Former first round pick Chad Jenkins was optioned by the Blue Jays to Double-A New Hampshire one week ago. Jenkins only pitched one inning this spring before being shut down by a shoulder ailment.
Jaysjournal.com added the following,
25-year-old Chad Jenkins can say that he now has Major League experience under his belt. The Blue Jays called up the former first round pick (2009, 20th overall) last season and he made his debut on August 7th with 3 innings of scoreless relief against the Rays. Jenkins would finish the season with a 1-3 record over 13 games (3 starts), adding a 4.50 ERA and a 4.5 K/9 ratio. Jenkins will be headed for New Hampshire to start the season, where in 20 games with the Fisher Cats in 2012, he mustered a 5-9 record with a 4.96 ERA and a 4.5 K/9 ratio. It is possible that we could see Jenkins again in 2013, but he will have to improve on his middling strike-out numbers to be effective at the Major League level.
Lefty Kenny Faulk was cut from the Tigers spring training roster on March 15th and optioned to the Minor League camp. Faulk pitched 3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing 3 walks and 2 hits.
Justin Freeman was cut from the Reds spring training training roster on March 9th, and re-assigned to a Minor League Camp. Freeman didn’t appear in a game this spring.
Friday’s series opener against Northern Kentucky has been moved from 6:00 PM to 3:00 PM due to the anticipation of bad weather in Kennesaw.
Stephen Janas (1-0, 0.00) is expected to be on the mound.
Kennesaw State (10-10) will host the Tigers of Savannah State (13-7) at 5:00 PM for a mid-week in-state rivalry game. The Owls are coming off a big win Sunday against Mercer, whereas the Tigers are coming off two losses in a row against North Carolina Central, and were outscored by 17 runs.
- The starting pitcher for KSU hasn’t been announced yet, but I imagine Nathan Harsh will be on the mound after having his scheduled appearance last week being umped out (the umpires were not scheduled so the Georgia St. game was postponed).
- Junior center fielder Bo Way has a 15 game hitting streak for the Owls.
- The Owls had double digit hits in 5 of the last 6 games but only averaged 3.5 runs per game.
- In those six games, freshman shortstop Kal Simmons has hit safely and is batting .500 with 8 RBI. He hit in the two hole last game for the first time in his career and had 4 hits, so expect him penciled in there on Tuesday.
- Justin McCalvin hasn’t given up an earned run in 13.1 innings
Game 1 Box Score (L 4-3 in 11)
- This had to be the most crushing loss for Kennesaw St. on the season. In the conference opener against rival Mercer, KSU was up 3-0 going into the 9th and allowed a game-tying three run homerun to Mercer’s Sasha LaGarde. Then in the 11th inning Alan Busenitz threw a wild pitch which allowed the winning run to score. The most discouraging part of the sequence was that Busenitz retired Mercer’s best hitter shortly after the wild pitch.
- It’s safe to say that Stephen Janas is the ace of the staff. He started off the year working mid-week games due to a pitch count from Tommy John surgery, and now has ascended past all others and will be the Friday night guy. Janas went 5 scoreless innings and still has not allowed a run on the season through 15 innings. He has a WHIP of 1 to with 13 strikeouts.
- The Owls scored an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th on a Bo Way single to make it 3-0.
- James Connell blew his first save of the year in the 9th when he gave up the homerun to LaGarde.
- Alan Busenitz allowed his first and only run of the year on the wild pitch, and it was a costly one.
- Will Solomon pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. It looks like he’s out of the weekend rotation.
- Bo Way went 2-6 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
- Chris McGowan broke out of a funk and went 3-5 with a walk and an RBI.
- Just one game after going 4-4, Jacob Bruce went 0-6. Still worth a .400 batting average!
- Freshman shortstop Kal Simmons got his team leading 15th RBI.
- Way, McGowan, Simmons, Max Pentecost and Peyton Hart all hit doubles.
- There were no errors in the game form either team.
- This game dropped KSU to 9-9 and 0-1 in conference play.
Game 2 Box Score (L 5-1)
- Travis Dean had his best game of the year, striking out 8 in 6 innings. He allowed 5 hits and 3 runs with just two earned. He picked up the loss however, and moves his record to 2-3 on the year.
- The Owls scored their lone run in the first inning on a Chris McGowan single.
- Bo Way went 1-4 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He also stole a base and scored the lone KSU run.
- Mercer had two steals. Teams seem to have a lot of success running on freshman catcher Brennan Morgan.
- Shortstop Kal Simmons committed the only error of the game for either team.
- Every run in the game for both teams came on a single or an error.
- This loss moves the Owls under .500 for the first time all year at 9-10 and 0-2 in conference play.
Game 3 Box Score (W 5-4)
- The Owls avoided being swept in a weekend series for the third time this year behind the left arm of senior Kevin Kyle.
- Kyle went 6.2 innings and allowed four runs with just 1 earned run to get the win. After a Dylan Ivey error, Justin McCalvin came in and gave up a two-base hit which allowed two of Kyle’s unearned runs to cross the plate.
- KSU stole 4 bases on the day with Peyton Hart getting 2 of them. Freshmen Kal Simmons and Ryan Raper each recorded their first collegiate steal.
- Speaking of Simmons, he was moved out of the 9 spot for the first time all year and placed in the 2 hole where he recorded four hits for the black and gold. I’m guessing it’s safe to say he’ll be back in that spot next game. Simmons also scored a run and had 2 RBI, which pushes him further into the team lead with 17 total. Simmons is up to a .304 batting average.
- Bo Way went 2-5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Ronnie Freeman holds the KSU hitting streak record with 42 games in a row.
- Jacob Bruce went 3-4 with 2 runs. He’s now hitting .291 on the year.
- James Connell bounced back from Friday’s debacle and recorded the tough 1 run save.
- The Owls are now 10-10 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.
- Late Friday night the series looked promising, and from there things fell apart until Sunday. Luckily for Kennesaw State, they took the must-win game to salvage the series. It’s not how anybody had hoped the weekend would end, but it’s better than nothing.
- Stephen Janas and Travis Dean both deserved to get wins, but hey, that’s the game of baseball for ya.
- The Owls line-up shuffle seems to continue each game. My ideal line-up right now against a righty? 1. LF Bruce 2. SS Simmons 3. CF Way 4. 3B Hart 5. RF McGowan 6. C Pentecost 7. DH Liquori 8. 1B Duran 9. 2B Almonte. Lefty-righty all the way through.
- Mercer’s Derrick Workman has more homeruns than the entire Owls roster. We are really missing Andy Chriscaden’s 15 homers per year.
Center fielder Bo Way
Your 9-8 Kennesaw State Owls start a three game weekend home series Friday night against Mercer. The Bears are 14-4 and own the 24th spot in the current RPI rankings. The game will be webcasted live online at www.asun.tv.
FRIDAY (6:00 PM)
Steve Janas (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brandon Barker (2-0, 1.90 ERA)
SATURDAY (2:00 PM)
Travis Dean (2-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. Grant Papelian (2-1, 4.92 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:00 PM)
Kevin Kyle (2-2, 3.09 ERA) vs. D.J. Johnson (3-0, 1.12 ERA)
Jacob Bruce had 4 hits for the Owls
The Owls couldn’t beat Auburn for a second time this year on Tuesday night, as they fell 8-3.
- Freshman Jordan Hillyer got the start and didn’t fare too well. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 1.1 innings, and picked up the loss. He hit two batters in the process and committed an error. Hillyer might be making the move back to the bullpen soon, where he excelled over the first few weeks of the season.
- Hillyer getting the Tuesday start means Stephen Janas is now a weekend starter. Who is going to the pen? I would guess Will Solomon because it’s always nice to have more lefties down there, plus Travis Dean and Kevin Kyle are more established starters.
- Speaking of lefties, freshman Travis Bergen has done an excellent job as a LOOGY this year.
- Nathan Harsh will take the mound tomorrow for his first start of the year. He’s gone five innings on the season, striking out 7 and has yet to allow a run.
- Remember two nights ago I mentioned how Jacob Bruce is a better contact hitter than he’s shown? He went 4-4 with a double. He now has an 8 game hitting streak.
- Middle George College transfer Bo Way has hit safely in 12 games in a row and has a hit in every game this year except for one. His OBP is .417.
- Freshman shortstop Kal Simmons picked up two RBI, and as the team’s number 9 hitter he leads the Owls with 14 RBI.
- 8th inning set-up man Justin McCalvin still hasn’t given up an earned run all year.
- The Owls went down 8-0 and gave up all runs in the first four innings.
- In the first 5 innings, KSU plunked Auburn 4 times.
- The Owls will be back in action Wednesday against Georgia State at Stillwell Stadium and Nathan Harsh will get the ball for KSU.