By Trevor Smith
Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jordy Mercer is having another productive year for the Pirates. Mercer has as many homeruns this season as he did last year, while contributing 49 RBIs and a .253 batting average. However, his contributions won’t be enough as the Pirates would need a miracle to make the playoffs. Mercer will look to increase his production either way, for he faces arbitration this offseason.
Andrew Heaney, left-handed pitcher, Los Angeles Angels
Andrew Heaney, the ninth pick in 2012, had a rough road back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. However, Heaney persevered and made his season debut on Aug. 18 against the Orioles in Baltimore, a game he went five innings while giving up five earned runs on four homeruns. Heaney will look to bounce back in his next start against the Oakland Athletics on Monday.
Tyler Lyons, left-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler Lyons has been dominant as of late, posting a 2.57 ERA in August. Lyons went on a stretch of 16 scoreless innings, allowing a mere .151 wOBA and .068 average. He has struck out 51 batters to go along with two wins and one save in 37 appearances for the Cardinals. Lyons will need to continue his stretch of dominance if the Cardinals want a shot at the playoffs.
Jason Hursh, right-handed pitcher, Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves)
Jason Hursh is back with the Mississippi Braves after a rough stint in Atlanta, where he posted a 5.06 era in five innings pitched. Hursh spent little time in Triple-A Gwinnet before being sent down to Mississippi, where he has flourished in 10 games. He is boasting a 1.23 era to go along with 10 strikeouts as he looks to make his way back to Gwinnet. However, don’t be surprised if Hursh skips Gwinnet for the majors.
Garrett Benge, third base, Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox)
Garrett Benge has been inconsistent in his time with the Spinners, boasting a .239 average. Benge has also seen his power disappear this season with zero homeruns and only 10 extra-base hits. However, the bright side is the only way to go for Benge is up as he will look to bounce back in the next month of the season. Therefore, expect to see a little more urgency from Benge and don’t be surprised if his power comes back in a big way.
Conor Costello, right-handed pitcher, Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Conor Costello has finally made the move to full-time pitcher for the Raptors after being an outfielder and DH for the Cowboys in Stillwater. The move hasn’t been smooth for Costello, posting a 3-3 record with 7.27 era in 18 games for the Raptors. Costello’s future is bright, though, as he gave up two runs in a 13-8 win against the Idaho Falls Chukars on Wednesday. Costello will look to build off that victory and string together a few more before the playoffs begin.