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July 2 Pro Ball Update: Program 15 Alums Excelling At The Next Level

July 3, 2019

A pair of New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 alums who are also first-round picks had big weeks. Imagine that.

While the Grayson Rodriguez hype train rightfully continues to gain momentum — he’s now allowed just one earned run while striking out 18 batters in his last three starts — it’s Noah “Bo” Naylor who has quietly turned his first full professional season around in a big way.

The Cleveland Indians prospect is on a tear; he’s riding a seven-game hitting streak, has at least one RBI in five of those seven games, and homered on June 25 and July 2 to now give him six on the season and eight for his pro career. He’s now hitting .244 for the season with a solid .738 OPS.

All stats are accurate as of July 2, 2019:

Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles, Delmarva (A-): 7-2, 2.18 ERA, 12 GS, 84 K, 16 BB, 62 IP

Noah “Bo” Naylor, Indians, Lake County (A-): 59 GP, .244, 6 HR, 35 RBI

Dominic Pipkin, Phillies, Lakewood (A-): 3-2, 5.24 ERA, 15 GP, 8 GS, 29 K, 26 BB, 44.2 IP

Damon Casetta-Stubbs, Mariners, Modesto (A+): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GP, 0 GS, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 1/3 IP + West Virginia (A-) 3-5, 7.11 ERA, 10 GP, 10 GS, 30 K, 12 BB, 38 1/3 IP + Everett (SS-A) 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 4 GP, 4 GS, 11 BB, 17 K, 18.2 IP

Mateo Gil, Cardinals, Palm Beach (A+): 2 GP, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI + Johnson City (R): 12 GP, .313, 2 HR, 9 RBI

Sean Guilbe, Padres, Tri-City (SS-A): 13 GP, .149, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Alberto Gonzalez, Reds, Billings (R): 4 GP, 0 GS, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP, 5 BB, 10 K.

Joel Ibarra, Dodgers, Dominican Summer League – Bautista (R): 16 GP, .182, 0 HR, 7 RBI

Wendell Marrero, Reds, AZL Reds: 10 GP, .324, 1 HR, 8 RBI

Daniel Espino, Indians, AZL Indians: 0 GP

Xavier Valentin, Rangers, Down East Wood: 0 GP

Yeancarlos Lleras, Orioles, GCL Orioles: 2 GP, 0-0, 12.27 ERA, 3.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K

Kyren Paris has signed a pro contract with the Angels, but yet to be assigned to a team.

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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