Moccasin Minor Leaguers Conclude Seasons

Moccasin Minor Leaguers Conclude Seasons

Seven former Moccasin baseball players have recently wrapped up their respective professional seasons in the minor leagues. The seven players are:

Keith Curcio, an outfielder for the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta's Double-A affiliate in the Southern League, batted .219 with 44 runs scored and 88 base hits, including 14 doubles, six triples, and four homers. Curcio, a sixth-round pick of Atlanta out of Florida Southern in 2014, also drove in 21 runs and stole 10 bases. He posted a .294 on-base percentage and a .314 slugging percentage. This was Curcio's fourth year in the Braves' organization and his first at the Double-A level. For his career, the 24-year old Curcio he has played in 393 games and has a .254 career average with 12 home runs and 141 RBI.

Cameron Hanes, playing in his first professional season after signing a free agent contract with Milwaukee this past June, was 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 14 appearances. He opened the season in the Arizona League with the Brewers' rookie team, and was 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and one save in five games with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings in the Arizona League. Hanes was promoted to Helena, a high-rookie affiliate in the Pioneer League where he was 1-4 with a 4.58 ERA in nine appearances. The 25-year old right-hander recorded 17 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched.

Jhalan Jackson, a seventh-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2015 after setting FSC's single season home run record with 20 as a junior, bounced back-and-forth between Tampa and Trenton. At Tampa, New York's High-A affiliate in the Florida State League, he played in 65 games, batted .226 with nine doubles, eight homers, and 33 runs batted in. Jackson was promoted to AA Trenton in the Eastern League on July 2 and batted .302 with five doubles, three homers, and 12 RBI in 29 games, before concluding the season back in Tampa. For his three-year pro career, the 24-year old Jackson has batted .246 with 27 homers and 129 RBI in 246 games.

Sam Machonis, a 10th-round pick of Detroit in 2016, opened the season at Connecticut, the Tigers' short-season club in the New York-Penn League and after playing in just one game, was moved up to Class A West Michigan in the Midwest League. The 23-year old outfielder batted .219 in 23 games for the Whitecaps with a double and five runs batted in. Machonis played all of last season at Connecticut and has now played in 74 games with five doubles, one triple, one homer, and 25 RBI.

Mitch Reeves was a 32nd-round pick of Cleveland in the draft this past June. He was assigned to the Arizona League where he played in 43 games with eight doubles and four homers and 19 runs batted in. He posted a .396 on-base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage in the AZL. Reeves ended the season by playing in three games at Mahoning Valley, the Indians' short-season squad in the New York-Penn League. There, he collected four hits in eight at bats. The 22-year-old Reeves concluded the season with an 11-game hit streak.

Jake Walsh was the 16th-round pick of St. Louis this past June and appeared in 16 games for the Johnson City club in the rookie Appalachian League. The 22-year old right-hander was a perfect 5-0 with a minuscule 0.95 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He struck out 39 and walked 10 in 28.1 innings while holding opponents to a .126 average.

Additionally, Trey Vavra, a 33rd round pick by Minnesota in 2014, played in 32 games for Fort Myers in the Class-A Florida State League. The 25-year old first baseman batted .132 before being released. He went on to sign a contract with Sioux Falls in the independent American Association.