STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-six former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including three currently in the Big Leagues.
- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has not allowed a run in his last eight outings, lowering his ERA to 1.64. The former Bulldog has 27 saves this season in 30 opportunities.
- In the past month, RHP Kendall Graveman has skyrocketed up the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system, going from Class A Advanced Dunedin to Triple A Buffalo.
- Knocking at the door of the Big Leagues, Graveman was impressive in his Triple A debut last week.
- Yankees prospect Jacob Lindgren was promoted to Double A Trenton of the Eastern League this past week, and upon arrival met the greatest reliever of all-time in Mariano Rivera.
- Thanks to 33 strikeouts in 16.0 innings of relief, Lindgren has earned the nickname “The Strikeout Factory” inside the Yankees’ front office.
- Fellow Yankees prospect Jonathan Holder has recorded a 0.87 ERA in his last three outings with the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League.
- San Francisco Giants 2012 first-round draft pick Chris Stratton was promoted to Double A Richmond of the Eastern League in late July.
- In Pacific Coast League action, 2007 Johnny Bench Award winner Ed Easley hit two home runs Sunday for the Triple-A Memphis Cardinals in a 12-0 shutout against New Orleans.
- Easley has raised his average in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from .238 on June 23 to .270 as of August 10.
- Blue Jays lefty Chad Girodo continues to dominate the Class A Advanced Florida State League, having totaled a 5-2 record with a 2.07 ERA in 41 appearances this season.
- Texas Rangers’ prospect Luis Pollorena was part of a combined, 11-inning no-hitter Sunday night. Sports Illustrated recapped it here.
- In 23.2 innings of relief this season, Pollorena is 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA for the Class A Short Season Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.
- Righty Evan Mitchell pitched back-to-back scoreless appearances this past weekend for the Class A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.
- Diamond Dawg great and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter currently has his O’s in first place in the AL East with a five-game lead.