Kyle Hendricks ’12 — An eighth-round pick of the Texas Rangers back in 2011 after earning first-team All-Ivy honors as a junior, Hendricks was traded to the Chicago Cubs organization last year in a deal involving Ryan Dempster. Pitching for the Tennessee Smokies this year, the right-hander was named the Chicago Cubs Organizational Pitcher of the Month for May and was selected to start for the North Division in the Southern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 17. Hendricks enters the break with a stellar 9-3 record and 2.03 ERA in 106.1 innings while striking out 85 and issuing just 24 walks.
Joe Sclafani ’12 — A three-time All-Ivy First-Team selection, Sclafani was taken in the 14th-round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. He began the year in the Midwest League before being promoted to the High-A California League after 19 games. He hasn’t stopped hitting for the Lancaster JetHawks since the promotion, sporting a .328 average with 12 doubles, six homers and 33 RBIs in 186 at-bats, plus has stolen 11 bases in 13 attempts. In addition, Sclafani has nearly as many walks (39) as strikeouts (40) and sports a stellar .445 on-base percentage.
Chris O’Dowd ’13 — The 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year signed a professional contract following his junior year when the San Diego Padres drafted him in the 23rd round. This spring he was picked up by the Colorado Rockies, and after a short stay in the South Atlantic League where he hit .306 in 36 at-bats, O’Dowd was assigned to the Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils in the Northwest League. Although his average is just .214 in 70 at-bats thus far, he does have a homer and a pair of triples to his name.
Mitch Horacek ’14 — One of three Big Green players drafted last month, Horacek was the highest pick among them in the ninth round by the Baltimore Orioles. After a rough first outing, the left-hander has been close to untouchable in the Short-Season A New York-Penn League, allowing seven hits and a walk but no runs over 15 innings while striking out 12. Overall Horacek is 2-1 in four appearances (three starts) with a 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings. Last night he tossed six scoreless innings of relief for the Aberdeen IronBirds to earn the win in a 3-1 ball game.
Michael Johnson ’13 — An All-Ivy First Team pitcher this spring, Johnson was selected in the 14th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June. The southpaw had a brief stay with the Ogden Raptors in the Short-Season Rookie-Level Pioneer League before being sent to the Rookie-Level Arizona League where he has thrown two innings in two relief appearances, yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Cole Sulser ’12 — This 23rd-round pick of the Cleveland Indians has continued to show the control and dominance in the New York-Penn League for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers that he did for the Dartmouth Big Green. Sulser has made six trips to the mound with three starts and sports a 2.45 ERA spanning 18.1 innings. He has allowed 17 hits and four walks while striking out 21.
Kyle Hunter ’13 — Hunter signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels after graduating from Dartmouth in June and was assigned to the Rookie-Level Arizona League. The left-hander has one start among his five outings and has picked up a decision in each of those four relief appearances, going 3-1. In 12.2 innings, Hunter owns a 3.55 ERA having surrendered 15 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.