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Mustangs in the Pros: Johnson Continues Recovery from Tommy John

Mustangs in the Pros: Johnson Continues Recovery from Tommy John


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitcher Chase Johnson, attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, has produced perhaps his best performance since the May 2017 procedure.

On Sunday at Porland, Maine, Johnson tossed five scoreless innings for his first win of 2018, allowing two hits and striking out four. Six days earlier, he pitched three scoreless innings against Reading.

Johnson (pictured above at right), who tore his ulnar collateral ligament 15 months ago while pitching for the Sacramento Rivercats, is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA this season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Double-A Eastern League, striking out 27 batters over 30 innings in 13 appearances on the mound.

Slater Lee has a 2-3 record, four saves and a 2.31 ERA for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League, picking up saves in each of his last two mound appearances.

Trent Shelton continues to pitch well for the Arizona Rookie League's Padres. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA and has walked just three batters while striking out 25 over 18 innings.

At the plate, Alex McKenna (pictured above at left) homered in three consecutive games for Tri-City and is 10-for-22 (.454) in his last seven games to bump his average up 42 points to .316.

Kyle Marinconz (pictured above in middle) is hitting .296 at Auburn, lifting his average 50 points by going 12-for-31 (.387) in his last nine games.

Both McKenna and Marinconz have been selected to play in the New York Penn League's All-Star Game next Tuesday at Lubrano Park, hosted by the State College Spikes.  

Mike Miller continues to swing a hot bat at Pawtucket, going 34-for-86 (.395) over his last 25 games. He hit .391 in July with a 15-game hitting streak to lift his average 63 points and currently sports a .268 mark.

Peter Van Gansen went 13-for-34 (.382) with three doubles and five RBI from July 16-29, but is 0-for-15 since, his average currently at .260 at San Antonio.

Since his return to Double-A Trenton, Zack Zehner has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with seven RBI over 11 games. He is hitting .293 at Trenton after hitting .265 in 61 games for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Cal Poly's two Major Leaguers are Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger and St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Bud Norris.

Haniger went 3-for-27 in his first nine games since making his first All-Star appearance July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but has rebounded by going 9-for-29 (.310) with three two-hit contests in seven games. He currently is hitting .264 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI.

Norris has 21 saves in 24 opportunities with a 3-3 record and 2.93 ERA.

The pair of ex-Mustangs in Triple-A are outfielder Nick Torres (Round Rock) along with infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). Pitcher Chase Johnson (Richmond), second baseman Mark Mathias (Akron), first baseman Brian Mundell (Hartford), outfielder Zack Zehner (Trenton) and middle infielder Peter Van Gansen (San Antonio) are in Double-A.

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