Braden Scott on the mound at Evansville

Hoosier Alumni Series Stars

For the series running August 9th – August 14th

By David Welch @dcwelch_24 August 16th, 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

Elijah Dunham

Somerset Patriots (AA) – New York Yankees
Photo: Somerset Patriots

Even though Elijah Dunham showed a softer and more cuddly side this week, he did not show the same gentileness to Hartford Yard Goat pitching this series. In five games against Hartford, Dunham hit .450 and tallied 3 multi-hit games. Dunham collected 9 hits in 22 at bats while driving in 7 runs, scoring 4 runs of his own, and launching two home runs.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s game (8/14) Dunham was in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak, and had hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games. His current 12 game hitting streak is a career long, and this week Dunham set a new career high in home runs which currently sits at 15.


Hitter Notes:

  • Despite Kyle Schwarber’s tweak of his calf, he is still on track to surpass Ted Kluszewski’s 1954 pace of 49 home runs. Through 110 games, Schwarber is 1 homerun ahead of Big Klu’s 33 through the same number of games.
  • Following the callup of the Braves top infield prospect, Cade Bunnell was once again promoted to AA Mississippi where he has raked for the M-Braves. This season Cade has hit .354 in 17 games this season.
  • Craig Dedelow remains tied for 3rd in the chase for the Southern League ‘Home Run Crown’. His 21 home runs is currently 2 behind league leader Drew Lugbauer’s 23.

Alumni Pitcher of the Week

Braden Scott

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) – Toronto Blue Jays

Braden Scott seemingly has been on a mission to strike out every batter he faces. Saturday night, in his 3 innings of relief Scott recorded 7-of-9 outs by strikeout. Combine that with his previous two outings where he put up similar numbers over 8.1 innings, Braden has tallied 20 strikeouts which is good for a K/9 of 21.60. This week Scott struck out 64% of the batters he’s faced while pitching to a WHIP of .667; batters hit just .182 off him as well. Much like he did at IU, Scott has consistently put-up big strikeout numbers, per 9 innings and has continued that trend through three levels of minor league baseball this season.

Other Notable Performances:
McCade Brown :
Tommy Sommer:

Pitcher Notes:

  • Jack Perkins made his Class A debut with the Stockton Ports Friday night. Perkins started for the Ports, going 2 innings, earning a strike out while allowing 1 hit. Given his workload with the Hoosiers this season, expect most of Perkins’ to be on a rather strict pitch count.
  • Both Bradley Brehmer and Reese Sharp were assigned to the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds of the Carolina League. They join Jack Perkins as 2022 Hoosier draftees to be assigned to full season teams. The latest additions now the Hoosiers at 25 alumni in Major League systems.
  • After his trade to the Yankees, Scott Effross has had just one hiccup, but otherwise has done exactly what New York got him to do. Effross has stranded every runner on base against him, have it been an inherited runner or one who has earned his way on against him.