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Wednesday August 31, 2016
August 31, 2016
As the MLB season is getting ready to expand their rosters, many of the minor league teams are wrapping up their seasons. At this time the Dawgs would like to recognize the former Dawgs as they got their opportunity to play the game that they love at the professional level.
In 2016, seven players playing professional baseball represented the Dawgs, they included: Jim Henerson, Jordan Procyshen, Cade Gotta, Chris Shaw, Alejo Lopez, Jeremy Newton and Bruce Yari. Below is a recap on how their 2016 seasons are going and their current team.
Jim Henderson (MLB, NY Mets)
In 2016, Jim has rebounded nicely after sitting out the 2015 season due to shoulder surgery. He has pitched in 36 games for the Mets who currently sit just 2.5 games out a wild card spot. Henderson has gone 1-2, with a 4.80ERA in 30 innings pitched, recording 35 strikeouts while allowing just 14 walks. His fastball has averaged 93MPH and has reached as high as 97MPH this year.
Jordan Procyshen (Advanced A, Salem Red Sox)
In his 3rd year in professional baseball, Procyshen has spent the year with the Salem Red Sox and has done exceptionally well. In 57 games this year he has recorded a .257avg, with 3HR, 16 doubles and 27 RBI’s. After a mild midseason injury that sent him to the DL for a couple of weeks Procyshen has bounced back well as over his past 10 games he has hit .333 with 10RBI, including a game winning RBI double on August 28th. For as good as Procyshen’s offence has been, it has been his deffence that has been on display as he has thrown out 20 of 29 base stealing attempts and has started in 53 of his 54 games.
Cade Gotta (Advanced A & AA, Montgomery Biscuits)
As the Dawgs saw back in 2013, Gotta was known for his unique swing, blazing speed and strong arm. Since being drafted by the Rays in 2014, Gotta has been enjoying success at every level as he has moved up the Rays depth charts. In 2016, between A and AA, Gotta has hit .280 with 9HR, 5 triples, 29 doubles and 49RBI’s in 116 games. Gotta has also shown his speed on the base paths as he has recorded 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts. In the outfield Gotta has been able to show off his strong arm as he has recorded 12 outfield assists this year.
Chris Shaw (Short A, Aberdeen IronBirds)
In 16 games this season Shaw has recorded 2 homeruns, 2 doubles and has collected 8 RBI’s. Shaw, has been a wall behind the plate this year as he has only allowed 1 past ball and has thrown out 9 base steal attempts.
Alejo Lopez (Rookie Ball, Billings Mustangs)
Although Lopez’s time with the Dawgs was brief he sure did leave a lasting impression with Dawgs fans. In 51 games with the Mustangs, Lopez has spent a majority of his time between 3rd base and 2nd base but has also had some games at shortstop. Offensively, he has his .276 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun, while collecting 11 stolen bases and 28RBI. But, defensively is where he has excelled posting a .944 fielding percentage starting in 49 of the 51 games.
Jeremy Newton (Rookie Ball, Brewers)
After starting the 2016 with the Dawgs, Newton signed a contract with the Brewers as a free agent at the end of June. In 6 games and 10 inings, Newton has recorded 6 strikeouts while only allowing 1 walk. Newton has seen a majority of his innings in a late inning relief role as he has recorded 2 saves.
Bruce Yari (Rookie Ball, Reds)
Yari was drafted in the 24th round of the 2016 draft after starting the year as the top hitting for the Dawgs. In 35 games, Yari has hit .270 with 2 doubles, 3 triples while recording 17 RBI’s. A day that Yari will remember happened on August 24th when he hit his first ever profession homerun.
The Dawgs wish all of these players the best in their young careers and a strong finish to the 2016 year. As the saying goes, “Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg”.