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Left fielder Ryan Scott (UALR/NLR) was activated from the disabled list by the Greenville Drive (A Red Sox) on July 21. Scott went 2 for 3 — both doubles — with an RBI and a run scored July 21 in Greenville’s 4-1 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A Marlins). He has gone hitless in his past four games, however, and has gone 3 for 20 (.150) with 8 strikeouts in 6 games since coming off the disabled list.
Right-handed pitcher Dillon Drabble (Texarkana) was promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukars in the rookie Pioneer League from the Kansas City Royals’ rookie-league team in the Arizona League on Tuesday. Drabble had an 0-0 record and 3.95 ERA in 6 appearances, including 3 starts, in the Arizona League. He gave up 8 runs — 6 earned — on 16 hits with 6 walks and 6 strikeouts over 132/3 innings and opposing batters hit .302 against him. He took his first loss of the season Thursday in his initial appearance with the Chukars in a 3-0 loss to the Orem Owlz (R Angels). Drabble went 42/3 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits with 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and a wild pitch in the 22 batters he faced while throwing 28 of his 41 pitches for strikes.
Three pitchers with Arkansas ties taken in last month’s MLB Draft earned their first professional victories within a week. Third-round pick
Trevor Stephan (Arkansas Razorbacks) earned his first victory July 23 as the Staten Island Yankees (short-A Yankees) beat the Lowell Spinners (short-A Red Sox) 4-1. Stephan pitched 4 innings and struck out 7 of the 13 batters he faced while throwing 38 of his 49 pitches for strikes. He’s allowed just 2 earned runs on 10 hits with 17 strikeouts over 14 innings this season and batters are hitting .196 against him. Stephan is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 5 appearances, including 4 starts, for the Yankees.
Tyler Zuber (Arkansas State/White Hall), the sixth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals, earned his first professional victory Wednesday as the Burlington Royals beat the Johnson City Cardinals (R Cardinals) 10-6. Zuber allowed 4 runs — none earned — on 3 hits with a walk and 2 strikeouts to the 12 batters he faced over 2 innings. He also earned a save July 23 in the Royals’ 10-9 victory over the Bristol Pirates (R Pirates), in which he allowed 1 hit and induced 2 groundouts to the 3 batters he faced in his only inning of work. Zuber is 3 for 3 in save opportunities this season, and has a 1-0 record with a 2.20 ERA.
Chris Hunt (Henderson State/Greenwood), who was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 39th round, got his first victory Friday as the Gulf Coast League Cardinals defeated the Gulf Coast League Mets 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. Hunt pitched 2 innings, allowing 3 hits with 2 strikeouts while inducing a groundout and 3 flyouts to the 9 batters he faced. Hunt has allowed just 3 earned runs on 11 hits with 12 strikeouts in 8 appearances for the Cardinals and is holding opposing batters to a .256 average. He has a 1-0 record with a 2.45 ERA.