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Duke in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/31/2013
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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)
2013 MLB Stats: 1-3, 5.60 ERA, 7 appearances, 27.1 IP, 22 K, 9 BB, .279 B/AVG
In his most recent start for the Dodgers, Capuano allowed five earned runs in five innings in a May 24 loss to the Cardinals. Capuano struck out four and walked three batters in the game, before he was pulled at the start of the sixth inning. The left-handed hurler is fourth on the Dodgers roster this season in innings pitched (27.1). Capuano is scheduled to take the mound again Thursday on the road against the Angels, as he owns a 0.90 ERA in games this season away from Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers sit nine games back of Arizona in the NL West.

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: 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 14 appearances, 14.0 IP, 13 K, 4 BB, .246 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-0, 4.66 ERA, 8 appearances, 9.2 IP, 7 K, 3 BB, .297 B/AVG
Burke made two appearances in the Mets three-game series against the Braves. A product of Camden, N.J., Burke made his most recent appearance in the second game of the series Saturday. In the game, Burke was able to retire three of the five batters he faced on strikes, as he held the Braves scoreless in the final 1.2 innings. Burke is one of just three pitchers on the Mets roster to not allow a home run this season. The Mets are 10.5 games back of Atlanta in the NL 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: .279 AVG (17-for-61), 7 BB, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 5 Runs, .357 OBP
Freiman continues to flourish for Oakland in his first big league season. Freiman helped the A’s to a series sweep over Houston over the weekend. In the final game of the series, the first baseman was 2-for-3 at the plate, as he matched his season-high three RBI. On the day he hit a two-run double and a solo home-run to the deepest part of Minute Maid Park in left-center. In Wednesday’s game against the Giants, Freiman equaled his 2-of-3 performance with two singles and three RBI. With runners in scoring position this season, Freiman is batting .500 (8-for-16) and owns 12 RBI. In the field, Freiman owns a .991 fielding percentage on the season with just one charged error in 117 innings played. Oakland sits in second place in the AL West, 2.0 games back of the Rangers. 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: .281 AVG (32-for-114), 3 doubles, 15 RBI, 16 Runs, .341 OBP
In 35 games this season, Gallagher owns the fourth highest batting average in Triple-A Charlotte at .281. With runners on base, Gallagher is batting .340 (18-for-53), including 13 of his 15 RBI on the season. In a recent game Tuesday against Toledo, Gallagher was 1-for-3 with a single, recording an RBI and scoring two runs. Gallagher, used as a utility player for the Knights, has played all three outfield positions this season, as well as first base. In the outfield, Gallagher owns a .966 fielding percentage in 29 games played. Charlotte sits 11.5 games back of Durham and Norfolk in the International League South standings.

Alex Hassan l OF l Boston Red Sox
2009 MLB Draft: 20th Round (618th Overall) by the Boston Red Sox
2012 Team: Pawtucket Red Sox (Class-AAA International League)
2012 MiLB Stats: .256 AVG (80-for-312), 13 Doubles, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 39 Runs, 55 BB, .377 OBP
Hassan has yet to see the field during the 2013 season for Triple-A Pawtucket, as the Massachusetts product is currently on the 7-day DL. Last season, Hassan played 94 games in his first full season in the Triple-A ranks and hit .256 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI. Hassan is listed on Boston’s 40-man roster to open the season. He was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike zone judgment in the Red Sox organization entering the 2012 season.

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 MiLB Stats: .243 AVG (34-for-140), 6 Doubles, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 24 Runs, .350 OBP
Lemmerman is batting .243 in 41 games this season for the Springfield Cardinals. In a May 25 game against the Midland RockHounds, Lemmerman went 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run home run. With runners in scoring position, Lemmerman is batting .321 with 15 RBI. Lemmerman ranks third on the Cardinals in runs (24), tied for second in home runs (6) and fifth in RBI (15). In the field, Lemmerman owns a .939 fielding percentage in 40 games played at shortstop.

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 MiLB Stats: 1-1, 5.89 ERA, 14 appearances, 18.1 IP, 16 K, 12 BB, .286 B/AVG
Manno has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. He earned his first victory of the season against Chattanooga, where he came on to pitch one inning striking out two of the three batters he faced. For the season, Manno has struck out 16 batters while walking 12.

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: .212 AVG (7-for-33), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .333 OBP
After joining the Jethawks of the High-A California Legue, McCurdy has played 11 games for the club and is batting .212 on the season. McCurdy’s best game of the season came against Bakersfield, where he finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. The Jethawks own a 4.5 game lead in the California League’s North Division. 

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: 1-2, 30.0 IP, 4.80 ERA, 37 K, 12 BB, .264 B/AVG
O’Grady has been used as the top reliever for the Storm this season with 20 appearances on the year and 30.0 innings pitched. He has gone two innings in each of his past six appearances, allowing just five runs in 12 innings. In a May 24 contest against the High Desert Mavericks, O’Grady pitched two innings in relief, allowing one hit and striking out three batters. For the month of May, O’Grady posted 27 strikeouts compared to just six walks. For the season, O’Grady’s 37 strikeouts is second on the Storm roster and the most by a reliever on the squad. 

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: .267 AVG (23-for-86), 4 Doubles, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 17 Runs, .402 OBP
Piwnica-Worms continues to shine for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League. In a game Sunday against the Lexington Legends, Piwnica-Worms was 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored. In his 28 games with Hagerstown, Piwnica-Worms is fourth on the team in on-base percentage (.402) and fifth in batting average (.267).

David Putman l RHP l Chicago White Sox
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2012
2012 Team: Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie Pioneer League)
2012 Rookie Stats: 19 APP, 2-1, 2.73 ERA, 26.1 IP, 41 K, 12 BB, .240 B/AVG
Putnam will begin the 2013 campaign with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Rookie Pioneer League.  The Voyagers will begin their season June 20. In his first season in the professional ranks, Putman posted a 2.73 ERA in 19 appearances with the Great Falls Voyagers. In 26.1 innings of work, he fanned 41 batters while issuing just 12 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: 3 APP, 1-1, 8.10 ERA, 10.0 IP, 13 K, 3 BB, .378 B/AVG
Stroman made his second start of the season Friday for the Fisher Cats, where he earned a no decision in the contest against New Britain. In the game, Stroman pitched four innings and struck out five batters, while walking one. In his first start of the 2013 campaign after serving a 50-game suspension, Stroman returned to action for the Fisher Cats May 19, pitching five innings allowing no runs on four hits and a walk. Stroman is next scheduled to take the mound