Bandits this week: at West Michigan (today); vs. Cedar Rapids (Wednesday-Friday); vs. Peoria (Saturday-Sunday)|
Bandits news and notes: Teoscar Hernandez enters today's series finale at West Michigan on an eight-game hitting streak. He is 11-for-34 (.323 batting average) in that stretch. ... Shortstop Carlos Correa has not played since getting hit on the right hand on Tuesday. Correa had not been put on the disabled list as of Sunday. ... This week's schedule provides some challenges, with West Division-leading Cedar Rapids starting a three-game series at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday. After that comes a four-game home set with Peoria, including a doubleheader on Saturday. Starting on Wednesday, the Bandits play 14 times in 13 days. ... Major League Baseball recently released its draft order. The Houston Astros will have the top pick for the second consecutive season, two more in the first 74 selections. ... Hernandez was named the Bandits' Player of the Month and Vincent Velasquez earned the Pitcher of the Month.
QC alumni: Despite earning a no-decision in the Baltimore Orioles' 5-4 win at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday, Freddy Garcia took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Baltimore right-hander allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Garcia spent the 1995 season with the Quad City River Bandits, going 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 13 starts.
FYI: Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Kyle Hallock started Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. It was Hallock's first start in nine appearances with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate. Hallock started the season with the Bandits, throwing one inning.
Around the Midwest League: Justin Jackson, a former shortstop and the 45th pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, made his pitching debut on Saturday for the Lansing Lugnuts. In 2 2/3 innings, Jackson allowed one run on two hits with a strikeout and no walks. ... Kane County Cougars infielder Rock Shoulders was named the Chicago Cubs' Minor League Player of the Month on Friday. ... In his last 10 games, Peoria Chiefs infielder Carson Kelly is batting .303 with five doubles, two RBIs and a .378 on-base percentage. Kelly was the St. Louis Cardinals' second-round selection last year.
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