Here's a look at how the 7 MLB Frogs faired the week of September 3-9, 2015:
Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) - Arrieta continues to dominate for the Cubs. His sole game this week was September 5 at home against the Diamondbacks. He pitched 8 innings and allowed 4 hits but no runs. He struck out 7 and didn't allow any walks. The Cubs won 2-0. A pretty cut and dry game for a guy who's anything but. Arrieta's stats continue to drop, with a 2.03 ERA and a .92 WHIP. You can see more stats from his 2015 season here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) - Carpenter got to play at home all week. He started with a 3-game series against the Pirates. On September 4, Carpenter managed to get to third in the bottom of the 8th, but he couldn't make it back home again. The Cardinals lost 9-3. On September 5, Carpenter had a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th. The Cardinals won 4-1. On September 6, Carpenter didn't have any luck, and neither did the rest of the Cardinals. They lost 7-1. On September 7, the Cardinals played the Cubs. Carpenter couldn't manage to get on base, and the Cardinals lost 9-0. Carpenter didn't have any luck until he hit a double in the bottom of the 9th. Unfortunately, his team couldn't bring him back home again before the game ended with a Cardinals loss 8-5. In the last game of the week on September 9, Carpenter finally had some luck. He tripled in the bottom of the 1st to get on base and was brought home by Jason Heyward. In the bottom of the 9th, he hit a single that brought in 1 run, and Stephen Piscotty brought him home for what turned out to be the winning run. He played 2nd base most of the game but was moved to 3rd in the top of the 9th. It worked for the Cards, who finally beat the Cubs 4-3. Carpenter has now logged 21 homeruns, 72 RBIs, and his AVG is currently .260. For more stats from Carpenter's 2015 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/San Diego Padres) - Cashner played the Dodgers at home on September 6. In six innings, he struck out 5 and walked 4. He allowed 5 hits but only 2 runs, both earned. But the Padres couldn't keep control of the Dodgers in the 7th and they lost 5-1. Cashner has a 4.11 ERA and WHIP of 1.39 on the season. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
Taylor Featherston (3B/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - On September 4, Featherston and the Angels played the Rangers in Anaheim. Featherston made it to 1st in the bottom of the 3rd off a single, but that was as far as he got. His teammates had a little more luck and managed to edge out the Rangers 5-2. In the second game of the series on September 5, none of the Angels were able to do much. They lost 2-1. The final game of the series was much better on September 6. Featherston had an RBI in the bottom of the 2nd. He got caught stealing 2nd in the bottom of the 4th, but Carlos Perez scored on the play. He had a nice double in the bottom of the 6th that brought home David Freese, but he was out at home on an Albert Pujols sac fly later that inning. The Angels still managed a solid win at 7-0. Featherston's AVG still sitting at .169. You can see more of his MLB season here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) - He's baaaaaaaccccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finnegan was called up on September 8 to rejoin the Reds. Clearly my letter was the deciding factor, right? For stats on Finnegan's minor league season, check out the recap below. To follow his MLB stats, you can click here.
Bryan Holaday (C/Detriot Tigers) - On September 3, Holaday and the Tigers played the Royals on the road. In the top of the 8th, Holaday hit for Ian Kinsler (without much luck). In the bottom of the 8th, he showed up at 2nd base to finish the game. The Tigers lost 15-7. On September 4, the Tigers returned home for a game against the Indians. Holaday played Catcher the whole game, but didn't have any luck batting. The Tigers lost 8-1. Holaday stayed home to meet the Rays on September 9. He pinch hit for Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the 8th and hit a nice double to left field. Unfortunately, it was too late in the inning to do much good and he didn't make it home for the point. The Tigers lost 8-0. His AVG is currently .259. You can find his MLB stats here.
Chad Huffman (Outfielder/Chiba Lotte Marines) - Huffman continues to sit on roster for Lotte. We're keeping a watchful eye out for him on the field. In the meantime, his AVG still sits at .260. You can continue to follow his season here and here.
And here's a look at the 24 (now 23!) Frogs currently competing in Minor League Baseball:
(Click on a player's name for full stats. Click on a team name for full team information.)
Jason Coats – OF/Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox AAA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Jason Coats’ season came to an end this week as the Charlotte Knights finished their 2015 campaign. Coats started the Knights’ final five games, where he combined to hit 5-20 with a single in each game. Coats also walked once, struck out once, and drove in an RBI, finishing the season with a .276 batting average. Coats appeared in 134 games for Chicago’s AA and AAA teams, where he racked up 148 hits, 17 home runs, and 83 RBI while drawing 30 walks and striking out 99 times. While it is possible that the Chicago White Sox could call Coats up to their MLB squad, that scenario is unlikely. The Sox currently have one open spot on their 40-man roster and already carry five outfielders.
Brandon Finnegan – P/Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds AAA) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Brandon Finnegan was promoted to the Cincinnati Reds MLB team after the Louisville Bats season ended on September 8. Finnegan made one final appearance in Louisville, allowing four earned runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work while walking three and striking out six. Finnegan wrapped up his 2015 minor league season with an 0-6 record and 5.65 ERA. Finnegan appeared in 19 games, starting 15, where he gave up 36 earned runs across 57.1 total innings. His final strikeouts-to-walks ratio was 62-36. Stay tuned above to see Finnegan’s progress in Major League Baseball.
Stefan Crichton – P/Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – After his A-Advanced team was eliminated from the playoffs, Stefan Crichton was promoted to the Baltimore Orioles’ AA team on September 9 to help with the team’s playoff run. Before leaving the Frederick Keys, Crichton made one final appearance on September 5. In the outing, he struck out the side in a perfect relief inning, picking up a save in the process. Crichton joins the Bowie Baysox as they prepare to open the Eastern League Semifinals.
Matt Purke – P/Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2010-2011. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2011-Present. – Matt Purke made three final relief appearances last week before his season came to an end. In four total innings, Purke gave up two earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five. The lefty finished the season with five straight relief appearances after starting the first 15 games of the year. Purke began the year with Washington’s A-Full Season team before being promoted twice, eventually landing with the AA squad. In total, he finished 2015 with a 3-6 record and 4.36 ERA in 20 appearances, including 15 starts. Purke allowed 31 earned runs in 64.0 innings of work while compiling a 43-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Kyle Winkler – P/Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2011. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2011-Present. – Kyle Winkler made one final appearance in the regular season before the Arkansas Travelers began their playoff run. Winkler tossed one relief inning on September 5 in which he allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk while also striking out one. The Travelers currently trail 1-0 in a best of five Texas League Semifinal series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Winkler did not pitch in the game.
Jantzen Witte – 1B/Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Jantzen Witte’s season officially came to an end this week with the first baseman still listed on Portland’s disabled list, a spot he has held since July 17. In 85 games with the Sea Dogs, Witte hit .283 with 89 hits, four homers, and 48 RBI. He drew 36 walks compared to only 47 strikeouts. With an entire offseason to heal, we should see Witte ready to go in 2016.
Kevin Cron – 1B/Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – In his final regular season game of 2015, Kevin Cron went 0-3 in a September 3 contest against the Stockton Ports. The Rawhide earned a bye to the North Division Finals of the California League and currently await the winner of the Stockton vs. San Jose Mini-Series. We’ll get to see Cron’s bat again this weekend as the team begins their playoff run.
Paul Hendrix – SS/Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Paul Hendrix’ regular season came to a quiet end earlier this week. In his last four starts, Hendrix combined to hit 1-15 with a single, a walk, and seven strikeouts. The good news for Hendrix is that the Hillcats have advanced to the Mills Cup Semifinals in the Carolina League. The team currently trails the Wilmington Blue Rocks 1-0 in the best of three playoff series. Hendrix did not appear in the game.
Jordan Kipper – P/Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angles Angels A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Jordan Kipper made his final start of the year in the time since our last update. Kipper toed the rubber on September 7 in the 66ers season finale against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. In that outing, he allowed four earned runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out seven. Kipper finished the year with a 6-12 record and 5.63 ERA. He pitched 128.0 innings across 26 starts while putting up a 95-39 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Trevor Seidenberger – P/Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Trevor Seidenberger’s last appearance of 2015 came on September 3 against the Daytona Tortugas. Seidenberger was roughed up in that outing, allowing four earned runs on three hits while walking one and striking out one in 1.1 innings of work. When all was said and done, he finished the 2015 season with a 5-2 record and 4.07 ERA. The lefty compiled 48.2 innings in 30 relief appearances, giving up a total of 22 earned runs. His opponent’s batting average finished at an impressive .203 on the year.
Tejay Antone – P/Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Tejay Antone’s successful 2015 campaign came to a close with another strong outing on September 6. Antone went six innings deep in a start against the Lansing Lugnuts, allowing only one run on six hits while walking two and striking out three. Despite a 6-10 record, Antone finished the year with a 2.91 ERA, allowing 51 earned runs across 158.0 innings in 26 starts. He racked up 101 total strikeouts, compared to just 33 walks. Most impressively, Antone only gave up two home runs all season.
Nick Frey – P/Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Nick Frey tuned up for the postseason with one final relief appearance in the 2015 regular season. On September 5, Frey gave up an unearned run on two hits to go along with two walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work. Frey and the Peoria Chiefs lead the Kane County Cougars 1-0 in the best of three Midwest League Quarterfinal series. Frey did not pitch in the opening game of the series.
Andrew Mitchell – P/Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Andrew Mitchell will continue his rehab during the offseason. Mitchell spent the entire 2015 season on the Kannapolis Intimidators’ disabled list after suffering an injury at the end of the 2014 season.
Jerrick Suiter – OF/West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Jerrick Suiter started in the each of the last five regular season games for the West Virginia Power. In that span, Suiter combined to hit 7-17 with three doubles, five RBI, nine runs scored, five walks, and only two strikeouts. In a September 5 contest against the Kannapolis Intimidators, Suiter went 3-4 with three doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored. The West Virginia Power currently lead the Hickory Crawdads 1-0 in the best of three South Atlantic League Semifinals. Suiter went 0-4 with two strikeouts in that contest.
Trey Teakell – P/West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Trey Teakell finished the regular season on a strong note with a September 7 outing in which he picked up a one-out save. Teakell retired the first and only batter he faced in the short appearance. In the playoffs, the Whitecaps defeated Fort Wayne 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three Midwest League Quarterfinals series. In the contest, Teakell pitched two hitless innings, allowing only a single walk while striking out two. He earned a hold in the contest.
Tyler Alexander – P/Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2014-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Tyler Alexander did not make an appearance for the Tigers since our last report. The lefty pitcher finished his 2015 MiLB season with a 0.97 ERA despite an 0-2 record since joining Connecticut after being drafted in June. Alexander gave up only four earned runs on 17 hits 37.0 total innings of work. He struck out 33 batters while only walking five. Alexander will get to play a full MiLB season in 2016.
Keaton Jones – SS/Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Keaton Jones’ inaugural MiLB season ended on a bit of a high note as the shortstop started the Tigers’ final five games, where he combined to go 6-20 with three RBI, two walks, and four strikeouts. In 48 games with the Detroit Tigers’ Rookie Level, A-Short Season, and A-Advanced teams, Jones tallied 26 hits, a home run, and 11 RBI while hitting .153 on the season.
Preston Morrison – P/Eugene Emeralds (Chicago Cubs A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Preston Morrison made just one relief appearance since our last report. In 3.1 innings of work against the Hillsboro Hops on September 4, Morrison gave up just one hit while striking out three. He compiled a 0.81 ERA on the year after giving up only two earned runs on 15 hits in 22.1 innings of work. Morrison appeared in nine games, including four starts. His strikeouts-to-walks ratio was an insanely good 30-3.
Alex Young – P/Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Alex Young didn’t make a regular season appearance for the Hillsboro Hops since our last update, however he did make a postseason relief appearance on Wednesday night. With the best of three Northwest League Semifinals series between Hillsboro and Salem-Keizer tied at one game each, Young came on in the 8th inning to protect a 4-3 Hillsboro lead. After retiring the side in the 8th, Young returned for the 9th. An inspired Salem-Keizer team managed to hit two solo home runs off the former TCU ace, however Young’s teammates responded with a run in the bottom of the 9th. Another run in the bottom of the 13th saved Young and send the Hops into the Northwest League Finals. That best of three series begins this weekend against the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Riley Ferrell – P/GCL Astros (Houston Astros Rookie League) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – There is good news and bad news surrounding Riley Ferrell this week. The good news is that the dominant closer was activated off the Quad Cities River Bandits’ disabled list. The bad news is that Ferrell was immediately demoted to the GCL Astros, Houston’s Rookie League team. Since the GCL Astros season is complete, Ferrell’s 2015 season is finished. In 12 relief appearances with Quad Cities, Ferrell gave up just two earned runs on 10 hits in 16.2 innings of work. That was good enough for a 1.08 ERA and a .175 opponents’ batting average.
Cody Jones – OF/Idaho Falls Chukars (Kansas City Royals Rookie League) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Cody Jones started in four of Idaho Falls’ last six contests of the season, combining to hit 3-13 with two RBI, six walks, and three strikeouts. Jones also stole five bases and scored six runs in that span. The Chukars advanced to the playoffs and currently lead the Orem Orlz 1-0 in the best of three Pioneer League Semifinals. In the opening game of the series, Jones hit 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Patrick O'Brien - P/GCL Yankees2 (New York Yankees Rookie League) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Patrick O’Brien’s minor league season is complete. See his full season stats below.
Scott Atchison – P/Free Agent - Seasons at TCU: 1995-1999. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 1999-Present. – Atchison’s days as a professional baseball player are likely over. He was released from the Minnesota Twins’ AA club following a relief appearance on July 13. The 17-year veteran is currently a free agent.
Josh Elander – OF/Free Agent - Seasons at TCU: 2010-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – As we reported earlier this month, Josh Elander has left minor league baseball for a coaching position at TCU. Elander was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ A-Full Season squad in May. The outfielder is a career .273 hitter with 220 hits and 135 RBI.
We're tracking nine former Frogs as they make their way through the MiLB postseason. Stay tuned to see which TCU alums bring home some hardware!