Tommy Sommer

Hoosier Alumni Series Stars

For the series running August 2th – August 7th

By David Welch @dcwelch_24 August 11th, 2022

Each week we will recognize the top hitting and pitching performances from our Indiana Hoosier alum who are playing professional baseball at both the affiliated and independent, major and minor-league levels. We will also highlight other notable performances of the week and pass along other Hoosier related news and notes.

Alumni Position Player of the Week

Cade Bunnell

Rome Braves (A+) – Atlanta Braves

Cade Bunnell carried a strong July performance into an even stronger start to August. Last week against the Greenville Drive, Bunnell hit .467 (7-for-24) while getting on base at a .667 clip. Cade was on base each game of the series and has a current 10 game on-base streak going. During last week’s six game series, Bunnell was on base 16 times in 24 plate appearences. Cade also drove in 4 runs while scoring 5 of his own.

It’s difficult to pick just one game which stood out as a highlight game. Bunnell had a 2-for-2 opening game of the series, was 2-for-3 on Friday, and capped the series going 1-for-3 with a long opposite field home run.

Bunnell has spent time going between Rome (A+) and Mississippi (AA) and each time has more than held his own at the Double-A level. Cade is setting himself up as a viable option for an end of the season minor league playoff call up if Mississippi needs some help.

Hitter Notes:
  • Kyle Schwarber’s 34 home runs puts him ahead of Ted Kluszewski’s 1954 pace of 49 home runs. At his current rate, Schwarber is on track to hit 52 home runs on the season.
  • Sam Travis is in the midst of another hitting/on-base streak for the independent, Atlantic League, Long Island Ducks. Currently Sam is riding a 10-game hitting streak and a 17-game on-base streak.
  • Craig Dedelow is in a race for the Southern League home run title. Dedelow is currently 3rd with 21 home runs, one behind former Wolverine Drew Lugbauer. Craig leads the Southern League in runs scored (67) and RBI (66).

Alumni Pitcher of the Week

Tommy Sommer

Winston-Salem Dash (A+) – Chicago White Sox

Tommy Sommer got the call from A to Advanced A following the All-Star break and he did not seem fazed by the challenge. While Sommer’s strikeout numbers did take a bit of a dip upon his call up, this last start seemed to be a bit of a turning point as Tommy gets used to pitching at the next level.

In his latest outing on the road against the Brooklyn Cyclones, Sommer looked as if he had been pitching at the Advanced A classification all season long. Tommy retired the first 10 batters he faced and went the first 4.1 innings before giving up his first hit. Sommer surrendered up just 3 hits, 1 earned run while striking out 6 and walking 2.

Pitcher Notes:
  • Braden Scott has had some mind-boggling strikeout outings this season, but he took things to another level this week. In two outings this week, of the 16 batters retired Scott racked up 13 strikeouts in the 5.1 innings he pitched. That was good for a K/9 of 21.94.