WAREHAM - It’s time for the second Gatemen Alumni of the summer. Here’s a look at some former Gatemen players who are rising the ranks this summer (all stats as of 7/15):
Ian Hamilton (2015): Since the last alumni update, Hamilton has been called up to Triple-A and has been just as good at the next level. In seven games for the Charlotte Knights so far, Hamilton has yet to surrender a run in eight innings of work. In addition, Hamilton is 4-4 in save opportunities this with Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Prior to arriving in Charlotte, Hamilton posted a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings for the Birmingham Barons in Double-A.
Jonathan Holder (2012-2013): Holder has been a mainstay in the bullpen this season for the New York Yankees and is enjoying his best season as a pro to date. In his third season in New York, the right handed Holder has pitched in 33 games and is holding opponents to a .184 batting average. He is 1-1 on the season with a 1.85 ERA. Out of his 33 games, Holder has only allowed runs in four of them.
Jonathan Holder was a member of the Gatemen for two seasons, including the championship season in 2012 (photo via Right Field Fog).
Zac Houston (2015): The 23-yeard old from Mississippi State is on a fast track to the majors as he is having a spectacular season for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers organization. Houston has pitched in 15 games out of the bullpen and has allowed just four runs in 16.1 innings. Houston began the year in Double-A where he went 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA before getting the call up on May 31.
Jake Kalish (2014): Kalish has a 3.89 ERA in eight games for the Omaha Storm Chasers, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Kalish pitched 37 innings and owns a 3-4 record. The left hander has yet to crack the big leagues yet, but should have best chance to do so this summer.
Jason Richman (2014): The 24-year old left hander just received a big promotion on July 15 back up to the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Triple-A. Richman had been in Advanced-A ball and was 2-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 33 games for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Richman had been in Triple-A for a brief one game stint earlier this summer when he threw one inning and allowed one run.
Shea Spitzbarth (2015): Like Jason Richman, Spitzbarth also recently got the call up to Triple-A to play for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Spitzbarth, the 23-year old right hander from Staten Island, made the jump to Triple-A after appearing in 26 games posting a 4.37 ERA for the Tulsa Drillers in Double-A. In his one game since joining the OKC Dodgers, Spitzbarth has allowed three runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
Kendall Graveman (2012): Gravemen is currently on the disabled list after a rough go this season for the Oakland Athletics. Gravemen was 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA in seven games started while spending time in both the major and the minors this season. Last year, Graveman was much more effective going 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 19 games.