Eric Campbell, Las Vegas 51s (AAA-Pacific Coast League, New York Mets)
Campbell was the attrition on the New York Mets roster this past week when they activated Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list on Monday.
The Mets' moves at the trade deadline necessitated the move; they acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Uribe at the trade deadline, and they recently promoted their 2014 first round pick, Michael Conforto. With Cuddyer coming back from the DL, they were forced into a complete logjam on the roster. Although the move overloads the amount of outfielders they have, the Amazins' depth at second base (with Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, and utility player Kelly Johnson) allow them to make this move.
Since the demotion, Campbell's gone 1-for-5 with a couple of runs scored. In 17 games in the PCL since the start of the season, he's hitting .418.
Mike Belfiore, Toledo Mud Hens (AAA-International League, Detroit Tigers)
Belfiore last pitched on August 4th, throwing seven innings and giving up three earned runs in picking up a defeat. On the season, he's made 22 starts, throwing 123-plus innings. His development's been pretty good outside of his record (5-11) and ERA (5.60) - he has nearly a 2:1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio, and he's only given up 14 homers on the season. But opponents are hitting .294 against him, and his WHIP (lower is always better) is at 1.55.
Pat Dean, Rochester Red Wings (AAA-International League, Minnesota Twins)
Since the start of August, Dean's been a tour de force on the hill. Making three starts, he's gone no less than six innings, holding opponents scoreless in two of those starts. Against Syracuse, he threw a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out 10. Though he gave up four runs in the first inning against the Charlotte Knights in his next start, he pitched well through the rest of us appearance until struggling in the seventh. He would finish with seven runs charged against in a 9-4 loss.
Dean rallied in his next start at Buffalo, throwing another 6.1 innings of shutout baseball, striking out two in a victory for Rochester. On the season, he's now 9-10 with a 3.10 ERA, having struck out 86 men to just 33 walks. He's also now thrown three complete games, two of which were shutouts, with 148 innings pitched.
Terry Doyle, Norfolk Tides (AAA-International League, Baltimore Orioles)
Between June 26th and July 29th, Doyle won six straight starts for AA-level Bowie, improving his record to 12-1 with a 1.97 ERA. After throwing seven strong against Akron, in which he allowed only one run, he was promoted to AAA, starting the month of August on the cusp of the major leagues.
He responded in kind, throwing eight innings and allowing only two runs in a 3-2 victory over the Louisville Bats. In his second start, at home against the Indianapolis Indians, he was tagged for three runs early but still lasted into the sixth inning, taking the loss in a 6-5 defeat. 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his first two starts for the Tides, he's 13-2 on the season with a 2.20 ERA.
As I've mentioned before, Doyle's career is something of an odyssey. He's never made an official MLB appearance, having been returned to the Chicago White Sox during spring training after being Rule-5 drafted by the Minnesota Twins a number of years ago. He's been to Japan. You really have to feel good for him and really can't help rooting him on for a chance at pitching with an AL East power.
Tony Sanchez, Indianapolis Indians (AAA-International League, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Sanchez went 1-for-3 in recent games against the Toledo Mud Hens, upping his average to .231. He scored an RBI, upping his season total to 39. So far this year, he's recorded a .343 on-base percentage and a .335 slugging percentage.
Andrew Chin (Gulf Coast Yankees, Rookie-Gulf Coast League, New York Yankees) threw three innings out of the bullpen this past week, allowing just a homer on two hits and walking three (also striking out three). On the season, he's 0-1 with a 3.78 ERA.
John Gorman (Vermont Lake Monsters, SSA-NY Penn League, Oakland A's) threw an inning of relief in a 1-0 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs, giving up only a hit and striking out two while throwing 13 pitches. On the year, he's 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA, having absorbed both losses after being promoted to Short Season A ball.
Remember Chris Shaw (Salem-Keizer Volances, SSA-Northwest League, SF Giants)? He's continuing to rip the cover off the ball. Against Spokane this week, he went 2-for-5 with a two-run dinger, upping his average to .286 in the process. A pure left-handed power hitter, he's hit five homers in 27 games with RBI. His OPS is .853 and his on base percentage is up to .377 with a .476 slugging percentage.