Minor League Update: Berryhill tied for Appy League lead in saves; Grider tied for second in AZL in steals

Minor League Update: Berryhill tied for Appy League lead in saves; Grider tied for second in AZL in steals
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DANVILLE, Va.; GLENDALE, Ariz.; and TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A pair of former Newberry College baseball players are near the top statistical spot in their league as they continue their careers in professional baseball.

Thomas Berryhill is tied for the Appalachian League lead in saves with five as his Danville Braves stand at 14-7 overall with a five-game winning streak, three games ahead of second place Bluefield in the Appalachian League East Division.

Berryhill (Aynor, S.C.) made two appearances for the D-Braves in the week since our last update, pitching scoreless ninth innings against the Burlington Royals on Sunday and Monday. He picked up a save in Sunday's 6-3 win, overcoming an error in the field by teammate Riann Spanjer-Furstenburg, and pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in Monday's 7-1 win.

He now has an 0-1 record with five saves and a 2.25 ERA in 8.0 innings pitched. He has struck out seven batters, walked five and allowed only four hits in his professional career. Berryhill is sure to be counted on heavily in Danville's next stretch of games, as the Braves do not have an off night until August 3, playing on 19 straight days. The D-Braves start a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Elizabethton Twins, who lead the opposing division in the Appy League with a 17-4 record. Saturday starts a three-game set with the Bristol Sox, and our next update will come during a three-game road series at the Johnson City Cardinals.
Thomas Berryhill statistics on MiLB.com --- Danville Braves --- Appalachian League

Casio Grider is tied for second place in the Arizona League with eight stolen bases for the AZL Dodgers. The Dodgers stand at 10-9 this season and are in a four-way tie for second place in the AZL West Division with the Indians, Padres and Rangers, who are all two games behind the 12-7 Mariners for first place.

Grider (Hephzibah, Ga.) made three appearances since our last update, going 5-for-14 at the plate with an RBI and four runs scored. His most impressive game of the week came on Friday, July 10, as he went 2-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored, an RBI and two double plays in the field in an 11-10 win in 10 innings over the Padres. Grider singled with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and came in for the winning run. He also went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Monday's 8-2 win over the Padres.

He will have six chances to prove himself before our next update, starting with tonight's game against the league-leading Mariners. The Dodgers are at the Giants on Thursday before hosting the Indians on Friday and the Giants on Saturday. After Sunday off, the Dodgers are at the Angels on Monday and home to the Royals on Tuesday.

For the season, Grider is now hitting .204 (10-for-49) with 14 runs scored and eight steals. He has an on-base percentage of .350 and an OPS of .574.
Casio Grider statistics on MiLB.com --- AZL Dodgers --- Arizona Summer League

Jared Locke and the Traverse City Beach Bums are in the Frontier League's All-Star break, with the game tonight in Rockford, Ill. Locke made one appearance since our last update, giving up two runs - one earned - on three hits, striking out four batters in two innings of work in a 12-2 loss at Windy City on Friday night.

The league has the All-Star Game tonight, followed by an off-day Thursday before the Beach Bums play two straight home series. Traverse City starts the six-game homestand with three games against the Windy City ThunderBolts on Friday-Sunday, followed by three games against the Rockford RiverHawks on Monday-Wednesday.

Locke has now made 20 appearances for Traverse City, which sits on a 19-29 record in last place in the Frontier League East Division. The Beach Bums are on an 11-game losing streak and are 10 games behind first place Kalamazoo. Locke has an 0-2 record with a 4.24 ERA and has struck out 20 batters in 23.1 innings.
Traverse City Beach Bums --- Frontier League