Local MLB update: Justin Lawrence back up in bigs with Rockies

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Justin Lawrence throws in the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s very good representation of local products in at the highest level of professional baseball.

Each Thursday, News4JAX will update players in Major League Baseball. What about guys who are playing minor league baseball? We’ve got you covered there, too. Local minor league prospects will be updated Friday’s during the season.

Local MLB player update

Checking in on how players with area ties are doing in Major League Baseball in 2022. Stats are through July 27 games.

Pos. Player, Local tie, MLB team, Notable

IF Javier Baez, Arlington CD, Tigers, Hitting .218 with 9 HR, 37 runs scored and 38 RBI.

P Bryan Baker, UNF, Orioles, Is 3-3 with 3.83 ERA, 46 Ks in 42.1 IP.

P Mike Baumann, JU, Orioles, Is 1-2 with 4.50 ERA, 9 Ks in 12 IP this season in the bigs. Back in Triple-A where he’s 1-5.

P Dane Dunning, Clay, Rangers, Is 1-6 with 4.38 ERA with 89 Ks in 100.2 IP. Hasn’t won since April 30.

LF Ben Gamel, Bishop Kenny, Pirates, Hitting .245 with 23 RBI, 4 HR, 12 doubles, 27 runs.

P Mike Clevinger, Wolfson, Padres, Is 2-3 with 3.38 ERA, 53 Ks in 53.1 IP. Has lost three straight decisions.

OF Austin Hays, JU, Orioles, Hitting .263 with 47 RBI, 12 HR, 47 runs scored.

P Justin Lawrence, First Coast/JU, Rockies, Is 1-1 with 5.17 ERA, 20 Ks in 15.2 IP. Recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on July 26.

1B Nathaniel Lowe, St. Johns River State College, Rangers, Hitting .274 with 14 HR, 42 RBI and 44 runs scored. Has homered twice since return from all-star break.

RP Darren O’Day, Bishop Kenny, Braves, Is 2-2 with 26 Ks, 4.15 ERA in 21.2 IP. Was put on 15-day injured list with calf muscle strain on July 13.

C Roberto Perez, Florida Gateway College, Pirates, Remains on 60-day injured list with hamstring strain after going on it May 7. Hitting .233 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 runs scored.

P Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood, Mets, Suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in late April and underwent Tommy John surgery, putting him out for the season. Was 0-0 with 5.40 ERA, 8 Ks in 10 IP.

OF Austin Slater, Bolles, Giants, Hitting .287 with 5 HR, 34 runs scored and 22 RBI this season.

OF DJ Stewart, Bolles, Orioles, Was hitless in 3 at-bats before being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

OF Myles Straw, SJRSC, Guardians, Hitting .219 with 53 runs scored, 17 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

P Adam Wainwright, Glynn Academy, Cardinals, Is 7-8 with 99 Ks, 3.28 ERA in 123.1 IP.


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.