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April 28 Pro Ball Update: Program 15 Alums Excelling At The Next Level

April 28, 2019

Of the nine alums of the inaugural International Week event that have gone on to professional baseball, four are currently active, and this week it was Dominic Pipkin and especially Damon Casetta-Stubbs (pictured) that were making waves.

Pipkin picked up his first win at the A-Ball level on Saturday, spinning four scoreless, hitless frames for the Lakewood BlueClaws in their win at Hickory.

As for Casetta-Stubbs, after a scoreless outing in High-A on April 11, he was assigned to the Mariners Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, and turned heads with five nearly perfect innings to earn his first professional win.

The big 19-year-old righty didn’t allow a hit or walk a batter, with only a hit by pitch marring an outing in which he struck out four batters on a very prospect-laden Columbia roster, including Mets top infield prospect Ronny Mauricio.

Grayson Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since the last update, but is reportedly on an innings limit and was simply skipped in the rotation as a result.

All stats are accurate as of April 27, 2019:

Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles, Delmarva (A-): 3-0, 0.54 ERA, 28 K, 6 BB, 16 2/3 IP
Noah “Bo” Naylor, Indians, Lake County (A-): 16 GP, .203, 0 HR, 6 RBI
Dominic Pipkin, Phillies, Lakewood (A-): 1-1, 4.41 ERA, 5 GP, 2 GS, 13 K, 9 BB, 16 1/3 IP
Damon Casetta-Stubbs, Mariners, Modesto (A+): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 1/3 IP + West Virginia (A-) 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 4 K, 0 BB

Mateo Gil, Yeancarlos Lleras, Sean Guilbe, Alberto Gonzalez, Xavier Valentin are all either in extended spring training or expected to be assigned to short-season teams.

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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