First comprehensive update in a while:
-Brandon Finnegan continues to struggle in his attempt to regain his form and get back to the Bigs. After 8 mostly sub-par starts for Louisville (Reds), he's now pitching out of the bullpen. In 20 total appearances (54+ IP), he's 2-8, carrying a 7.41 ERA, allowing a .322 opponents' batting average and has 42 K's against 29 BB.
-Jason Coats had a quick start to the year for Durham (Rays), but has plateaud since - through 79 games, he's hitting .245 with 19 doubles, 3 triples, 9 HR, 42 RBI and a .722 OPS.
-Matt Purke appeared to have steadied himself after a rough start to the season for Las Vegas (Mets), but has seen his ERA rise again as of late. Through 37 total relief appearances, he's 2-1 with 1 save, a 6.41 ERA, .288 opponent's batting average and 42 K's to 34 BB.
-Chad Huffman is currently on the disable list. Through 64 games for Toledo (Tigers) he's hitting .257 with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 8 HR, 29 RBI and a .794 OPS.
-Kevin Cron went deep twice this week for Reno (D'Backs). Through 76 games he's hitting .330 with 21 doubles, 19 HR, 79 RBI and a .977 OPS.
-Jerrick Suiter has hit safely in 4 of his last 5 for Indianapolis (Pirates). Through 47 games he's hitting .209 with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 13 RBI and a .622 OPS.
-Alex Young went 7 innings, picking up another W in his last start for Reno (D'Backs). In 11 starts since his promotion, he's now 5-1 with a 6.25 ERA. Combined with his 9 starts at Double-A, he's now 10-4 for the year with a 5.21 ERA and 92 K's against 34 BB.
-Tyler Alexander gave up just 2 runs in 7+ innings in his last start for Toledo (Tigers), but took a hard-luck L. In 11 starts since his promotion, he's now 2-5 with a 4.59 ERA. Combined with his 9 starts at Double-A, he's now 5-7 for the year with a 4.23 ERA and 76 K's against just 19 BB.
-Riley Ferrell has given up 4 runs across his last three outings for Fresno (Astros), where he's now carrying a 6.23 ERA through 11 total relief appearances since his promotion. Combined with his 21 appearances at Double-A he's now 2-2 on the year with a 3.44 ERA (in 36+ total IP), 8 for 8 in save opportunities with 48 K's against 25 BB.
-Jantzen Witte collected 6 base hits over the last week for Portland (Red Sox), where he's now hitting .272 through 66 games. Combined with the 15 games he played at Triple-A, he's now hitting .260 for the year with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 10 HR, 51 RBI and a .779 OPS.
-Preston Morrison has regained his form for Tennessee (Cubs), where his current 5-game scorless streak has helped him reduce his ERA from 6.23 to 4.94 over the past month. Combined with his 3 appearances at Triple-A he's now 1-2 on the year with a 5.05 ERA (51+ total IP), 1 for 1 in save opportunities with 40 K's against just 15 BB.
-Brian Howard has pitched into the 7th inning in his last three starts for Midland (A's), where he's now 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 7 total starts since his promotion. Combined with the 12 games (11 starts) in Advanced-A, he's now 9-5 for the year with a 2.37 ERA (114 total IP), a .196 opponent's batting average and 118 K's against just 27 BB.
-Taylor Featherston drove in two last night for Pensacola (Reds), where he's now hitting .382 with 7 RBI through 9 games since being signed. Combined with the 55 games he played for Triple-A Rochester (Twins) before being released, he's now hitting .201 for the year with 6 doubles, 4 triples, 4 HR, 28 RBI and a .613 OPS.
-Brian Trieglaff is still on the disabled list for Tampa (Yankees), having not pitched since June 26th. In 17 total games this year at A-Ball and Advanced-A, he's now 3-1 with a 1.51 ERA in 35 total IP, 33 K's against just 4 BB.
-Nolan Brown is currently mired in an 0-12 for Winston-Salem (White Sox), where his average has now dropped to .182 in 7 games since his promotion. Combined with the 55 games he played in A-Ball, he's now hitting .274 for the year with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 22 RBI and a .697 OPS.
-Durbin Feltman has yet to appear for Salem (Red Sox) - but in 11 total relief appearances at Short-Season A and A-Ball he's now 3-for-3 in save opportunities, carrying a 1.51 ERA and has 21 K's against 1 lonely BB.
-PROMOTION : Austen Wade has been promoted to Advanced-A Lynchburg by the Indians' organization, and went 0-3 in his debut for the Hillcats. Combined with his 41 games in A-Ball and 8-game rehab stint in the Arizona Rookie League, he's now hitting .260 for the year with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 18 RBI and a .747 OPS.
-Evan Skoug has been flirting with the Mendoza Line all year for Kannapolis (White Sox) - through 71 games he's now hitting .206 for the year with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 30 RBI and a .626 OPS.
-Mitchell Traver is currently on the disabled list, having not pitched since July 7th for Burlington (Angels) where, through 17 starts, he's 5-6 with a 4.20 ERA, 58 K's against 30 BB.
-Luken Baker has 6 hits across his last 5 games for Peoria (Cardinals), where he's now hitting .279 in 10 games since his promotion. Combined with the 8 games he played in the Rookie League, he's now batting .358 for the year with 5 doubles, 1 HR, 11 RBI and an .875 OPS.
-Sean Wymer has given up 7 runs across his last three outings for Vancouver (Blue Jays). Through 4 starts and 4 relief appearances (21+ total IP) he's 3-2 with a 4.64 ERA, 16 K's against just 5 BB.
-Jordan Kipper has been hampered by injuries this year. He began the year going 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA for Double-A Bowie (Orioles), then went on the disabled list in late April. On July 11th, he began a rehab assignment for Aberdeen. He had three scoreless relief outings for the Iron Birds, but now hasn't pitched since July 16th.
-Cam Warner has hit safely in 3 of hist last 5 games for Connecticut (Tigers), where he's now hitting .270 through 18 games. Combined with the 11 games he played in A-Ball, he's now hitting .223 for the year with 9 doubles, 1 HR, 11 RBI and a .639 OPS.
-Jerome Pena has played 14 games for the Aguascalientes Railroaders - hitting .231 with 2 doubles 1 triple, 2 HR, 7 RBI and a .783 OPS