Pickens had been pitching with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and posted a 0.00 ERA with a 1-0 record and a save in three games. Pickens made his debut with the Canadians on Friday and had a tough time as he gave up a run on two hits in a third of an inning in Vancouver’s 5-4 loss to Hillsboro. Pickens ended up suffering the loss in relief. In his time with the GCL Blue Jays and Vancouver, Pickens is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four games. Vancouver is an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Pickens pitched at DSU from 2011-13.
In other short season single-A action, Tri-City Valley Cats catcher Jon Carnahan caught an inning against Lowell on Thursday, but didn’t get a chance to swing the bat as Tri-City lost the game 4-2. For the year, Carnahan is 0-for-2 in three games. Tri-City is an affiliate of the Houston Astros organization. Carnahan played at Delta State from 2011-12.
In the single-A Advanced League, Winston-Salem relief pitcher Brandon Hardin has found his groove. Over his last four outings, Hardin has yielded just two hits with no walks and a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings of work. Hardin has seen his ERA with Winston-Salem fall to 4.50. In 17 appearances with Winston-Salem, Hardin has given up 31 hits with just five walks and 14 strikeouts in 26 innings of work. He is also 2-1 with a save. Overall with Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, Hardin is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 24 games. Winston-Salem is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization. Hardin pitched at Delta State from 2011-12.
In other single-A advanced action, Brent Leach has found a spot again on a professional roster with the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League. On Friday, Leach made his debut for Brevard County and looked strong as he tossed two shutout innings of hitless baseball against the Daytona Cubs. Leach’s effort wasn’t enough as Dayton ended up winning 5-2. Leach is entering his ninth season of professional baseball. Brevard is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Leach pitched at Delta State in 2005.
In single-A action, Aaron Newcomb had another rough outing for the Burlington Bees in their game against Beloit on Monday. Newcomb gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of work in Burlington’s 8-3 loss at the hands of Beloit. Newcomb is currently 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA in 12 games (eight starts). Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels organization. Newcomb pitched at DSU from 2011-12.
In triple-A action, Round Rock Express catcher Eli Whiteside has gone back into a slump as he is only 1-for-20 at the plate over his last six games. Whiteside’s has seen his batting average drop to .176. In 49 games this year, he has four home runs with 20 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Round Rock is an affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization. Whiteside played at Delta State from 1999-2001.
In Rookie League action, Great Falls Voyagers relief pitcher James Hudelson has been on fire as of late. In his last two outings, Hudelson is 1-0 and has given up just one run on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. Hudelson has seen his ERA fall to 4.85. In four games this year, he has given up 11 hits with eight walks and nine strikeouts in 13 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .220 against him.
Great Falls is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization. Hudelson pitched at Delta State in 2012.
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