Gators in Pro Baseball: DeSclafani eyes big league return

Anthony DeSclafani
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani throws during a 2016 game in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

By Kyle Bennett and Aaron Brand

Anthony DeSclafani could start Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after throwing 95 pitches Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville. If he does, it will be his first Major League appearance since 2016. Disco has struggled to keep the ball in the yard in his two rehab starts, allowing five home runs but otherwise has looked solid in Triple-A. The Reds have an open rotation spot with their recent demotion of Homer Bailey, so it would make sense for the club to tap DeSclafani for a chance to inject life into a pitching staff that has given up the most runs in the National League this year.

Harrison Bader (OF) — St. Louis Cardinals
Bader tore it up for St. Louis this week going 8-for-20 with a six-game hit streak that ended on Friday, settling his average at .361 for the year. His week was punctuated with home runs in back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday along with a swiped bag on Thursday. He was not in the starting lineup for the Cards Saturday, but Bader has proven he is an elite defender with plays like the one he made at the wall on Friday against Pittsburgh.

Brian Johnson (RHP) — Boston

Johnson threw three pitches and gave up two earned runs on two hits in a mid-week tilt against Toronto. He proved a bit better on Friday when he gave up two hits on 15 pitches to Houston.

Austin Maddox (RHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple-A)

Maddox was sent down to Double-A Portland where he got rocked for three runs in two innings off two home runs Wednesday. He was sent up to Triple-A Pawtucket for Friday’s game where he could not record a single out against the Durham Bulls. It was Maddox’s second consecutive blown save and this time he gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk. Maddox needs to regain his form or his future with the team may be in jeopardy.

Darren O’Day (RHP) — Baltimore Orioles

O’Day will throw a bullpen session today and is getting closer to returning from an elbow injury that has kept him off the field since May 6.

Bobby Poyner (LHP) — Boston Red Sox

Poyner pitched two clean innings with three Ks for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. The Red Sox called him up Saturday after Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 10-day DL. The call up could mean some primetime game action for the lefty today against the Astors. Poyner holds a ERA of 1.86 in the big leagues has been the most consistent of the Gator Sox pitchers this year.

Preston Tucker (LF) — Atlanta Braves

Tucker has been re-inserted in Atlanta’s starting lineup three times since the injury to Ronald Acuna on May 27. Over that time, the outfielder has hit just .153 with two hits and five strikeouts in 13 at bats.  

Mike Zunino (C) — Seattle Mariners

Zunino went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday, his first multi-hit game since May 19. He has hit safely in four straight games now and his hitting is up to .213 and his OBP is the highest it has been all season at .275.

MiLB Players

Peter Alonso (1B) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Alonso went 4-for-13 with two RBIs. Hitting .307 for the week actually lowered Alonso’s season average to .333, which puts him fourth in the Eastern League in hitting. The first baseman currently leads the league with 14 homers and is second in RBIs behind only Vlad Guerrero Jr., who is widely considered to be baseball’s top prospect.

Shaun Anderson (RHP) — Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A)

Anderson gave up four earned runs on five hits in his only start this week. He pitched 5 ⅓ innings with two walks and five Ks.

Kevin Chapman (LHP) — Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers Triple-A)

Chapman has performed well through five appearances with Toledo picking up two saves this week and still has yet to give up a run.

Jonathon Crawford (RHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Crawford remains on the disabled list.

Matt den Dekker (LF) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

The left fielder hit .384 this week, including a home run Monday. The blast was his eighth of the season and den Dekker is hitting .339 with 26 RBIs this season.

Dane Dunning (RHP) — Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A)

Dunning picked up a win on Wednesday in his best performance in the minor leagues to date. He went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with nine Ks and no walks. Of the 100 pitches he threw, 69 were strikes.

Alex Faedo (RHP) — Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers Class A Advanced)

Faedo pitched just one inning in a start Thursday, allowing one run on one hit while also striking out a batter in a loss. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 3.47 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 49 ⅓ innings across 10 starts.

Nolan Fontana (SS) — Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels Triple-A)

Fontana went 3-for-18 this week, but all of his hits were doubles. He also scored three runs, drew three walks and drove in a run for the Bees this week.

Daniel Gibson (LHP) — Jackson Generals (Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A)

Gibson earned a save in his first action of the year on Tuesday. He didn’t allow a hit in either appearance this week after being assigned to Double-A Jackson from Triple-A Reno after being on the DL since April 4.

Taylor Gushue (C) — Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals Double-A)

Gushue hit just 1-for-15 this week but managed four RBIs and a home run against the Portland Sea Dogs on Friday. Gushue’s average dropped to .225, and his slugging dropped a bit as well.

Dalton Guthrie (SS) — Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Class A)

Guthrie went 4-for-14 with two RBIs, a double and two runs this week.

Eric Hanhold (RHP) — Las Vegas 51s — (New York Mets Triple-A)

Hanhold was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s on Wednesday and made two appearances this week. He gave up three earned runs on three hits with two Ks through one inning in his first outing. He came back and fared much better in his next, throwing two innings of shut-out ball on two hits with three Ks.

Mark Kolozsvary (C) — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Class A)

Kolozsvary went 1-for-8 this week, playing in just two games. The catcher is hitting just .200 with no home runs, 10 RBIs and 31 strikeouts in 100 at bats.

Taylor Lewis (RHP) — Free agent

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP) — Free Agent

Magliozzi was released by Binghamton on May 23.

Richie Martin (SS) — Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s Double-A)

Martin had an incredible week, collecting multiple hits in each of his four games. The shortstop went 10-for-15 and stole four bases, including three on Wednesday to double his season total. Martin raised his average to .346, which is fourth best in the Texas League. The shortstop’s OPS is .904, good for seventh in the league, despite hitting just one home run all year.

Scott Moss (LHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Moss picked up a win after going five innings with eight Ks and allowed no runs on three hits. Moss improved his record to 5-2 and lowered his ERA to 4.62 after making his second winning start in a row.

A.J. Puk (LHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Class-A Advanced)

Puk underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Raburn (OF) — Free agent

Buddy Reed (CF) — Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Class A Advanced)

Reed went 4-for-19, all singles, and stole one base this week. Despite the .210 performance this week, Reed leads the California League with 68 hits, a .335 average and 24 steals.

Mike Rivera (C) — Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A)

Rivera remains on the DL. He hit just .185 in his first 10 games of the season.

Paco Rodriguez (LHP) — Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota Twins Double-A)

Rodriguez was solid this week and lowered his ERA to 9.00. He made a pair of appearances and allowed just a hit in each.

Frank Rubio (RHP) — Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class A)

Rubio made two appearances this week, allowing one earned run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in 5 ⅓ innings. The right-hander remains a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities and sports a 1.38 ERA with 31 Ks in 26 innings.

Justin Shafer (RHP) — Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A)

Shafer made a two-inning save only allowing one base runner via walk on Monday. He followed that up with a 2 ⅓ inning outing where he gave up a hit and a walk.

Logan Shore (RHP) — Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s Double-A)

Shore started Wednesday and allowed four earned on nine hits and one walk over seven innings. He also racked up seven Ks. Shore has a 3.09 ERA in two starts at Double-A.

Kirby Snead (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Snead made two appearances this week, throwing two scoreless innings on Wednesday, but allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in ⅔ of an inning Saturday. His ERA climbed to 3.21 at Double-A.

Tim Tebow (LF) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Tebow went 2-for-12, both singles, along with one RBI, four walks and five strikeouts this week dropping his average to .233, his lowest since May 3. 

Josh Tobias (2B) — Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A)

Tobias went 0-for-8 this week with four strikeouts, dropping his average to .228.

Casey Turgeon (3B) — Free agent

Danny Young (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Young was rocked during his inning of work for five earned runs on four hits Thursday with two Ks. On the bright side, he did finish the inning.


Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox (10-day DL)
Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson
Red Sox pitcher Bobby Poyner
Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (10-day DL)
Braves outfielder Preston Tucker



Angels infielder Nolan Fontana