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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Duke in the Pros Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/06/2013
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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: 1-4, 5.45 ERA, 8 appearances, 33.0 IP, 24 K, 13 BB, .252 B/AVG
In his most recent start for the Dodgers, Capuano allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings in a May 29 contest against the L.A. Angels. The left-handed hurler took the loss for the Dodgers and fell to 1-4 on the campaign. Capuano ranks third on the Dodgers roster this season in innings pitched (33.0) and is tied for fifth on the club in strikeouts (24). Capuano made his second trip of the season to the 15-day DL with a strained back muscle Tuesday. The Dodgers sit 8.5 games back of Arizona in the NL West.

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, 3.78 ERA, 17 appearances, 16.2 IP, 14 K, 5 BB, .257 B/AVG
2013 Class-AAA Stats: 1-0, 4.66 ERA, 8 appearances, 9.2 IP, 7 K, 3 BB, .297 B/AVG
Burke closed the month of May on a strong note for the Mets, as he did not allow an earned run during his eight outings and 7.2 innings pitched. Throughout the first week of June, Burke has made two appearances, earning a no decision in each contest. In his most recent outing, Burke logged one inning of relief in the bottom of the eighth in a win over the Nationals. He allowed one hit, as he threw 19 pitches to keep the Mets margin intact. For the season, Burke is one of just three pitchers on the Mets roster to not allow a home run. The Mets are 10.0 games back of Atlanta in the NL East standings.

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: .264 AVG (19-for-72), 8 BB, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 5 Runs, .341 OBP
Freiman, the American League Rookie of the Month for May, continues to play well for Oakland in his first big league season. For the month of May, Freiman batted .351 (13-for-37) and posted nine RBI. Freiman helped the A’s to an extra inning win over the White Sox Saturday, as he recorded an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth inning. The triple is Freiman’s first this season, as he now owns 15 RBI for the campaign. In the field, Freiman owns a .992 fielding percentage on the season with just one charged error in 142.2 innings played. Oakland sits in second place in the AL West, 1.5 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: .281 AVG (32-for-114), 3 doubles, 15 RBI, 16 Runs, .341 OBP
Gallagher had a solid week for the Knights, as his batting average rose to.294 for the season. In a May 30 game against the Toledo Mud Hens, Gallagher went 3-for-4 and was a triple away from the cycle. In the bottom of the sixth, Gallagher hit a grand slam, as he finished the contest with four RBI to lead the Knights to victory. With runners on base, Gallagher is batting .344 (22-for-64), including 17 of his 19 RBI on the season. Gallagher, used as a utility player for the Knights, has played all three outfield positions this season, as well as first base. In the outfield, Gallagher owns a .972 fielding percentage in 35 games played.  

Alex Hassan l OF l Boston Red Sox
2009 MLB Draft: 20th Round (618th Overall) by the Boston Red Sox
2013 Team: Greenville Drive (Class-A South Atlantic League)
2013 MiLB Stats: .500 AVG (1-for-2), 0 Doubles, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 Runs, 2 BB, .750 OBP
Hassan came off the 7-day DL and was assigned to Class-A South Atlantic League Greenville Drive June 4. He played his first game for the Drive Tuesday against the Charleston RiverDogs. At the plate, Hassan was 1-for-2 with two walks and one run scored, while leading the Drive to a 6-2 victory. Hassan is listed on Boston’s 40-man roster to open the season. He was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike zone judgment in the Red Sox organization entering the 2012 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: .261 AVG (41-for-157), 9 Doubles, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 26 Runs, .366 OBP
Lemmerman continues to find success in his first season with Springfield, as he is currently riding a seven-game hit streak. He is batting .261 with 41 hits in 46 games he has played this season. In a May 31 contest against the Midland RockHounds, Lemmerman was 2-for-5 at the plate with a single and a double. He ranks second on the Cardinals roster in doubles (9), tied for third in home runs (6), fourth in slugging (.433) and fourth in OPS (.799).

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, 6.53 ERA, 16 appearances, 20.2 IP, 18 K, 16 BB, .280 B/AVG
Manno has made 16 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 18 batters while walking 16.

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 11 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 own a 4.5 game lead in the California League’s North Division. McCurdy was assigned to the 7-day DL May 28.  

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: 2-3, 36.0 IP, 5.00 ERA, 41 K, 16 BB, .285 B/AVG
O’Grady has been used as the top reliever for the Storm this season with 23 appearances on the year and 36.0 innings pitched. He picked up his second victory of the season against the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, as he pitched two innings and recorded one strikeout. He has gone two innings in each of his past nine appearances. For the month of May, O’Grady posted 23 strikeouts compared to just eight walks. For the season, O’Grady’s 41 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: .269 AVG (28-for-104), 5 Doubles, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 19 Runs, .408 OBP
Piwnica-Worms continues to shine for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, as he ranks second on the squad with an on-base percentage of .408. In a game Tuesday against Kannapolis, Piwnica-Worms was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a runs scored. In his 34 games with Hagerstown, Piwnica-Worms owns a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage playing the outfield.

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: 4 APP, 1-1, 6.00 ERA, 15.0 IP, 16 K, 4 BB, .317 B/AVG
Stroman made his fourth start of the season Tuesday for the Fisher Cats, where he earned a no decision in the contest against Akron. In the game, Stroman pitched five innings with three strike outs, one walk and allowing one earned run.