University of Minnesota alumni concluded their minor league seasons this week with several cracking postseason play. Today, we look back at how these Gopher Baseball standouts performed throughout the season.
Austin Athmann (West Michigan Whitecaps/Class A) – Athmann finished his season batting .268/.315/.357 in 90 games this season for West Michigan. He ripped 16 doubles and three home runs, driving in 35 runs and scoring 44 times.
Matt Fiedler (Peoria Chiefs/Class A) – Fiedler split time between a pair of teams during his sophomore campaign in the minors, totaling 50 games on the season and hitting .258/.340/.354 with seven doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He scored 21 runs and drove in 13 while stealing four bases.
Lucas Gilbreath (Grand Junction Rockies/Rookie) – Gilbreath did not make a postseason appearance for Grand Junction, but took the mound on 12 occasions including 10 starts. He tossed 43.0 innings in rookie ball, allowing a .245 batting average while striking out 32. Gilbreath finished with a 2-3 record and 4.60 ERA. Gilbreath was invited to the Rockies' instructional league this fall.
Brian Glowicki (Eugene Emeralds/Class A-Short) – Glowicki made one postseason appearance for the Emeralds, working 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. For the year, he finished with a 1-3 record and three saves, posting a 4.57 ERA in 18 relief appearances. He struck out 26 in 21.2 innings.
Tyler Hanson (Boise Hawks/Class A-Short) – Hanson joined Boise in July, finished his season with 10 outings from the Hawks bullpen. He finished with a 4.50 ERA in 20.0 innings, striking out 12 while walking just three batters through the year.
Jordan Jess (Bradenton Marauders/Class A-Advanced) – Jess posted a 2.92 ERA in 49.1 innings across 30 outings at Class-A ball before a promotion to High-A. He made eight appearances at Bradenton to the tune of a 9.24 ERA, but for the season, he finished at 4.21 in 62.0 innings, striking out 66 batters with two saves and a 0-4 record.
Ben Meyer (Jupiter Hammerheads/Class A-Advanced) – Meyer also split time at two levels, advancing from Class-A Greensboro to High-A Jupiter after 29.1 innings to the tune of a 2.15 ERA. He continued to dominate at the next level, finishing his season with a combined 6-3 record and 2.02 ERA. He worked 111.1 innings over 32 appearances including 12 starts, striking out 134.
Seth Rosin (Richmond Flying Squirrels/Double-A) – Joining the Giants minor league system at midseason, Rosin posted a 4.67 ERA while going 2-1 in 22 appearances and 27.0 innings. He collected 26 strikeouts on the season.
Dalton Sawyer (Stockton Ports/Class A-Advanced) – Sawyer worked across three levels, making a pair of spot starts at AAA while advancing from Class-A to High-A at midseason. In total, he posted a 9-12 record and 3.56 ERA, making 41 appearances and 21 starts including a complete game. He collected four saves and struck out 166 in 149.1 innings.
DJ Snelten (Sacramento River Cats/Triple-A) – Snelten advanced from Class-AA to AAA early in the season, posting a combined 2.20 ERA in 73.2 innings spanning 51 relief appearances. He struck out 71 batters, walked 23, and allowing a 1.09 WHIP and .206 BAA.
Tom Windle (Reading Fightin Phils/Double-A) – Windle settled in at AA all season after working at three levels in 2016. He posted a 4.24 ERA in 36 appearances, collecting two saves and a 3-2 record. He struck out 44 batters in 51.0 innings.
Dan Lyons (Long Island Ducks) – Lyons continues to contribute down the stretch run for the Ducks, playing in six games this past week. For the season, he’s got a .252 average, 19 doubles, one triple, and seven home runs in 119 games played. Long Island has three games left on the docket against Sugar Land this weekend.
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