Pickens’s pro career off to a hot start
by Andy Collier
Jun 30, 2013 | 877 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yazoo City native Garrett Pickens has pitched lights out to begin his professional career for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

In his first three professional relief appearances, Pickens has recorded 1-0 record with a save and given up just one unearned run on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Pickens was picked up in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this month. Pickens pitched at DSU from 2011-13.

In triple-A action, Round Rock Express catcher Eli Whiteside has started to find his swing in recent days. Over his last nine games, Whiteside is hitting .300 (9-for-30) with a home run, eight RBIs and six runs. For the year, Whiteside is hitting .194 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and 16 runs in 42 games.

Round Rock is a triple-A affiliate in the Texas Rangers organization. Whiteside played at Delta State University from 1999-2001.

Iowa Cubs shortstop Edwin Maysonet has had some injury problems as he is currently on his second stint on the disabled list this month. Before going on the disabled list, Maysonet had hit safely in his last two games, going 2-for-6 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored during that stretch. In 40 games this year, Maysonet is hitting .260 with six home runs and 22 RBIs. He also has 26 hits with 14 runs scored.

Iowa is an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs organization. Maysonet played at Delta State in 2002 and 03.

In single-A advanced action, Brandon Hardin has pitched great baseball as of late for the Winston-Salem Dash. Over his last six outings, he has given up just two runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in 8 2/3 innings of work. Hardin’s ERA has dropped to 4.81. In 15 appearances this year, he has given up 31 hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts in 24.1 innings of work for Winston-Salem. He also has a 2-1 record with a save.

Winston-Salem is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization. Hardin pitched at Delta State in 2011 and 12.

In single-A action, Aaron Newcomb has continued to struggle on the mound for the Burlington Bees. Newcomb yielded five runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work in his outing against Cedar Rapids.

In 10 appearances, eight stars, Newcomb is 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA. In 47.1 innings of work, he has given up 60 hits with 16 walks and 26 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .309 against him.

Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels organization. Newcomb pitched at Delta State in 2011 and 12.

In Rookie League action, pitcher James Hudelson has struggled in his first two relief appearances for the Great Falls Voyagers this year. In six innings of work, Hudelson has given up seven runs, six earned, on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts. For the year, Hudelson has an ERA of 9.00.

Great Falls is part of the Pioneer League and is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization.

Hudelson pitched at Delta State in 2012.

In New York-Penn League action, Tri-City Valley Cats catcher Jon Carnahan went 0-for-2 against on June 20 in Tri-City’s 8-5 11-inning victory. Carnahan has played in two games for Tri-City this year and is 0-for-2 on the year.

The New-Penn League is a single-A short season league, and Tri-City is an affiliate of the Houston Astros organization.

Carnahan played at Delta State in 2011 and 12.

Andy Collier is the sports editor at The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at andy.collier@bolivarcommercial.com.