17 Apr


Three Mississippi college products currently rank among the top 10 hitters in Triple-A: Southern Miss’ Chuckie Robinson, Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum and MSU’s Hunter Stovall. Robinson, who made his MLB debut last year with Cincinnati, is second in the International League with a .429 average (and a nine-game hit streak) at Louisville. Mangum, with Miami’s Jacksonville team, is fourth in the IL at .412. He hit his first homer of the year on Sunday. Stovall, playing at Albuquerque in the Colorado system, is 10th in the Pacific Coast League stats with a .368 average. … Other hot hitters of note: Hattiesburg’s Joe Gray, Jr., at .344 for Milwaukee’s High-Class A Midwest League club, and Ole Miss alum Tim Elko, a 2022 draftee, at .364 for the Chicago White Sox’s Low-A Carolina League team. … Ex-MSU standout Dakota Hudson, demoted to the minors by St. Louis to start this season, is 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Memphis. … Former Ole Miss ace Lance Lynn, scuffling at 0-1, 7.31, with six homers allowed in 16 innings for the scuffling White Sox (6-10), goes to the bump today against Philadelphia at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. … Bad news for Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers. The former State star’s stay on the injured list will be a lengthy one after he was diagnosed with a subscapular strain in his right shoulder. “I’m not going to rush this,” the Brewers ace said in published reports. Woodruff, a two-time All-Star, is 1-0 with a 1.79 ERA in two starts this season and is 42-25 career for Milwaukee. … USM alum Matt Wallner was returned to the minors after getting very little playing time with Minnesota; he went 0-for-8 with a walk during his brief call-up. Wallner debuted for the Twins last season, batting .228 with two homers in 57 at-bats, and remains one of their top prospects. … Former Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz has had his rehab progress halted because of a neck strain. The veteran lefty, on the shelf for San Diego since late 2021, was penciled in for a rehab appearance at Triple-A last Thursday but was scratched.

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