Checking on Rebels in the Pros

Seth Smith is the Player of the Week, and Matt Tolbert will be televised in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday. Here is this week's professional update.

Player of the Week: Seth Smith

Smith upped his average 15 points thanks to an 11-for-19 streak last week. The triple-A outfielder hammered two home runs and produced six RBI for Colorado Springs. Smith finished four of the six games with multiple hits.

On the shelf:

Brian Pettway and Barry Gunther are each on the Minor League's seven-day disabled list, while David Dellucci is still inactive due to injury for the Cleveland Indians.

Back to business:

Bobby Kielty returned to the Oakland lineup on July 8 after a stint on the 60-day disabled list. He is slated to get a generous amount of playing time against left-handed pitching. Kielty is a .303 hitter against southpaws over the last three seasons. T.J. Beam is back with the Yankees triple-A affiliate after completing a rehab stint.

All-Star Performers:

Mark Holliman headlined a trio of All-Star performers this past week with a perfect inning during the Southern League All-Star Game Monday night in Pearl. Holliman faced the minimum during a seven-pitch second inning. Matt Tolbert and Chris Coghlan both logged playing time on Sunday in the Futures Game in San Francisco, while Tolbert will represent the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 in Albuquerque, N.M. Tolbert's contest can be seen nationally on ESPN2.

Major League

Ryan Bukvich – Chicago White Sox 1-0, 4.38, 6 Ks and 8 BBs in 12.1 IP

David Dellucci – Cleveland Indians (15-day DL) .234, 4 home runs and 20 RBI

Bobby Kielty – Oakland Athletics .154, 0 home runs and 3 RBI


T.J. Beam – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, New York Yankees 1-2, 4.13, 2 saves, 24 Ks and 8 BBs in 24 IP

Barry Gunther – Fresno Grizzlies, San Francisco Giants .333, 0 home runs and 1 RBI (Injured)

Seth Smith – Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Colorado Rockies .309, 8 home runs and 46 RBI

Matt Tolbert – Rochester Redwings, Minnesota Twins .313, 3 home runs and 28 RBI


Mark Holliman – Tennessee Smokies, Chicago Cubs 7-7, 2.82, 65 Ks and 37 BBs in 105.1 IP

Matt Maloney – Reading Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies 7-6, 3.97, 93 Ks and 39 BBs in 104.1 IP

Eric Fowler – New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Toronto Blue Jays 2-1, 6.00, 11 Ks and 11 BBs in 18 IP


Anthony Cupps – Visalia Oaks, Arizona Diamondbacks 2-9, 6.02, 38 Ks and 29 BBs in 80.2 IP

Stephen Head – Kinston Indians, Cleveland Indians .252, 13 home runs and 48 RBI


Tommy Baumgardner – Asheville Tourists, Colorado Rockies 2-1, 2.36, 9 saves, 40 Ks and 6 BBs in 34.1 IP

Justin Brashear – South Bend Silver Hawks, Arizona Diamondbacks .196, 3 home runs and 17 RBI

Chris Coghlan – Greensboro Grasshoppers, Florida Marlins .325, 10 home runs and 64 RBI, 19 stolen bases

Brian Pettway – Lansing Lugnuts, Toronto Blue Jays .245, 8 home runs and 33 RBI (injured)

Alex Presley – Hickory Crawdads, Pittsburgh Pirates .307, 6 home runs and 38 RBI

Garrett White – Great Lakes Loons, Los Angeles Dodgers 1-4, 3.10, 2 saves, 59 Ks and 14 BBs in 49.1 IP

Craig Rodriguez – Tri-City Dust Devils, Colorado Rockies 0-1, 2.31, 7 Ks and 3 BBs in 111.2 IP

Zack Cozart – Dayton Dragons, Cincinnati Reds .194, 0 home runs and 7 RBI

Will Kline – Columbus Catfish, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0-0, 0.00, 0 Ks and 0 BBs in 0.0 IP

Justin Henry – Oneonta Tigers, Detroit Tigers .304, 0 home runs and 3 RBI, 3 stolen bases

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