There are nearly 50 Southern Arizona products active in the minor leagues, and here’s a glance at how some of them fared last week:
Batter of the week
Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Greenville Drive (A)
You could continue to concern yourself with Dalbec’s high strikeout rate, but that would be missing the point.
The point: Dalbec is mashing the ball.
The former Arizona Wildcats slugger had seven doubles in seven games last week, highlighted by Wednesday’s outing in which he went 4 for 5 with a double, home run and four RBIs. It was one of his four multi-hit games during the week.
Entering Sunday, Dalbec was batting .283 this month with a .394 on-base percentage in the Red Sox organization.
Pitcher of the week
Lucas Long, RHP, Bowie Baysox (AA)
This is Long’s first season being used primarily as a reliever, but the Orioles’ Double-A club has used him as a starter the last six weeks — and with success.
Long, who won a College World Series ring as a freshman with the UA in 2012 before transferring, is 3-2 with 2.86 ERA in his last five starts. He took the loss Thursday against Altoona despite pitching seven impressive innings (six hits, two earned runs).
The Minneapolis native has a 2.75 ERA in 29 appearances (12 starts) with Bowie this year.
Better luck next week
J.C. Cloney, LHP, Burlington Royals (Rookie)
A string of six impressive appearances ended harshly for Cloney on Wednesday.
The ex-Wildcat ace, an occasional reliever for Kansas City’s rookie team, inherited a 7-0 deficit against Princeton in the sixth inning. Things got worse immediately as the first five batters reached base on two doubles, a home run, a single and a throwing error.
Cloney allowed six hits and four earned runs in the inning.
On the move
J.J. Matijevic, OF/IF, Quad Cities River Bandits (A)
August is ending just as nicely as it began for Matijevic. On Sunday, he was promoted to the Astros’ Class A farm team in Iowa, fewer than three weeks after he was named an all-star in the short-season New York-Penn League.
There, Matijevic displayed an ability to drive the ball similar to the way he did as an All-American for the UA last season. His 14 doubles and six home runs in 53 games were both top-10 figures in the NYPL.
Now he’ll get to play in the Midwest League playoffs with Quad Cities.
The big number
95League-leading RBIs this season for Darick Hall, a 2013 graduate of Sierra Vista Buena High School and first baseman for the Phillies’ Class A Lakewood Blue Claws. Hall drove in seven runs Wednesday, going 4 for 6 with two home runs.