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2012 Duke in the Pros Recap
Friday 10/26/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Chris Capuano l LHP l Los Angeles Dodgers
1999 MLB Draft: 8th Round (238th Overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB - NL West)
2012 MLB Stats: 12-12, 3.72 ERA, 33 appearances, 198.1 IP, 162 K, 54 BB, .254 B/AVG

In 2012, Capuano recorded his highest win total (12) since the 2005 campaign, solidifying the Dodgers' rotation. He finished in the top 25 in the National League in ERA (3.72), innings pitched (198.1) and strikeouts (162). In one of his best performances of the season, Capuano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Marlins and ultimately finished the game, a 5-0 win for Los Angeles, with 10 strikeouts, allowing just two hits in eight innings.

Nate Freiman l 1B l San Diego Padres
2009 MLB Draft: 8th Round (234th Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2012 Team: San Antonio Missions (Class-AA Texas League)
2012 MiLB Stats: .298 AVG (154-for-516), 31 Doubles, 24 HR, 105 RBI, 80 Runs, .370 OBP

Freiman turned in a standout year with the San Antonio Missions, earning Texas League Mid-Season and Post-Season honors in 2012. He ranked in the league's top 10 in batting average (.298, 7th), home runs (24, 3rd) and slugging percentage (.502, 5th). As a member of Team Israel, Freiman hit four homers in three games at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Jupiter, Fla. His play this season earned Freiman an assignment with the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League, which features the top-6 prospects from every MLB team. He is currently hitting .257 with three doubles and a home run after nine games in Arizona.

Jim Gallagher l 1B l Chicago White Sox
2007 MLB Draft: 7th Round (239th Overall) by the Chicago White Sox
2012 Team: Birmingham Barons (Class-AA Southern League) l Charlotte Knights (Class-AAA International League)
2012 Class-AAA Stats: .225 AVG (62-for-276), 15 doubles, 28 RBI, 29 Runs, .304 OBP
2012 Class-AA Stats: 11 Games, .295 AVG (13-for-44), 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 Runs, .367 OBP

Gallagher hit .295 (13-for-44) with a double, a home run and four RBI in 11 games with the Double-A Birmingham Barons before returning to the Triple-A ranks. He spent 82 games with the Charlotte Knights, where he closed out the season hitting .333 for the month of August.

Ben Grisz l RHP l Washington Nationals
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Washington Nationals in 2011

Grisz missed the 2012 season due to injury.

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

A Massachusetts product, Hassan played 94 games as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2012. In his first full season in the Triple-A ranks, he hit .256 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI. Considered to have the best strike zone discipline among Red Sox prospects, Hassan drew 55 walks on his way to a .377 on-base percentage.

Jake Lemmerman l SS l Los Angeles Dodgers
2010 MLB Draft: 5th Round (172nd Overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers
2012 Team: Chattanooga Lookouts (Class-AA Southern League)}
2012 MiLB Stats: .223 AVG (87-for-373), 29 Doubles, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 52 Runs, .347 OBP

After earning an assignment with Double-A Chattanooga in August 2011, Lemmerman played 116 games with the Lookouts this past season. He displayed his ability to drive the ball to the gaps, tying for second on the team with 29 doubles. Lemmerman drove in 46 RBI and scored 52 runs while adding seven home runs, slugging .378 for the season.

Christopher Manno l LHP l Cincinnati Reds
2010 MLB Draft: 26th Round (776th Overall) by the Washington Nationals
2012 Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class-AA Southern League)
2012 MiLB Stats: 1-1, 3.78 ERA, 50 appearances, 51 K, 22 BB, .266 B/AVG

Manno was picked up by the Reds in July 2011 following a trade with the Nationals. He spent the 2012 season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, allowing 21 earned runs in 50 innings of work. One of the most utilized relieves in the Wahoo bullpen, Manno fanned 51 batters while giving up just 22 walks on the year.

Ryan McCurdy l C l Houston Astros
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Houston Astros in 2010
2012 Teams: Lexington Legends (Class-A South Atlantic League), Corpus Christi Hooks (Class-AA Texas League), Lancaster Jethawks (High-A California League)
2012 Class-A Stats: .667 AVG (2-for-3)
2012 Class-AA Stats: .200 AVG (15-for-57), 3 Doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, .372 OBP
2012 High-A Stats: .185 (12-for-65), 4 Doubles, 7 RBI, 9 Runs, .372 OBP

An excellent defensive catcher, McCurdy finished the year with a .992 fielding percentage while throwing out 21 percent of would-be base stealers.

Dennis O'Grady l RHP l San Diego Padres
2011 MLB Draft: 34th Round (1,043rd Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2012 Team: Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Class-A Midwest League), Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A California League)
2012 High-A Stats: 3-1, 26.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 31 K, 13 BB, .232 B/AVG
2012 Class-A Stats: 4-1, 51.1 IP, 4.73 ERA, 49 K, 23 BB, .277 B/AVG

O'Grady appeared in 43 minor league games in 2012, starting the season with the Lake Elsinore Storm. He posted a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances with the Storm, striking out 31 in 26.2 innings of work. At the end of May, O'Grady was assigned to the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Will Piwnica-Worms
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Washington Nationals in 2012
2012 Team: GCL Nationals (Rookie Gulf Coast League)
2012 Rookie Stats: .229 AVG (38-for-166), 9 Doubles, 18 RBI, 24 Runs, .335 OBP

Piwnica-Worms hit .229 in 46 games with the GCL Nationals in his first pro season after Washington signed him as an undrafted free agent. Piwnica-Worms belted nine doubles on the season, the third-highest total on the team. He added 18 RBI and 24 runs scored while committing just two errors in the outfield. 

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

Putman took a difficult road to the professional ranks, but turned in a successful year in his first season of pro ball. Putman rebounded from injury to become Duke's closer as a senior and carried that success into the Rookie Pioneer League, where he 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
2012 Teams: Vancouver Canadians (Class-A Northwest League), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class-AA Eastern League)
2012 Class-A Stats: 7 APP, 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 11.1 IP, 15 K, 3 BB
2012 Class-AA Stats: 8 APP, 2-0, 3.38 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 K, 6 BB

Stroman became Duke's highest draft pick in June when the Blue Jays selected him 22nd overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He began his pro career with Toronto's Class-A Short-Season affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, where he posted a 3.18 ERA in seven appearances, striking out 15 in just over 11 innings of work. He was promoted to the Class-AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 1, appearing in eight games with a 3.38 ERA and eight strikeouts.

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