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#DukeinthePros Update | Aug. 9, 2013
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/09/2013
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Chris Capuano l LHP l Los Angeles Dodgers
1999 MLB Draft: 8th Round (238th Overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks
2013 Team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB - NL West), Albuquerque Isotopes (Class-AAA Pacific Coast League)
2013 MLB Stats: 4-6, 4.16 ERA, 14 appearances,75.2 IP, 59 K, 17 BB, .277 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 appearances, 9.1 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, .229 B/AVG

Capuano earned a win in his most recent start against the Cubs, allowing 6 hits in 6.1 innings, while striking out five batters and walking just one.  The win is Capuano’s first in three starts, following two no-decisions.  The Dodgers lead the National League West and currently remain 5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Greg Burke l RHP l New York Mets
Signed as Free Agent
2013 Team: New York Mets (MLB NL East), Las Vegas 51s (Class-AAA Pacific Coast League)
2013 MLB Stats: 0-2, 4.66 ERA, 28 appearances, 29.0 IP, 25 K, 12 BB, .294 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-1, 4.91 ERA, 13 appearances, 14.2 IP, 10 K, 6 BB, .291 B/AVG

Burke entered the game on July 19th against the Phillies and went 2.2 innings, allowing 4 earned runs off of 2 hits, including a home run.  Burke also walked 3 batters, while striking out 2 in the outing.  The Mets are currently mid-pack in the National League east, 2 games behind Washington and 16.5 games behind division-leading Atlanta.

Nate Freiman l 1B l Oakland Athletics
2009 MLB Draft: 8th Round (234th Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2013 Team: Oakland Athletics
2013 MLB Stats: .273 AVG (39-for-143), 8 BB, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 7 Runs, .314 OBP

Nate Frieman continues to improve on his batting average for the A’s.  In his most recent start, Frieman went 2-for-3 with 2 singles.  The A’s are currently on a three-game losing streak, but still remain atop the American League West, with a 64-49 record.  Oakland opens a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on August 9th.

Jim Gallagher l 1B l Chicago White Sox
2007 MLB Draft: 7th Round (239th Overall) by the Chicago White Sox
2013 Team: Charlotte Knights (Class-AAA International League)
2013 Class-AAA Stats: .258 AVG (58-for-225), 9 doubles, 27 RBI, 3 HR, 34 Runs, .339 OBP

Gallagher is currently on the 7-day disabled list.  Prior to his injury, he was hitting above the team’s .250 batting average.  Gallagher’s 34 runs this season ranks seventh on the team.  With less than a month of competition remaining for the Charlotte Knights, Gallagher’s team sits 17.5 games behind the league leading Durham Bulls.

Alex Hassan l OF l Boston Red Sox
2009 MLB Draft: 20th Round (618th Overall) by the Boston Red Sox
2013 Team: Pawtucket Red Sox (Class-AAA International League), Greenville Drive (Class-A South Atlantic League)
2013 Class-A Stats: .478 AVG (11-for-23), 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 4 Runs, 10 BB, .636 OBP
2013 Class-AAA Stats: .306 AVG (49-for-160), 14 Doubles, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 22 Runs, 29 BB, .416 OBP

Hassan went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 walk in Pawtucket’s most recent game against the Syracuse Chiefs.  Posting a respectable .306 (49-for-160) batting average on the season, Hassan currently ranks second on the team among consistent starters for the Pawtucket Red Sox.  Hassan has hit well with runners on base this year, batting .301 (21-for-83) and knocking home 24 teammates.  In addition, Hassan’s .416 OBP places him third overall among International League players.  The Pawtucket Red Sox are in the hunt to win the International League North division, just 3.5 games back from the Rochester Red Wings. 

Jeff Kremer l OF l Rockford Aviators
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Rockford Aviators in 2013
2013 Team: Rockford Aviators (Frontier League)
2013 Frontier League Stats: .368 AVG (60-for-163), 6 Doubles, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 25 Runs, .443 OBP

Kremer became Duke’s 13th active player in professional baseball when he signed with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League earlier this season.  In his last two starts, Kremer went a combined 3-for-7 at the plate, including 2 walks.  Kremer leads the Rockford Aviators in a number of batting categories, including batting average, with .368 (60-for-163) and HBP with 8.  Kremer continues to perform well at the plate, recording a .385 batting average and a .429 OBP over the last 7 games.  Kremer has also excelled in the field in his 42 games with the Rockford Aviators, notching 92 put outs and 4 assists from the outfield, while also maintaining a perfect fielding percentage.

Jake Lemmerman l SS l St. Louis Cardinals
2010 MLB Draft: 5th Round (172nd Overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers
2013 Team: Springfield Cardinals (Class-AA Texas League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: .232 AVG (69-for-298), 16 Doubles, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 46 Runs, 51 BB, .348 OBP

In his last two starts for the Springfield Cardinals, Lemmerman has gone 1-for-8 at the plate, scoring a run on August 4th against the Arkansas Naturals.  Helping the Springfield Cardinals to a 23-23 record through July, Lemmerman is averaging .232 (69-for-298).  Lemmerman has thrived in day games this season, hitting .340, knocking in 11 runners, and recording a .955 OPS.  Lemmerman has also shown a good eye at the plate, ranking 4th on the Cardinals and 5th in the Texas League with 51 walks.

Christopher Manno l LHP l Cincinnati Reds
2010 MLB Draft: 26th Round (776th Overall) by the Washington Nationals
2013 Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class-AA Southern League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: 3-2, 3.78 ERA, 33 appearances, 47.2 IP, 49 K, 20 BB, .243 B/AVG

Manno has appeared in 33 games from the bullpen for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, going 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA.  In his last 10 appearances, Manno has allowed just 1 run in 17 innings pitched.   Manno has not allowed a run in his last 9 appearances, dating all the way back to June 30.  Through the second half of the season, opposing hitters are batting just .162 off of Manno.

Ryan McCurdy l C l Houston Astros
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Houston Astros in 2010
2013 Teams: Corpus Christi Hooks (Class-AA Texas League), Lancaster Jethawks (High-A California League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: .000 AVG (0-for-5), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, .167 OBP
2013 High-A Stats: .254 AVG (18-for-71), 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 9 BB, .418 OBP

McCurdy has split time between the High-A California League Lancaster Jethawks and the Class-AA Texas League Corpus Christi Hooks this year.  McCurdy improved his batting average to .254 before being called up to Class-AA, where he has appeared in 2 games for the Hooks.

Dennis O'Grady l RHP l San Diego Padres
2011 MLB Draft: 34th Round (1,043rd Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2013 Team: Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A California League)
2013 High-A Stats: 3-5, 60.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, 62 K, 22 BB, .259 B/AVG

Recording a stellar 0.84 ERA over his last ten appearances, O’Grady has continued to perform well in relief for the Lake Elsinore Storm.  O’Grady has also kept opposing hitters at bay in his last 10.2 innings pitched, allowing just 7 hits and recording a paltry .184 B/AVG.  The Storm are currently in the middle of the pack in the California League South and will look to make up the 5.5 games that set them behind the Lancaster JetHawks.

Will Piwnica-Worms
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Washington Nationals in 2012
2013 Team: Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League), Hagerstown Suns (Class-A South Atlantic League)
2013 High-A Stats: .273 AVG (3-for-11), 0 Doubles, 1 RBI, 1 Runs, .273 OBP
2013 Class-A Stats: .246 AVG (62-for-252), 13 Doubles, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 44 Runs, 46 BB, .377 OBP

Piwnica-Worms continues to contribute at the plate for the Hagerstown Suns.  Hitting .246 on the year, Piwnica-Worms ranks 6th on the team in runs, runs batted in and hits.  On August 6th, Piwnica-Worms went 1-for-2, while also stealing a base and scoring a run.  The Suns are just 1.5 games out of first place, and Piwinica-Worms will look to continue helping his team move toward the top of the division.

 David Putman l RHP l Chicago White Sox
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2012
2013 Team: Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie Pioneer League)
2013 Rookie Stats: 7 APP, 0-1, 0.73 ERA, 1 SV, 12.1 IP, 19 K, 5 BB, .260 B/AVG

Putnam held the opposition scoreless in his most recent relief effort on August 6th against the Helena Brewers.  With just 2 earned runs in his last ten starts, Putnam continues to maintain an ERA of just 1.16 for the year.  The Voyagers are currently on a four-game winning streak and atop the Pioneer League North division.

Marcus Stroman l RHP l Toronto Blue Jays
2012 MLB Draft: 1st Round (22nd Overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays
2013 Team: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class-AA Eastern League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: 11 APP, 5-2, 3.23 ERA, 55.2 IP, 63 K, 14 BB, .222 B/AVG

Stroman gave up two runs in his last outing to record the loss for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  The right-handed pitcher went 7.0 innings and allowed 8 hits while striking out 7 in a losing effort.  In his previous start, Stroman gave up just 4 hits and 2 runs to earn a win against the Bowie Baysox.