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Frogs in the Pros: June 19-26, 2017

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – On June 22, Arrieta pitched in Miami against the Marlins. In the top of the 2nd, Arrieta reached on an infield single, driving in Addison Russell and advancing the runners. That put the Cubs up 1-0. In the bottom of the 2nd, he gave up a home run to Marcell Ozuna, but that would be the only run the Marlins got. Arrieta went on to pitch 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 total hits, while striking out 3 and no walks. And for all those still wondering if he’s “washed up,” Arrieta said post-game that his pitching is “almost” where it needs to be. In fact, pitching data shows his velocity improved over the 7 innings, with his fastest pitches coming later in the game.

Oh, and he also cut his hair.

Anyone who knows the Cubs knows that they do quite a bit of charity work. On July 8th, the Cubs’ wives will auction off baskets of their players’ favorite things. Brittany Arrieta posted a sneak peek of Jake’s on Twitter:

So if you want to eat some awesome food, drink great coffee, and have snazzy undies, be sure and check out the auction. If you really want to be like Jake, you’ve gotta throw in some yoga moves, too.

Arrieta was recently asked for his opinion on the drafting of “two-way players” Brendan McKay of Louisville and Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High, both of whom were drafted high in the 1st round last week. Arrieta told CBS Chicago that he doesn’t believe a player can physically handle switching between being a position player and a pitcher. Currently, the only professional player in the world to do it is Shohei Otani in Japan. Arrieta said he could be wrong, but he just doesn’t think that a player’s body could handle the MLB schedule while playing both positions. Otani is expected to join the MLB during the offseason, so time will tell if Arrieta’s prediction is correct.

Jake currently has a 4.36 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. He’ll pitch on Tuesday in Washington against the Nationals. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.

Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – On June 20, Carpenter and the Cardinals faced off against the Phillies. Carpenter walked in the top of the 3rd and got to third on a double Dexter Fowler. When Stephen Piscotty grounded into a fielder’s choice to third, Carpenter was out at home. The game was tied at 1 after 9 innings. Carpenter walked in the top of the 11th and was driven in on a Piscotty double. He batted a second time in the 11th, hitting a double that drove in Chad Huffman. The Cardinals won the game 8-1.

On June 21, the Cardinals continued their series against the Phillies. Carpenter didn’t have any luck at the plate that day, but the Cardinals still managed the 7-6 win.

On June 22, the teams met for the third and final game of the series. Carpenter had another quiet game, as the Cardinals lost 5-1.

On June 23, the Cardinals saw the Pirates back in St. Louis. Carpenter didn’t see much luck at back, but he was intentionally walked in the bottom of the 7th before the inning came to an end. The Cards lost 4-3.

On June 24, Carpenter’s quiet streak came to an end when he hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the 1st. It was the only hit the Cardinals saw until the bottom of the 9th, when they tried to overcome the Pirates’ lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t pull off the win and lost 7-3. Carpenter also made a great play at first for the out. Check it out below.

On June 25, game 3 saw a single by Carpenter in the bottom of the 1st. He was out at second when Pham grounded into a double play. While he didn’t get further than a walk the rest of the game, the rest of the Cardinals were able to carry the team to an 8-4 victory.

Carpenter’s bet with teammate/A&M alumnus Michael Wacha has become an annual tradition. This year, the Frogs and Aggies met in Omaha and the stakes were slightly raised.

After the Aggies’ loss, Wacha had to sport a TCU Track & Field uniform. That’s harsh, Carp. But so awesome.

And one fan got creative enough to let us see the tradition as it’s developed over the past 3 years...

And in random news, you can find Carpenter’s name on a Coke bottle. Strange, but true. Take a picture and post it here if you can find one!

Carpenter currently has 58 hits, 39 runs, and 40 RBIs, including 14 home runs. He has a .236 AVG. The Cardinals will be in Arizona tonight. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.

Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – July 5 will be TCU Day at the Rangers game, and Cashner got to show off the caps that will be given away that night.

Cashner is still on the 10-day DL, but he reportedly had a bullpen session on Saturday and Monday.

The Rangers will play Cleveland on Thursday, and there’s a chance that Cashner could join them.

Cashner currently has an ERA of 3.50 and a WHIP of 1.47. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.

Stefan Crichton (P/Baltimore Orioles) — Crichton was called up for the game against the Rays on June 25. He entered in the top of the 5th with the Rays up 5-3. He pitched into the 6th, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 2 and walking 1.

You can follow Crichton this season here.

Taylor Featherston (SS/Tampa Bay Rays) - On June 19, the Rays were back in Tampa Bay for a week of home games. On June 19 they faced the Reds. Featherston and the Rays struggled, and they lost 7-3.

On June 20, the Rays and Reds played game 2. Featherston walked in the bottom of the 3rd and was driven in by Corey Dickerson. Then in the bottom of the 6th, he hit a double. He managed to steal third before the inning ended. The Rays won 7-3, making the series 1-1.

On June 21, game 3 took place. Featherston struck out twice and got tagged out at third in his first 3 at-bats of the game. But in the bottom of the 7th, he hit a home run. The Rays won 8-3.

On June 23, the Rays faced off against the Orioles. Featherston came in to play 2B in the bottom of the 6th. He didn’t have much luck at the plate, striking out in the bottom of the 7th. The Rays still won 15-5.

On June 25, Featherston played in game 3 of the series. He hti a single in the bottom of the bottom of the 2nd to drive in Souza, Jr. Then in the bottom of the 4th, he hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Robertson. Unfortunately, the Rays lost 8-5.

Featherston has 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 home run, and 5 RBIs. His AVG is .269. The Rays will be in Pittsburgh tonight. You can see all of his stats here.

Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan returned to the Reds’ rotation for a game against the Cardinals. He made it into the 4th inning before leaving the game due to injury. He spoke to reporters after the game, telling them that the last pitch “didn’t feel right” and that he left the game for precautionary reasons. Up that point, he had allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, including a home run. He struck out 2 and walked 4. The Reds lost 8-2.

Finnegan currently has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in the MLB. He’s still scheduled to pitch on Saturday July 1 at home against the Cubs. Here’s hoping we get to see him back on the mound soon.

For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.

Chad Huffman (LF/St. Louis Cardinals) - On June 20, the Cardinals were in Philadelphia. Huffman was a pinch hitter in an epic game that was 1-1 through 10 innings. He batted in the 11th and hit a single to center field. He was driven in on Carpenter’s home run. The Cardinals won 8-1.

On June 21, they faced the Phillies again. Huffman pinch hit in the top of the 5th. He struck out, but the Cardinals won 7-6.

On June 23, Huffman was back as a pinch hitter in the top of the 9th. He struck out, and the Cardinals lost 4-3.

On June 24, Huffman struck out swinging as a pinch hitter in the top of the 7th, in a game that ended with a Cardinals 7-3 loss.

On June 25, Chad was optioned to the minors.

Huffman’s AVG is .286. He has 4 hits, 3 runs, and no home runs or RBIs yet. We look forward to seeing him return to the MLB later this season. You can follow his season and see all of his stats here.