Down on the farm: Recent area draft picks sign, head to minors

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The area is well-represented in professional baseball. Each Friday during the season, we’ll update how area players are doing in minor league baseball. Want to know how local products are doing in Major League Baseball? That update is published on Thursday. All stats are through July 27 games.

How locals are faring in the minor leagues

Pos., Player, Local tie, Level, Team, MLB affiliate

P, Skylar Arias, Oakleaf, High-A, Winston-Salem, White Sox, Is 1-0 with 23 Ks, 0.71 ERA, save in 12.2 IP in 11 games this season. Is 13-5 in his minor league career.

P, Hunter Barco, Bolles, TBA, TBA, Pirates, Recent second-round draft pick has not been placed in the minors after signing.

P, Michael Baumann, JU, Triple-A, Norfolk, Orioles, Is 1-5 with 4.93 ERA, 51 Ks in 38.1 IP this season in the minors. Is 1-2 with 4.50 ERA, 9 Ks in 12 IP in the majors this year.

P Kyle Bird, Flagler, Triple-A, Tacoma, Mariners, Is 2-1 with 8.20 ERA, 26 Ks in 26.1 IP.

P, Bo Bonds, Suwannee, TBA, TBA, Blue Jays, Recent draft pick signed with Toronto on July 26; still awaiting minor league placement.

P, Zach Bryant, JU, Double-A, Portland, Red Sox, Is 1-4 with 26 Ks, 8.01 ERA in 30.1 IP.

IF, Tyler Callihan, Providence, High-A, Dayton, Reds, Hitting .251 with 3 HR, 16 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

P, Blair Calvo, Nease/Flagler, Double-A, Hartford, Rockies, Remains unbeaten (3-0) with 21 Ks, 3.78 ERA in 16.2 IP and on 7-day injured list where he’s been since June 3.

LF, Willie Carter, Fort White, High-A, Rome, Braves, Hitting .231 with 19 RBI, 15 runs scored and 2 SBs.

P, Bradford Depperman, UNF, High-A, South Bend, Cubs, Is 2-1 with 17 Ks, 3.55 ERA in 12.2 IP. Has been on 7-day injured list since June 4.

CF, Donnie Dewees, UNF, Triple-A, Tennessee, Cubs, Hitting .286 with 6 RBI, HR, 8 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. Hasn’t played since April 27 due to injury. Transferred from 7-day injured list to 60-day injured list on June 25.

P, Austin Drury, UNF, Double-A, Tulsa, Dodgers, Is 4-1 with 4.34 ERA, 30 Ks in 37.1 IP.

IF, Max Ferguson, Bolles, High-A, Fort Wayne, Padres, Hitting .220 with 74 runs scored, 5 HR, 48 RBI and 54 stolen bases.

P, JC Flowers, Trinity Christian, Double-A, Altoona, Pirates, Is 5-5 with 43 Ks, 2.85 ERA, 3 saves in 53.2 IP.

P, Chris Gau, JU/University Christian, Double-A, Montgomery, Rays, Is 3-1 with 42 Ks, 3.35 ERA, save in 40.1 IP. Placed on 7-day injured list on July 26.

P, Frank German, UNF, Triple-A, Worcester, Red Sox, Is 4-2 with 2.97 ERA, 47 Ks in 33.1 IP.

P, Zach Greene, Atlantic Coast, Triple-A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees, Is 7-0 with 4.50 ERA, 56 Ks in 42 IP.

C, Nathan Hickey, Providence, High-A, Greenville, Red Sox, Hitting .272 with 45 RBI, 8 HR, 36 runs scored.

P, Michael Darrell-Hicks, JU, TBA, TBA, Angels, Recent undrafted free agent signee has not yet been placed yet in farm system.

P, AJ Labas, Trinity Christian, Class-A, Fort Myers, Twins, Has been on 60-day injured list since last October with herniated disc.

OF, Todd Lott, First Coast/Trinity Christian, High-A, Peoria, Cardinals, Hitting .213 with 28 RBI, 8 HR, 41 runs scored.

CF, Austin Martin, Trinity Christian, Double-A, Wichita, Twins, Hitting .249 with 18 RBI, 22 stolen bases and 44 runs scored. Placed on 7-game injured list on July 5.

P, Chris Mauloni, Oakleaf/JU, High-A, West Michigan, Tigers, Has not seen action this season as he remains on the injured list. Is 3-5 with a pair of saves, 87 Ks, 4.34 ERA in one season of minor league ball.

IF, Hueston Morrill, Suwannee, TBA, TBA, Yankees, Recent free agent signee has not been placed yet in minor leagues.

OF, Tanner Murphy, Bartram Trail/UNF, Class-A, St. Lucie, Mets, Hitting .245 with 9 RBI, 11 runs scored. Came off 7-day injured list July 26.

P Tyler Myrick, Columbia, Class-A, San Jose Giants, Giants, Is 2-3 with 25 Ks, 5 saves, 3.76 ERA in 26.1 IP.

C, Brian Navarreto, Arlington CD, Triple-A, Nashville, Brewers, Hitting .286 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored, 2 HR.

P, Trent Palmer, JU, Double-A, New Hampshire, Blue Jays, Is 2-3 with 3.90 ERA, 69 Ks in 55.1 IP. Put on 7-day injured list on July 4.

P, Zach Rafuse, Baker County, High-A, Lansing, Athletics, Has not played this season. Currently on 60-day injured list.

P, Tyler Santana, JU, Class-A, Myrtle Beach, Cubs, Lost first minor league game of his career on July 24. Is 7-1 with 69 Ks, save, 2.31 ERA in 69 IP.

OF, DJ Stewart, Bolles, Triple-A, Norfolk, Orioles, Hitting .321 with 4 HR, 14 runs scored, 12 RBI. Had 3 at-bats in the bigs this season before being sent to Triple-A. Remains on 7-day injured list.

P, Spencer Stockton, JU, Double-A, Chattanooga, Is 4-1 with 47 Ks, 2.93 ERA in 43 IP.

2B, L.J. Talley, Charlton County, Triple-A, Buffalo, Hitting .249 with 28 RBI, 30 runs scored, 5 HR, 5 stolen bases.

2B, Brett Wisely, Sandalwood, Double-A, Montgomery, Rays, Hitting .261 with 10 HR, 33 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 51 runs scored.

OF, Jacob Young, Ponte Vedra, Fredericksburg, Class-A, Nationals, Hitting .241 with 32 stolen bases, 31 RBI and 80 runs scored.


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.