Letters of Intent
By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network
As starts go it was not ideal.
Ward hit another comebacker in the fourth and then Dykxhoorn issued a walk, ending his string of 10 consecutive hitters retired. After Morales singled, DeCarlo was called out on strikes and Peguero struck out swinging.
Brito struck out swinging to open the fifth, Torres walked and Wawoe bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Dykxhoorn’s work day was done — five scoreless, two hits, two walks and six strikeouts — as the Bandits beat the LumberKings 6-2 before 1,010 fans at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, IA.
For his efforts Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.) earned Canadian Baseball Network Minor League Player of the Week honors for Week 1, as the best of the 43 Canucks in the minors.
He bested Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ont.) who hit .556 at double-A Chattanooga, part of the Twins system; RHP Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC), who worked five innings, one win for the class-A Potomac Nationals) in the Nationals chain and INF Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.), who hit .375 at triple-A Colorado Springs.
Dykxhoorn pitched for the Ontario Nationals and coach Shawn Gillespie before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round last June.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES FOR WEEK I
Player / Class / Team AB R H HR RBI AVG
Stephen Wickens – AA Chattanooga 9 2 5 – – .556
Pete Orr – AAA Colorado Springs 8 4 3 – – .375
Michael Saunders – A Dunedin 11 2 4 – – .364
Jamie Romak – AAA Reno 24 8 8 1 2 .333
Eric Wood – AA Altoona 14 1 4 – 2 .286
Marcus Knecht – A Ft. Myers 18 3 5 1 2 .278
Justin Atkinson – A Lansing 11 1 3 – 2 .273
(For this week only, we have relaxed the minimum 10 At Bats requirement)
(Michael Saunders on re-hab assignment with the Dunedin Blue Jays)
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES FOR WEEK I
BROCK DYKXHOORN RHP – SINGLE A QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS
APP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
1 5.0 2 – – 2 6 1-0 – 0.80 0.00
Beginning his second year in the Houston Astros organization, Dykxhoorn had an excellent first start for Quad Cities, in the Single A Midwest League. On April 13th in a 6-2 victory over Clinton, he pitched five scoreless innings and gave up only two base hits and two walks, while striking out six Clinton batters to earn his first win of the 2015 season.
NICK PIVETTA RHP – SINGLE A POTOMAC NATIONALS
APP IP H R ER BB K W-L SV WHIP WK ERA
1 5.0 3 1 1 – 7 0-1 – 0.60 1.80
Coming off an outstanding season in 2014, one which included being named to the South Atlantic League (North Division) All Star team, as well as Canadian Baseball Network’s Canadian Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Pivetta has set the performance bar very high for this year. As the opening day starter for the Potomac
Nationals on April 9th, he pitched well in a 13-8 loss to Lynchburg Hillcats. He threw five innings, surrendered only three base hits and two walks, while striking out seven Lynchburg hitters but despite what could be considered a quality start, he still incurred the loss.
Player Movement and Transactions WEEK I
RHP Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) – Optioned by Philadelphia Phillies to Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Appeared in two games with the Iron Pigs and moved to Double A Reading Fightin’ Phils.
OF Michael Saunders (Victoria, BC) – Sent out on Re Hab assignment by Toronto Blue Jays at Single A Dunedin Blue Jays.
LHP Scott Diamond (Toronto, Ont.) – Free Agent signs Minor League contract with Tampa Bay Rays, and is assigned to Triple A Durham Bulls.
RHP Jameson Taillon(St. Andrews West, Ont.) – Placed on Disabled List by the Pittsburgh Pirates at Triple A Indianapolis Indians.
RHP Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) – Placed on the Disabled List by Chicago White Sox at Triple A Charlotte Knights.
SS Sammie Starr (Toronto, Ont.) – Placed on Disabled List by the Baltimore Orioles at Single A Delmarva Shorebirds.
INF Walker Gourley (Peterborough, Ont.) – Placed on Voluntarily Retired list by the Pittsburgh Pirates at Single A Bradenton Marauders.
SS Sean Jamieson (Simcoe, Ont.) – Placed on Disabled List by Arizona Diamondbacks at Double A Mobile Bay Bears.
RHP Steven Inch (Edmonton, Alta.) – Placed on Disabled List by the Philadelphia Phillies at Single A Clearwater Threshers.
RHP Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) – Placed on Disabled List by the Toronto Blue Jays at Single A Lansing Lugnuts.
OF Marcus Knecht (Toronto, Ont.) – Released by Toronto Blue Jays. Signs Minor League contract with Minnesota Twins, and assigned to Single A Fort Myers Miracle.
C Simon Gravel (Montreal, Que.) – Released by the Boston Red Sox. Signs as a Free Agent with Trois Rivieres Eagles IND Can Am League.
C Mike Blanke (Granby, Que.) – Released by Arizona Diamondbacks. Signs as a Free Agent with Long Island Ducks IND Atlantic League.
RHP Shawn Hill (Mississauga, Ont.) – Fee Agent signs with York Revolution IND Atlantic League.
1B Jonathan Jones (Laval, Que.) – Signs as a Free Agent with the Trois Rivieres Eagles IND Can Am League.
INF Carter Bell (Courtenay, BC) – Placed on the Suspended List by Washington Wild Things IND Frontier League.