his appearance in Minor League Baseball on June 21. In that contest, he went 1-for-3 with one run tallied, one walk and two RBI. Currently Walker is hitting .207 in eight games with the Brewers. Over 29 at-bats Walker has tallied six hits, three runs and four RBI. Finally, Longmire is having the best showing of any Tiger active in professional baseball. With the Muckdogs Longmire is living up to his status as a fifth-rounder, hitting a phenomenal .390 in 10 games played in 2010. Over 41 at-bats, Longmire has notched 11 runs, 16 hits, four doubles, three triples, three homeruns and 17 RBI for a spectacular .417 on-base percentage. His best outing of the season came against State College on June 21 after going 4-for-5 at the plate with one run, one triple, one home run and six total RBI in that lone contest. Most recently, Longmire went 2-for-5 on June 24 against Mahoning Valley, tallying one run with one homerun and four RBI to. Longmire's four RBI accounted for two-thirds of the Muckdogs' runs in their 6-4 victory.