September 7, 2017

#ProBucks Final Report 2017


Sept. 7, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen former Buckeyes are concluding their 2017 professional seasons. It was an exciting year for the former Buckeyes. Brad Goldberg made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox, Drew Rucinski was named a Triple-A All-Star and Tanner Tully moved through the ranks and claimed a win for the Columbus Clippers last week. Troy Montgomery will be one of six Los Angeles Angels that will play for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. In all, four Buckeyes saw action on MLB club teams this past summer. Brett McKinney also helped the Indianapolis Indians to a west division championship in the International League.

Other Pro Buckeye notes:

Eric Fryer – St. Louis Cardinals

  • Stats: 34G, .155, .277 OBP, .197 SLG, 3 2B, 3 RBI

 Brad Goldberg – Charlotte Knights/Chicago White Sox

  • Stats (with Charlotte Knights): 30 G, 3-2, 3.35 ERA, 5 SV, 40.1 IP, 47 K
  • MLB Debut with Chicago White Sox June 3 at Comerica Park
  • Made 11 appearances for the White Sox this season

Get to give my dad the best Fathers Day gift I can imagine giving him. First pitch in the Major Leagues. #CantBuyThat

— Brad Goldberg (@B_Gumbo30) June 18, 2017

Alex Wimmers – Rochester Red Wings/Minnesota Twins

  • Stats (with Rochester Redwings): 37 G, 2-6, 2.57 ERA, 2 SV, 63.0 IP, 48 K
  • Made six appearances with Minnesota Twins: 4.91 ERA with seven strikeouts in 7.1 IP
  • Got the win against the Columbus Clippers Aug. 16, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts
  • Picked up the save in final game of the year, while striking out 20 in his final 17.1 innings of work

Alex Wimmers Has Perspective… And Pitches – Minnesota Twins – Articles – Homepage

— Minnesota Twins Fans (@MspTwinsRR) March 16, 2017

J.B. Shuck – Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)

  • Stats (with Rochester Red Wings): 123 G, .259, .325 OBP, .368 SLG, 26 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBI
  • Batted .292 in the month of June with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI
  • Hit .283 at home with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 RBI
  • 31 multi-hit performances

WATCH: JB Shuck ripped an RBI-Double during yesterday’s loss in season finale vs. Louisville.

— Morrie Silver (@MorrieSilver8) August 21, 2017

Drew Rucinski – Rochester Red Wings/Minnesota Twins

  • Stats (with Rochester Redwings): 37 G, 2-6, 2.57 ERA, 2 SV, 63.0 IP, 57 K
  • Made two appearances for the Minnesota Twins
  • Had a 1.54 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 35.0 innings pitched to be named a Triple-A All-Star
  • Finished with career-best numbers at the Triple-A level in ERA (.2.57) and WHIP (1.02)

Great time catching big fish on Lake Ontario after the day game! @timelville @AlexWimmers21 @Dbax24

— Drew Rucinski (@DrewRucinski) July 19, 2017

#BREAKING: Wings OF Zack Granite elected IL All Star starter; relief pitcher Drew Rucinski selected as well.


— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) June 29, 2017

Brett McKinney – Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)

  • Stats: 40 G, 3-1, 1 GS, 3.47 ERA, 62.1 IP, 56 K
  • 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched in the month of May
  • Fanned five in 3.1 scoreless innings June 10 vs. Columbus
  • Has struck out 16 in last 10 appearances
  • Helped guide the team to the 2017 Governors’ Cup Playoffs to take on the Durham Bulls

✅ 8-16 on May 3
✅ IL West Division Champions on August 29#RollTribe

— Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) August 30, 2017

Jaron Long – Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals)

  • Stats: 27 G, 9-12, 26 GS, 3.61 ERA, 164.1 IP, 114 K
  • Posted career high for innings pitched and second-most strikeouts in a season
  • Strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.6
  • Struck out a season-high 10 batters in six innings of work July 4.
  • Got the win in Columbus July 21, striking out five in seven strong innings

Seven innings strong. 💪

This night belongs to @JaronLong.#ProBucks

— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioState_BASE) July 22, 2017

Travis Lakins – Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox)

  • Stats (with Salem Red Sox): 7 G, 7 GS, 5-0, 2.61 ERA, 38.0 IP, 43 K
  • Assigned to Double A-Affiliate Portland Sea Dogs May 11
  • Struck out eight in six innings of work in opening start of season April 11
  • Fanned eight in 6.2 innings of work in final start for Salem May 9
  • Made eight starts for Portland with 19 strikeouts in 30.1 IP

Duel of the day:#Red Sox No. 7 Travis Lakins (@PortlandSeaDogs) vs. #Rockies No. 12 Yency Almonte (@GoYardGoats):

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 3, 2017

Ryan Riga, Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox)

  • Stats: 38 G, 5-4, 3.96 ERA, 50.0 IP, 51 K
  • Posted a 0.74 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of relief work in month of April.
  • Struck out three in in one inning of relief work to claim the win July 1
  • Fanned four in two innings of action Aug. 10
  • Posted 11 strikeouts in final 12.1 innings of work

Now on in relief, Ryan Riga takes the mound for #Intimidators. @HagerstownSuns up 7-0, Top 8.

— K-town Intimidators (@Intimidators) May 6, 2016

Connor Sabanosh, San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)

  • Stats: .200, .217 OBP, .200 SLG, 1 RBI
  • Assigned to Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants April 2

Thank you @OhioState_BASE and @Big_Daddy_Dunn for the gear! Always looking out, forever a Buckeye! #GoBucks

— Connor Sabanosh (@ConnorSabanosh) June 27, 2017

Nick Sergakis, St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets)

  • Stats: .252, .371 OBP, .432 SLG, 17 2B, 6 HR, 27 RB!
  • Batted .261 with four doubles and three home runs and six RBI in the month of May
  • Went back-to-back for home runs with teammate Tim Tebow July 5
  • 11 multi-hit games
  • Batted .343 with 12 hits and six RBI in his last 10 games

BACK-TO-BACK!!! @SurgieeBaby hits a 2-run HR and @TimTebow follows with a solo shot! 7-0 Mets. #STLMets

— St. Lucie Mets (@stluciemets) July 5, 2017

Troy Montgomery, Burlington Bees/Inland Empire 66ers/Mobile BayBears (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)

  • Stats (with Inland Empire): .282, .348 OBP, .443 SLG, 10 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 9 SB in 65 G
  • Called up to Class-A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers April 28.
  • Had a 19-game hit streak from June 25-July 16
  • Assigned to Mobile BayBears July 17
  • Hit .271 with 13 doubles, eight triples and eight home runs in 100 minor leagues in 2017
  • Will play in Scottsdale for Arizona Fall League

#Angels will send Nathan Bates, Samil De Los Santos, Adam Hofacket, Taylor Ward, Matt Thaiss and Troy Montgomery to Arizona Fall League

— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) August 29, 2017

Tanner Tully – Lake County Captains/Lynchburg Hillcats/Akron RubberDucks/Columbus Clippers(Cleveland Indians)

  • Stats (with Lake County): 16 G, 8 GS, 1 SV, 3.16 ERA, 77.1 IP, 76 K
  • Made Captains debut April 10, striking out seven in five innings of relief work out of the bullpen April 10
  • Struck out a season-high nine in his six innings of work against the Lansing Lugnuts May 31
  • Called up to Double-A Akron and claimed the win, throwing six innings and not allowing an earned run with one strikeout June 17
  • Called up to Columbus and earned first Triple-A win, throwing seven innings and struck out three on three earned runs
  • Claimed a win at every level of Indians’ farm system except Advanced-A Lynchburg

What a debut, @ttully17!!

After giving up 3 runs in the first, he throws 6 straight scoreless frames!

TT line: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) September 1, 2017

Ronnie Dawson, Quad Cities River Bandits/Buies Creek Astros (Houston Astros)

  • Stats: .278, .363 OBP, .437 SLG, 26 2B, 5 3B, 14 HR, 67 RBI
  • Recorded four home runs, three doubles, one triple, 14 RBI and seven walks in the month of April with an 11-game hit streak
  • Batted .264 with five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in month of June
  • Recorded 11 total bases with two home runs and a triple and five RBI July 19
  • 15-game hit streak from July 21-Aug.6
  • Named Astros Future Player of the Week Aug. 8 after batting .438 (14-for-29)
  • Assigned to Buies Creek Astros Aug. 22
  • 35 multi-hit games and batted .341 in his last 10 games (14-for-41)

This ball is absolutely CRUSHED by @ronniedawsonn as the @QCRiverBandits get a big win tonight. Highlights coming up on @kwqcnews.

— Andrew Ward (@_andrewward) June 25, 2017

Jacob Bosiokovic, Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies)

  • Stats: .246, .380 OBP, .419 SLG, 24 2B, 15 HR, 54 RBI
  • Hit two home runs and nine doubles in the month of April
  • Blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to give the Tourists a 3-1 walk-off win over Greenville April 13
  • Had an 11-game hit streak from June 16-June 29
  • Hit 13 home runs in the second half of the season with 45 RBI for a .511 slugging percentage

Jacob Bosiokovic with the the WALKOFF 2 run homerun for the @GoTourists to beat the @GreenvilleDrive in the 10th! @Rockies #RoxFam

— Parker (@parker_utter116) April 14, 2017

Tre’ Gantt played in 37 games for the Arizona Indians, slugging .316 with two doubles, three triples and two home runs, while scoring 15 runs. Jalen Washington played in the Northwest League for the Tri-City Dust Devils and knocked 10 doubles and three triples with eight RBI.

Congrats to (OF) prospect Tre Gantt on his 1st professional HR tonight for the AZL #Indians a solo shot in the 4th inning vs Royals.

— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) July 22, 2017