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#DukeinthePros | June 28, 2013
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/28/2013
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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: 2-4, 4.09 ERA, 10 appearances, 44.0 IP, 33 K, 13 BB, .256 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 start against San Diego, Capuano allowed four hits and no walks with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings. He earned a no decision in the contest. His next scheduled start is scheduled for Friday. For the year at the MLB level, Capuano has made seven starts and owns two victories. The Dodgers are six games back of Arizona in the National League 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, 22 appearances, 21.0 IP, 19 K, 7 BB, .270 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-0, 4.66 ERA, 8 appearances, 9.2 IP, 7 K, 3 BB, .297 B/AVG

Burke last pitched one inning on June 22 against Philadelphia. He allowed one hit and one run while posting one strikeout. The Mets are 11.5 games back in the National League East.

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: .277 AVG (28-for-101), 8 BB, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 7 Runs, .333 OBP

Freiman continues to impress play in his rookie season with the Athletics. In a game on Wednesday, Freiman came up as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning and slapped an RBI double to left field. Among American League rookies, Freiman is fifth in on-base percentage (.333), tied for fifth in RBI (17) and fifth in OPS (.749). In the field, Freiman owns a .994 fielding percentage on the season with just one error in 194.2 innings played. The A’s sit in second place in the AL 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: .268 AVG (48-for-179), 6 doubles, 21 RBI, 3 HR, 27 Runs, .337 OBP

Gallagher is enjoying his best season at the Triple-A level, as he is hitting .268 (48-for-179) on the season. Gallagher is currently on a four game hitting streak and has hits in six of his last 10 contests. With runners on base, Gallagher is batting .321 (27-for-84), including 19 of his 21 RBI on the season. Gallagher, has played all three outfield positions this season, as well as first base. In the outfield, Gallagher owns a .981 fielding percentage in 49 games played.  

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: .438 AVG (14-for-32), 6 Doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 Runs, 3 BB, .500 OBP

With Pawtucket, Hassan continues to be successful at the plate, as he is hitting .438 (14-for-32) with six doubles in nine games on the season. In Tuesday’s contest against Toledo, Hassan was 4-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and three runs scored. He was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike zone judgment in the Red Sox organization entering the 2012 season. Hassan 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: .259 AVG (7-for-27), 1 Doubles, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 Runs, .333 OBP

Kremer became Duke’s 13th active player in professional baseball when he signed with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League earlier last week. He has enjoyed a strong start in the first eight games of his professional career, as he is hitting .259 (7-for-27) at the plate. He has hits in six of the eight games he has played this season, including his last two.  Kremer ranks fifth on the Aviators roster in batting average. Rockford is 9-26 and 15 games back of Gateway in the West Division standings.

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: .231 AVG (49-for-212), 12 Doubles, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 30 Runs, 33 BB, .340 OBP

Lemmerman is batting .231 this season with 49 hits in 62 games he has played this season. He has fared particularly well against left-handed pitching this season, batting .297 (11-for-37) with six RBI. He owns a .938 fielding percentage at shortstop this season and ranks second on the Cardinals roster in doubles (12) and tied for fifth in home runs (6).

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, 5.58 ERA, 23 appearances, 30.2 IP, 33 K, 18 BB, .274 B/AVG

Manno has made 23 appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. He last appeared in a game June 26 against the Mississippi Braves and allowed one walk and no hits in one inning pitched. In a June 23 game, Manno came on in relief to pitch 3.0 innings, allowing two hits while striking out six batters he faced. For the season, Manno has struck out 33 batters while walking 18.

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: .233 AVG (10-for-43), 1 Doubles, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, .389 OBP

In his first full season in the California League, McCurdy is batting .233 with the Lancaster Jethawks. In a game June 21, McCurdy was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and two RBI. For the season, McCurdy has played 15 games for Lancaster. The Jethawks finished as the California League’s North Division first half division winner.  

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: 2-4, 44.1 IP, 4.47 ERA, 49 K, 17 BB, .284 B/AVG

O’Grady continues to be used as the top reliever for the Storm this season with 29 appearances on the year and 44.1 innings pitched. For the month of June, O’Grady owns a 1.46 ERA with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 12.1 innings pitched. His last appearance came on June 25 where O’Grady went 1.2 innings and took the loss after giving up an earned run. For the season, O’Grady’s 49 strikeouts is 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: .273 AVG (45-for-165), 9 Doubles, 2 HR, 29 RBI, 32 Runs, 32 BB, .401 OBP

Piwnica-Worms continues to shine for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, as he ranks fourth on the squad with an on-base percentage of .401, tied for second in triples (2) and fourth in RBI (29). He has enjoyed his best month of the season for the Suns in June where he is batting .288 (21-for-73) with five doubles, one triple and 13 RBI. In a June 24 game against the West Virginia, Piwnica-Worms went 1-for-2 at the plate with three walks drawn and two runs scored. He is ranked ninth in the South Atlantic League with a .401 OBP.

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: 3 APP, 0-1, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, .304 B/AVG

Putman began his season with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Rookie Pioneer League on June 20, a game in which he made his first relief appearance of the season against Billings. In the game, he pitched 2.1 innings and allowed earned run, two hits and two walks while striking out four. He earned the loss in his second relief appearance of the year against Missoula, giving up two unearned runs, two hits while striking out two in one inning pitched.

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: 8 APP, 4-1, 3.25 ERA, 36.0 IP, 37 K, 11 BB, .234 B/AVG

Stroman picked up his fourth victory of the season in his most recent start against Reading. In the start, he allowed two unearned runs, three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Stroman has now earned a victory in three of his last four starts dating back to June 9. In the month of June, Stroman has posted a 1.38 ERA and has recorded 24 strikeouts.