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Duke Baseball in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/01/2013
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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)
2013 MLB Stats: 0-1, 9.64 ERA, 3 appearances, 4.2 IP, 4 K, 3 BB, .368 B/AVG

After straining his left calf, Chris Capuano is currently on the 15-day DL for the Dodgers. On the season, Capuano has made three appearances, including one start. In his second relief appearance of the season, Capuano posted 1.2 innings pitched with two hits and three strikeouts in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Capuano is expected to begin his rehab assignment with a rehab start in Triple-A Albuquerque May 1.

Greg Burke l RHP l New York Mets
Signed as Free Agent
2013 Team: New York Mets (MLB NL East)
2013 MLB Stats: 0-1, 7.36 ERA, 7 appearances, 7.1 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, .303 B/AVG

Burke made an MLB opening day roster for the first time in his career after signing as a free agent with the Mets in the offseason. Burke has made seven appearances for the Mets in April and had his best outing come against the Marlins on April 7. In the game, Burke relieved starter Aaron Laffey in the fifth and pitched 1.2 innings, posting three strikeouts and allowing just one hit. Burke made another strong appearance in a Mets win over Minnesota, pitching one inning, striking out one batter and not allowing a hit. This season marks Burke’s second in the MLB, as he appeared in 48 games for the Padres in 2009.

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: .148 AVG (4-for-27), 4 BB, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 Runs, .250 OBP

Freiman has enjoyed a strong start to his season for the Athletics, appearing in 13 games in his first season in the big leagues. In his big league debut against the Mariners, Freiman was 2-for-3 at the plate and recorded his first RBI of the season on a single. Freiman hit the first home run of his big league career April 15 against the Astros. The three-run shot to left field propelled the A’s to the win. Freiman hit his first double of the 2013 campaign on a line drive to center field against the Orioles on April 26. Oakland sits in second place in the AL West, 0.5 games behind the Rangers in first. 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: .317 AVG (19-for-60), 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 7 Runs, .344 OBP

Gallagher is off to a strong start to the 2013 campaign in Triple-A with the Charlotte Knights, as he has appeared in 18 games and owns a .317 (19-60) average. In a game against Norfolk, Gallagher enjoyed a strong day at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance. Gallagher ranks second on the Knights in batting average and fifth in RBI (8).

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.

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: .247 AVG (18-for-73), 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 11 Runs, .345 OBP

Lemmerman has opened the 2013 season with the Springfield Cardinals in the Class-AA Texas League. In the early going of the 2013 season, Lemmerman is batting .247 (18-for-73) with 11 runs scored and seven RBI. In an April 28 game against Arkansas, Lemmerman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run as he scored three runs. Lemmerman has played his best baseball in the six afternoon games that Springfield has played this season. When playing during the day, Lemmerman owns a .529 (9-for-17) average, scoring six of his 17 runs scored.

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: 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5 appearances, 9 K, 3 BB, .348 B/AVG

Manno has made five appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. His best outing of the early portion of the season came against Jacksonville where he pitched 2.1 innings recording three strikeouts and allowing just one hit. In his five innings of work, Manno has struck out nine batters while walking just three batters.

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: .267 AVG (4-for-15), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .389 OBP

After playing one game for the in Double-A for the Corpus Christie Hooks, McCurdy joined Lancaster in High-A where he has played well in four games. McCurdy is batting .267 for the Jethawks where his best game of the season came against Bakersfield. In the game, McCurdy was 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. He owns the fewest strikeouts of any player on the Jethawks in the early portion with just one. The Jethawks are a half-game ahead of the Inland Empire in the South Division Standings of the California League with a 14-10 record. 

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, 12.1 IP, 6.57 ERA, 16 K, 6 BB, .302 B/AVG

O’Grady has 10 appearances out of the bullpen for the Storm with 12.1 innings pitched for the season. In one of his top performances of the young season against Lancaster April 10, O’Grady allowed did not allow a hit on four strikeouts and one walk. His 16 strikeouts on the season sit as the second most of any storm pitcher out of the bullpen and the fourth most on the team.

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

After signing as an undrafted free agent with Washington, Piwinica-Worms will open the 2013 season with the GCL Nationals on June 21. Piwnica-Worms hit .229 in 46 games with the GCL Nationals in his first pro season. He belted nine doubles on the season, the third-highest total on the team.

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. 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
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 last June when the Blue Jays selected him 22nd overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He advanced to Class-AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 1, appearing in eight games with a 3.38 ERA and eight strikeouts. He is serving a suspension to begin the season.