By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network
Ryan Kellogg was one of the best to ever take the mound for coach Greg Hamilton and the Canadian Junior National Team.
At Arizona State, he compiled a 28-6 won-loss record and a 3.50 ERA in 47 starts -- walking 62 and striking out 212 in 321 innings -- to rank as the best college pitching career by a Canadian. Only four-year men surpassed his numbers.
So, it should come as zero surprise that Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) the former Ontario Prospects catcher earned Canadian Baseball Network minor league Canadian player of the week. Yep there was a time when the smooth LHP for the class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans arrived to Rob and Rich Butler’s program a left-handed catcher.
Realizing Kellogg’s future was on the mound, the Butlers converted him. A few years and a ton of bullpen sessions, later he finished his grade 12 season and was selected in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs after dominating for ASU.
How the week that was went for Kellogg as he ...
_ Pitched 6 2/3 innings for Myrtle Beach in a 4-2 victory over the Down East Wood Ducks before 2,309 fans at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach. He allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out four. Kellogg retired the first 10 men in order before issuing a walk. In the first five innings he allowed two base runners. With a 4-0 lead in the seventh he allowed a single, triple and a double and was gone. He threw 96 pitches -- 65 for strikes -- getting seven ground ball outs and three fly ball outs.
_ Then, he pitched six scoreless innings at the Pelicans blanked the Buies Creek Astros before 424 at Jim Perry Stadium. He allowed two doubles in his sit innings walking one and whiffing one. The lefty needed only 85 pitches -- 49 strikes -- to put up six zeros. He retired six outs on ground balls and seven fly ball outs.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
Player AB R H HR RBI AVG
Brett Siddall - A Stockton 18 4 8 1 4 .444
Vladimir Guerrero - A Lansing 26 4 10 - 3 .333
Dalton Pompey - AAA Buffalo 16 1 5 - 3 .313
Jacob Robson - A West Michigan 20 4 6 - 3 .300
Jesse Hodges - AAA Indianapolis 25 1 7 - 3 .280
Connor Panas - A Dunedin 25 5 7 - - .280
Maxx Tissenbaum - IND Quebec 28 13 12 2 5 .429
Larry Balkwill - IND Windy City 17 4 7 1 3 .412
Jamie Romak - KBO SK Wyverns 18 6 7 4 8 .389
Carter McEachern - IND Trois Rivieres 24 4 9 - 1 .375
Billy Germaine - IND Southern Illinois 11 1 4 - 1 .364
Sebastien Boucher - IND Ottawa 23 2 8 1 6 .348
Trevor Gretzky - IND Trois Rivieres 24 3 8 - 3 .333
Wes Darvill - IND Winnipeg 24 5 8 - 1 .333
Jordan Lennerton - IND Quebec 27 8 8 4 17 .296
(Minimum of 10 At Bats required.)
(Pompey’s numbers include rehab stints with Dunedin and Buffalo.)
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES
RYAN KELLOGG LHP - A MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS
APP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
2 12.2 6 2 2 2 6 2-0 - 0.66 1.48
Ryan Kellogg had his best week of the season in making two very good starts for the Pelicans. On June 1st in a 4-2 victory over Down East Wood Ducks he pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up four base hits and two earned runs while striking out four to earn the win. On June 6th in a 2-0 win over the Buis Creek Astros he threw six scoreless, surrendered only two base hits while striking out two Astros hitters, to pick up his second win of the week. These two starts improved his record with Myrtle Beach in
the Single A Carolina League to 3-3 with a 4.00 ERA.
MIKE SOROKA RHP - AA MISSISSIPPI BRAVES
APP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
2 14.0 14 3 3 1 9 2-0 - 1.21 1.93
It may seem that Mike Soroka is providing us with pitching highlights on a weekly basis and, when you examine his performance recently, it’s obviously true. This week wasn’t any different, starting on May 31st in a 9-3 victory over Jackson Generals when he pitched six innings scattered eleven base hits and three earned runs, to earn the win. On June 5th in a 4-2 victory over Biloxi Shuckers, he tossed eight scoreless innings, giving up three base hits while striking out nine Biloxi hitters, to earn his second win of the week. These two outings improved his Double A Southern League record in 11 starts, to 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA. His current numbers for Starts (11), ERA (2.73), innings pitched (62 2/3) and strikeouts (60) place him in the Southern League’s Pitching statistics Top 10 lists.
ANDREW CASE LHP - AA NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS
APP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
2 4.0 1 1 1 1 2 1-0 - 0.50 2.25
Andrew Case continues to succeed in his relief role with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and this week had two more excellent outings. On May 31st in a 5-4 win over Harrisburg Senators he pitched three scoreless innings, surrendered two base hits while striking out two Harrisburg hitters, to earn the win. On June 4th in a 6-4 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats he threw one inning, gave up two base hits and one earned run, but was not involved in the decision. His overall record this season, including stints with Single A Dunedin (14 appearances) and Double A New Hampshire (six appearances) now stands at 6-1, four saves and a 3.34 ERA.
PLAYER MOVES & TRANSACTIONS
LHP James Paxton (Ladner, BC) - Recalled to Major League Roster by Seattle Mariners from Re Hab assignment at Double A Arkansas Travelers.
RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) - Called up to Major League Roster by the Philadelphia Phillies from Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
OF Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) - On Re Hab Assignment moved by Toronto Blue Jays To Triple A Buffalo Bisons from Single A Dunedin Blue Jays.
RHP Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, Tex.) - On Re Hab Assignment moved by the Pittsburgh Pirates to Triple A Indianapolis Indians from Double A Altoona Curve.
LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) -Moved by the Texas Rangers to Triple A Round Rock Express from Double A Frisco Roughriders.
RHP Jesen Therrien (Montreal, Que.) - Moved by the Philadelphia Phillies to Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs from Double A Reading Fightin’ Phils.
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Godrich, Ont.) - Moved by Houston Astros to Single A Tri City Valley Cats from Double A Corpus Christi Hooks.
C Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ont.) - Placed on Disabled List by Toronto Blue Jays at Single A Dunedin Blue Jays.
RHP Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) - Placed on Disabled List by the St. Louis Cardinals at Triple A Memphis Redbirds.
SS Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) - Placed on the Suspended List by Detroit Tigers at Single A West Michigan Whitecaps.
RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC) - Released by the Houston Astros at Single A Tri City Valley Cats.
2B Louis-Phillipe Pelletier (Montreal, Que.) - Announced his Retirement and was removed from the Roster of Houston Astros Rookie Class affiliate Gulf Coast Astros
LHP Guillaume Blanchette (St. Constant, Que.) - Activated by Trois Rivieres Aigles IND Can Am League.
RHP Skylar Janisse (Maidstone, Ont.) - Activated from the Suspended List by Joliet Slammers IND Frontier League.
INF David Glaude (Quebec City, QC) - Free Agent signs with the Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League. Appeared in one game and was released.
2017 Canadian Baseball Network Players of the Week
Week I _ INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) El Paso (Padres).
Week II _ RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) Lehigh Valley (Phillies).
Week III _ INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) El Paso (Padres).
Week IV _ 1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and RHP Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) Lake Elisnore (Padres).
Week V _ OF Jacob Robson (Windsor, Ont.) West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers).
Week VI _ OF Gareth Morgan (North York, Ont.) Clinton Lumberkings (Mariners).
Week VII _ 3B Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays).
Week VIII _ 1B Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) Dayton Dragons (Reds).
Week VIV _ LHP Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs)