FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With Major League Baseball racing toward pennant chases, SacredHeartPioneers.com checks in on three former Pioneer baseball players currently working their way through the minor leagues.
Kodi Kerski, drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the eighth round of this year's MLB Draft, is currently 2-1 for the Everett Aquasox of the Northwest League. Kerski earned his first professional win on June 24, pitching 3.2 innings of relief with six strikeouts in Everett's 6-5 13-inning victory at Salem-Keizer. On July 20, Kerski pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save as the Aquasox won 3-2 at Spokane. In 12 appearances, Kerski has a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings with 24 strikeouts. He recently was selected to the Northwest League All-Star Game, to be played August 5 in Eugene, Ore.
Troy Scribner is 5-1 for the Tri City Valleycats of the New York-Penn League, affiliates of the Houston Astros. He is one of four pitchers in the league with five wins, a league-high. Scribner leads the New York-Penn League with 50 strikeouts is second with a 0.90 ERA. In his last start Wednesday, Scribner tossed five shutout innings against the Connecticut Tigers, scattering three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Scribner opened the year with the Astros' Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched.
John Murphy is currently hitting .267 for the Charleston Riverdogs, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Yankees. In 63 games, Murphy's 17 stolen bases are second on the team. July has been one of his better months so far this season, hitting .289. Murphy opened the season by hitting .298 in April with four doubles.
Sacred Heart reached the NEC Baseball Championship for the sixth straight season in 2014, compiling a record of 29-28.