Cedar Rapids Kernels shortstop Nick Gordon extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the bottom of the 1st inning of his team’s 3-1 loss to the Burlington Bees on Friday.
The Minnesota Twins prospect is batting .343 (23-for-67) with four doubles, seven stolen bases and 11 RBI during his hitting streak. He has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games.
Gordon is batting .268 with 37 RBI in 78 games with the Kernels this season.
Harris promoted to High-A
The Tampa Bay Rays promoted RHP Greg Harris from the Bowling Green Hot Rods to the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High-A Florida State League.
Harris went 7-5 with a 2.17 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 28 walks in 83 innings (16 starts) for the Hot Rods. He pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in 2014, going 7-6 with a 4.45 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 28 walks in 87 innings (22 games/16 starts).
He was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week for the period of June 22-28 after striking out nine batters while limiting the Dayton Dragons to three hits in seven scoreless innings on June 26. Teammate Hunter Lockwood was named the Midwest League offensive player of the week for that same period.
Harris will be replaced in the Hot Rods rotation by RHP Jose Mujica, who posted a 0.90 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings (four starts) for the rookie-level Princeton Rays. He held opposing hitters to a .176 batting average and issued only three walks.
Swisher to rehab with Captains
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher took batting practice at Classic Park today and is expected to play with the Lake County Captains on Monday and Tuesday.
Swisher is on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his left knee. He has not played since June 12.
Happy birthday, Torii Hunter
Twins outfielder Torii Hunter turns 40 today. He played in the Midwest League in 1994, when he batted .293 with 10 HR and 50 RBI in 91 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards.
Hunter’s MWL manager was Jim Dwyer, who played in parts of 18 seasons in the major leagues. Dwyer managed Minnesota’s MWL affiliate for three seasons (Kenosha in 1992, Fort Wayne in 1993-94). He also played in the MWL, batting .313 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 58 games with the 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals.
Dwyer’s most notable teammate on that 1971 team was RHP Bob Forsch, who went 11-7 with a 3.13 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 41 walks in 158 innings (23 starts). Forsch went on to pitch for the Cardinals at the major-league level for 15 seasons.
One season before managing Hunter in the Midwest League, Dwyer managed RHP LaTroy Hawkins, who currently is the oldest active MLB player. Hawkins posted impressive MWL stats (15-5, 2.06 ERA, 179 Ks in 157.1 IP), but was not named the MWL Prospect of the Year. That honor went to outfielder Johnny Damon, who batted .290 with 5 HR, 50 RBI and 59 SB in 127 games for the Rockford Royals.