Local MLB update: Baez, Lowe, Slater have 2-homer weeks as season winds down

Detroit Tigers' Javier Baez watches his three-run home run off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Diekman during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Charles Rex Arbogast, Copyright 2022 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 Sept. 21 games.

Pos. Player, Local tie, MLB team, Notable

IF Javier Baez, Arlington CD, Tigers, Hitting .238 with 17 HR, 64 runs scored and 67 RBI. Homered against the Royals and Mariners since our last update.

P Bryan Baker, UNF, Orioles, Is 4-3 with 3.49 ERA, 76 Ks in 69.2 IP.

P Mike Baumann, JU, Orioles, Is 1-3 with 4.72 ERA, 23 Ks in 34.1 IP this season in the bigs.

P Dane Dunning, Clay, Rangers, Is 4-8 with 4.46 ERA with 137 Ks in 153.1 IP.

LF Ben Gamel, Bishop Kenny, Pirates, Hitting .232 with 46 RBI, 9 HR, 42 runs scored. Homered in Oct. 2 game against Cardinals.

P Mike Clevinger, Wolfson, Padres, Is 7-7 with 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 114.1 IP. Will finish season on 15-day injured list due to illness.

P Frank German, UNF, Red Sox, Called up to bigs on Sept. 17. Has made 5 appearances since call up (4 IP, 4 Ks, 18.00 ERA).

OF Austin Hays, JU, Orioles, Hitting .250 with 60 RBI, 16 HR, 66 runs scored.

P Justin Lawrence, First Coast/JU, Rockies, Is 3-1 with 5.70 ERA, 48 Ks in 42.21 IP.

1B Nathaniel Lowe, St. Johns River State College, Rangers, Hitting .302 with 27 HR, 76 RBI and 74 runs scored. Homered in games against the Angels and Mariners since our last update.

RP Darren O’Day, Bishop Kenny, Braves, Went 2-2 with 26 Ks, 4.15 ERA in 21.2 IP. Was put on 60-day injured list on Sept. 1 with calf muscle strain.

C Roberto Perez, Florida Gateway College, Pirates, Finished season 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 .264 with 7 HR, 49 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and 34 RBI this season. Homered in games against the Diamondbacks and Padres since our last update.

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

OF Myles Straw, SJRSC, Guardians, Hitting .222 with 72 runs scored, 32 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

P Adam Wainwright, Glynn Academy, Cardinals, Is 11-12 with 143 Ks, 3.71 ERA in 191.2 IP.


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