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Pro Hogs Update: September Baseball

Craig Gentry leads a successful week for professional Diamond Hogs

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Gentry enjoyed his second 3-hit game in August on Tuesday, going 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Over his last 7 games he has 12 hits including 2 doubles and a home run.

Dallas Keuchel made another quality start this week, going 6 innings against Oakland and allowing 3 earned runs with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Drew Smyly made his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery in July 2017. He pitched 1 inning for A Chicago Cubs and struck out the side in order. Smyly, who signed a $10 million contract with the Cubs before this season, will hopefully have another rehab appearance before the minor league season ends, and could be used down the stretch as the Cubs fight for a playoff spot.

Trevor Stephan has worked his way up to AA in just his second year of professional baseball. Over his last 4 starts the Yankees No. 8 prospect is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA, 26 strikeouts, and 6 walks in 21 innings. In combined A-Advanced and AA this season, Stephan is 6-9 in 24 starts with a 3.69 ERA, 140 strikeouts, and 38 walks over 124.1 innings pitched.

D.J. Baxendale has been enjoying a solid season for AAA Minnesota. He has a 3.74 ERA in 32 appearances, including 10 starts, and has struck out 61 while walking only 19 over 67.1 innings. Baxendale is not on the 40 man roster but if he maintains the success he has had at this level he could be invited to spring training with a chance to debut next season, depending on the Twins bullpen situation.

Mike Bolsinger struggled with the Dodgers and Blue Jays over the last two seasons, but has found success pitching overseas in Japan’s highest level of competition, Nippon Professional Baseball. This season he is 13-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 110.1 innings.

Over his last 9 games with AA Minnesota, Andy Wilkins has his .242 with 6 home runs and 11 RBI.