It was a rather unspectacular week for former Florida Gators players in Major League Baseball. The only notable exceptions were the MLB debut of Brady Singer and a 4-4 outing by Pete Alonso on Wednesday.
RHP Brady Singer (KC):
Brady Singer made his MLB debut on July 25 in Cleveland. Singer tossed five innings, but collected a no-decision in the Royals’ 3-2, extra inning victory. Singer allowed two earned runs, both in the third inning, but struck out seven while only walking two.
Singer made his second career start on July 30, also resulting in a no-decision. The 2018 first round draft choice threw 82 pitches in five innings of work allowing two earned runs while striking out three and walking two.
2020 STATS: 2 GS, 10 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 10 K, 4 BB
1B Pete Alonso (NYM):
2019 National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso opened the season mired in a 2-22 slump, but broke out on July 29 with a 4-4 night at the dish against the Boston Red Sox. On July 27, Alonso cranked his first home run of the season, a 402-foot blast that was clocked at 116.3 miles per hour, off LHP Jeffrey Springs.
2020 STATS: 7 G, 6-26 (.231), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
RHP Darren O’Day (ATL):
Veteran righty Darren O’Day has made two appearances in relief for the Atlanta Braves so far in 2020. On July 25, O’Day tossed one inning, allowing just one hit. Four days later, O’Day was credited for the win after 0.2 IP despite giving up a run against Tampa Bay.
2020 STATS: 2 G, 1-0, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
C MIKE ZUNINO (TB):
Former Gators slugger Mike Zunino has had a rough start to the 2020 campaign. The No. 3 overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft has recorded only two hits in 12 at-bats on the season. On July 27, Zunino did hit his first homer of the year and also scored a pair of runs.
2020 STATS: 2-12 (.1
RHP SHAUN ANDERSON (SF):
Anderson opened 2020 with two solid outings on back to back nights (July 25 and 26) in which he pitched one inning, and allowed just one walk each night. On July 29, San Diego roughed up the righty to the tune of two earned runs in 0.2 IP, thanks to a homer from Trent Grisham.
2020 STATS: 3 G, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
OF HARRISON BADER (STL):
Despite being one of the rangiest outfielders in the Majors, Harrison Bader is finding playing time hard to come by. Bader has played in only four games, and much of that likely has to do with his struggles at the plate. In 11 at-bats, Bader has recorded only one hit, a double off Minnesota’s Cody Stashak. Bader has also been hit by a pitch twice (both occuring in the same game, July 25th, against Pittsburgh. Bader scored both times he reached base.
2020 STATS: 4 G, 1-11 (.091), 1 2B, 1 SB, 2 R, 2 HBP, 5 K
RHP JUSTIN SHAFER (MIA):
Justin Shafer was designated for assignment prior to opening day by the Cincinnati Reds, but was quickly claimed by the Miami Marlins on July 27. Shafer has been unable to play in any games due to the Marlins’ Covid-19 outbreak that has seen as many as 17 players contract the virus.
Make sure to check in next Friday for the latest updates on your favorite Gators in the Majors.