Lobos in the Pros
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/15/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

July 15, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - There are 11 Lobos that were drafted prior to 2013 who are still playing professional baseball including two players, Jordan Pacheco and Bobby LaFromboise, who spent time in the Major Leagues this season. Here is an update on how each of the 11 players are faring.

Austin House, Beloit Snappers, Midwest League, Class A – Has made 20 appearances, including nine starts, with a 3.72 ERA and an unlucky 1-4 record. He has one complete game while also recording six saves. He has struck out 51 batters in 72.2 innings for the first-place Snappers.

Gera Sanchez, Quad City River Bandits, Midwest League, Class A – Owns a 4-1 record and a 4.91 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the third-place River Bandits. He continues to strike out batters at a high rate as he has 43, versus just 11 walks, in 36.2 innings. His 10.6 K/9 ranks third on the team, and is the most out of anyone who has thrown at least 12 innings.

Rafael Neda, Brevard County Manatees, Florida State League, Class High-A – Has 93 at bats in 23 games for the Manatees this season. Has two doubles and seven RBI while throwing out over 30 percent of attempted base stealers from behind the plate.

Justin Howard, Altoona Curve, Eastern League, Double-A – Having one of his best professional seasons to date at his highest minor league level to date. He is hitting .311 over 135 at bats in 53 games with six doubles, two homers, 20 RBI and a solid .433 on base percentage. He has also scored 20 runs while playing excellent defense at first base.

Ryan Honeycutt, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Northwest League, Class Low-A – Has only appeared in seven games thus far in 2013, but has played very well. He is hitting .269 with a home run, six RBI and two doubles in 26 at bats. He is slugging at a career-high level with a .462 mark.

Cole White, Tulsa Drillers, Texas League, Double-A – Was traded from the Kansas City Royals organization to the Colorado Rockies and owns a 1-3 record with a 3.68 ERA over 27 relief appearances between two Double-A affiliates. He has struck out 26 batters in 29.1 innings and owns 10 saves, all coming with the Drillers, while allowing just 22 hits.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Chattanooga Lookouts, Southern League, Double-A – After having a tremendously successful season with the Isotopes in 2012, he is having another solid season for the Lookouts. He’s hitting .278 (65-for-234) in 72 games with 11 doubles, one triple, six homers and 30 RBI. He has scored 26 runs and also stolen eight bases with a .410 slugging percentage. He has played all three outfield positions this season and has recorded eight outfield assists already.

Cameron Monger, Fort Worth Cats, United League Baseball, Independent League – Is in his third year of independent league ball and still playing well. He’s hitting .327 with 10 doubles, three triples, a home run and 28 RBI. He’s also stealing bases at nearly a 90 percent clip and has scored 33 runs in 46 games. He is slugging .444 and has an on base percentage of .428 to give him a career-high OPS of .872.

Bobby LaFromboise, Tacoma Rainers, Pacific Coast League, Triple-A – Earned a brief call up to the majors by the Seattle Mariners and appeared in three games. He struck out five in 2.1 innings. At Tacoma this year he owns a perfect 4-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 29 games in the extremely hitter-friendly PCL. He has three saves while striking out over a batter per inning (43 Ks in 39.2 innings pitched) and walking just 13.

Scott Gracey, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Eastern League, Double-A – He began the season with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays, but was promoted to the Fisher Cats and has pitched even better. Over the two levels he is a perfect 6-0 with a 2.54 ERA and one save. He has 41 strikeouts in 39.0 innings, including 22 Ks in 18.1 innings at New Hampshire. He has walked just seven batters all season to go along with 35 hits allowed for a very good WHIP of 1.08.

Jordan Pacheco, Colorado Rockies – He has struggled just a little this season after finishing sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012. He’s hitting .233 on the season but had a torrid April in which he hit .339. He has 10 doubles on the season with one home run, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored. Over 739 Major League-at bats in 216 games he owns a career average of .288 with 43 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. He has scored 74 runs and driven in 85.