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#DukeinthePros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/01/2013
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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: 3-6, 4.54 ERA, 15 appearances, 69.1 IP, 54 K, 16 BB, .278 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 appearances, 9.1 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, .229 B/AVG

In his most recent contest Sunday, Capuano started against Cincinnati and allowed three hits over 6.2 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He earned a no decision in the contest. For the season, Capuano has posted 54 strikeouts compared to 16 walks and ranks fourth on the Dodgers roster in innings pitched with 69.1. The Dodgers have been one of the hottest teams in the league, winning eight of their last 10 games, including a 20-6 record in the month of July. Los Angeles owns a 57-49 ledger and a 2.5 game lead over Arizona in the National League West standings.

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, 5.28 ERA, 28 appearances, 29.0 IP, 25 K, 12 BB, .302 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 2-2, 5.14 ERA, 18 appearances, 21.0 IP, 18 K, 8 BB, .300 B/AVG
Burke has not made a relief appearance for the Mets since coming out of the bullpen on July 19 against the Phillies. He tossed 2.2 innings in the contest, giving up four runs off of two hits and three walks while striking out two batters. He was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 23, where he has appeared in five contests. He picked up his second victory of the season for Las Vegas on July 29 against Sacramento, where he pitched one inning and posted two strikeouts. At the major league level this season, Burke is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA posting 25 strikeouts and allowing 12 walks. The Mets are 48-57 and 13.5 games behind first place Atlanta in the National League East standings.

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: .266 AVG (37-for-139), 8 BB, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 7 Runs, .309 OBP

Following the All-Star Game, Freiman has picked up right where he left off at the beginning of the second half of the season. He has hits in four of the five games he has played following the break, including a 2-for-4 performance with a double in a 4-3 A’s victory over Houston on July 22. For the season, Freiman is batting .266 (37-for-139) with seven doubles and 17 RBI. In July, Freiman is hitting .243 (9-for-37) with one double. Among American League rookies, Freiman is seventh in batting average. The A’s have a four game lead over Texas in the American League West standings. As a Rule V pickup, Freiman must remain on the A’s active roster for the entire season or get sent back to the San Diego Padres.

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 on pace for the best season of his career at the Triple-A level, as he is batting .258 (58-for-225). Against right handed pitching, Gallagher is batting .273 (45-for-165) with six doubles and 19 of his 27 RBI. In a July 18 contest against Norfolk, Gallagher posted an RBI with a sacrifice fly. He is currently listed on the seven-day disabled list, as the Knights are 51-60 this season and in third place in the International League’s South Division.

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: .324 AVG (44-for-136), 14 Doubles, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 19 Runs, 25 BB, .432 OBP
In 40 games this season with Pawtucket, Hassan has been productive at the plate hitting .324 (44-for-136) which ranks as the top average on the squad this season. Over his past 10 games, Hassan has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Lehigh Valley where he finished a triple away from the cycle. He finished the game plating two RBI and two runs scored. Over his past 10 games, Hassan has launched two home runs and driven in five RBI. Rated by Baseball America as having the best strike zone judgment in the Red Sox organization entering the 2012 season, Hassan has walked 25 times on the Triple-A level and 35 times in the 48 games he has played on the season. In the past 10 games, he has drawn five walks. He is listed on Boston’s 40-man roster.

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: .365 AVG (50-for-137), 6 Doubles, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 23 Runs, .446 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. Since signing with the Aviators, Kremer has quickly become the leading hitter on the squad with a .365 average (50-for-137) in 37 games. He has a hit in seven of his past 10 contests with three RBI and nine runs scored. In a July 27 contest against Traverse City, Kremer was 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles, one RBI and three runs scored. Rockford is 23-41 and 16.5 games back of Gateway in the West.

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: .235 AVG (68-for-289), 16 Doubles, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 45 Runs, 49 BB, .351 OBP
Lemmerman is enjoying his most productive season at the Double-AA level with Springfield of the Texas League. He is batting .235 (68-for-289) for the year. He has fared particularly well against left-handed pitching this season, batting .268 (15-for-56) with seven RBI. In a July 27 contest against Northwest Arkansas, Lemmerman was 2-for-3 at the plate with a two run home run. He owns a .936 fielding percentage at shortstop this season and ranks second on the Cardinals roster in doubles (16) and tied for fourth in home runs (8).

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: 2-2, 4.15 ERA, 31 appearances, 43.1 IP, 47 K, 20 BB, .242 B/AVG

Manno has made 31 appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. He last appeared in a relief role on July 28 against Montgomery, tossing 0.2 innings without allowing a base runner. In a July 23 contest against Mississippi, Manno pitched 2.0 innings with three strikeouts. For the season, Manno has struck out 47 batters while walking 20.

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-2), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, .333 OBP
2013 High-A Stats: .254 AVG (18-for-71), 2 Doubles, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 9 BB, .418 OBP
In his first full season in the California League, McCurdy is batting .254 with the Lancaster Jethawks. McCurdy is currently riding a four game hit streak and has hits in five of his last 10 games. In his most recent game, McCurdy was 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI double and a run scored. For the season, McCurdy has played 24 games for Lancaster.

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, 57.0 IP, 3.63 ERA, 61 K, 20 BB, .259 B/AVG
O’Grady continues to be used as one of the top relievers for the Storm this season with 41 appearances and 57.0 innings pitched. He turned in his best month of the season in July, posting a 0.84 ERA in 10 games and picking up five saves. He gave up just one earned run for the month and struck out nine batters compared to two walks. Since the All-Star break, O’Grady owns a 1.10 ERA and a 1-2 record in 16.1 innings pitched. He is on pace to post a career-best ERA and a career-high in innings pitched. For the season, O’Grady’s 61 strikeouts rank for a tie for fourth on the Storm roster.  

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: .248 AVG (59-for-238), 12 Doubles, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 39 Runs, 42 BB, .374 OBP
Piwnica-Worms continues to play well for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, as he has hits in six of his last eight games. In a July 26 game against Delmarva, Piwnica-Worms was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. He is sixth on the squad with an on-base percentage of .374 and is tied for second on the squad in triples (2) and fifth in RBI with 36. Piwnica-Worms has had a solid season in the field with a .992 fielding percentage, committing just one error.

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: 10 APP, 1-1, 1.27 ERA, 3 SV, 21.1 IP, 33 K, 13 BB, .190 B/AVG

Putman posted a strong opening month of the season with Great Falls of the Rookie Pioneer League, where he has worked 21.1 innings over 11 appearances. He picked up his first win of the season July 26 against Missoula where he pitched 3.0 innings in relief, allowing two earned runs and posting five strikeouts.  His most recent appearance came July 31 against Billings, where he tossed three innings and recorded four strikeouts. For the season, Putman has posted 29 strikeouts and 11 walks.

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: 14 APP, 6-2, 2.96 ERA, 76.0 IP, 92 K, 21 BB, .213 B/AVG

Stroman continues to post solid numbers for the Fisher Cats this season. In his most recent start, Stroman pitched 6.2 innings against Double-A Bowie, allowing two runs off four hits and matching a season-high with 13 strikeouts. He continues to post dominant strikeout numbers at the Double-A level, as he has recorded 24 strikeouts over his last two starts. In the month of July, Stroman posted 55 strikeouts over 38.2 innings. He ranks second on the Fisher Cats and 14th in the Eastern League with 92 strikeouts for the season. Stroman is ranked as the Blue Jays fifth best prospect entering this season.