The first month and a half of the professional baseball season has been a productive one for St. Bonaventure alumni including a pair of promotions. Read below for updates on each of Bona's professional baseball players. Click on each individual player name for their minor league bio page.
Connor Grey - SP, Jackson Generals (AA, Arizona Diamondbacks)
After getting a late assignment following spring training, Grey started his season with a promotion to Double-A Jackson (Tenn.) of the Southern League. He made his debut with Jackson on May 19 and got the win out of the bullpen with two innings of work, striking out two. After that, he got a spot appearance with Triple-A Reno, his second career outing at the Triple-A level, pitching with the Aces on May 20. Grey returned to Jackson and threw 4.1 innings of one-run ball in relief on May 25, lowering his ERA with the Generals to 2.84. For his career as of May 29, he has a 3.89 ERA and 24 wins in the Diamondbacks organization.
Cole Peterson - SS, Erie SeaWolves (AA, Detroit Tigers)
Peterson made it a second Bonnies alum to receive a promotion to Double-A when he got the call up on May 28. Peterson's promotion sends the Pennsylvania native close to home with Erie of the Eastern League. Peterson earned his call up with an outstanding showing at High-A Lakeland in the Florida State League, hitting .292 in 45 games. The Bonnies product was frequently leading off in a lineup that also included Kody Clemens, driving in 14 runs and stealing 11 bases. Last year, Peterson was an All-Star in the Midwest League and earned the Detroit Tigers organizational Gold Glove for shortstops. With Lakeland, he made just three errors in 162 chances and posted a .981 fielding percentage while turning 18 double plays.
Among the latest promotions, @BonniesBaseball alum and #Tigers 2017 draftee Cole Peterson was promoted to AA.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) May 29, 2019
The native of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania is expected to have a lot of family in attendance.
Peterson joins Derek Hill for the flashiest defensive INF/OF duo in the org.
Steven Klimek - RP, Frederick Keys (A+, Baltimore Orioles)
Klimek has been dominant out of the bullpen this spring for Frederick (MD) of the Carolina League. For the season, he's 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 13 appearances. Over his first 25.1 innings of the year, he surrendered just four earned runs while striking out 23 and holding opponents to a .180 batting average against. His last 10 outings through May 27 saw him go 4-0 with an 0.86 ERA over 21.0 innings for the High-A affiliate of the Orioles. In his minors career, he has 20 wins with a 3.13 career ERA in 122 appearances.
Steve Klimek (@greecearcadia @bonniesbaseball) worked the final two innings of High-A Frederick's game today. He walked two and struck out two, earning the win to move to 4-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.48. @PickinSplinters @TrabsMatt— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) May 24, 2019
Aaron Phillips - SP, San Jose Giants (A+, San Francisco Giants)
Phillips has been on the upswing in the last couple of weeks with San Jose of the California League. Early season struggles left him with a 2-4 record and 5.02 ERA over his first nine starts, striking out 32 in 37.2 innings. In his last three starts, though, he had allowed just a combined three earned runs - May 11 at Lake Elsinore, he got the win with six innings of scoreless work, striking out four, walking two and allowing only three hits. It was more of the same May 16 vs. Inland Empire (5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and May 23 at Modesto as he earned another win (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).
RECAP: It's a series win in Modesto with tonight's 6-1 victory! Bryce Johnson went 4-for-4 at the plate, Peter Maris homered while Aaron Phillips & John Gavin impressed on the mound. https://t.co/LSiY9JoOxt— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) May 24, 2019
Bubba Hollins - 3B, Clinton LumberKings (A, Miami Marlins)
Hollins unfortunately missed the majority of the month with an injury. He last played on May 1, but before that had gotten off to an outstanding start - his slash line of .358/.427/.522 led to a .949 OPS over the first 19 games of the season. In the first month of the year, among hitters with at least 70 at-bats, Hollins' April batting ranked second and his OBP ranked fifth in the Midwest League.
.@Bubba_Hollins: the best name in the #Marlins system you may have never heard of. But after a �� April, you should probably get to know him. We're here to help. ��— Fish On The Farm (@marlinsminors) May 20, 2019
The @LumberKings' infielder is our first Prospect Of The Month this year.https://t.co/LoiQ9d1M2h#JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/0BztUnb4Pu
Tommy LaCongo - C, Eastside DiamondHoppers (USPBL)
The United Shore Professional Baseball League season got underway in May and LaCongo picked up where he left off last season when he was an All-Star in the league. He started all of the team's first eight games behind the plate, hitting .276 with three RBIs and a .344 on-base percentage.
Ryan MacCarrick - OF, Eastside DiamondHoppers (USPBL)
MacCarrick signed a pro contract during the month of May and joined his former Bonnies teammate in the USPBL. He got three starts and played in six games during the month.
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