MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB)
BRANDON LOWE, TAMPA BAY RAYS
After setting career highs in home runs (39) and RBIs (99) last season, Lowe’s 2022 season has been marred by injury. The second baseman hit a team-leading five homers through his first 32 games but was placed on the injured list in mid-May after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back. At the time of his injury, Lowe was hitting .212 but had tallied hits in nine of his last 11 games.
LAMONTE WADE JR., SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Wade Jr. has also dealt with injuries this season. The Baltimore native began the season on the injured list due to left knee inflammation. He returned to San Francisco’s lineup for 10 games before being put back on the injured list for the same injury in mid-May. Wade Jr. began his rehab assignment on June 18. In 25 at-bats on the season, the 28-year-old is hitting .240 with one homer and five RBIs.
JOSÉ CUAS, KANSAS CITY ROYALS
After nearly quitting baseball during the COVID-19 pandemic, the infielder-turned-reliever has shined since being called up to The Show on May 30. Cuas sports a 1.93 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11 appearances for Kansas City. He picked up his first Major League win on June 15.
José Cuas was released by the Brewers after struggling to convert to a pitcher.
He left baseball and took a job at FedEx in Brooklyn.
His younger brother never gave up on him. He played catch with his brother every night.
Today, José made his MLB debut. pic.twitter.com/REHd8Jdxoe
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) May 31, 2022
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MILB)
KEVIN SMITH, OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Smith has spent most of the season at the major league level, where he’s hit two homers and drove in 13 runs in 47 games. The shortstop was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 13.
SEAN BURKE, CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Burke began the season at High-A WInston-Salem, where he appeared in six games, going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA. He was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on May 10 and is 1-2 with a 3.27 ERA over five starts.
MARTY COSTES, HOUSTON ASTROS
Costes started the year with the Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys before being placed on the injured list in early May. At the time of his injury, the 22nd round draft pick was hitting .208 over 24 at-bats. He began his rehab assignment on June 16.
BEN COWLES, NEW YORK YANKEES
The New York native is off to a solid start with the Yankees Single-A affiliate. Through 37 games, he’s hit five homers along with 23 RBIs and a .264 average. The outfielder has tallied at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games.
AJ LEE, HOUSTON ASTROS
Across High-A Asheville, Lee is batting .217 with three homers and 10 RBIs over 35 games. The shortstop is coming off a weekend that featured his first three-hit game of the season on Friday, a solo shot on Saturday and his first multi-steal game of the season on Sunday.
ADAM KOLAREK, OAKLAND ATHLETICS
After beginning the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Kolarek was called up to the big leagues on April 10. Kolarek remained with Oakland until May 29, when the left-hander was optioned back down to Las Vegas. At the major league level this year, he is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA over 15 appearances. In the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast, Kolarek is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA across eight outings with the Aviators.
ANDREW BECHTOLD, MINNESOTA TWINS
After slugging 18 homers along 48 RBIs last season at Double-A Wichita, the 26-year-old is off to another solid year at the plate for the Wind Surge. Through 51 games, he has seven homers with 23 RBIs.
NICK DUNN, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Through 46 games, the 25-year-old second baseman has hit three home runs, collected 17 RBIs and is hitting .247 for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. Dunn has reached base multiple times in seven of his past 10 games.
HUNTER PARSONS, NEW YORK METS
On June 1, Parsons earned a promotion to Double-A Binghamton after going 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA over 12 games in High-A ball. In four outings with the Rumble Ponies, the right-handed reliever has an 8.53 ERA.
RANDY BEDNAR, SEATTLE MARINERS
Bednar currently plays for the Single-A Modesto Nuts, where he’s hit one homer, drove in 26 runs and swiped five bags in 48 games.