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Former Cats climbing baseball ladder

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State pitcher Carlos Torres just picked up his second win of the season for the New York Mets on Friday against the Kansas City Royals, and other former Wildcats are coming close to making it to “the show.”

Torres has made 16 appearances and three starts for the Mets this season, going 2-2 with 2.80 ERA with 29 strikeouts.

Four Wildcats are playing at the AAA level, awaiting future opportunities at the big-league level.

Outfielder Nate Tenbrink is hitting .253 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs for the Seattle AAA Tacoma Rainiers. Jared Goedert is playing for the Pittsburgh AAA Indianapolis Indians, hitting .236 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 53 RBIs while playing third base.

Carter Jurica is at shortstop for the San Francisco AAA Fresno Grizzlies, hitting .258 with 14 doubles and 27 RBIs. Also playing for an NL West team affiliate, reliever Evan Marshall is with the AAA Reno Aces of Arizona’s farm system, holding a 3-6 record, and a 4.08 ERA with 48 strikeouts.

Former Big 12 Pitcher of the Year AJ Morris is in his second full year of play in the Chicago Cubs system, after being traded by the Washington Nationals while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Playing with the AA Tennessee Smokies, Morris is 3-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

Justin Bloxom is a first baseman for the Washington AA Harrisburg Senators, where he is hitting .236, but has 18 doubles, seven home runs and 58 RBIs.

Former Big 12 Player of the Year Nick Martini is playing for the St. Louis Class A Peoria Chiefs, where he is hitting .246 with 12 doubles and 26 RBIs.

Jason King is playing for the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps in Detroit’s farm system, hitting .271 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 30 RBIs. His recently drafted younger brother Jared, is hitting .265 with 13 doubles and 16 RBIs for the New York Mets’ Low A Brooklyn Cyclones.

James Allen is pitching for the High A level Bakersfield Blaze of the Cincinnati Reds, holding an 8-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 69 strikeouts.

Wade Hinkle is playing first base for the Los Angeles Angels’ Class A Burlington Bees. He’s hitting .256 with 12 home runs, 26 doubles and 56 RBIs.

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