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Oklahomans in major and minor league baseball

Mike Baldwin takes a look at how some familiar names are doing in pro baseball as of June 27, 2013.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: June 30, 2013


SS Andrelton Simmons, Western: The Braves starting shortstop doesn't have eye-popping offensive stats (. 243, 5 HRs, 5 SBs, 38 runs) but is a valuable defensive cornerstone on a team that leads the NL East.


Manager John Farrell (OSU): After leading Toronto to a 154-170 record over two seasons, Farrell replaced Bobby Valentine in Boston. The Red Sox are battling for the American League's top record and lead the highly competitive AL East where every team is above .500.


P Scott Baker (OSU): Coming off Tommy John elbow surgery, the 31-year-old right-hander signed with the Cubs after going 63-48 (4.15 ERA) in seven seasons with the Twins. Baker had a setback during spring training and might not return until August.


Manager Robin Ventura (OSU): In his first season, with zero managerial experience, Ventura had the White Sox atop the AL Central much of the season. His second season has been a major disappointment. An anemic offense and pitching injuries have the White Sox in the AL Central cellar.


C George Kottaras (Connors): He's hitting only .143 in a backup role (49 at bats) but many of his seven hits have been huge. He has two home runs and nine RBIs. His on-base percentage (. 288) includes a couple of bases-loaded RBI walks.


P Tommy Hanson (Tulsa born): The 26-year-old right-hander was placed on the DL last week with a strained forearm. Hanson started strong but has slumped to an overall 5.10 ERA and 1.55 WHIP this season.

P Garrett Richards (Edmond Memorial): The 25-year-old right-hander has been moved to the bullpen after making four early starts. Overall, he's 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA.


OF Matt Kemp (Midwest City): Recently returned from the disabled list. Kemp has had a tough season (hitting .256 with two home runs, 18 RBIs and nine stolen bases), far off the pace of 39 homers, 126 RBIs two years ago.


3B/PH Greg Dobbs (OU): The 34-year-old bench specialist received regular playing time when starters were injured. He's hitting .229 with two homers and 17 RBIs.


P Nick Blackburn (Del City, Seminole): Underwent elbow (bone chip) surgery following a disappointing season (7.39 ERA). But it's wrist surgery in February that's sidelined him. He will pitch in a simulated game this week, a step closer to making some rehab starts.

Manager Ron Gardenhire (Okmulgee): In the final year of his contract, “Gardy” has led the Twins to six division titles and should notch his 1,000th career win this year (967). The Twins lost a combined 195 games the previous two seasons but have been competitive.


Jeremy Hefner (Perkins, ORU): The 27-year-old right-hander, who once lived in Moore, is in the Mets rotation. He's 2-6 with a 3.72 ERA and a 2.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio but has surrendered 12 homers in 14 starts.


P Brett Anderson (Stillwater): 25-year-old left-hander once again is battling an injury. Anderson returned successfully from Tommy John surgery last year to help lead the A's to the playoffs. This time it's a foot stress fracture. Anderson was 1-4 before going on the DL. He's 26-29 in his career with a 3.74 ERA.


SS Jordy Mercer (Taloga, OSU): The Taloga product is getting more playing time with the Pirates after spending some time in Triple-A. Mercer is hitting .286 and has compiled four home runs and 11 RBIs in 126 at bats.


OF Matt Holliday (Stillwater): The six-time All-Star is a career .311 hitter. Holliday has averaged 27 homers and 102 RBIs the past six years. He is slightly behind his normal pace (. 267, 11 homers, 40 RBIs).

SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Earning the Cardinals' starting shortstop job, Kozma has held his own (. 250, one home run, 27 RBIs, 27 runs) but it's a position the Cardinals might consider adding a little more offensive pop at the trading deadline.


DH Luke Scott (OSU): Started the season on the disabled list but is the Rays primary designated hitter. Scott has cooled off to .236 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 140 at bats.

P Jamey Wright (Westmoore): The 38-year-old right-hander, for the eighth consecutive year, made a Major League bullpen as a nonroster invitee. Playing for 10 different major league teams, Wright is nearing 2,000 career innings. He's 90-125 with a career 4.88 ERA.


P Josh Johnson (Jenks): The 29-year-old right-hander was obtained in a trade with Miami. Johnson (1-2, 4.60 ERA) recently returned from the DL. He pitched well in his most recent start. In his ninth major league season, Johnson is 57-39 with a career 3.22 ERA.


1B Adam LaRoche (Seminole Juco): A 33-year-old veteran, LaRoche signed a two-year $24 million deal after slamming 33 homers with 100 RBIs last season for the Nationals. LaRoche once again is providing power (11 homers, 35 RBIs) out of the cleanup spot.

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