Shortstop Edwin Maysonet has had a long career in professional baseball.
He is currently in his 12th season of pro ball as he is currently playing the Somerset Patriots in the Independent League. With the long career, he is approaching a key milestone as he is approaching 1,000 career hits. With 56 hits for Somerset, Maysonet has 956 hits for a career that has seen him play in all levels of professional baseball including two Major League stints with Houston (2008, 09) and Milwaukee (2012). His lifetime batting average in the Major League is .265 in 76 games, and his lifetime batting average in the Minor Leagues and Independent leagues combined is .253.
He has played in 1,140 games in his professional career. Maysonet missed a little over a month at Somerset due to an injured wrist, but has played in each of the last two games, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He is currently hitting .231 in 69 games for the Patriots. In the infield (68 games shortstop, 1 game first base), Maysonet has committed just eight errors in 325 chances for .975 fielding percentage. Maysonet has committed just 146 errors in 4,784 fielding changes for a career fielding percentage of .969 in his professional career.
Maysonet has a chance to reach 1,000 career hits before the season is out, but he’ll have to go on a hot streak. The Patriots have 29 regular season games remaining, and Maysonet will have to get 44 hits. When it comes to baseball, there’s not telling what could happen.
Maysonet played at Delta State in 2002 and 03.
In triple-A action, former DSU hurler Brent Leach has continued to pitch well for the Nashville Sounds. Leach has had a great August by giving up just one run on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings of work for an ERA of 1.50 in seven games. For the season in Nashville, Leach is 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 54 games. He has given up 23 runs, 20 earned, on 47 hits with 21 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .251 against him.
Nashville is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Leach pitched at Delta State in 2005.
In triple-A action, Former DSU catcher Eli Whiteside is having a rough time with the Iowa Cubs. Whiteside is hitting .194 in 55 games played. Whiteside played at Delta State from 1999-2001.
In double-A action, Brandon Hardin is currently pitching for the Birmingham Barons. In 19 games with Barons, he is 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA. Hardin has given up 17 runs on 34 hits with 14 walks and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings of work.
With the Winston-Salem Dash earlier this season, Hardin faired a little better by going 0-1 with five saves and a 1.65 ERA in 17 games.
Birmingham is an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox organization. Hardin pitched at Delta State in 2011 and 12.
In single-A action, former DSU pitcher and current Vancouver Canadians pitcher Garrett Pickens has been on the 60-day disabled list due to an injury and hasn’t pitched in a game since June 30. In four games at Vancouver, Pickens gave up just two unearned runs on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Vancouver is an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Pickens pitched at DSU from 2011-13.
In Rookie League action, former DSU standout Carlos Leal has had a tough go of it pitching for the Arizona League Brewers. Leal gave up six earned runs and five hits in two innings in his first two appearances. Leal has pitched since by tossing 3 1/3 shutout innings over his last three appearances, but he still has an ERA of 10.80.
Leal played at Delta State in 2013 and 14.
Former DSU pitcher Taylor Stark has had to make an adjustment to pro ball as well. Stark has a 5.40 ERA in six games for the Arizona League Brewers. Stark has given up four runs on nine hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at the Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.