Sooner Pros Update: Minor Notes

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JULY 24, 2017

On the Move

#37 Jacob Evans | Pitcher | Springfield Cardinals

Former Sooner closer Jacob Evans earned a promotion to Double-A Springfield in the Cardinals farm system on July 17. He made his Texas League debut with 1.1-shutout innings against Northwest Arkansas on July 18. Evans followed with a scoreless-inning against Arkansas on July 21. Overall, he has totaled 18 games of relief on the season between the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League and the Springfield Cardinals. Evans, who spent time on the disabled list in May and June, owns a 3-3 record and 1.71 earned run average across two levels with three saves.

#3 Jack Mayfield | 2B | Fresno Grizzlies [Updated July 25]

A Texas League All-Star with the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, Jack Mayfield was promoted to Triple-A Fresno on July 24 for his third stint with the Grizzlies in two season. With the Hooks, Mayfield was hitting .289 to go with 14 home runs and 16 doubles. He was slugging .519 and has driven in 44 runs. Mayfield lifted his home run total to 14 after going deep three games in a row on July 19, 20 and 21. He totaled seven RBI in those three games after setting a career-high in RBI with a two-home run, six-RBI performance against Midland on Julye 15.

Sheldon Neuse | 3B | Stockton Ports

A second round pick of the Washington Nationals a year ago, Sheldon Neuse now finds himself as a member of the Oakland Athletics organization. Neuse was traded by the Nationals to the A’s on July 16 as Washington aimed to bolster its big league bullpen. After hitting .291 with nine home runs and 51 RBI in 77 games for the Single-A Hargerstown Suns, Neuse was assigned to Single-A Advanced Stockton by Oakland. In his Ports debut on July 20, he provided Stockton with a walk-off win on a RBI-single in the ninth. Neuse is currently ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the A’s organization by MLB.com.

#5 J.B. Olson | Pitcher | Great Falls Voyagers

J.B. Olson transitioned from a strong senior season into a strong start to his professional career after being selected in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox in June. Through just 10 games with the rookie level Great Falls Voyagers, he is 2-2 with a 0.69 ERA and a save, while allowing just one earned run in 13 innings of work. In his most recent outing, Olson picked up his second win of the summer with 2.1-scoreless innings. Over the weekend, he was named to the Pioneer League All-Star Team, which will face the Northwest League All-Stars in Hillsboro, Ore. on August 1.

Minor Notes

#38 Adam Choplick | Pitcher | Down East Wood Ducks

A three-time MLB draft pick, who was primarily a starter during his OU career, Adam Choplick recently moved into a closer role out of the bullpen with the Down East Wood Ducks; Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Carolina League. Ultimately drafted and signed in 2015, he has appeared in 82 games in the last three seasons, all in relief. Since recording his first save of the season on June 29, Choplick has four saves and 16 strikeouts with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings over nine appearances.

#13 Alec Hansen | Pitcher | Winston-Salem Dash

Alec Hansen, the No. 13 prospect in the White Sox system by MLB.com, claimed his first win of the season with the Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash on July 18. He struck out eight across 5.2 innings in the start to record the 200th strikeout of his professional career in just 151 innings over the last two seasons. A second round pick by the White Sox in 2016, Hansen is 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 96.1 innings spread out between Winston-Salem in the Carolina League and Single-A Kannapolis in the South Atlantic League, where he started the season.

#33 Renae Martinez | Catcher | AZL D-backs

Drafted in the 33rd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after this past spring, Renae Martinez was sent to the Arizona League to catch for the AZL D-backs at the rookie level. He struggled through his first four games with just one hit in 13 at-bats. Since then, Martinez is hitting .414 (12-for-29) over the last nine games to lift his season average to .310 with a .524 slugging and .396 on-base percentage.

#25 Cody Thomas | OF | Great Lakes Loons

Cody Thomas hit his 15th home run of the season on July 22 to tie Mayfield for the lead among all former Sooner players in long balls on the season. Playing for the Great Lakes Loons, Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he is hitting .225 and slugging .411 with 14 doubles and 46 RBI this season. Since making his professional debut in 2016, Thomas has totaled 34 home runs. His home run total is top on the Loons and tied for the fourth most in the Midwest League.

Indy Ball

#13 Jake Fisher | Pitcher | Windy City Thunderbolts

Jake Fisher, a former OU starter and one-time Dodgers minor leaguer, has put together a stellar career in the independent league circuit with the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League. In four seasons, he is 25-25 overall in 66 starts and has gotten better each season. Fisher was an All-Star in 2016 with a 9-4 record and 3.30 ERA. This season, he is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 12 starts. Fisher has won four starts in a row with each start lasting at least eight innings, including a complete game on July 1.

#10 Austin O'Brien | 1B | Lake Erie Crushers

Following in his father’s footsteps, Austin O’Brien began his professional career with the Lake Erie Crushers on June 24. The four-year Sooner first baseman, signed on with the Frontier League team and has appeared in 17 games, while hitting .286 and slugging .607 with four home runs and 10 RBI. O’Brien father John, who played collegiately at Oral Roberts, played three years of affiliated minor league ball before spending eight years in independent ball as he totaled 233 career home runs; 197 which came while playing indy ball.

#10 Tyler Ogle | Catcher | Sioux City Explorers

Following a six-year stint in the Dodgers organization, which ended at Double-A Tulsa in 2016, Tyler Ogle extended his professional career by signing on with the Sioux City Explorers this season. Playing in the independent American Association, he is hitting .274 with a .383 on-base and .411 slugging percentage in 28 games.

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