Jon Gray returned to the Colorado Rockies' active roster for a start at Arizona on June 30 after missing two and a half months on the 10-day DL. He struck out 10 and earned the win in six innings against the Diamondbacks. Greay made his next start in Denver on July 5 against the Cincinnati Reds. He got the win and struck out five in 5.2 innings, but the highlight of the game was Gray's 467-foot home run; the first of his career, the first by a Rockies pitcher since 2015 and the longest by a Colorado player this season.
The Oakland A's recalled Zach Neal for his second stint with the big league club in early July. He took the mound for his sixth appearance of the season with a perfect inning of relief at Seattle on July 7. At the MLB level, Neal has struck out 10 in 14.2 innings of work.
Former Sooners Jack Mayfield and Corey Copping, who were teammates on the 2013 Big 12 Champion, were both chosen for the Double-A Texas League All-Star Game. Mayfield came off the bench to play second base for the South Division, which won 10-3, while Copping tossed a scoreless-seventh for the North Division.
Mayfield is currently hitting .299 with the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Houston Astros organization. He has homered eight times and scored 30 runs. Copping has nailed down seven saves in eight chances with a 4-1 record for the Tulsa Drillers, affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He owns a 1.77 earned run average, while holding opponents to a .178 average.
Sheldon Neuse was named a South Atlantic League All-Star and won the Sally League's home run derby in Columbia, S.C. He came off the bench and played third base for the North All-Stars in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie after seven innings. Neuse is hitting .282 with nine home runs and 47 RBI for the Washington Nationals' Single-A affiliate Hagerstown Suns.
Relief pitcher Ralph Garza was promoted to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks over the weekend. A 2015 Astros draft pick, he has made one prior stint with the Hooks this season as well as a single game for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Garza returned to the mound in Corpus Christ on July 8 with three-scoreless inning of relief with four strikeouts. Overall, he has pitched in 23 games across three levels, including 20 games at Single-A Advanced Buies Creek, with a 2.30 ERA, 2-2 record and three saves with 53 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.
A dominating 10-strikeouts performance for the Kannapolis Intimidators on June 15 earned Alec Hansen a promotion to Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash within the Chicago White Sox farm system. He has made three start for the Dash and allowed just one run in his first 10 innings pitched through two starts. At Kannapolis, Hansen went 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 13 starts with 92 strikeouts in 72.2 innings of work.
Three of four Oklahoma's 2017 MLB draft picks signed along with undrafted free agent Austin Kerns and made their professional debut over the last few weeks. Vincenzo Aiello was promoted from rookie league by the Miami Marlins to the Batavia Muckdogs of the Single-A Short Season New York-Penn League after his first two games. JB Olson has pitched in five games for the White Sox' Pioneer League Great Falls Voyagers. He made his debut on June 22 and owns a 1-2 record despite not allowing an earned run in 6.2 innings.
Catcher Renae Martinez is playing for the AZL D-Backs of the Arizona League. He has made six starts behind the dish and is coming off a 2-for-4 games on Sunday. Kerns, who signed with the Astros in late June, was assigned to the Greenville Astros of the Appalachian League. He has pitched in four games, including one start.