Here’s a glance at some of the 50-plus Southern Arizona products who are active in the minor leagues.
Batter of the week
Jett Bandy, C, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
It’s often shocking how quickly a successful season can take a turn for the worse. Bandy was batting .280 as the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting catcher on May 30, and the club made a social media push for the former Arizona Wildcats All-American to be voted to the MLB All-Star Game.
Just 13 games later, Bandy was optioned to Triple-A on June 24. The cause? He went a dreary 2 for 42 in that span, and his average fell to .211. Since then, however, he has regained his form at the plate with the Sky Sox, with four multi-hit games — including two last week — with 14 RBIs in 10 games entering Sunday.
Pitcher of the week
Austin Moore, RHP, Asheville Tourists (A)
Moore’s baseball journey has been a meandrous one since graduating from Mountain View High School in 2012 — first to Lamar, Colorado; then to Houston; to Canyon, Texas; to Boise, Idaho.
He added another leg to his ongoing trip July 4 when he was promoted to full-season Class A Asheville in the Rockies’ organization.
Moore has two scoreless relief outings in the days since, having yet to allow a base runner in 2º innings pitched.
Game of the week
Nathan Bannister, RHP, Modesto Nuts (A)
The ace of the UA’s storied 2016 season needed just 86 pitches in Wednesday’s stellar start against Visalia. Bannister tossed eight scoreless innings, scattered nine hits, walked none and struck out seven in the 2-0 win.
His ERA in his last four starts for Modesto is 0.96, with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
On the mend
Zach Gibbons, LF, Mobile BayBears (AA)
A prolonged slump in the month of June was compounded by last week’s news that Gibbons was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a wrist injury.
The Scottsdale native, who led the NCAA in hits in 2016, is batting .211 since being promoted to Double-A in early May.
The big number
13.9 Strikeouts per nine innings for Tyler Fallwell, the Star’s 2014 high school baseball player of the year from Palo Verde High. The 6-foot-5-inch right-hander was drafted in the 19th round last year by Kansas City and has a 2.45 ERA for Single-A Burlington.