Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Summer baseball update:
Teague continues to pitch well
Arkansas pitcher James Teague fires a pitch against Ole Miss in the 2014 SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Alabama.
FAYETTEVILLE A week after earning Pitcher of the Night honors, James Teague turned in another strong performance for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League.
He wasn’t as dominant as he was in his six-inning outing the week before, but the Battle Creek Bombers still had a hard time figuring out the right-hander.
Teague shut out the Bombers for six innings before giving up a pair of earned runs in the seventh inning. He was taken out of the game after 6 1/3 innings.
Like last week, he earned a no decision for his efforts, as the game went into extra innings. This week, however, the Chinooks won.
He now owns a 2.48 ERA through 25 1/3 innings in five appearances. The rising sophomore also has a 3.8:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this summer.
Other Razorbacks in Summer Ball
Zach Barr – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
Barr didn’t even make it out of the first inning of his only start last week. The left-hander gave up seven runs, five of which were earned, in 2/3 of an inning pitched. Six of the nine batters he faced got hits, while one walked. His ERA dropped to 3.95 from 2.36 with the performance.
Clark Eagan – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
In six games last week, Eagan went 8-for-24 (.333) at the plate with one double, five RBI and seven runs scored. Despite the solid performance, his batting average actually dropped to .373 on the summer. He also had four walks, one hit-by-pitch and two stolen bases while striking out just twice. In 83 at bats this summer, Eagan has struck out only seven times.
Alex Gosser – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Gosser continued to struggle at the plate last week, going 2-for-7 with one double and two RBI in two games. The performance actually raised his batting average to .226.
Alex Phillips – Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League)
Phillips picked up a win in his only outing last week, allowing three earned runs on four hits in six innings. The right-hander did not walk a batter, but struck out one. His ERA this summer is now 4.50.
Lance Phillips – Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (Alaska League)
Making two relief appearances last week, the older Phillips brother didn’t allow a run or hit in 2 1/3 innings of work. He did walk one and hit another with a pitch, but he retired the other seven batters he faced. The outings lowered his ERA to 4.28 this summer.
Carson Shaddy – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
Shaddy continues to outhit his teammate, Gosser, with the Marshals. In fact, his .330 batting average leads the entire Marshals team. In two games last week, he went 4-for-6 with two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored. He also walked three times and struck out once.
Landon Simpson – Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League)
Simpson had a performance similar to Teague last week. The right-hander gave up two earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings pitched, lowering his ERA to 3.06 this summer. He also struck out three batters. Unlike Teague, however, Simpson earned the win.
Jake Smith – Texas Marshals (Texas League)
In one inning of work out of the bullpen, Smith gave up a two-run home run, but retired the other three batters he faced. His ERA this summer now sits at 5.82.
Dominic Taccolini – San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League)
For the third consecutive week, Taccolini lost his lone start. Unlike the previous two starts, he was deserving of the loss this week. In 3 2/3 innings pitched, he gave up five earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out none. His ERA went from 2.29 to 3.86 with the performance.
Lawson Vassar – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
Vassar has been a solid bullpen pitcher for the Bombers. Last week, he didn’t allow a run or hit in 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander also walked a pair and struck out two batters. His ERA was lowered to 1.68 with the outing.
Arkansas Signees in Summer Ball
Cannon Chadwick – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
In his only appearance last week, Chadwick pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning for the Bombers. Despite the outing, his ERA this summer sits at 6.07.
Cullen Gassaway – Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League)
Gassaway’s struggles at the plate continued last week, as he went 3-for-15 at the plate in six games. He also had two RBI, one run scored, three walks and one sacrifice bunt. Strikeouts continued to plague Gassaway, as well. He struck out six times, raising his season total to 30 in 119 at bats. His batting average is now .210.
Rick Nomura – Conejo Oaks (California Collegiate League)
In seven games last week, Nomura went 7-for-24 (.292) with four RBI and one run scored. He also had a pair of walks and stolen bases. He is now batting .311 this summer.
Tucker Pennell – Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas League)
In eight at bats last week, Pennell had only one hit – a double – and also struck out once. His summer batting average is now .239.