Hardin, Leach going strong
by Andy Collier
Aug 03, 2013 | 1036 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Delta State University pitcher and current Winston-Salem Dash reliever Brandon Hardin has steadily improved as the season has progressed.

Hardin, after posting a 5.27 ERA in the month of May, posted a 3.97 ERA in June and a 2.45 ERA in July with three saves. In 25 appearances for Winston Salem, Hardin is 2-1 with four saves and a 3.86 ERA. He has given up 48 hits with just seven walks and 21 strikeouts in 39.2 innings of work for the Dash in single-A advanced.

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

Brent Leach, is currently pitching for the Nashville Sounds in triple-A. He started the year pitching for Brevard County in the single-A advanced league, but was promoted to Huntsville in AA and now he has moved up to Nashville in triple-A. For Nashville this season, he has given up one run in 1 2/3 innings of work in three games. In 10 games, with Brevard County, Huntsville and Nashville, Leach is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 10 games. He has given up just eight hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.

Nashville is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Leach pitched at Delta State University in 2005.

In other triple-A action, Iowa Cubs shortstop Edwin Maysonet had a tough month of July as he hit .148 (4-for-27) with two RBIs and nine strikeouts in seven games. For the season, Maysonet is hitting .236 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 47 games. Maysonet his hit well in the clutch as he is hitting .267 with men in scoring position.

Iowa is an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs organization. In his profession career in Minor and Major Leagues combined, he has roped 877 hits, which put him 23 away from 900.

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

Catcher Eli Whiteside has had a hard time getting his swing down for the Round Rock Express in triple-A action. Over his last 43 games, Whiteside is hitting .131 (19-for-144) with just one home run and 15 RBIs. For the year, Whiteside is hitting .165 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 57 games.

Round Rock is an affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization. Whiteside played at DSU from 1999-2001.

In single-A short season action, Garrett Pickens has done good work out of the bullpen for the Vancouver Canadians. Over his last five appearances, Pickens has given up just one hit with five strikeouts and just two walks in 6 1/3 shutout innings of work. In 10 appearances with Vancouver this year, Pickens is 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA. In 13.2 innings of work, Pickens has given up 12 hits with seven walks and nine strikeouts.

Vancouver is an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Pickens pitched at Delta State from 2011-13.

In rookie league action, reliever James Hudelson pitched well for the Great Falls Voyagers in the month of July. In six games in the July, Hudelson was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA. In nine games this year, Hudelson is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA. In 28.1 innings of work, he has given up 20 hits with 13 walks and 26 strikeouts. Even though opponents are hitting .261 off of him, Hudelson has pitched well in crunch has the league is hitting just .176 with men in scoring position against him.

Great Falls is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization. Hudelson pitched at Delta State in 2012.

Aaron Newcomb, who pitched for the Burlington Bees in single-A, and Jon Carnahan, who was a catcher for the Tri-City Valley Cats in single-A short season, were released last month.

Newcomb and 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.