CBN POW Week IV: Brock Dykxhoorn

 Houston Astros farmhand Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.), a former Ontario National, chats with Hooks TV's Sam Levitt.

Houston Astros farmhand Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.), a former Ontario National, chats with Hooks TV's Sam Levitt.

By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network

The bad news for RHP Brock Dykxhoorn?

He is back at double-A Corpus Christi Hooks for a second straight year.

The good news for Dykxhoorn?

He is being a tad dominant, like the TCU Horned Frogs scrimmaging against a freshman team from Oklahoma, as they might say deep in the heart of Texas.

He began the week by working five scoreless as the Hooks edged the Midland RockHounds before 2,845 at Whataburger Field near the Gulf of Mexico. 

Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.) allowed a single to Eli White, who was thrown out attempting to steal, and walked Brett Vertigan for his only two base runners. He also fanned four. He threw 74 pitches (44 strikes). 

Dykxhoorn pitched for the Ontario Nationals and was drafted in the 20th round on the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. And two years later the Houston Astros selected in the sixth round of 2014 draft from the Central Arizona College Vaqueros.

And in his second start, he pitched 5 2/3 innings in a 3-2 loss to the Rockhounds before 5,317 fans at Security Bank Ballpark at Midland. 

He gave up two singles to Tyler Ramirez and walked four, while fanning five in his 89-pitch outing (56 strikes). 

All  of which means Dykxhoorn is second in the Southern League behind only Tulsa’s Caleb Ferguson, who has an 0.42 ERA. Dykxhoorn has a 1.16 ERA and is 2-0, while walking nine and striking out 22 in 23 1/3 innings.

BEST  OFFENSIVE  PERFORMANCES
Player / Class / Team    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    AVG

Vladimir Guerrero -  AA  New Hampshire    16    6    10    -    3    .625
Josh Naylor  -  AA  San Antonio    32    6    13    1    7    .406
Matt Hague  -  AAA  Syracuse    14    2    5    -    1    .357
Eric Wood  -  AAA  Indianapolis    20    4    7    1    6    .350
Louis Boyd  -  A  Modesto    21    4    7    1    2    .333
Demi Orimoloye  -  A  Wisconsin    18    4    6    1    3    .333
Jim Adduci  -  AAA  Toledo    15    -    5    -    3    .333
Michael Saunders  -  AAA  Norfolk    16    4    5    -    5    .313
Jake Lumley  -  A  Beloit    10    -    3    -    1    .300

Will Thorrp  -  GER  Munchen-Haar    20    3    7    1    6    .350
Jamie Romak  -  KBO  SK Wyverns    22    2    7    -    2    .318
Zach Johnson  -  GER  Mannheim    16    4    5    -    1    .313
(Minimum 10 AB’s required)
 
BEST  PITCHING  PERFORMANCES
BROCK  DYKXHOORN   RHP   -   AA  CORPUS  CHRISTI  HOOKS
APP    IP     H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2    10.2    3    -      -       5      9     1-0      -       0.78       0.00
 
Now established as a solid starter at the Double A level, Brock Dykxhoorn made two excellent starts this week for Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League.  On April 25, in a 4-3 win over the Midland Rockhounds he threw five scoreless innings, surrendering one hit, while striking out four Midland hitters, to pick up his second win of the season.   On May 1, in a 3-2 loss to Midland he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, gave up two base hits while striking out five Rockhounds. He was not involved in the decision. His record for the year thus far with the Hooks in five starts, now stands at 2-0 with an excellent 1.16 ERA.

DANIEL  PROCOPIO    RHP   -   A  INLAND  EMPIRE  66’ers
APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2     4.0    1    -       -       2      6       -         -      0.75       0.00
 
Daniel Procopio a native of the Toronto, was drafted in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, and is currently active with Inland Empire, their Single A affiliate in the California League.  This week he made two very good relief appearances, the first on April 25 in a 3-2 win over Modesto Nuts when he tossed two scoreless innings and gave up one base hit while striking out three batters, but was not involved in the decision.  On April 28th in a 3-1 loss to Visalia Rawhide, he pitched two more scoreless innings surrendering one base hit while striking out three Rawhide hitters but again, was not involved in the decision.  His record with the 66’ers now stands at 0-0 with a 0.60 ERA.
 
TRAVIS  SEABROOKE   LHP   -   A   DELMARVA  SHOREBIRDS
APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2     4.0    3     -      -       -      5        -        2      0.75        0.00
 
Travis Seabrooke is currently active in his fifth season as a professional, and the 22 year old native of Peterborough, ON is pitching very well for Delmarva, Orioles Single A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.  This week he made two relief appearances, the first on Aug. 25 in a 3-0 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators when he threw three scoreless innings, gave up two base hits while striking out four batters to secure his second save of the season.  On Aug. 28, in a 4-2 win over Hickory Crawdads he pitched one scoreless inning, surrendering two base hits while striking out one Hickory batter to pick up his second save of the week. His overall record with the Delmarva team now stands at 0-1, with three saves and a 1.84 ERA. 
 
JORDAN  ROMANO   RHP   -   AA  NEW  HAMPSHIRE  FISHER CATS
APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

1     5.0    3    2      2      5      7     1-0      -       1.60        3.60
 
Jordan Romano continues to pitch consistently well for the Fisher Cats, and this week he had another good outing.  On April 30 in a 7-2 win over Reading Fightin’ Phils he pitched five innings, gave up three base hits and two earned runs while striking out seven Reading hitters, to earn his fourth win of the season. His overall record with New Hampshire now stands at 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA.   His four wins are tied with teammate Sean Reid-Foley, and currently lead the Eastern League.