Unless you're one of those baseball fanatics who look at every box score throughout professional baseball, you've probably missed some of the great feats that your former Snappers have achieved throughout the last few games. Each week we'll do all the research for you and spotlight a couple of past players who've been lighting up the stat sheet in the minors and majors.
This week we have a number of former Beloit hitters who have been dominating the ranks of professional baseball as well as a former pitcher who continues to put up great numbers, except on another continent. Pat Dean hasn't played with Beloit since 2011, but after making the move to the Korean Baseball Organization, success has started to follow. Over 21 2/3 innings, Dean has a 1.25 ERA with 15 punch outs. Meanwhile, a former Twin and current Yankee, Aaron Hicks has been so productive that the Bronx Bombers are now sitting regulars like Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to keep Hicks in the lineup on a regular basis.
MLB: Aaron Hicks
(.250 AVG, 4 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 2 SO, 1.247 OPS)
A former first rounder by the Minnesota Twins back in 2008, Hicks has taken his time to deliver on the hype. After four lean years to begin his Major League career, the former Snapper may have finally taken a step forward in 2017. The outfielder has three homers and a double thus far to go along with eight walks and eight runs batted in. While currently serving as the Yankees fourth outfielder, Hicks has played on a near daily basis as manager Joe Girardi looks to give his veterans some rest. Though he played 67 games for Beloit in 2009, it was really the following year that the switch-hitter started to make a name. Hicks hit .279 in 115 games for Beloit, finishing second on the team in doubles (27), triples (6), and total bases (181) while also leading with 88 walks, 86 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases.
AAA: Oswaldo Arcia
(.588 AVG, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
Having bounced around between the Twins, Rays, Padres and Marlins organizations last season, Arcia may have finally found himself a home with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 25-year-old outfielder has begun the season by going 17-for-41 including 10-for-17 over his last four games. The Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) have won four of their last five contests, and Arcia's production out of the cleanup spot has been a big contributor to that success. Playing with the Snappers back in 2011, Arcia hit .352 in 20 games, amassing eight doubles, five home runs and 18 RBIs prior to his promotion to Fort Myers.
AA: Brett Vertigan
(.333 AVG, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 3 BB)
A member of the Oakland Athletics organization since 2012, Vertigan is currently embarking on his second season with the Midland RockHounds. Though the team has lost four of their last five entering Wednesday's action, it's through no fault of Vertigan who has two doubles and a pair of RBIs in his last 21 at-bats. The left-handed outfielder spent 2013 and part of the 2015 season with Beloit, playing in a combined 149 games. During his full season in 2013, Vertigan was second on the team with 24 doubles and five triples while stealing 21 bases and walking 55 times.
A (Adv.): Skye Bolt
(.500 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 0 SO)
One of the more recent players to join Stockton from Beloit, Bolt has gotten off to a really strong start in 2017. Over the past week, he's tallied five hits to raise his season average to .304, while hitting his first two extra-base hits of the season. Stockton currently leads the California League North division with Bolt hitting in the middle of their lineup. He was recently placed on the 7-day disabled list over the weekend, but will return during Stockton's next homestand that begins on Friday. The outfielder was among Beloit's top four hitters in almost every offensive category last year, picking up 20 doubles, two triples and five home runs. He also tallied 37 RBIs and 10 stolen bases, but his 88 strikeouts to only 42 walks contributed to a .318 on-base percentage and .231 batting average.
Foreign: Pat Dean
(1 G, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB)
Pat Dean appeared in 19 games with the Minnesota Twins last season, but after accumulating a 6.28 ERA during that span, he wasn't re-signed by the organization and instead ventured to Korea to continue his baseball career. In his last start with the Kia Tigers on Friday, Dean pitched a full nine innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. In that game, he struck out nine hitters and walked just one. The Tigers are off to a 12-3 start to the season, and Dean's 1.25 ERA over 21 2/3 innings has been a significant contributor to that success. Pitching with Beloit in 2011, the left-hander made eight starts in which he allowed 14 earned runs while striking out 37 across 44 innings.
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