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.
Gulf Coast League Pirates second baseman Caleb Fields scored twice in one inning on Friday. Fields led off the sixth inning against the Reds with a walk and scored on a double, and later doubled and scored the final tally of the eight-run frame in which the Pirates sent 12 men to the plate. He batted third in that game and has now hit everywhere except the Nos. 4 and 5 holes. Fields went 4-for-16 with an RBI in six games on the week to drop his average to .272 with 15 RBIs in 38 games.Derek Schlecker tossed six shutout innings last week, three apiece against Helena on Saturday and Missoula on Aug. 14. Schlecker entered a 2-2 ballgame in the fourth inning against Missoula and left up 3-2, but lost his chance for the win when rookie Orem blew the save in the eighth before coming back to win 6-5. Schlecker gave up four hits and no walks while striking out three for the week and improved his ERA to 3.66, with only five walks in 32 innings.
Gulf Coast Yankees pitcher Tim Dennehy threw three innings of relief in his lone appearance last week, allowing four hits and a run while walking two and striking out four against the Indians on Aug. 15. The lefty has recorded a strikeout in each of his nine appearances, fanning 20 in 29 innings. The GCL regular season ends on Monday, but the Yankees have clinched the North Division and would receive a first-round bye if the playoffs started today.Vasili Spanos went 5-for-25 in six games last week. With Double A Midland trailing 3-0 against Wichita on Aug. 15, he led off the ninth with a double and scored on a homer, but the Wranglers held on for the 3-2 win. Spanos has gone eight games without an RBI, dating to Aug. 9. He is hitting just .245 (35-for-143, five walks) since the end of June and is at .280 for the season.