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#DukeinthePros Update | Aug. 22, 2013
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/22/2013
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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, 4.70 ERA, 19 appearances, 90.0 IP, 66 K, 21 BB, .299 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 appearances, 9.1 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, .229 B/AVG

Capuano recorded two no-decisions in his two most recent starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Aug. 14, Capuano pitched 5.0 innings and allowed four earned runs on ten hits, including a homerun. Capuano allowed three earned runs on six hits against the Marlins on Aug. 20. Capuano walked just three batters and struck out four in his last two starts. The Dodgers remain on a hot streak, winning eight of their last ten games.

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, 4.91 ERA, 29 appearances, 29.1 IP, 26 K, 12 BB, .297 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 2-2, 4.73 ERA, 26 appearances, 26.2 IP, 26 K, 9 BB, .277 B/AVG

Following reassignment to the Class-AAA Las Vegas 51s, Burke recorded a 3.86 ERA, allowed six hits and struck out ten in his last ten games. Following the injury of reliever Jenrry Mejia, Burke was again promoted to the New York Mets. Since his promotion, Burke made one appearance for the team, going 0.1 innings and allowing one run on one hit in a 4-1 loss against the Atlanta Braves Aug. 21.

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: .283 AVG (45-for-159), 10 BB, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 9 Runs, .329 OBP

Freiman saw the best hitting-game of his major league career Aug. 15 against the Houston Astros, recording four hits on four plate appearances. In the game, Freiman batted in four runners while hitting a homerun and a double in the process. In his three most recent appearances, Freiman went 1-for-5 at the plate, recording his fourth homerun of the season against the Seattle Mariners Aug. 20.

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: .246 AVG (61-for-248), 11 doubles, 27 RBI, 3 HR, 35 Runs, .319 OBP

Following a stint on the seven-day disabled list, Gallagher returned to the starting lineup for the Charlotte Knights on Aug. 13. Since his return, Gallagher is hitting .130 (3-for-23) with two doubles. Gallagher’s team currently sits third in the International League South division, 22.5 games behind the Durham Bulls and 9.5 games behind the Norfolk Tides.

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: .315 AVG (57-for-181), 14 Doubles, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 24 Runs, 35 BB, .429 OBP

Hassan was placed on the seven-day disabled list following a failed bunt attempt that resulted in a fractured finger on Aug. 15. Prior to the injury, Hassan led the team with a .887 OPS, ranked second on the team with a .315 batting average and ranked third on the team with a .429 OBP.

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: .352 AVG (74-for-210), 7 Doubles, 1 HR, 28 RBI, 28 Runs, .436 OBP

With a .352 average, Kremer continues to lead the Rockford Aviators in hitting. In his last five starts, Kremer is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two runs and five RBI. Kremer’s 28 RBI ranks him third among Aviators. Kremer also maintained his perfect fielding percentage over his last five starts, assisting in six putouts and recording 115 of his own.

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

The Class-AA Springfield Cardinals placed Lemmerman on the seven-day disabled list after he exhibited signs of a concussion. The shortstop was struck in the head with an errant throw while sliding into second base on Aug. 13. Prior to the injury, Lemmerman ranked fourth on the Springfield Cardinals with a .353 OBS.

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: 3-3, 3.76 ERA, 38 appearances, 55.0 IP, 53 K, 24 BB, .250 B/AVG

In his most recent outing, Manno pitched two scoreless innings against the Huntersville Stars. In his last ten appearances, Manno has allowed just three runs, recording a 1.84 ERA and ten strikeouts. Manno has dominated left-handed hitters this season, allowing just three runs in 17.2 innings.

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: .200 AVG (2-for-10), 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, .429 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. In his last two starts, McCurdy hit a .400 average (2-for-5) for the Hooks. Both hits for McCurdy came off of right-handed pitchers.

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: 3-6, 65.2 IP, 3.70 ERA, 66 K, 24 BB, .263 B/AVG

In O’Grady’s most recent start, the right-hander pitched one perfect inning to earn his eighth save of the season for the Storm. O’Grady’s 49 appearances and eight saves this season are both the highest of his minor-league career. The Storm currently sit 6.5 games behind the division leading 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: .256 AVG (70-for-273), 13 Doubles, 3 HR, 42 RBI, 47 Runs, 49 BB, .384 OBP

Piwnica-Worms continues to improve his batting average this season for the Hagerstown Suns, going 5-for-10 (.500 average) in his last four appearances. Over the stretch, Piwnica-Worms knocked in three runs while also scoring a run. The right-fielder currently ranks third on his team in walks with 49 on the season.

 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), Kannapolis Intimidators (Class A South Atlantic League)
2013 Rookie Stats: 16 APP, 2-1, 0.87 ERA, 3 SV, 31.0 IP, 46 K, 20 BB, .173 B/AVG

Putnam debuted for the Kannapolis Intimidators on Aug. 14, pitching 1.0 inning and striking out two against the Lakewood BlueClaws. In his last three appearances for the team, the right-handed pitcher has not allowed a run over 6.0 innings, striking out nine in the process and allowing just three hits. Surpassing his inning total from last year, Putnam has allowed five less earned runs in his time split between the Great Falls Voyagers and the Kannapolis Intimidators this season.

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: 17 APP, 7-4, 3.22 ERA, 95.0 IP, 109 K, 22 BB, .235 B/AVG

Stroman earned his seventh win of the season Aug. 17 against the Tennessee Smokies, pitching 5.2 innings. The right-hander struck out six and allowed two runs over six hits. Stroman has dominated left-handed hitters this season. Opponents hitting from the left side are averaging a meager .182 against Stroman, who also boasts a 2.12 ERA against left-handed hitters.