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#DukeinthePros Update | June 20, 2013
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/20/2013
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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, 4.62 ERA, 9 appearances, 39.0 IP, 28 K, 13 BB, .260 B/AVG

2013 Class-AAA Stats: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 appearances, 9.1 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, .229 B/AVG

Capuano came off the 15-day DL for the Dodgers to start Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees.  He was impressive in the start, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts in six scoreless innings. He earned his second victory of the season as the Dodgers defeated the Yankees, 6-0. For the year at the MLB level, Capuano has made seven starts and owns two victories. The Dodgers sit 8.0 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, 4.05 ERA, 21 appearances, 20.0 IP, 18 K, 7 BB, .271 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-0, 4.66 ERA, 8 appearances, 9.2 IP, 7 K, 3 BB, .297 B/AVG

Burke has pitched five innings over six appearances. His most recent outing came in a Mets loss to the Chicago Cubs, where Burke pitched 1.0 inning and allowed two hits while posting one strikeout and one intentional walk. The Mets are 13.0 games back 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: .273 AVG (27-for-99), 8 BB, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 7 Runs, .330 OBP

Freiman continues to impress play in his rookie season with the Athletics. In an 18-inning game on June 13, Freiman knocked in the game winning run on an RBI single off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to give the A’s a walk-off 3-2 victory. Among American League rookies, Freiman is third in on-base percentage (.330), tied for second in RBI (16) and fourth in OPS (.734). 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 first place in the AL West standings, as they have won 22 of 34 games at home this season. 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: .272 AVG (44-for-162), 6 doubles, 21 RBI, 3 HR, 22 Runs, .320 OBP

Gallagher is enjoying his best season at the Triple-A level, as he is hitting .272 (44-for-162) on the season. After entering Tuesday’s game against Syracuse as a pinch runner in the bottom of the 10th, Gallagher hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning Tuesday to give Charlotte a 7-6 victory over the Chiefs. With runners on base, Gallagher is batting .329 (25-for-76), 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 .977 fielding percentage in 43 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: .500 AVG (6-for-12), 4 Doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 BB, .538 OBP

Hassan was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League on June 12, following his tremendous start for Greenville. With Pawtucket, Hassan continues to be successful, as he is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four doubles in just four games on the season. In Wednesday’s contest against Columbus, Hassan was 2-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and a run scored. Hassan hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning that turned out to be the Pawtucket’s only hit of the contest in a 2-1 against Buffalo. 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: .333 AVG (3-for-9), 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 this week. He made his pro debut Wednesday against River City, where he collected his first hit. In a game Thursday, Kremer recorded his first multi-hit game (2-for-5) with a double and an RBI. Rockford is 6-22 and 12 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: .244 AVG (47-for-193), 12 Doubles, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 29 Runs, 31 BB, .354 OBP

Lemmerman has a hit in five of his last 10 contests for the Cardinals. He is batting .244 with 47 hits in 57 games he has played this season. In his most recent contest, Lemmerman went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and two walks drawn. Lemmerman owns a .949 fielding percentage at shortstop this season and ranks second on the Cardinals roster in doubles (12) and tied for fourth 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, 6.66 ERA, 20 appearances, 25.2 IP, 26 K, 17 BB, .299 B/AVG

Manno has made 20 appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. He last appeared in a game June 15 against the Montgomery Biscuits and gave up two earned runs. For the season, Manno has struck out 26 batters while walking 17.

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: .250 AVG (9-for-36), 1 Doubles, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, .386 OBP

McCurdy was activated off the 7-day DL June 14 and returned to the Jethawk lineup June 16. In his return, McCurdy was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored. In addition, he drew a walk in a loss to Lake Elsinore. For the season, McCurdy has played 12 games for Lancaster and is batting .250. The Jethawks finished as the California League’s North Division first half division winner, as the clubs begin the second half of their season Thursday.  

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: 2-3, 40.2 IP, 4.65 ERA, 45 K, 17 BB, .284 B/AVG

O’Grady continues to be used as the top reliever for the Storm this season with 26 appearances on the year and 40.2 innings pitched. He has gone at least two innings in nine of his past 10 appearances. For the month of June, O’Grady has allowed just one run in 8.2 innings pitched, while posting six strikeouts. His last appearance came on June 15 where O’Grady went 2.1 innings giving up three hits and posting one strikeout. For the season, O’Grady’s 45 strikeouts is third 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: .275 AVG (39-for-142), 8 Doubles, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 24 Runs, 26 BB, .395 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 .395, tied for second in triples (2) and second in RBI (28). He is having his best month of the season for the Suns in June where he is batting .300 (15-for-50) with four doubles, one triple and 12 RBI. In a June 15 game against the Lakewood BlueClaws, Piwnica-Worms went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. He is ranked 14th in the South Atlantic League with a .395 OBP. In his 45 games with Hagerstown, Piwnica-Worms owns a .988 fielding percentage playing 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

Putnam will begin the 2013 campaign with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Rookie Pioneer League.  The Voyagers will begin their season June 20 at Billings. 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: 6 APP, 3-1, 4.15 ERA, 26.0 IP, 29 K, 8 BB, .262 B/AVG

Stroman picked up his second consecutive victory Monday against Erie, where he picked up his second victory of the season against the SeaWolves. Stroman allowed one run, four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. In his six starts this season, Stroman has posted 29 strikeouts compared to just eight walks.