With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, each week throughout the summer Wednesday Journal will be keeping readers informed of their progress. Stats are through Sunday.
Justin Olson pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A New Britain Friday, lowering his ERA to 4.46. Olson went six up-six down over the eighth and ninth innings against Bowie in a 6-4 loss. After receiving decisions in 13 of his first 15 outings, Olson's had four straight no-decisions. He is 6-7.
Giants farmhand Mike Santoro got his first professional hit Sunday night in Salem-Keizer's 11-4 win over Eugene. He singled in the ninth inning and was stranded at third base. Santoro is 1-for-11 (.091) in three games with the Volcanoes, who are off to a 7-6 start.
Vasili Spanos is adjusting to Double-A ball just fine, going 7-for-23 (.304) with a homer and eight RBIs in his first full week with Midland of the Texas League. Since being promoted from Single-A on June 23, Spanos is hitting .290 with two homers and 11 RBIs in eight games. He's splitting time between first and third base.
Blake Whealy went 0-for-4 with a walk in his only appearance last week, as the designated hitter in St. Lucie's 7-6 win over Palm Beach on June 28. His average fell to .239.
Compiled by Daniel Heim