I skipped last week, please forgive me. Here’s a look at the German minor leaguers’ last week.
C Kai Gronauer (Las Vegas 51′s, AAA)
Gronauer was finally inserted into the starting lineup again and promptly delivered an RBI double. He also had himself a walk and was substituted for Lucas Duda in the 8th inning. Las Vegas went on to win 6-3 against the Salt Lake Bees and is sitting in 1st place of the PCL Pacific Southern division, which means they are playoff bound. Hopefully Gronauer will see some more at bats, maybe even in the postseason.
LF Donald Lutz (Pensacola Blue Whahoos, AA)
Lutz hit the 7-day DL after he suffered a broken finger on August 11th. The Blue Wahoos are dead last in the South Division of the Southern League, so depending on how he recovers the season might be over for him.
OF Max Kepler-Rosicky (Cedar Rapids Kernels, A)
Kepler went 7-21 with 8 RBI and 1 K over the past 7 days and is now hitting .250/.331/.440. He’s gotten a bit hotter over his past 10 games slashing .275/.341/.625 with 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB and 3 K. The Rapids are leading the Western Division of the Midwest League by 8 games, so he, too, might see action in the postseason.
RHP Daniel Thieben (Pulaski Mariners, Advanced Rookie)
After his desastrous outing on July 28th when he gave up 5 R in 1.1 IP Thieben has been pretty consistent for the Pulaski Mariners. In his last game he got himself into trouble allowing 1 H and 2 BB, but got out of his selfcreated mess himself to hold the opposition scoreless. His record now is 1-0 with a 5.89 ERA in 18.1 IP. His walk numbers are still a bit high with 21 and only 15 K. The Mariners are only 2.5 games out of first place behind the Bluefield Blue Jays, so he might have a shot at a postseason appearance as well.
RHP Markus Solbach (Windy City Thunderbolts, Frontier League, Independent)
Solbach has resurfaced with the T-Bolts after being released by the Twins in July. After getting primarily used as a reliever in Rookie ball he recently joined the starting rotation and has now started 3 games for Windy City (which actually is Crestwood, IL) and sports a 3-1 record with a 3.62 ERA. He appeared in 8 games, was used in the last inning two times and has a remarkable 27 K in 27.1 IP. His WHIP is a bit high with 1.207, but he seems to be doing awfully fine. Hopefully he’ll get another chance in some major league organization.