Wednesday Journal is following former area ballplayers as they try to make it to the majors. Every week the Watch will keep readers updated on their progress. Stats are through Sunday.

Derek Schlecker fell to 0-3 on Saturday when he yielded a walk-off run in the ninth inning of rookie Orem’s 4-3 loss at Ogden. Schlecker came on in the seventh with his team trailing 3-1 and retired his first eight batters, but two singles and a double allowed the winning run to score. On July 30, he tossed three hitless innings with four strikeouts. Schlecker went 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA in July and has a 4.13 ERA on the year.

After hitting .340 in May and .338 in June, Double A Midland’s Vasili Spanos dropped to .239 with only two walks in July. He went 3-for-14 (.214) with two doubles and two RBIs last week. Spanos is hitting .283 with a .340 on-base percentage.

Tim Dennehy did not pitch last week. Denney went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in July, holding opponents to a .138 average. He is 4-1, (3.09 ERA) on the season for the Gulf Coast League Yankees.

Second baseman Caleb Fields went 4-for-17 with a double and an RBI in five games last week as his average dipped slightly to .272. Fields has a homer and 12 RBIs in 28 games with the GCL Pirates.

-Daniel Heim

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