Tissenbaum CBN POW, Week XIX

By George Farelli
A year ago Maxx Tissenbuam wrote an excellent detailed behind-the-scenes blog for MLB.com blogs entitled Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light and it could also be read on the Canadian Baseball League site.

This season class-A Florida State hitters wish that Tissenbaum took pen in hand and go back among the scribes.

He’s a dangerous man with a bat in his hand.

This week for the Charlotte Stone Crabs he hit .421 (8-for-21) with a pair of RBIs to earn Canadian Baseball Network Player of the Week honors for Week XIX.

How Tissenbaum’s week that was went as he 

_ Was 1-for-2 with a walk DHing as Charlotte scored twice in the bottom of the 10th for a 5-4 win over the Fort Myers Miracle in the opener of a doubleheader at the Charlotte Sports Park.

_ Hitless in three at bats behind the plate as Fort Myers won the nitecap 4-2 before 864 fans. 

_ Was 4-for-4 at the DH with a double and an RBI in a 7-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads before 1,426 fans at the Charlotte Sports Park. He singled to left in the second to knock in a run, singled to right in the fourth, doubled to left in the sixth and singled to right in the seventh 

_ Was 1-for-3 catching with a single as the Crabs edged Jupiter 3-2 before 2,373 fans.

_ Was 1-for-3 catching with a single catching against the Dunedin Blue Jays in an 8-3 Charlotte loss before 536 fans at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

_ Was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in an 11-5 win against Dunedin before 746 fans.

Another Indy League has bit the dust. The Mount Rainier League began with six teams, which began play just 10 days ago has now folded.  When it began the word was, it was well organized and had sufficient financial resources, however this week their news release stated the reason for failure was “poor organization and huge financial difficulties.”  Guess it’s a familiar refrain, isn’t it.
 
Must be something in the air this season, with two Indy leagues folding with a month of each other.  Unfortunately, the people hurt the most in these situations are the players, who’s dreams and aspirations are dashed through no fault of their own.
 
The only player from this league to find another job thus far is Nic Cuckovich, who just signed with Quebec Capitales.

Player / Class / Team    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    AVG    
Maxx Tissenbaum - A Charlotte    19    3    8    -    2    .421    
Luke Carlin - AAA Nashville    12    2    5    -    3    .417    
Eric Wood - AA Altoona    14    3    5    -    2    .387    
Mike Reeves - A Lansing    17    -    6    -    1    .353    
Dalton Pompey - AA New Hampshire    23    3    8    1    4    .348    
Jesse Hodges - A South Bend    10    3    3    -    1    .300    
Jordan Procyshen - A Greenville    17    1    5    -    3    .294    
Trevor Gretzky - A Burlington    14    3    4    -    -    .286    
Joey Paciorek - IND St. Paul    10    1    6    -    -    .600    
Mike Blanke - IND Long Island    16    3    7    -    3    .438    
Rene Tosoni - IND Sioux City    26    2    10    -    7    .385    
Sasha LaGarde - IND Quebec    16    4    5    -    -    .313    
Josue Peley - IND Quebec    16    1    5    -    1    .313    
(Minimum 10 AB’s required.)
(Numbers for Pompey reflect three games with Buffalo and three with New Hampshire.)

BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES 
SCOTT DIAMOND  LHP -  TRIPLE A DURHAM BULLS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA
2   12.1  9   2   1   2    4   2-0   -    0.91    0.74
Since promotions from the Minors up to the big leagues are usually strongly based on numbers, Scott Diamond seems to making a case for himself to be considered for a call up by Tampa Rays, at some point this season. This week he made two very good starts for Durham, the first was on June 4th in a 4-1 victory over Charlotte
Knights, in which he pitched five and a third innings gave up four base hits and one earned run while striking out one Knights hitter, to earn his fifth win of the season. His second start came on June 9th in a 7-4 victory over Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, a game in which he beat his Canadian colleague Phillippe Aumont.  He threw seven innings surrendered five base hits and no earned runs, while striking out three Iron Pigs batters, to gain his second win of the week. His overall record with the Bulls in Triple A International
League now stands at 6-2 with a solid 3.02 ERA.
 
ETHAN ELIAS  RHP  -  SINGLE A KANE COUNTY COUGARS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA
2   12.0  11  5   4    5   5   1-1   -    1.33    3.00
Think it’s safe to say that Ethan Elias has been a pleasant surprise for the Diamondbacks so far this season.  A free agent signing in the off season, he has pitched very well for Kane County thus far.  On June 3rd in a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green Hot Rods he pitched seven innings, gave up six base hits and two earned runs while striking out one Hot Rod hitter, but absorbed his second loss of the year.  On June 8th in an 11-3 win over Dayton Dragons, he tossed five strong innings, surrendered five base hits and two earned runs, while striking out four Dayton batters, to earn his sixth win of the season.  His record with the Cougars in Single A Midwest League is now 6-2 with an excellent 2 22 ERA. Ethan also received the very good news that he was named to the Single A Midwest League (West Division) All Stat Team.
 
JARED MORTENSEN  RHP - DOUBLE A  MONTGOMERY BISCUITS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA
1   6.0  4   -   -    -    7   1-0   -    0.67    0.00
Jared Mortensen has been a solid starter for Montgomery this season, and this week had another excellent outing. On June 7th in a 6-1 victory over the Mississippi Braves, he pitched six scoreless innings gave up just four base hits while striking out seven Braves batters, and picked up his fourth win of the year. His overall record with the Biscuits now stands at 4-3 with a 2.69 ERA. A great week was topped off on the
weekend, with the announcement that Jared was named to the Double A Southern League (North Division) All Star Team.
 
DUSTIN MOLLEKEN  RHP -  TRIPLE A COLUMBUS CLIPPERS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA
3   4.2   5   3   1    2   5   1-1   -    1.67    2.14
Based on his history, think it was safe to assume Molleken would become a workhorse in the Clippers bullpen this season. This week he made three appearances and the net result was a win, a loss and a no decision. On June 5th in a 6-2 loss to Toledo Mud Hens he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, gave up three base hits, while striking out two Toledo hitters, but was not involved in the decision.  On June 8th in a 6-5 win over Louisville Bats he threw two scoreless innings, gave up no base hits, to earn his fourth win of the season. Then on June 9th in a 7-4 loss to Louisville he had mixed results in one inning, surrendered two base hits and three runs, and was saddled with the loss.  His overall record with Columbus in the Triple A International League is now 4-1, with 1 Save and a 3.16 ERA.
 
 Player Movement and Transactions WEEK NINE -
C Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ont.) - Moved by the Toronto Blue Jays to Single A Lansing Lugnuts from Single A Dunedin Blue Jays.
 
OF  Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) - Moved by Toronto Blue Jays to Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Triple A Buffalo Bisons.
 
INF  Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) - Placed on the Disabled List by the San Francisco Giants at Triple A Sacramento River Cats.
 
C  Justin Atkinson (North Surrey, BC) - Placed on Disabled List by Toronto Blue Jays at Single A Lansing Lugnuts.
 
RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC) - Named to the Double A Southern League - North Division 2015 All Star Team.
 
C  Jordan Procyshen (Calgary, Alta.) - Named to the Single A South Atlantic League – South Division 2015 All Star Team.
 
RHP Ethan Elias (Entwhistle, Alta.) - Named to the Single A Midwest League - West Division 2015 All Star Team.
 

INF Nic Cuckovich (Victoria, BC) - Free Agent signs with the Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League.
 
INF Jerome Duchesneau (Quebec City, Que.) - Free Agent signs with Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League, appeared in one game and was released.
 
RHP Jaspreet Shergill (Woodbridge, Ont.) - Free Agent signs with Ottawa Champions IND Can Am League.