by John Vittas
Several former Maryland Terrapins continue to make an impact across Minor League Baseball.
2010 Mets draft pick and lefty reliever Adam Kolarek has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings for Double-A Binghamton. He’s allowed only three hits and two walks over that span, while striking out nine. This dominant stretch comes on the heels of a miserable start to the season for the Maryland native. During the recent stretch, Kolarek has lowered his ERA from 14.14 to 4.71 and his WHIP from 2.43 to 1.05. His opponents batting average has also dipped from .438 to .215.
After spending April in extended Spring Training, 2014 Twins selection Blake Schmit debuted with the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Single-A) on Wednesday. He’s begun his 2015 season by going 4-for-12 with 3 RBIs and a triple. After playing strictly shortstop during his two years in College Park, Schmit is making the transition to becoming a utility infielder. He has played one game at shortstop, one at second base and one at third base with Cedar Rapids. He’s had at least one hit in each of his first three games.
2014 Cubs pick Jake Stinnett was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday. Stinnett had been struggling for Single-A South Bend, having walked 21 batters in 25 innings while pitching to a 6.12 ERA.
2013 Cardinals lefty Jimmy Reed had his first poor start of the season for High-A Palm beach Saturday against Bradenton, failing to pitch out of the fourth inning for the first time all year. Reed’s High-A numbers are still strong, as his ERA currently sits at 3.05 through six starts.
Elsewhere, three Terps teamed up to play together with the Frontier League’s Joliet Slammers. OF Charlie White (’14), SS Alfredo Rodriguez (’12) and C Jack Cleary (’13) got their season underway on Thursday. The three former Terrapins have played in every game so far. White hit a home run Saturday at Florence.