By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network
There is an old saying about things working out in the long run.
The line drive speared which landed in the pitcher’s glove before he could even react?
Not to worry, a ball off the end of the bat will kick up the chalk for a run-scoring double a week or a month later.
In 1964 Kevin Reimer was born in Macon, Ga. because his father, outfielder Gerald Reimer (Enderby, BC) was on his way to hitting .309 with 25 doubles, seven triples, 21 homers and 78 RBIs for the double-A Macon Peaches.
And so a Canadian was born south of the border.
In 1965, Jim Adduci, Jr. was born in Burnaby, BC, because his father, also named Jim Adduci from Chicago was on his way to hitting .277 with 28 doubles, two triples, 20 homers and 77 RBIs for triple-A Vancouver Canadians.
And so an American was born in Canada.
Jim Adduci, Jr., was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2003 draft by the Florida Marlins, spent three years in the Marlins organization, was traded to the Chicago Cubs and spent six years in their system and as a minor-league free against he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2013 and was assigned to triple-A Round Rock.
He was promoted, making his debut at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He singled against Kevin Correia.
That month and in 2014, Adduci started 28 games for the Rangers, appearing in 61 games hitting .189 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBIs.
After the season, his contract was sold to the Lotte Giants of the KBO in Korea. And Adducci, who earns $600,000 US had a week to remember. He earned Canadian Baseball Network Minor League player of the Week honors, the best of the 142 players in affiliated ball, independent leagues or in foreign lands.
Adduci had the most hits, homers and RBIs as he went 11-for-24 with two homers and 10 RBIs, batting .458 for Lotte. He is now hitting .306 with 20 homers and 73 RBIs for the Giants.
How the week that was went for Adduci as he ...
_ Went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-3, 10-inning win over the LG Twins at Busan Stadium in Busan.
_ Was 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in an 8-5 loss to the Twins.
_ Was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple with four RBIs in a 12-3 win over the lower-case kt wiz in Suwon.
_ Had one hit in three trips, knocking in a pair of runs in a 19-6 loss to kt.
_ Had a pair of doubles in five at-bats and stole a base in a 10-9 loss to kt.
_ Was 1-for-3 with a double in a 3-0 loss to the Doosan Bears at Ulsan.
Although Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) did not make the list below, he still had a very productive Week 17 for class-A Bakersfield. He smacked four home runs and had seven RBIs, which brought his two week totals in these two categories up to nine home runs and 19 RBIs.
O’Neill’s 25 homers are the most among the organization’s minor-league players and rank fourth overall in the minor leagues.
Safe to say that the Seattle Mariners hierarchy should be pretty excited about this kid.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Player / Class / Team AB R H HR RBI AVG
Tyson Gillies - AA San Antonio 11 3 4 - 4 .364
Stephen Wickens - AA Chattanooga 11 3 4 - 1 .364
Justin Atkinson - A Vancouver 24 5 8 - 5 .333
Terrence Dayleg - AA Jacksonville 15 1 5 1 4 .333
Kellin Deglan - A High Desert 16 2 5 1 4 .313
Chris Shaw - A Aberdeen 16 3 5 - 2 .313
Jordan Procyshen - A Salem 10 - 3 - 4 .300
Luke Carlin - AAA Iowa 10 3 3 - - .300
Jim Adduci - FGN Lotte (KBO) 24 9 11 2 10 .458
Mike Blanke - IND Long Island 16 2 7 - 3 .438
Brock Kjeldgaard - IND Sioux City 24 4 10 - 3 .417
Joey Paciorek - IND St. Paul 13 3 4 - 4 .308
Jean-Luc Blaquiere - IND Quebec 20 6 6 1 4 .300
(* Minimum 10 AB’s required)
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES
BROCK DYKXHOORN RHP - A QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS
AP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
1 5.0 1 - - 1 8 1-0 - 0.40 0.00
Another excellent outing this week for the young Astros pitching prospect, and it could be considered one of his best. On Aug. 2nd in a 6-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers he pitched five innings, gave up only one base hit and no runs while striking out eight Wisconsin batters, to earn his sixth win of the season. This outing improved his overall record in the Single A Midwest League to 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA.
ADAM LOEWEN LHP - TRIPLE A LEHIGH VALLEY IRON PIGS
AP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
3 4.2 1 - - 5 10 - 2 1.43 0.00
Despite several player moves initiated by the Phillies at the recent Major League Trade deadline, some involving Lehigh Valley staff, Loewen was not affected by the distractions and continued to pitch at a very high level. On July 30th in his first of three game appearances this week, a 3-2 loss to Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders, he pitched two scoreless innings allowing zero hits, while striking out four Scranton hitters, but was not involved in the decision. On Aug. 1st in an 8-4 victory over Norfolk Tides he tossed 1 2/3 innings, allowing one base hit, while striking out three Norfolk batters, to earn his ninth save of the year. On Aug. 3rd in a 10-8 win over Toledo Mud Hens he tossed one scoreless inning, without allowing a hit while striking out three Toledo batters to pick up his second save of the week and 10th of the season. His overall record with the Iron Pigs in the Triple A International League now stands at 1-3, 10 Saves and a 2.15 ERA.
ROB ZASTRYZNY LHP - DOUBLE A TENNESSEE SMOKIES
AP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
2 11.2 11 6 5 6 8 1-0 - 1.52 4.02
Think it’s safe to say that Cubs prospect Rob Zastryzny has had some struggles pitching at the Double A level, but despite the minor setbacks he continues to progress, and this week earned his first win of the season with the Smokies. He made two starts this week, the first on July 30th in 4-3 loss to Montgomery Biscuits, he pitched 5 1/3 innings gave up four base hits and two earned runs while striking out four hitters, but was not involved in the decision. On Aug. 4th in a 6-5 win over Birmingham Barons, he tossed 6 1/3 innings, surrendered seven base hits and three earned runs while striking out four Barons batters, to earn his first win of the season. His overall record with Double A Tennessee in the Southern League now stands at 1-3 with a
PLAYER MOVES AND TRANSACTIONS
1B Freddie Freeman (Fountain Valley, CA) - Atlanta Braves ended his re hab stint with Rookie Class Gulf Coast Braves after only one game, and he was recalled to the Major League Roster.
RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) - Acquired by Philadelphia Phillies in a trade with Washington Nationals, is activated at Double A Reading Fightin’ Phils.
2B Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) - Acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade with St. Louis Cardinals, is activated at Rookie Class Helena Brewers.
RHP Chris Leroux (Montreal, Que.) - Moved by Philadelphia Phillies to Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs from Double A Reading Fightin’ Phils.
LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.) - Moved by the New York Yankees to Double A Trenton Thunder from Single A Tampa Yankees.
INF Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) - Moved by San Francisco Giants to Triple A Sacramento River Cats from Single A San Jose Giants.
OF Marcus Knecht (Toronto, Ont.) - Moved by the Minnesota Twins to Single A Ft. Myers Miracle from Double A Chattanooga Lookouts.
LHP Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) - Moved by Toronto Blue Jays to Single A Dunedin Blue Jays from Single A Lansing Lugnuts.
RHP Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) - Moved by the Toronto Blue Jays to Single A Lansing Lugnuts from Single A Vancouver Canadians.
C/INF Morgan Lofstrom (Vancouver, BC) - Moved by the Cincinnati Reds to Rookie Class Billings Mustangs but did not appear in a game, and was returned back to Rookie Class AZL Reds.
INF Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ont.) - Activated from Disabled List by the Minnesota Twins at Double A Chattanooga Lookouts.
C Jordan Procyshen (Calgary, Alta.) - Activated from Disabled List by the Boston Red Sox at Single A Salem Red Sox.
RHP Colin Kleven (Kamloops, BC) - Placed on the Disabled List by Philadelphia Phillies at Double A Reading Fightin’ Phils.
C George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) - Released by the Chicago White Sox at Triple A Charlotte Knights.
RHP Kyle Lotzkar (Tsawwassen, BC) - Released by the San Francisco Giants at Double A Frisco Roughriders.
C Justin Marra (Toronto, Ont.) - Released by the Chicago Cubs at Single A Eurgene Emeralds.
C/1B Justin Atkinson (North Surrey, BC) - Named to the 2015 Northwest League post season All Star Team.
RHP Andrew Case (St. John, NB) - Named to the 2015 Northwest League post season All Star Team.
RHP Shawn Hill (Mississauga, Ont.) - Placed on the Temporary Inactive List by York Revolution IND Atlantic League.