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How are former Arizona Wildcats & Southern Arizona baseball players faring in the pros?


NOTE: 2023 MAJOR-LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON AND MINOR-LEAGUE SEASONS ARE COMPLETE

LOCAL BASEBALL PLAYERS IN THE PROS

Listing of local baseball players either from high school or Arizona currently playing in pro baseball.
*Barraza, Sahuarita graduate
*Romero, CDO graduate
*Salazar, Sahuaro graduate

PlayerPosSchYrsTeamLvlOrg
Nate Baez1BIRHS16-19Cedar RapidsA+MIN
Christopher BarrazaPUA*21-23Inland EmpireALAA
Branden Boissiere1BUA19-21WilmingtonA+WAS
Tony Bullard3BUA20-23BeloitA+MIA
Alex BustamantePCDO16-18TampaANYY
Demetrio CrisantesSSNogales19-22VisaliaAARI
Bobby Dalbec1BUA14-16BostonMLBBOS
Chase DavisOFUA21-23Palm BeachASTL
Jose DicocheaPSahuarita16-19StocktonAOAK
Matthew DyerCUA19-20MontgomeryAATB
German FajardoPNogales16-19ModestoASEA
Michael FlynnPUA16-18Oklahoma CityAAALAD
Matt FraizerOFUA17-19IndianapolisAAAPIT
Kevin GinkelPUA16ArizonaMLBARI
Nick GonzalesINFCienega14-17PittsburghMLBPIT
Darick Hall1BBuena11-13Lehigh ValleyAAAPHI
Garrett IrvinPUA20-22LansingA+OAK
Scott Kingery2BUA13-15Lehigh ValleyAAAPHI
Randy LabautP UA17-19ColumbusAAACLE
Gil LunaPUA18-21BirminghamAACHW
Nik McClaughry2BUA20-23Fort WayneA+SD
Tylor MegillPUA17-19NY MetsMLBNYM
Ian MejiaPSahuarita16-19MississippiAAATL
Andrew NardiPUA19MiamiMLB MIA
Kevin NewmanSSUA13-15Arizona MLBARI
Jared OlivaOFUA15-17ArkansasAASEA
Tanner O'TrembaOFUA21-22EugeneA+SF
Spencer PackardOFCDO13-16Tacoma AAASEA
Rob RefsnyderOFUA10-12BostonMLBBOS
Alfonso Rivas1BUA16-18MemphisAAASTL
Kiko Romero1BUA*23Hudson ValleyA+NYY
Milo RushfordCFWGHS18-21ColumbiaAKC
César SalazarCUA*16-18Houston MLBHOU
Chase SilsethPUA21Salt LakeAAALAA
Austin SmithPUA21MississippiAAATL
Daniel SusacC UA21-22MidlandAAOAK
Cal StevensonOFUA17-18Lehigh ValleyAAAPHI
Alex VerdugoOFSahuaro11-14NY YankeesMLBNYY
Avery WeemsP UA18-19FriscoAATEX
Austin WellsC UA19-20NY Yankees MLBNYY
Donta' WilliamsOFUA18-21NorfolkAAABAL
Cienega grad Andre Jackson capped the major-league season with a strong performance in four innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates (Pirates photo)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

THURSDAY (9/28)

RHP Chase Silseth (Arizona) activated from injured list (concussion) by Los Angeles Angels. Silseth was hit in the head by an errant throw Aug. 26 in his start against the New York Mets. He initially was placed on the 7-day injured list but remained on the IL for almost a month due to lingering discomfort. He made two starts at Triple-A Salt Lake and allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking six. In his second season with the Angels, Silseth is 4-1 in seven starts with a 4.10 ERA. Silseth will start Friday against the Oakland A’s.

WEDNESDAY (9/27)

INF Kevin Newman (Arizona) released by Cincinnati Reds. Two days after designated him for assignment following a rehab assignment in Louisville (AAA) for an oblique strain, the Reds have released Newman. He played 2018-22 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and this season with Cincinnati after the Reds acquired him in a trade following last season. He batted .253 with 16 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBIs with the Reds this season. Newman, who played with the Arizona Wildcats from 2013-15, is now a free agent.

TUESDAY (9/26)

2B Nick Gonzales (Cienega) recalled from Indianapolis (AAA) by Pittsburgh Pirates. In the 42 games since Gonzales was reassigned to Indianapolis from Pittsburgh, he has hit .315. He had 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 22 RBIs and 37 runs. Gonzales also reduced his strikeout rate to 23.8 percent in 181 plate appearances. He was at 30.3 percent in 102 at-bats with the Pirates before he was sent down.

LOCAL BATTERS IN THE PROS

Through games of June 19
*Injuries:
Boissiere (60-day/arm)
Oliva (7-day/leg)
PlayerTeamLvlGABRH2B3BHRRBISBAVG
BaezMINA+351132129318200.257
*BoissiereWAS A+331121124402150.214
BullardMIAA+10313620022.194
CrisantesARIA290200000.222
DalbecBOSMLB358161120183.138
DavisSTLA5017722381405315.215
DyerTBAA35106162352183.217
FraizerPITAAA25851022511101.259
GonzalesPITMLB35133.1738715252.286
HallPHIAAA501962048605260.245
KingeryPHIAAA5920736508113319.242
McClaughrySDA+46140172462084.171
NewmanARIMLB5215923451012163.283
O'TrembaSFA+401332831713199.233
*OlivaSEAAA4211323243051518.212
PackardSEAAAA83161140020.355
RefsnyderBOSMLB4413816441212171.319
RivasSTLAAA5217528431121200.246
RomeroNYYA+351061524604144.226
RushfordKCA2886101042084.116
SalazarHOUMLB241310030.750
StevensonPHIAAA59173294511332215.260
SusacOAKAA431671445803163.263
VerdugoNYYMLB7327236701519411.257
Wells NYYMLB421241526802101.210
WilliamsBALAAA4131200000.154

SUNDAY’S HOME RUNS

None

SUNDAY’S BATTING LEADERS

C Austin Wells (Arizona), NY Yankees (MLB), 3-4, run, 2 doubles

2B Nick Gonzales (Cienega), Pittsburgh (MLB), 1-4, double

RF Alex Verdugo (Sahuaro), Boston (MLB), 1-3, run, stolen base

LOCAL PITCHERS IN THE PROS

Through games of June 19
*Injuries:
Bustamante (60-day/arm)
Silseth (60-day/elbow) - rehab assignment
Weems (7-day/arm)
PlayerTeamLvlW-LGGSSVIPHRERBBSOERA
BarrazaLAAA0-2180123.12111916213.47
*BustamanteNYYA0-00000000000.00
DicocheaOAKA1-49602929252015316.21
FajardoSEAA2-116003226191420373.94
FlynnLADAAA1-018022718151311384.33
GinkelARIMLB5-13005293015105223.10
IrvinOAKA+1-1170118.223181413226.75
LabautCLEAAA2-5202129.227241819285.46
LunaCHWAA2-1200221159621222.57
MegillNYMMLB2-366030.227151213373.52
MejiaATLAA5-11212064.244161624732.23
NardiMIAMLB0-0340027.22817167315.20
*SilsethLAAAAA0-22207.211998710.57
SmithATLAA0-05004.29664411.57
*WeemsTEXAA0-00000000000.00

SUNDAY’S NOTABLE PITCHERS

RHP Andre Jackson (Cienega), Pittsburgh (MLB), 4 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K (no decision)

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