Rochester’s Mitch Brown has concluded his 2018 season as a minor-league pitcher in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system.
Brown, 24, had perhaps his best overall season in his seventh year in pro ball even though it ended early with an injury. Brown went on the disabled list twice in August. The second time was for right quad soreness, when he was shut down for the season. He last pitched on Aug. 29.
The right-handed relief pitcher spent the season playing for the Class AA Akron RubberDucks. Brown, a second-round pick out of Century High School in 2012, appeared in 37 games in relief. He had just a 1-5 record, but he recorded four saves and had a career-best 1.99 ERA.
Brown, who was converted to a reliever in 2016, was in his second season at Akron. He had posted a career-worst 6.33 ERA while pitching in 33 games a year ago. This season he had a little better control. His walks were still high as he issued 36 in 45 1/3 innings. But he also had 52 strikeouts, allowed just 26 hits and gave up only one home run. He had a walks to hit ratio (WHIP) of 1.37 per nine innings.
Coming into this season, Brown had a career ERA of 4.88 with a 1.49 WHIP. He was set to become a free agent following the 2018 season.
Red Wing’s Ryan Boldt also had his 2018 season end early due to an injury.
Boldt is a minor-league outfielder in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter played for the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits this season.
He was named to the Southern League All-Star team, but then his season ended in late June due to an injury. Boldt was limited to just 62 games. He finished the year hitting .274 with 12 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 40 runs scored and 34 RBIs. He had a .348 on-base percentage and a .461 slugging percentage for an OPS of .809. He also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts.
This marked Boldt’s third season in pro ball after finishing his college career at Nebraska. He has steadily moved up the ranks. He played rookie ball after being drafted in the second round in 2016, played in Class A in 2017 and moved up to Class AA this season. Boldt was listed as the 26th best prospect in the Tampa Bay organization.
Zak Devermann and Alex McGarry, who played for the Rochester Honkers in 2018, have been honored for their play in the recently concluded Northwoods League season.
Devermann, who plays his college ball at Illinois, was among the 10 players in the Northwoods League to receive a Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Award. The awards were given to player who had their best fielding percentage at their position. Devermann was honored as a pitcher. He had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 for the season.
To qualify for an award a player needed to appear in at least two-thirds of the scheduled games at a specific position, with the exception of catcher which was half. For pitchers, Devermann had the highest total defensive chances without committing an error to earn the No. 1 spot.
McGarry, who plays his college ball at Oregon, was one of 10 players to receive a Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2018 regular season. McGarry led all first baseman in the Northwoods League with a .318 batting average. Players needed to have a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game to be eligible for the award.
Five area players are on the Division III nationally ranked St. John’s University football team. The Johnnies (3-0) are ranked No. 9 in the latest D3football.com poll and No. 10 in the American Football Coaches’ Association poll.
Area players on the St. John’s roster are Rochester’s Kyle Borgeson, Goodhue’s Sam McNamara, Austin’s Logan Braaten and Red Wing’s Seth Morem and Ben Miller.
Borgeson, a Lourdes grad, is a junior defensive lineman. He has played in all three games and has six tackles.
McNamara and Morem have also seen action as reserves. McNamara is a junior running back who has rushed for 29 yards on six carries (4.8 average) and also has two tackles on special teams. Morem is a sophomore linebacker who has also appeared in all three games and made one tackle.
Miller and Braaten have yet to see action this season.