Baseball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 2/26)
Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we look back at performances from around the game of baseball. This week, we highlight Factory alumni with notable performances across high school, collegiate and professional ranks. Steve Bernhardt, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Factory provides information on the Factory alumni.
MLB Spring Training
Dylan Cease – 1-0 this spring and has not allowed a run in both of his appearances. Five strikeouts in 3.1 IP for the Chicago Cubs sixth round selection in 2014 out of Milton HS in Georgia. (2013 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American)
Yairo Munoz – In eight games in St. Louis Cardinals camp this spring: .360, two doubles, two homers, five RBI. Munoz was involved in the deal, sending him to St. Louis in exchange for Stephen Piscotty last December. (2011 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American)
Brandon Nimmo – Nimmo is making his case to be the Mets starting centerfielder come Opening Day with an outstanding start to his spring. He’s hitting .333 (7-for-21) with a double, triple, two home runs and five RBI. (2010 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American)
Brendan Rodgers – Showing the power that the Rockies covet. Hit a big home run that nearly cleared the batter’s eye in CF on Sunday. The 21-year-old now has two homers and five RBI this spring. (2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American, 2013 Under Armour Futures East Showcase)
Will Benson – Spent a short amount of time with the big league club, but made the most of it. Collected a hit with two walks in his only spring action. Benson will likely start the season at Class-A Lake County. (2015 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American, 2014 Under Armour Futures South)
Greg Deichmann – Has made the most of two games of action: 3-for-3 with a homer. Deichmann was the Oakland A’s second round selection out of LSU last year. Hit .274 with eight homers, 30 RBI and 28 walks with the Short-Season Vermont Lake Monsters after he signed. (2013 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American, 2012 Team One Futures East)
Casey Kelly – Has not allowed a hit or run in three spring appearances with the San Francisco Giants big league camp. The 28-year-old is looking to claim a roster spot out of spring training. He attended the prestigious Cape Cod High School Classic in 2007.
Nicky Delmonico – Delmonico, a 2010 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American, is enjoying a great spring for the White Sox. An infielder by trade, Nick is learning to play the outfield and is hitting .360 with five doubles in eight games. He was called up on August 1st of last year, playing in 43 games with nine homers and 23 RBI. He’s proving that his play last season is no fluke.
Spencer Torkelson – A freshman at Arizona State, Spencer was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. He’s hitting .367 through 13 games with eight HRs and 15 RBI, with a slugging % of .959. Spencer attended a 2011 Under Armour Baseball Factory Interactive Video Program in Santa Rosa, CA.
Ryan Johnson – Johnson, a JuCo transfer from San Jacinto College, is off to a hot start for the Wildcats. The junior outfielder is hitting .375 with seven doubles, three HRs and 13 RBI. Ryan is a two-time Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American (2013-14).
Hunter Hearn – Hearn, a junior outfielder at Sam Houston St, hit a game-winning two-run HR in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 7-6 win over Vanderbilt at Minute Maid Park. Currently hitting .347 with two doubles, a triple, four homers and 13 RBI (tied for most on the team). Hearn attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Houston, TX in 2013.
Jaxx Groshans – Jaxx, a sophomore catcher for the University of Kansas, is red-hot, collecting 19 hits in 45 at-bats, good for a .422 AVG. Has four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI for the Jayhawks (8-4). Jaxx has attended numerous Baseball Factory events: UA BF National Tryout and the Under Armour Futures Texas Showcase in 2014. In 2015, he participated in the Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.
Blake Reese – Reese, a junior IF/OF at the University of Florida, is hitting .365 through 14 games for the No. #1-ranked Gators. He leads the team in doubles (7), triples (2) and is second on the team with 13 RBI. Reese attended an UA BF College PREP in his hometown of Tallahassee, FL in 2013 as well as the UA Fall Classic the same year. Also played in the 2015 Under Armour Memorial Day Classic.
Andrew Grogan – sophomore right-hander at Chipola College was named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week. Spun eight innings, scattering three hits and not allowing any runs in a victory over State College of Florida. Grogan struck out nine hitters and has a season ERA of 1.80. Andrew attended a UA BF National Tryout in Atlanta, GA back in 2012.
JT Ginn – March 3rd game – went 3-for-4 with three homers and nine RBI – hit a grand slam, three-run and two-run shots. Currently hitting .611/5 HR/11 RBI though his highest draft stock is on the mound where he is 1-0 with a 1.75 ERA with 16 Ks in 8 IP. (2017 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American)
Joe Gray – Joe is hitting .438 through six games with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 runs batted in…is also 1-0 on the mound and has not allowed a run for Hattiesburg High School. (2016 & 2017 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American)
Jeremiah Jackson – The 2017 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American has been outstanding through first five games: 8-for-11 with 3 HRs and six stolen bases. Jackson also participated in two National South Showcases and a Futures South Showcase.
Triston Casas – Hitting .429 in five games with a double, two homers and he’s walked seven times without striking out. He’s even thrown an inning on the mound with two strikeouts. Casas has attended multiple Baseball Factory events and is a two-time UA BF All-American (2016-2017).
Connor Scott – Through five games, Scott, a senior at Plant HS in Tampa, FL is hitting .529 with a double, triple, two homers and seven RBI. On the mound, the lefty is 1-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 IP.