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Buehler tops former Vanderbilt pitchers report

Walker Buehler is 4-0 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is among numerous former Vanderbilt pitchers in the major and minor leagues. (photo by Mike Morrow)

Here’s a rundown on how former Vanderbilt pitchers are doing in both the major and minor leagues this season:

Right-hander Walker Buehler is doing quite well. He picked up his fourth win of the season without a loss on Monday in a 5-3 Dodgers victory over the Braves in Los Angeles. Buehler is now 12-5 in his young career in 30 starts. He struck out eight Atlanta batters Monday, matching his season high.

According to mlb.com, Buehler’s fastball on Monday averaged 96.3 mph. Buehler is the only Dodger pitcher with four wins thus far this season, but he has an earned run average of 4.95. He has started seven games and compiled 36 1/3 innings, tied for second on the team with Ross Stripling behind only to Kenta Maeda, who has thrown 38 2/3 innings. …

… Red Sox left-hander David Price is injured but it doesn’t look too bad for him. Price complained of elbow pain after pitching last Thursday in Chicago. He has tendinitis. He was placed on the 10-day injured list, but he has already been throwing. Price joins starter Nathan Eovaldi on the injured list.

Price is 1-2 with a 3.75 earned run average. He is tied with Chris Sale in leading the team in strikeouts with 42.

Although he is sidelined, Price, as usual, can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for his comments. The latest wrinkle came when Steve Buckley of The Athletic tweeted that after manager Alex Cora announced he wouldn’t be visiting the White House on Thursday, “basically it’s the white Sox who will be going.” Price tweeted Buckley’s quote with the comment, “I just feel like more than 38K should see this tweet.” It ramped up the tweet to the 1.8 million who follow Price on Twitter. That looked like Price supported the comment. But he later told the Boston Globe, “It’s an insensitive tweet that needs to be seen by more people. That’s what it was.” …

… The Detroit Tigers have designated right-hander Drew VerHagen for assignment, and it came with the stock comment from manager Ron Gardenhire that “maybe a change of scenery might do him good.”

Gardenhire had talked before Saturday’s game about how the team needed VerHagen “desperately” with a crowded schedule of games ahead. But VerHagen allowed six runs on five hits and three walks in one inning that day. The Detroit News reported that VerHagen politely declined to talk to reporters after the game.

The newspaper quoted Gardenhire afterward saying, “I like the heck out of the guy. He’s got good stuff. But he’s just all over right now.” …

… Veteran Mike Minor continues to pitch well for the Texas Rangers. He has a 3-2 record with an ERA of 2.40, and that includes a complete-game shutout.
Minor has 48 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings pitched. He is already being mentioned as a potential All-Star this season. …

… Right-hander Carson Fulmer has been up and down between the big-league Chicago White Sox and Class AAA Charlotte. His most recent move was on Saturday when the White Sox sent him down. Charlotte has seen 21 roster changes in the last week.

Fulmer was the White Sox’ top draft pick in 2015. He has a career 9-12 record and a 6.72 ERA with the big-league club. He has walked 11 batters in 10 1/3 innings pitched and can’t seem to stick.

Fulmer’s record with Charlotte is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He has given up four hits in seven innings. …

… Like Fulmer, right-hander Tyler Beede can’t seem to stay in the bigs. He was called up last Friday by the San Francisco Giants to face the Cincinnati Reds, where he was matched against former Vanderbilt pitcher Sonny Gray. It didn’t go well for Beede. The Giants won the game 11-10 in 10 innings, but Beede made it only 2 1/3 innings giving up seven earned runs including two home runs, both to Derek Dietrich. It left Beede with an ERA of 27.00.
The next day, Beede was sent to Class AAA Sacramento. Beede is 1-1 in AAA with a 1.99 ERA. He has struck out 34 batters in 22 2/3 innings with the River Cats. …

Sonny Gray still hasn’t won a game with his new team. He is 0-4 in Cincinnati with a 3.89 ERA. He has suffered from lack of run support much of the time, but it’s not the start some had envisioned for him. …

Kyle Wright did not do well in the big leagues, and he has struggled in the minors too. After starting the season with the Braves’ big-league club 0-2, Wright was sent to Gwinett of the International League.

He had an ERA of 7.07 in Atlanta. He is 2-2 with an ERA of 8.66 in Gwinnett. Wright’s minor league record is 10-12 with a 3.91 ERA. He got the win against Durham on May 3. …

Ben Bowden is at Class AA Hartford in the Eastern League, playing in the Colorado Rockies organization. He is 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA and has an impressive nine saves.
Bowden, a left-hander, is 24. …

Maddux Conger is in the Detroit Tigers organization, pitching in Class A West Michigan of the Midwest League. He has appeared in four games and thrown only four innings. He has no decisions. …

Chandler Day is 0-1 at Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League, pitching in relief in the Washington Nationals organization. Day was a seventh-round pick by the Nationals last June. …

Penn Murfee is pitching in the Seattle Mariners’ system and is 1-0 at Class A Modesto in the California League, after eight innings pitched. He has also pitched eight innings at Class AAA Tacoma this season with no decisions and a 10.38 ERA in five appearances.

Murfee played at Montgomery Bell Academy. A side-arm pitcher, he played three years at Vanderbilt, the first two as an infielder, then as a reliever. He finished at Santa Clara last year, where he was drafted by Seattle in the 33rd round. …

… Left-hander Phil Pfeifer is with the Class A Florida Fire Frogs in the Florida State League after pitching at AA Mississippi in the Southern League. He is currently 0-0 with one save. He was 1-1 at Mississippi with a 4.91 ERA. …

Matt Ruppenthal is 1-0 in the Houston organization, pitching for Class A Quad Cities in the Midwest League. He has appeared in five games and has one save. …

Sam Selman is pitching in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in the Giants organization. He is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA. Earlier this season Selman was at Richmond in the Class AA Eastern League where he allowed no earned runs in four appearances. …

Jordan Sheffield, brother of Justus Sheffield of the Seattle Mariners, is pitching for Class A Rancho Cucamonga in the Dodgers’ system. He is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA. The Sheffields are from Tullahoma. Justus Sheffield did not play college ball. …

… Right-handed reliever Collin Snider is 2-1 at Wilmington in the Class A Carolina League in the Royals organization.

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