Diamond Dawgs at the Next Level: April Edition

Kid has been dealing. - Mike Ehrmann

I present to you my follow-up post to last month's Spring Training Edition, in which we learned how former Georgia baseball players performed at different levels of professional baseball in the 2013 season. I will now share how these DGDs did in April, the first month of the season.

Dawgs in the bigs:



Atlanta Braves lefty starter Alex Wood pitched 40 innings over six games in April, racking up a 2.93 ERA with 37 strikeouts and only eight walks.



The Chicago White Sox second baseman, Gordon Beckham, has only played in seven games for the South Siders so far this season, hitting .160 with one RBI.

Beckham's fellow White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger has not appeared in a game as of 5/1/14.



Meanwhile, on the other side of Chicago, righty reliever Justin Grimm is pitching very well for the Cubs. He has appeared in 13 games and can boast an ERA of only 0.79 with 13 strikeouts and six walks.



Right-handed reliever Josh Fields continues to hang in there with the Houston Astros. He has so far racked up an ERA of 9.58 with 12 strikeouts and six walks in 12 appearances.

Dawgs on the way up:

Relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs, signed by the Chicago White Sox in the offseason but released by the club on March 23, has yet to see the field this season. He did, however, sign a minor-league deal with the club on April 1, so look out for Boggs on the hill in AAA Charlotte (my best guess, anyway).

Pitcher Will Startup remains in the Detroit Tigers organization, pitching at both A+ Lakeland (2.57 ERA, seven SO, four BB over four games) and AA Erie (0.00 ERA, five SO, one BB over four games).

Pitcher Brooks Brown is currently at AAA Colorado Springs in the Rockies organization. So far he has racked up a 6.30 ERA with 12 strikeouts and six walks.

First baseman Rich Poythress is now in the Miami Marlins organization, playing at AA Jacksonville. In 14 games so far, he has hit .241 with 10 RBIs and three home runs.

Pitcher Jeff Walters, still in the Mets organization, is currently at AAA Las Vegas, where he has a 7.20 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks over 11 appearances.

Outfielder Zach Cone is still with A+ Myrtle Beach in the Texas Rangers organization. In 17 games so far, he has hit .172 with eight RBIs.

Infielder Levi Hyams of the Atlanta Braves organization is hitting .271 with nine RBIs and two home runs over 16 games for A+ Lynchburg.

Infield jack of all trades Curt Powell is currently with the Detroit Tigers organization at A+ Lakeland. He has hit .261 with six RBIs over 18 games.

Catcher Kyle Farmer of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization is hitting an impressive .323 with 21 RBIs over 22 games for A Great Lakes.

That should do it for April. Check back next month as I follow these former Diamond Dawgs on their way to professional baseball glory. I look forward to your comments below.


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