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July 9 Pro Ball Update: Program 15 Alums Excelling At The Next Level

July 9, 2019

Besides Grayson Rodriguez’s stellar showing in the Futures Game, several other New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 alums put together strong weeks.

Sean Guilbe finally started to show off the kind of power that made his home run in the inaugural International Week event go viral with two longballs for the Tri-City Dust Devils. He hit solo shots on July 4 and 6, but also raised his batting average 54 points in just four days.

Alberto Gonzalez has now put together three straight scoreless outings for the Billngs Mustangs, including a dazzling effort on Sunday in which he struck out six batters in 3 1/3 hitless frames.

Fellow Reds farmhand Wendell Marrero continued his hot start to his pro career with consecutive three-hit games on Friday and Saturday with Cincinnati’s AZL affiliate.

And Yeancarlos Lleras, who captured the imaginations of many scouts in Sugar Land at the inaugural International Week event as a hard throwing reliever, returned to starting with the Orioles’ GCL affiliate and didn’t allow a run in 4 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball in his outing on Friday.

All stats are accurate as of July 8, 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-): 63 GP, .244, 7 HR, 36 RBI

Dominic Pipkin, Phillies, Lakewood (A-): 3-2, 5.40 ERA, 16 GP, 8 GS, 30 K, 30 BB, 46.2 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, 3.66 ERA, 5 GP, 5 GS, 12 BB, 18 K, 19.2 IP

Mateo Gil, Cardinals, Palm Beach (A+): 2 GP, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI + Johnson City (R): 17 GP, .254, 2 HR, 9 RBI

Sean Guilbe, Padres, Tri-City (SS-A): 17 GP, .190, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Alberto Gonzalez, Reds, Billings (R): 6 GP, 0 GS, 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 13.1 IP, 6 BB, 18 K.

Joel Ibarra, Dodgers, Dominican Summer League – Bautista (R): 19 GP, .169, 0 HR, 7 RBI

Wendell Marrero, Reds, AZL Reds: 10 GP, .360, 1 HR, 10 RBI

Daniel Espino, Indians, AZL Indians: 0 GP

Xavier Valentin, Rangers, Down East Wood: 0 GP

Yeancarlos Lleras, Orioles, GCL Orioles: 3 GP, 1 GS, 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 8.1 IP, 4 BB, 3 K

Kyren Paris and Johzan Oquendo have signed pro contracts with the Angels and Cubs, respectively, but have 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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