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Bite Watch: Heroes, hits and holes!
05/31/2017 10:43 PM ET
Josh Tols pitches himself out of a literal hole in Japan..
Josh Tols pitches himself out of a literal hole in Japan.. (Josh Tols Twitter/Japanese Baseball Challenge League)

It's been another big month for our past players with Brandon Maurer showing plenty of class as a first-choice MLB closer, while Ji-Man Choi and Jordan Cowan are yet to see their average drop below .300 in the Minors. Elsewhere, Alex Carter and Max MacNabb are dominating Europe, while Mason Pickard and Pitt Community College made an impressive NJCAA World Series run. Find out more below!



•M Steve Mintz - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)
The Wood Ducks are 20-31 and edging closer to elimination from top spot contention in the first half of the season. Their magic number is now nine with 18 games to play. Pitching wise, their stats match a team at the bottom, although on a personal level, reliever Brady Feigl has been one of the best for Mintz.

•P Devon Barker - Trebic Nuclears (Czech Extraliga)
In a young side which is fighting for wins at 4-18, Barker is responsible for three of those wins so far. Going 2-1 in his past three starts, Barker pitched 27 strikeouts over 24 innings, including seven in an 8-2 win (in which he pitched eight shutout innings).

•P Tyler Chappell - Trebic Nuclears (Czech Extraliga)
A run of three games with six combined innings of unearned runs was a recent highlight for Chappell, who has partnered Barker a few times in relief. He picked up a save in that same 8-2 win, while he threw 2 1/3 innings in a 10-5 win.

•P Max MacNabb - Skokani Olomouc (Czech Extraliga)
Averaging .286 with the bat and a 3.31 ERA, MacNabb has been playing some great all-round baseball. He's 5-3 for the season with Skokani 12-9 and has struck out 68 in 54 innings. Add in 20 hits, 12 runs and 13 RBIs and he's been a very handy player.

•P Taylor Hawkins - Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced, Florida League, Tampa Bay Rays)
After pitching a four inning save against Dunedin in mid-May (five hits, one run, two strikeouts), Hawkins took a couple of losses in his next two game. His most recent saw him make his first start of the season, however a 17-1 defeat saw Hawkins responsible for four hits and seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings.

•P Nate Roe - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League)
Roe is in contention for an Atlantic League All-Star berth thanks to his impressive 1.54 ERA through 17 relief appearances. Over 23 innings he's struck out 21 for the Bees (equal most for the Bees and similar to their main starters) and has allowed just four runs.

VOTE: All-star ballot

•P Chris Horne - Therwil Flyers (Swiss NLA)
Horne is 3-0 with the Flyers 8-1 and flying high at the top of the league. Currently he has the second most strikeouts in the league with 44 (from 29 innings), while offensively he's hitting .500 with nine hits, eight runs, six RBIs and two home runs.

•P Sean Callegari - Cologne Cardinals (German Baseball Bundesliga)
With just one win in 14, the Cardinals have had very little luck and Callegari has been on the receiving end of some big hits. He started in a 14-4 loss and many other results have gone the same way for Cologne.

•P Zach Cooper - Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League)
Striking out five in five innings, Cooper picked up a win in his opening start but has since taken two losses despite striking out a total of 14 hitters in 14 innings. With an 8.35 ERA, Cooper will definitely want to pitch some clean starts.

•C Marcus Greene Jr. - Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Class A, Midwest League, San Diego Padres)
Greene's been hitting .313 over his past 10 games, with 10 hits, five runs and five RBIs for the struggling Fort Wayne. His best moment came in a 2-1 loss to one of the top teams, West Michigan, when he drove in the opening run, before the opposition walked it off in the 10th.

•C Alex Carter - Montpellier Barracudas (Division Elite, France)
Montpellier are currently sitting in fourth with an 8-6 record and Carter has been one of their most consistent, hitting .333 through 12 games. He's got 15 hits, nine runs and 12 RBIs and has struck out just two times, while his .464 on base percentage ranks 10th in the league.

•C Jackson Brebner-Russ - Kotlarka Praha (Czech Extraliga)
Six starts in and Brebner-Russ has already picked up a 4-1 record in a quality Kotlarka side which is 12-10. His first loss, and most recent start, saw him fail to record a strikeout, but previously he'd tallied 36 in 33 innings.

•1B Josh Altmann - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)
It's a recurring theme for a struggling side, but the stats are never pretty for individual players when the wins are few and far in-between. Hitting .215, Altmann has managed some big hits with a team-high seven homers this season, including four in his last 12 games.

WATCH: Altmann homer 

•2B Jordan Cowan - Modesto Nuts (Class A Advanced, California League, Seattle Mariners)
After two hitless games, Cowan's average is in danger of dropping below .300 for the first time this season - a remarkable feat after 44 games. Playing in one of the more talented teams in the league, Cowan has been able to shine with 52 hits, 28 runs and 17 RBIs.

•OF LeDarious Clark - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)
After clubbing 16 doubles from 42 games, Clark sits second for doubles in the Carolina League. With an average just above .250 he has been one of the most consistent for Down East, although he would want to bring his strikeout rate down.

•2B Mitch Lightbody - Western Nebraska Community College
Lightbody has committed to Western Nebraska CC, with ABC Adelaide providing a great insight into the journey



•P Kevin Comer - Fresno Grizzlies (Triple A, Pacific Coast League, Houston Astros)
A couple of runs in consecutive games, and his first loss of the season, saw Comer's ERA rise above 1.00 for the first time this season; however it's back at 1.03 through some clean pitching. Snagging his second save of the season, Comer struck out three in two innings against Tacoma in one of his top outings this year.

•P Chris Dula - York Revolution (Atlantic League of Baseball)
Dula's time with the Gateway Grizzlies ended after a month when he was released by the club, and has only just signed for York.

•P Josh Tols - Niigata Albirex (Baseball Challenge League, Japan)
We don't have any stats for Tols as this level of baseball is all in Japanese… but we do know he's been pitching out of holes (literally) and was named a player of the month in May thanks to his Twitter:

•P Kody Kerski - Modesto Nuts (Class A Advanced, California League, Seattle Mariners)
Another player who showed huge promise while in Australia, Kerski has been released by the Mariners after a whirlwind fortnight of baseball. Moving through Class A and Triple A, Kerski went from Modesto, to Clinton, to Tacoma, and back to Modesto, and despite a good performance in his brief Triple A debut, his Minor League time ended after pitching a save for Modesto on May 24.

•P Wilson Lee - Bonn Capitals (German Baseball Bundesliga)
Lee has been one of the key players for Bonn, who are once again the pace setters in Germany. He struck out five in a 12-2 win on the 25th while he also fanned six in a 4-1 win on the 21st.

•C Mason Pickard - Pitt Community College
A superb run for Pitt CC saw the Bulldogs reach the NJCAA Div II World Series, where they finished in the top six an just missed out on a final four berth. A regular season record of 41-7 gave them the Region 10 title and a #3 seed at the World Series bracket. Over 40 appearances (with a 17 game win streak for Pitt included), Pickard hit .340 with 35 hits, 35 runs, 29 RBIs, 10 doubles and three homers. It was a great debut college season for Pickard.

•1B Kyle Petty - Arkansas Travellers (Double A, Texas League, Seattle Mariners)
Hitless in his past four, Petty will be aiming for a return to form after one impressive hit-out saw him drive in two runs as Arkansas won 7-1. He's currently hitting .225 but is capable of hitting above .250 if his consistency comes back.

WATCH: Petty drives in two 

•2B Travis Demeritte - Mississippi Braves (Double A, Southern League, Atlanta Braves)
His form has bounced between hit and miss but with seven homers, 12 doubles and 45 hits Demeritte has showcased some of his best work. Now playing alongside former Melbourne Ace import, Ronald Acuna, Demeritte has some great support at the top of the order.

WATCH: Demeritte surges for an inside the park home run 

•OF John Schultz - Evansville Otters (Frontier League)
Mashing a .319 average for Evansville, Schultz ranks third in his side for hits (12) and first in RBIs (11) and runs (15) after 13 games. It's a great start for the slugger and after making All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2015, we could well see him back there in 2017.

•OF Gary Owens - Heidenhiem Heidekopfe (German Baseball Bundesliga)
Powering along at 14-4, Owens has been playing alongside Bandits Mitch Nilsson and Justin Erasmus with the trio helping their side to a 7-0 win the other week. Owens has been crushing homers and picking up valuable outs on the mound, although he pitched a loss in a 6-5 defeat for the division leaders.



•P Tony Vocca - Florence Freedom (Frontier League)
A loss in his most recent start has put a downer on things, but Vocca's 10K outing through six innings on May 18 was superb. He gave up just two runs and one hit in a 7-2 win as Florence cruised past Southern Illinois.

•P Craig Stem - Bravos de Leon (Mexican League)
Finding some consistency has been tough for Stem and his 7.85 ERA reflects that. 15 strikeouts, 27 hits and 16 runs in 18 1/3 innings is definitely far from his best.

•C Rocky Gale - El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple A, Pacific Coast League, San Diego Padres)
Gale's been hitting well in 2017 with a recent six game hit-streak helping his average stay on the right side of .250. With 30 hits, 13 runs and 11 RBIs in 35 games, it hasn't been a standout season with the bat but his catching has been near perfect.

•2B Brandon Dixon - Louisville Bats (Triple A, International League, Cincinnati Reds)
After a surge of form through late April to early May, Dixon's bat has been struggling to find space out in the field. Averaging .228, his walk-off single on the 21st and a two hit, two RBI game on the 24th have been his best outings lately.

WATCH: Dixon walks it off 

•SS Austin Wobrock -Florence Freedom (Frontier League)
With an average just below .200, Wobrock has hit a good patch with three runs, four hits and one RBI in his past four games after a slower start to the season,

•DH/M Craig Maddox - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League)
Like his teammate, Roe, Maddox is up for a spot at the All-Star game. He's hitting .230 after 38 games with 34 hits, 14 runs and 16 RBIs, which puts him amongst the top hitters at New Britain.

VOTE: All-Star Ballot



•P David Holman - Hartford Yard Goats (Double A, Eastern League, Colorado Rockies)
Transferred between Hartford and Short Season Boise, Holman has only pitched two innings total for the Yard Goats throughout May. He threw 2/3 innings on the 29th.

•2B Brock Hebert - Arkansas Travellers (Double A, Texas League, Seattle Mariners)
Hebert is out of affiliated ball after the Mariners cut him loose last month with a .171 average.

•1B Chris Jacobs - Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association)
He's making it look far too easy! After 11 games, Jacobs is crushing it with a .455 average, a 10 game hit-streak and three, three-hit games. In total he has 20 hits, 11 RBIs, eight runs and three homers with a .529 OBP.



•P Andrew Kittredge - Durham Bulls (Triple A, International League, Tampa Bay Rays)
The Bulls are 29-19 and in first place in their division with Kittredge pitching a 2.10 ERA through 16 games. A recent two-inning relief appearance saw him grab his first win of the season as Durham won 6-5 over Rochester.

•OF Quincy Latimore - Rieleros de Aguascalientes (Mexican League)
After hitting .240 at Class A Lakeland in the Detroit system, Latimore ended his 11 year run in the Minors with a move down to Mexico. He played Double A from 2011-16, and has now brought his talent to Rieleros where he is hitting .255 with 13 hits, eight runs and seven RBIs in 13 appearances.

•1B Ji-Man Choi - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (Triple A, International League, New York Yankees)
An injury interrupted month saw Choi lose some of his momentum, but he is still hitting .323 after 31 games. In his five games since returning from injury he has two hits ,one run and one RBI.



•P Ryan Beckman - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double A, Southern League, Miami Marlins)
An ERA around 7.00 is never a good sign and Beckman is finding it tough in relief despite a run of five scoreless appearances. If he can keep that form alive then his stats will drop to match his best pitching.

•P Wayne Ough - Solingen Alligators (German Baseball Bundesliga)
Ough picked up a win in a superb complete game shutout against Paderborn on the 28th, striking out 14 in a 1-0 win which saw him give up just four hits. With Solingen 11-5 and two games behind their divisional leaders, Bonn, Ough and his side could be in for a very good season.

•P Derrick Miramontes - Bravos de Leon (Mexican League)
Miramontes has been moved around a bit this season in the Mexican League, and is now on loan to Bravos de Leon. In total, he's made 16 appearances with a 6.75 ERA - that includes 31 hits, 18 runs and 20 strikeouts in 24 innings worth of work.



P Brandon Maurer - San Diego Padres (National League West)
May was tough as Maurer picked up a couple of losses thanks to a total of 15 hits and 11 runs in 10 2/3 innings, although a good finish has him in form for June. Back to back saves against Washington and the Chicago Cubs are a great way to get back on top.

WATCH: Maurer notches another save

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