Wednesday Journal is following former area ballplayers as they try to make it to the majors. Every week the Watch keeps readers updated on their progress. Stats are through Sunday.
Second baseman Caleb Fields had five singles in 17 at-bats last week (.294) and scored four runs and two RBIs in four games. He is hitting .275 with 14 RBIs in 32 games with the GCL Pirates.
After not pitching for 13 days because of two rainouts, Tim Dennehy got a win on Aug. 8 despite allowing eight hits-including his first homer of the season-and three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Gulf Coast League Tigers. Dennehy entered in the third inning and let the first five batters reach (double, error, homer, double, single) as four runs scored. But the Yankees scored five runs in the next inning to make Dennehy a winner.
The lefty has had mixed success against Detroit. His two best outings of the year, five-inning shutout victories, have come against the Tigers, but they are also responsible for two of the three appearances in which he's allowed runs-combining for 17 hits and eight earned runs in five innings in those games.
Overall, Dennehy is 5-1 with a 3.81 ERA.
Double A Midland's Vasili Spanos went 4-for-6 with a double and an RBI on Aug. 8. With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Spanos hit a two-out double and tried to score on a single but was thrown out at the plate. The RockHounds beat Wichita in 11 innings. After posting 73 strikeouts and 52 walks (1.4:1 ratio) last year, Spanos has 64 Ks and only 16 walks this season. That explains the dip in his on-base percentage from .405 to .338.
Pitcher Derek Schlecker also yielded his first homer last week. Schlecker entered on Friday with Orem of the rookie Pioneer League trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning and gave up a two-run bomb in a 3-0 loss. Schlecker has 18 strikeouts in 26 innings and is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA.