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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Duke Baseball in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/23/2013
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Chris Capuano l LHP l Los Angeles Dodgers
1999 MLB Draft: 8th Round (238th Overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks
2013 Team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB - NL West)
2013 MLB Stats: 1-2, 4.84 ERA, 6 appearances, 22.1 IP, 18 K, 6 BB, .281 B/AVG
Capuano made his first start of the season May 6, as he returned off the 15-day disabled list. The left-hander went four innings in the contest against Arizona and gave up eight hits on six runs. In his next start, Capuano earned his first victory of the season, as he pitched 6.1 innings against the Marlins, striking out seven and giving up just one run. In his three games away from Dodger Stadium this season, Capuano owns a 0.90 ERA.

Greg Burke l RHP l New York Mets
Signed as Free Agent
2013 Team: New York Mets (MLB NL East), Las Vegas 51s (Class-AAA Pacific Coast League)
2013 MLB Stats: 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 12 appearances, 12.0 IP, 9 K, 3 BB, .245 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-0, 4.66 ERA, 8 appearances, 9.2 IP, 7 K, 3 BB, .297 B/AVG
Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on April 18, where he played appeared in eight games for the 51s. A product of Camden, N.J., Burke earned a win against Round Rock. He came on to pitch an inning in relief, striking out two of the batters he faced. Burke was recalled by the Mets on May 12 and has since made five appearances for the club. In a May 19 game against Chicago, Burke came on with no out and a runner in scoring position. He finished the inning without allowing a runner and striking out one batter he faced.

Nate Freiman l 1B l Oakland Athletics
2009 MLB Draft: 8th Round (234th Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2013 Team: Oakland Athletics
2013 MLB Stats: .224 AVG (11-for-49), 5 BB, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 Runs, .304 OBP
Freiman has enjoyed a strong May, as he is hitting .318 for the month. In a 2-0 shutout over the Yankees May 3, Freiman went 3-for-3 with three singles against Yankees starter CC Sabathia. With runners in scoring position this season, Freiman is batting .333 (4-for-12) and owns six RBI. Oakland sits in second place in the AL West, 4.5 games back of the Rangers. As a Rule V pickup, Freiman must remain on the A’s active roster for the entire season or get sent back to the San Diego Padres.

Jim Gallagher l 1B l Chicago White Sox
2007 MLB Draft: 7th Round (239th Overall) by the Chicago White Sox
2013 Team: Charlotte Knights (Class-AAA International League)
2013 Class-AAA Stats: .291 AVG (30-for-103), 2 doubles, 12 RBI, 13 Runs, .351 OBP
Gallagher has sustained his strong start to the 2013 season for the Knights, as he owns a .291 batting average for the season. For the month of May, Gallagher owns a .256 batting average (11-for-43). With runners on base, Gallagher owns a .333 batting average (16-for-48) and a .400 OBP. Gallagher ranks fifth on the team in batting average (.291) and fourth in hits (30).

Alex Hassan l OF l Boston Red Sox
2009 MLB Draft: 20th Round (618th Overall) by the Boston Red Sox
2012 Team: Pawtucket Red Sox (Class-AAA International League)
2012 MiLB Stats: .256 AVG (80-for-312), 13 Doubles, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 39 Runs, 55 BB, .377 OBP
Hassan has yet to see the field during the 2013 season for Triple-A Pawtucket, as the Massachusetts product is currently on the 7-day DL. Last season, Hassan played 94 games in his first full season in the Triple-A ranks and hit .256 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI. Hassan is listed on Boston’s 40-man roster to open the season.

Jake Lemmerman l SS l St. Louis Cardinals
2010 MLB Draft: 5th Round (172nd Overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers
2013 Team: Springfield Cardinals (Class-AA Texas League)
2013 MiLB Stats: .238 AVG (29-for-122), 6 Doubles, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 21 Runs, .354 OBP
Lemmerman is batting .238 in 16 games in the early portions of the season for the Springfield Cardinals. In a May 14 game against the Tulsa Drillers, Lemmerman went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and a double to post three RBI. With runners in scoring position, Lemmerman is batting .280 with 12 RBI. Lemmerman ranks fourth on the Cardinals in runs (21), tied for fourth in home runs (4), fifth in RBI ( 15) and third in stolen bases ( 4).

Christopher Manno l LHP l Cincinnati Reds
2010 MLB Draft: 26th Round (776th Overall) by the Washington Nationals
2013 Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class-AA Southern League)
2013 MiLB Stats: 1-1, 5.74 ERA, 12 appearances, 15 K, 3 BB, .295 B/AVG
Manno has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen thus far during the 2013 campaign with the Blue Wahoos. He earned his first victory of the season against Chattanooga, where he came on to pitch one inning striking out two of the three batters he faced. For the season, Manno has struck out 15 batters while walking nine.

Ryan McCurdy l C l Houston Astros
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Houston Astros in 2010
2013 Teams: Corpus Christi Hooks (Class-AA Texas League), Lancaster Jethawks (High-A California League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: .000 AVG (0-for-2), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, .333 OBP
2013 High-A Stats: .212 AVG (7-for-33), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .333 OBP
After joining the Jethawks of the High-A California Legue, McCurdy has played 10 games for the club and is batting .212 on the season. McCurdy’s best game of the season came against Bakersfield, where he finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. The Jethawks are a half-game behind the Inland Empire in the South Division Standings of the California League with a 25-20 record. 

Dennis O'Grady l RHP l San Diego Padres
2011 MLB Draft: 34th Round (1,043rd Overall) by the San Diego Padres
2013 Team: Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A California League)
2013 High-A Stats: 1-2, 12.1 IP, 6.57 ERA, 16 K, 6 BB, .302 B/AVG

O’Grady has 18 appearances on the season in 26.0 innings pitched. He has gone two innings in each of his past four starts, allowing five runs. In a May 16 contest against the Modesto Nuts, O’Grady pitched two innings in relief, allowing one hit and striking out four batters. For the month of May, O’Grady posted 17 strikeouts compared to just four walks issued. For the season, O’Grady’s 33 strikeouts is second on the Storm roster and the most by a reliever on the squad. 

Will Piwnica-Worms
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Washington Nationals in 2012
2013 Team: Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League), Hagerstown Suns (Class-A South Atlantic League)
2013 High-A Stats: .273 AVG (3-for-11), 0 Doubles, 1 RBI, 1 Runs, .273 OBP
2013 Class-A Stats: .267 AVG (16-for-60), 2 Doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 13 Runs, .429 OBP
Piwnica-Worms was able to get his first taste of the High-A Carolina League, as he played four games for the Potomac Nationals. For Potomac, Piwnica-Worms recorded three hits and one RBI in 11 total at-bats. He is now playing for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League. His top performance of the season came against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, where the second-year pro was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and four RBI. In his 21 games with Hagerstown, Piwnica-Worms is second on the team in on-base percentage (.429), fifth in slugging (.433) and fourth in batting average (.267).

David Putman l RHP l Chicago White Sox
Undrafted Free Agent: Signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2012
2012 Team: Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie Pioneer League)
2012 Rookie Stats: 19 APP, 2-1, 2.73 ERA, 26.1 IP, 41 K, 12 BB, .240 B/AVG
Putnam will begin the 2013 campaign with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Rookie Pioneer League.  The Voyagers will begin their season June 20. In his first season in the professional ranks, Putman posted a 2.73 ERA in 19 appearances with the Great Falls Voyagers. In 26.1 innings of work, he fanned 41 batters while issuing just 12 walks.

Marcus Stroman l RHP l Toronto Blue Jays
2012 MLB Draft: 1st Round (22nd Overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays
2013 Team: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class-AA Eastern League)
2013 Class-AA Stats: 1 APP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, .222 B/AVG
Stroman became Duke's highest draft pick last June when the Blue Jays selected him 22nd overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He made his first start of the 2013 campaign after serving a 50-game suspension, Stroman returned to action for the Fisher Cats May 19. In his first start of the season against New Britian, he pitched five innings allowing no runs on four hits and a walk.