O’Reilly, Sanchez named Midwest League players of the week

Peoria Chiefs RHP Mike O’Reilly (Photo by Allison Rhoades)

Peoria Chiefs RHP Mike O’Reilly and Bowling Green Hot Rods outfielder Jesus Sanchez respectively were named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week for the period of June 5 to 11.

O’Reilly made one start during that time, pitching a 9-inning shutout against the Kane County Cougars. In that game — the fifth shutout thrown in the Midwest League this season, and only the third 9-inning one — the St. Louis Cardinals prospect allowed only two hits and one walk, and struck out three batters.

O’Reilly has made six starts and appeared in nine games for the Chiefs this season. He is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and four walks in 48 innings. Opponents are batting .183 against him.

Sanchez batted .522 (12-for-23) with two homers, seven runs batted in, and seven runs scored in his last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays prospect currently has five straight multi-hit games. He had three hits in each of his last two games, including Sunday’s contest in which the Hot Rods collected a team record 25 hits in the game.

Sanchez is batting .298 with 9 HR and 41 RBI in 52 games with the Hot Rods this season. He has a .354 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging percentage.

Both O’Reilly and Sanchez were selected to be part of the Midwest League All-Star Game, which will be held Tuesday, June 20, at Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons. (Read my post about the All-Star selections and the game’s scheduled festivities here.)

Bees one-hit Kernels

The Burlington Bees took a no-hitter into the 8th inning in their 1-0 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday afternoon.

Bees starter Erik Manoah pitched five hitless innings, walking four and striking out two batters before being lifted after 73 pitches. Ronnie Glenn relieved him and pitched two perfect innings, notching one strikeout along the way. Blake Smith, who pitched the final two innings for the Bees, gave up a two-out single to Travis Blankenhorn in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Sam McDonnell had three hits for the Bees. Juan Moreno drove in the game’s only run.

MWL teams among MiLB’s top sellers

Minor League Baseball announced its top 25 merchandise-selling teams for 2016, and the list includes two Midwest League teams.

The list, which you can see here, has the 25 teams in alphabetical order and does not include exact rankings. The Dragons and the South Bend Cubs are the two MWL teams on the list.

Bailey to rehab with Dragons

Cincinnati Reds RHP Homer Bailey will make a rehab start in Dayton on Wednesday, when the Dragons take on the visiting Loons at Fifth Third Field.

Bailey underwent surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. He began his rehab assignment Friday with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out five batters in five scoreless innings.

Bailey pitched for the 2005 Dragons, going 8-4 with a 4.43 ERA, 125 strikeouts and 62 walks in 103.2 innings. He also made a rehab appearance with the Dragons in 2010, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out five and took the loss in that game.

Homer Bailey was included in a “Dragons Legends” card set in 2007.

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