Malik Collymore, CBN POW, Week XVIII

LF Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) was dealt from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Jonathan Broxton deadline deal and has enjoyed his time with the Helena Brewers.

LF Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) was dealt from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Jonathan Broxton deadline deal and has enjoyed his time with the Helena Brewers.

By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network

When George Bell reported to the rookie-class Helena Phillies as an 18-year-old in 1978 he took one look around Montana.

And he noticed, most people drove a pick-up truck, many had gun racks and plenty wore cowboy hats. 

And fans that came to the game noticed that Bell could hit (.311 with six doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs in 33 games).

LF Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) likely had similar thoughts when he was traded from rookie-class Johnson City by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to the Helena Brewers. The Brewers traded RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash to St. Louis for Collymore at the non-waiver July 31 trade deadline.

All Collymore did in his first week in Montana was earn Canadian Baseball Network minor league Player of the Week honors, as the best of the Canucks not in the majors. He had the most hits of any of the 89 Canadians in affiliated ball. 

How the week that was went for Collymore, the Ontario Blue Jays grad, as he

_ Played left field and batting second, he went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in an 8-5 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars before 1,420 fans at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena, Mt.

_ Was 2-for-5 in an 8-7, 10-inning loss to Idaho Falls in front of 1,021 fans.

_ Hitting lead-off he was 3-for-6 with a double in a 9-8 defeat to Idaho Falls before 606 fans.

_ Batting lead-off he was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk in a 10-8 win against Idaho Falls in front of 423 fans.

_ Singled in three trips in a 6-2 loss to the Ogden Raptors in front of 750 fans.

_ Batting lead off he was hitless in three trips with a walk in a 9-0 loss to Ogden in front of 995.
 
Collymore, 20, a 10th round selection in the 2013 draft is hitting .367 at Helena with an .891 OPS through seven games. This season he is hitting .260 with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 10 RBIs and a .757 OPS.
     
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES 
Player / Class / Team    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    AVG

Maxx Tissenbaum - A Charlotte    13    3    6    1    4    .462
Dustin Houle - A Brevard County    10    1    4    -    -    .400
Malik Collymore - Rkie Helena    26    6    10    -    3    .385
Stephen Wickens - AA Chattanooga    13    3    5    -    6    .385
Cole Bauml - Rkie GCL Tigers    11    2    4    -    3    .364
Trevor Gretzky - A Burlington    11    1    4    -    -    .364
Pete Orr - AAA Colorado Springs    17    4    6    1    4    .353
Tyson Gillies - AA San Antonio    15    -    5    -    4  .333
Taylor Green - AA Biloxi    15    -    5    -    -    .333
Dalton Pompey - AAA Buffalo    26    4    8    -    1    .308
                               
Larry Balkwill - IND Windy City    10    3    5    -    -    .500
Jim Adduci - FGN Lotte (KBO)    24    5    9    -    3    .375
Sebastien Boucher - IND Ottawa    25    5    9    1    6    .360
Brock Kjeldgaard - IND Sioux City    28    5    10    2    7    .357
(* Minimum 10 AB’s required.)                        
 
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES 
SCOTT DIAMOND  LHP - AAA  DURHAM BULLS
AP  IP   H   R  ER  BB  K   W-L   SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   4.0  4   1   -    1   2   1-0    -    1.25    0.00
Scott Diamond made one appearance this week for the Bulls, on Aug. 6th in an 8-5 win over the Indianapolis Indians pitching four innings in relief. He surrendered four base hits and zero earned runs while striking out two Indianapolis hitters, to earn his 10th win of the season.  This outing improved his overall record in the Triple A International League with Durham, to 10-5 with a 3.71 ERA.

ROB ZASTRYZNY  LHP -  DOUBLE A TENNESSEE SMOKIES
AP   IP   H   R  ER  BB  K   W-L   SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   6.0   8   3   3    2   6   1-0    -    1.67    4.50
For the second week in a row, Rob Zastryzny made a strong start for the Tennessee Smokies and in the process, picked up his second win at the Double A level. On Aug. 9th in an 8-3 victory over Jackson Generals he pitched six innings, gave up eight base hits and three earned runs while striking out six Jackson hitters, to earn the win.  His overall record with Double A Tennessee in the Southern League now stands at 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA.
 

 
 
KARL GELINAS  RHP  -  IND  QUEBEC CAPITALES
AP  IP   H   R  ER  BB  K   W-L   SV  WHIP  WK ERA

2 14.0  12   5   5   2   15   1-1    -    1.00   3.21 
Karl Gelinas continues to provide consistent starts for the Capitales, and this week in two appearances, picked up a win and a loss. On Aug. 6th in a tough 3-1 loss to Wichita Wingnuts he pitched seven innings, gave up six base hits and three earned runs, while striking out eight Wichita hitters but took the loss. He followed that up on Aug. 10th, in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Champions with seven strong innings, surrendered six base hits and two earned runs while striking out seven Ottawa hitters, to earn his 10th win of the season. His overall record with the Capitales in the IND Can Am League now stands at 10-3 with a 1.95 ERA.  Amongs all pitchers in the Can Am League, he ranks first in ERA (1.95), second in wins (10) and second in strikeouts (85).
 
 
PLAYER MOVES AND TRANSACTIONS
LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) - Called up to Major League Roster by Philadelphia Phillies from Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
 
3B Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) - Called up to Major League Roster by Arizona Diamondbacks from Triple A Reno Aces.
 
C George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) - Free Agent signs Minor League contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and is assigned to Triple A Buffalo Bisons.
 
C  Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) - Moved by Texas Rangers to Double A Frisco Roughriders from Single A High Desert Mavericks.
 
3B Jesse Hodges (Victoria, BC) - Placed on the Disabled List by Chicago Cubs at Single A South Bend Cubs.

3B Lachlan Fontaine (North Vancouver, BC) - Placed on Disabled List by Seattle Mariners at Single A Clinton Lumberkings.
 
C/INF Morgan Lofstrom (Vancouver, BC) - Placed on the Disabled List by Cincinnati Reds at Rookie Class AZL Reds.
 
 
 
INF Cedric Vallieres (Roxton Pond, Que.) - Free Agent re-signs with Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League.
 
C Nicholas Lecompte (Gatineau, Que.) - Free Agent signs with Ottawa Champions IND Can Am League.