Clark County minor league baseball report, Aug. 6

By Jeff Klein, Columbian sports staff



Minor League baseball update No. 8 on Clark County athletes through games of Aug. 5, 2017:


Jeff Ames (Skyview HS), Durham Bulls (International League, Tampa Bay Rays)
Position: RHP
Season stats: 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 37 games, 2/2 saves/opportunities, 51.1 IP, 67 Ks, 30 BB, 1.48 WHIP
Recent highlights: Struck out four batters in 2 innings of relief without giving up a run in a 5-4 loss at Norfolk (Orioles) on Aug. 5. Had seven strikeouts last week with no earned runs in four innings of relief.


Taylor Ard (Prairie HS), Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Southern League, Miami Marlins)
Position: 1B
Season stats: 100 games, .215 BA, 15 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI, .285 OBP, .347 SLG
Recent highlights: Bit of a slump at the plate with no hits since July 26 (0 for 13).

Clint Coulter (Union HS), Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Position: OF
Season stats: 91 games, .243 BA, 16 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 43 RBI, .312 OBP, .425 SLG
Recent highlights: Went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a two-run home run and four RBI in a 13-0 win vs. Jacksonville on Aug. 2.

Taylor Williams (Camas HS), Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League, Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster)
Position: RHP
Season stats: 0-2, 3.72 ERA, 16 games, 14 starts, 38.2 IP, 47 Ks, 21 BB, 1.58 WHIP
Recent highlights: Placed on the 7-day disabled list Aug. 1. Last appearance in a game was July 21.

Single-A (advanced)

Ian Hamilton (Skyview HS), Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League, Chicago White Sox)
Position: RHP
Season stats: 3-5, 2.68 ERA, 34 games, 4/6 saves/opportunities, 57.0 IP, 54 Ks, 14 BB, 1.14 WHIP
Recent highlights: Picked up the victory at Lynchburg on July 30 with four strikeouts in two innings of middle relief at Lynchburg (Indians), then earned his fourth save of the season by getting the last two outs on one pitch vs. Salem (Red Sox) on Aug. 1.

Tommy Thorpe (Evergreen HS), Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League, Chicago Cubs)
Position: LHP
Season stats: 3-4, 4.33 ERA, 31 games, 52.0 IP, 52 Ks, 26 BB, 1.48 WHIP
Recent highlights: Had two relief appearances last week, throwing a total of three innings with a strikeout.

Caleb Whalen (Union HS), Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League, Milwaukee Brewers)
Position: LF
Season stats: 31 games, .208 BA, 7 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .290 OBP, .365 SLG
Recent highlights: Promoted to the Mudcats on July 31. Went 1 for 4 against Down East (Rangers) in his Carolina debut on Aug. 2. Knocked in a run against Buies Creek (Astros) on Aug. 5.


Tyler Hallead (Camas HS), Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League, Philadelphia Phillies)
Position: RHP
Season stats: 1-1, 6.15 ERA, 18 games, 26.1 IP, 31 Ks, 15 BB, 1.52 WHIP
Recent highlights: Pitched two innings at Greensboro (Marlins) for a hold, struck out three with one hit allowed.


Brady Whalen (Union HS), Johnson City Cardinals (Appalachian League, St. Louis Cardinals)
Position: INF
Season stats: 33 games, .203 BA, 10 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 25 RBI, .324 OBP, .381 SLG, 2 SB
Recent highlights: Went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in first matchup opposite brother Seaver in an 8-3 win over Princeton Rays on Aug. 3. Went 1 for 3 with an RBI double against Princeton on Aug. 4.

Seaver Whalen (Union HS), Princeton Rays (Appalachian League, Tampa Bay Rays)
Position: INF
Season stats: 24 games, .241 BA, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .341 OBP, .354 SLG, 2 SB
Recent highlights: Playing opposite his brother Brady (Johnson City), had a hit in all three games of the series Aug. 3-4-5, plus drove in a run and scored twice.

Jake Dahlberg (Heritage HS), Johnson City Cardinals (Appalachian League, St. Louis Cardinals)
Position: LHP
Season stats: 1-0, 8.47 ERA, 11 games, 17.0 IP, 17 Ks, 8 BB, 1.94 WHIP
Recent highlights: In an 8-3 win against Princeton on Aug. 3, got Seaver Whalen to pop out and earned a hold for his one inning of middle relief.

Isaiah Smith (Battle Ground HS), AZL Royals (Arizona League, Kansas City Royals)
Position: OF
Season stats: 21 games, .159 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .195 OBP, .232 SLG
Recent highlights: Bit of a slump as he is 0 for his last 8 at-bats.

Collegiate summer leagues

West Coast League
Jace McKinney, INF, (Columbia River HS / Univ. Portland) Cowlitz Black Bears … 34 games, .292 BA, 2 2B, 18 RBI, 5 SB; Pitching: 1 game, 1 IP, 2 BB, 3 Ks.
Preston Jones, OF, (Mountain View HS / Oregon State) Cowlitz Black Bears … 18 games, .232 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB.
Alex McGarry, INF, (Columbia River HS / Tacoma CC, will attend Oregon State) Kelowna Falcons … 41 games, .268 BA, 7 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 3 SB
James Brooks, RHP, (Skyview HS / Tacoma CC) Kelowna Falcons … 12 games, 47.2 IP, 2-4 record, 45 Ks, 6.60 ERA
Chase Wiger, RHP, (Skyview HS / Mt. Hood CC) Kelowna Falcons … 11 games, 8 IP, 0-0 record, 6 Ks, 20.25 ERA

**NOTE: Regular season ends Aug. 6

Great West League
Colin Rubino, INF, (Battle Ground HS / Bellevue Univ., Neb.) Portland Pickles … 36 games, .244 BA, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 5 SB
Matt Olstead, LHP, (Union HS / Edmonds CC) Portland Pickles … 12 games, 24.2 IP, 2-0 record, 17 Ks, 4.37 ERA

**The Portland Pickles host a playoff game vs. Medford, 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. The best-of-3 series then moves to Medford for Aug. 8 and possibly Aug. 9. The GWL best-of-3 championship series begins Aug. 11.

Alaska Baseball League
Jack Bauer, C, (Union HS / will attend Dixie State) Peninsula Oilers … 25 games, .278 BA, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 SB

Semi-pro leagues

Rancocas Valley Baseball League (Burlington County, N.J.)
Dylan Butler, 3B, (Hockinson HS / Mt. Hood CC, Cabrini Univ. in Wayne, Pa.) Delran Steelers … 27 games, .272 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI

NOTE: Updates will appear online each Sunday throughout the summer. If you know of a player not listed currently playing, please email with the details so those players can be included in future updates.