Here's a look at how the 7 MLB Frogs fared the week of September 10-16, 2015:
Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) - Arrieta is consistently pitching 8 innings right now and has averaged 115 pitches/game, or 15 pitches/inning. In his last two games, he averaged roughly 4 pitches per batter. On September 11, the Cubs faced the Phillies in Philadelphia. In 8 innings, Arrieta allowed 6 hits and 1 run (earned). He gave up 1 home run, walked 2, and struck out 7. The Cubs won 5-1. On September 16, the Cubs played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Arrieta pitched another 8 innings and gave up 8 hits, 2 runs (1 unearned), while walking 1 and striking out 5. The Cubs won 3-2. Arrieta broke two barriers in his stats: his ERA dropped to 1.96 and he has a WHIP of .88. You can see more stats from his 2015 season here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) - The Cardinals played the Reds in Cinncinati on September 10. Carpenter didn't have much luck and neither did the rest of the team, as they lost 11-0. On September 12, the teams played a double-header. In the first game, Carpenter went 1 for 5 and didn't make it past 1st base. The Cardinals lost 5-1. In the second game, Carpenter went 2 for 4 and scored the only run for the Cardinals off a single by Jason Heyward. The Cardinals also had Carpenter switching between 2nd and 3rd base throughout the game. The Cardinals lost 5-1. On September 13, Carpenter had an RBI in the top of the 5th to bring home Kolten Wong. With the help of Stephen Piscotty, Carpenter managed to get to 3rd on a throwing error by Eugenio Suarez but couldn't make it all the way around before the end of the inning. He walked in the top of the 9th but didn't make it any further. The Cardinals still managed a solid 9-2 victory. On September 15, the Cardinals were in Milwaukee to face the Brewers. In a close game that went into extra innings, Carpenter was safe at first on an error by Lind. Unfortunately, he was out at second on a fielder's choice by Piscotty. Heyward managed a 2-run homer to give the Cardinals the 3-1 win. On September 16, the Cardinals faced the Brewers a second time. Carpenter was the first batter up at the top of the 1st and had a double deep to center field. He managed to make it to third but couldn't get back home. Then, in the top of the 3rd, it happened....home run #22! Straight to center! He managed to get on base later in the game on a double, but didn't make it home. The Cardinals won 5-4. Carpenter has now logged 22 home runs, 74 RBIs, and his AVG is currently .261. For more stats from Carpenter's 2015 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/San Diego Padres) - On September 11, the Padres played the Giants in San Francisco. Let me be frank: it did not go well for our Frog. In just 4.2 innings, Cashner allowed 9 hits and 5 runs (all earned). He walked 5 and struck out 7. He had a whopping 117 pitches. The Padres couldn't recover and lost 9-1. On September 16, Cashner redeemed himself. In 7 innings, he allowed 7 hits and just 3 runs (including 1 home run). He walked 2 and struck out 6. By comparison, he had 90 pitches in those 7 innings. Cashner earned his 6th win this season, with a 4-3 victory in Arizona over the Diamondbacks. Cashner has a 4.25 ERA and WHIP of 1.43. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
Taylor Featherston (3B/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - On September 11, the Angels were home against the Astros. Featherston got on base in the bottom of the 2nd on an error by pitcher, Dallas Keuchel. He made it to second on a wild pitch and scored on Kole Calhoun's single to left field. The Angels went on to win 3-2. On September 12, the two teams met again. Featherston didn't have any luck, but the Angels still managed another 3-2 victory over the Astros. In the third game of the series on September 13, Featherston didn't get on base, and the Angels lost 5-3. On September 14, the Angels were in Seattle to face the Mariners. Featherston didn't have any luck, and Matt Joyce was brought in to pinch hit in the top of the 8th for him. The Angels lost 10-1. On September 15, Featherston had a great bunt to a fielder's choice to the catcher in the top of the 5th. He made it to 2nd and later 3rd before the inning ended. The Angels squeaked out a win over the Mariners 5-3. On September 16, Featherston came in to play 2nd base in the top of the 5th. David DeJesus batted for him in the top of the 8th. The Angels lost the game 3-1. Featherston's AVG is at .150. You can see more of his MLB season here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) - Finnegan made his debut with the Reds on September 12 in Cincinnati. He pitched the 6th and 7th innings against the Cardinals and actually struck out Matt Carpenter in the top of the 7th. He didn't allow any hits, runs, or walks, but struck out 2 to help the Reds win 4-2. On September 13, he only pitched 2/3 of the 6th inning, but he struck out 2 (including Carpenter again!) and finished the inning. His ERA is currently 2.67, with a 1.11 WHIP. To follow his MLB stats, you can click here.
Bryan Holaday (C/Detroit Tigers) - Holaday didn't play this past week. It may have something to do with his recovery from a dislocated thumb while he was in Toledo before being called back up. Let's hope we see him again this coming week, or I might have to write a letter to the Tigers' manager. Don't make me do that, Brad Ausmus. Holaday's AVG remains at .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 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.)
Editor's note: Career statistics are listed for players whose season ended last week. Career stats are also listed for players competing in the postseason because MiLB does not include postseason stats in a player's season total.
Jason Coats – OF/Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox AAA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Jason Coats’ minor league season is complete. 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. See his full career stats below.
Stefan Crichton – P/Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Stefan Crichton was promoted to the Bowie Baysox to help the team’s playoff push. However, the right-handed reliever has yet to make an appearance in any of the Baysox’ first six postseason games. Bowie defeated the Altoona Curve in four games in the Eastern League Semifinals, who are currently tied 1-1 with the Reading Fightin Phils in the best of five Eastern League Championship Series. Crichton’s full career stats are listed below.
Matt Purke – P/Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2010-2011. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2011-Present. – Matt Purke’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Kyle Winkler – P/Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2011. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2011-Present. – After capturing the North Division Championship, Kyle Winkler’s Arkansas Travelers were swept out of the Texas League playoffs by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Winkler made one appearance in the best of three series, taking the loss at home in game three. Winkler came on in the 6th inning with nobody on and one out. He hit the first batter he faced and walked the second. The lead runner stole third base then came around to score on a straight steal of home. Winkler ended up retiring the next two batters but the damage was done. His final appearance lasted just 2/3 of an inning, where he gave up the one earned run despite allowing no hits while issuing a walk and a strikeout. Winkler’s full career stats appear below.
Jantzen Witte – 1B/Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox AA) - Seasons at TCU: 2009-2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Jantzen Witte’s minor league season is complete. He remains on the team’s disabled list, a spot he has held since July 17. See his full career stats below.
Kevin Cron – 1B/Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Kevin Cron’s Visalia Rawhide squad was arguably the best team in the regular season of the California League, winning both the first and second half North Division Championships. After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead over San Jose in the North Division Finals, the Giants came storming back to stun the Rawhide by winning the final three games of the series. Each of the five games in the series was decided by a single run. Cron started the first game of the series at DH, where he went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout but did manage to pick up an RBI on a sacrifice fly. He picked up another RBI in game two with a single that scored what ended up being the only run of the game. Cron struggled in game three, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. He rebounded in game four, coming off the bench as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning, only to hit a solo home run that tied the game at four. That ended up being Cron’s final at-bat of the season, as he did not appear in the deciding game five. His career stats are listed below.
Paul Hendrix – SS/Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Despite entering the Carolina League playoffs as the Northern Division Champions, Paul Hendrix’ Lynchburg Hillcats were swept in the Mills Cup Semifinals in two games by the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Paul Hendrix started in game two of the series, where he went 1-5 with a single and two strikeouts. His full career stats are listed below.
Jordan Kipper – P/Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angles Angels A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Jordan Kipper’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Trevor Seidenberger – P/Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers A-Advanced) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2013-Present. – Trevor Seidenberger’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Tejay Antone – P/Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2013. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Tejay Antone’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Nick Frey – P/Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Nick Frey’s Peoria Chiefs entered the Quarterfinals of the Midwest League Playoffs after advancing as a wild card team. The Chiefs made quick work of Kane County in the Quarterfinals, sweeping the Cougars in two games. Frey appeared in game two of the series where he picked up a hold despite allowing an earned run on two hits while recording just one out. The Chiefs were then swept out of the Western Division Championship in two games by the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Frey appeared in game two of that series, where he gave up an earned run on two hits while striking out one in 1.2 innings of work. Frey’s full career stats are below.
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. His full career stats are listed below.
Jerrick Suiter – OF/West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2014. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2014-Present. – Jerrick Suiter’s West Virginia Power entered the South Atlantic League playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams. After rolling to a Northern Division Championship, the Power met the Hickory Crawdads in the South Atlantic League Semifinals. Things started out well for the Power, as they defeated Hickory 4-2 in game one, despite an 0-4 and two strikeout performance by Suiter. Hickory defeated West Virginia 6-4 in game two as Suiter again struggled at the plate. The power-hitting outfielder went just 1-4 with a double and a strikeout. In the deciding game of the series, West Virginia’s offense suddenly fell silent as the Crawdads secured a 1-0 victory. In that contest, Suiter went 2-4 with two doubles and a strikeout. His full career stats are shown below.
Trey Teakell – P/West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers A-Full Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2011-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Trey Teakell’s West Michigan Whitecaps are steamrolling toward a Midwest League Championship. The team began their playoff run by sweeping the Fort Wayne TinCaps in two games in the Midwest League Quarterfinals. Teakell pitched in the first game of the series, picking up a hold in the process. He pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th inning, giving up only one baserunner – on a walk – while striking out two to preserve a 5-2 lead. The Whitecaps then went on to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts in three games in the Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series. Teakell again pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th inning to preserve a big Whitecaps lead in the second game of the series. In that outing, Teakell allowed three hits and a walk while striking out one. West Michigan currently trails the Cedar Rapids Kernels 1-0 in the best of five Midwest League Championship. In the opening game of the series, Teakell allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out two. His full career stats are listed below.
Tyler Alexander – P/Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2014-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Tyler Alexander’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Keaton Jones – SS/Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Keaton Jones’ minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Preston Morrison – P/Eugene Emeralds (Chicago Cubs A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2012-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Preston Morrison’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Alex Young – P/Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks A-Short Season) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Alex Young became the first TCU alum to capture an MiLB Championship this season. His Hillsboro Hops were crowned the Northwest League Champions after defeating the Tri-City Dust Devils in a back-and-forth three game series. Young appeared in the final game of the Championship series, where he retired the side in order in a perfect 8th inning to preserve a 4-1 Hillsboro lead. Young also made an appearance against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Northwest League Semifinals. In that outing, he gave up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three in two innings of work. See Young’s full career stats below.
Riley Ferrell – P/GCL Astros (Houston Astros Rookie League) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Riley Ferrell’s minor league season is complete. See his full career stats below.
Cody Jones – OF/Idaho Falls Chukars (Kansas City Royals Rookie League) - Seasons at TCU: 2013-2015. Seasons in Pro Baseball: 2015-Present. – Cody Jones’ season came to a painful end this week in the deciding game of the Pioneer League Finals. Jones started all six playoff games for Idaho Falls, beginning with a three-game series against the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League Semifinals. In game one of that series, Jones went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The next night, he went 1-4 with a strikeout and another run scored. In the deciding game three, Jones went 1-5 with a single. In the Pioneer League Finals, Jones got off to a decent start with a 1-5 performance in which he knocked in two RBI, scored a run, and struck out. In game two, he went 1-4 with a walk and yet another run scored. Finally, in the last game of the season, Jones went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout. His full stats from his first season in the Minors are listed below.
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 career 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. See his full season stats below.
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. See his full career stats below.
Stay tuned to see if Trey Teakell and Stefan Crichton can bring home Championships!