Peoria Chiefs outfielder Harrison Bader and Quad Cities River Bandits RHP Dean Deetz respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of August 24-30.
In seven games during that period, Bader batted .448 (13-for-29) with two home runs, six runs batted in, and six runs scored. On Wednesday he went 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBI against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He followed that performance with a three-hit game against the River Bandits on Thursday.
Bader is batting .303 with 7 HR, 24 RBI and 14 SB in 47 games with the Chiefs this season.
Deetz made one start last week, holding the Clinton LumberKings hitless in seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
Deetz has made five appearances (four starts) for the River Bandits, going 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24.1 innings.
Stroman to rehab in Lansing
Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Lansing Lugnuts on Wednesday and will be limited to 55 pitches in the appearance, according to media reports.
Stroman has missed the entire 2015 season to this point after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a drill in spring training. Last year was his rookie season, in which he went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 28 walks in 130.2 innings for the Blue Jays.
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Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez is batting .444 during his 16-game hitting streak after collecting four singles on Sunday. He is batting .324 with 13 HR, 61 RBI and 17 SB in 70 games with the Iowa Cubs this season. He is expected to be among Chicago’s September call-ups when MLB rosters expand Tuesday.
Baez batted .333 with 12 HR, 33 RBI and 20 SB in 57 games with the 2012 Peoria Chiefs.
Houston Astros prospect J.D. Davis homered twice and drove in six runs Sunday, bringing his total to 26 HR and 100 RBI in 114 games with the High-A Lancaster JetHawks this season. He was named the California League’s offensive player of the week for August 24-30.
Davis batted .303 with 8 HR and 32 RBI in 43 games with the 2014 Quad Cities River Bandits.
Twins rookies Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton visited the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday. Normally I wouldn’t write about something like this, but team photographer Brace Hemmelgarn was there with them to capture it all on film. (Well, probably not on film, but you know what I mean.)
Click here to see dozens of photos of Sano and Buxton doing state fair things like eating corn, playing carnival games, and meeting fans.
Sano and Buxton are two of the highest-ranked prospects to play in the Midwest League in recent years. Sano batted .258 with 28 HR and 100 RBI in 129 games with the 2012 Beloit Snappers. Buxton batted .341 with 8 HR, 55 RBI and 32 SB in 68 games with the 2013 Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Both players were named Midwest League prospect of the year during their respective seasons in the league. Buxton also received the MWL MVP award.