June was a month of all-star selections and promotions as St. Bonaventure baseball alumni continued to climb the professional ranks. Three Bonnies are currently playing Double-A, a total that is believed to be the most at one time in the modern era of Bonnies baseball (since 1952). Read below for an update on our #NextLevelBonnies:
Connor Grey – RHP, Jackson Generals (Arizona Diamondbacks 'AA')
Grey started his season in Double-A late in May, earning a promotion to the Jackson (Tenn.) Generals of the Southern League. So far this season, Grey is 2-0 with the Generals with a 3.20 ERA while appearing both as a starter and a reliever. He's made eight appearances with the club, including three starts, striking out 19 in 25.1 innings. He also has thrown in two games for Triple-A Reno, just one step from the majors. He pitched for Reno on June 25, throwing two scoreless innings out of the bullpen while allowing just one hit in a shutout win for the Aces.
Steven Klimek – RHP, Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles 'AA')
After over a year of excelling at the High-A level with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League, Klimek earned himself a call-up to the Double-A level as well with a trip to the Bowie (MD) Baysox of the Eastern League. His promotion came after a well-earned spot on the Carolina League All-Star rosters, though, after posting a 4-1 record with a 2.48 ERA in 17 relief appearances this season. He struck out 31 batters in 32.2 innings and limited Carolina League opposition to a .190 batting average against and in the league's All-Star Game he tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. He made just one appearance with Bowie so far following his late June call-up before landing on the 7-day injured list, however.
Cole Peterson – SS, Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers 'AA')
Peterson finished the month of May with a promotion to Double-A and a homecoming as he returned to his native Pennsylvania with the Erie SeaWolves, members of the Eastern League. He started the season by hitting .292 with 14 RBIs and 11 stolen bases at High-A Lakeland before being promoted and started off hot with his new team. Through 24 games at the Double-A level, Peterson was hitting .240 while playing at spots around the diamond – starting at second and third base along with his natural shortstop. He's helped turn 20 double plays this year and has a .978 fielding percentage.
Aaron Phillips – SP, San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants 'A+')
Phillips was named the California League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 2 after striking out five in six innings without allowing a run on just one hit. That start completed a string of four straight appearances where he went 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA, allowing only three earned runs in 22 innings. Following that run, he earned a spot in the California League All-Star Game where he helped the North Division team to a win with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen – he did not allow a baserunner and struck out one. For the year, Phillips is 4-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 14 games including 11 starts where he has struck out 52 batters in 60.2 innings.
Bubba Hollins – 3B, Clinton LumberKings (Miami Marlins 'A')
Back from a hamstring injury that cost him nearly a month of action, Hollins continues his strong season in the Midwest League for the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings. In 41 games this season, Hollins was hitting .303 with a .369 on-base percentage along with 10 RBIs and nine doubles. A regular at the hot corner, Hollins had started 32 games at third base. Listen: Interview with Hollins on his 2019 season so far
Tommy LaCongo – C, Eastside Diamond Hoppers (United Shore Professional Baseball League)
LaCongo has made 20 starts playing in the Michigan-based professional league where he was hitting .231 at the end of the month with seven RBIs and a .351 on-base percentage.
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