All German players have started their season now, so let’s take a look at what’s new.
LF Donald Lutz (Cincinnati Reds)
Lutz’s playing time diminished even further as he only appeared in two games last week. As always his role was that of a pinch hitter. He went 0-2 with 1K. I doubt he’ll see extended playing time in the near future and everything seems to be pointing to a demotion. Since he came from AA the obvious choice would be to send him back there, but maybe he’ll just drop to AAA. Hopefully he’ll get a few more big hits.
C Kai Gronauer (Las Vegas 51′s, AAA)
Gronauer finally appeared in a game yesterday, the first time since May 30th. He went 1-3 with 2K against Tacoma who had Danny Hultzen on the mound. So that might explain why the 51’s only mustered 3H in that game. And, well, Gronauer had one of those three. Which is good, I guess.
OF Max Kepler-Rosicky (Cedar Rapids Kernels, A)
Looks like Mr Kepler’s feeling a little homesick.
But that didn’t keep him from getting hot over the past week. In six games he’s had 9H. Six of those hits being XBH and two of those XBH being home runs. Which translates into a slash line of .310/.394/.655. Just by the way, he’s had himself 7RBI. Things are looking good for Mr Kepler, so right now he can concentrate on other question.
RHP Daniel Thieben (Pulaski Mariners, Advanced Rookie)
Thieben tossed another scoreless inning of relief against the Bluefield Blue Jays. His ERA is still at 0.00.
Markus Solbach (GCL Twins, Rookie)
Solbach was able to cut off a serious slice from his ERA by throwing two shutout innings of relief on June 26th against the Orioles. He surrendered 3H, but didn’t give up a run, lowering his ERA to 3.00.
Since Julsan Kamara will join the Phillies in 2014 I will leave him off this list for the time being.