Hoosier Alumni Series Stars

For the series running August 16th – August 21st

By David Welch @dcwelch_24 August 24th, 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

Craig Dedelow

Charlotte Knights (AAA) – Chicago White Sox
Photo: MiLB

Craig Dedelow has been one of the top offensive players in the Southern League this season where he had been the league leader in RBI, runs scored, and second in home runs.  This week, the success he’s had at the AA level was rewarded with a promotion to the AAA Charlotte Knights.

Dedelow wasted no time making his presence felt in Charlotte picking up a hit in each game he played, going 4-for-15 for the series and 6-for-20 over the week.

Other Notable Performances:
Cade Bunnell

Hitter Notes:

  • Kyle Schwarber’s 34 home runs through 122 games is currently 2 home run behind Ted Kluszewski’s 1954 pace of 49 home runs which is the record for most home runs in a season from a Hoosier.
  • Craig Dedelow’s call up from Birmingham to Charlotte makes him the 9th Hoosier to receive a promotion this season. Other former IU players to move up the ranks (not including draft picks) this season have included Cade Bunnell, Tanner Gordon, Matt Gorski, Tim Herrin, Grant Richardson, Andrew Saalfrank, Braden Scott (2), and Tommy Sommer.
  • Jason Mackey of PGSportsNow and 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh reports that Matt Gorski has received medical clearance to resume full baseball activities. 
  • Cade Bunnell has been a spark plug for the Mississippi Braves this season. During his 21 games at the AA level, Cade has hit .362 with 11 extra base hits and 13 RBI.

Alumni Pitcher of the Week

Scott Effross

New York Yankees
Photo: MLB

Scott Effross was a hot commodity at the trade deadline and last week he showed why the Yankees coveted him so much. Effross has shown vast versatility in his role out of the bullpen for the Yankees, coming in to get out of jams, set-up man to pitch a late inning, and even occasional closer.

In two appearances this week, Effross faced 8 batters while only allowing 1 hit over 2.1 innings pitched and not allowing an earned run.

Other Notable Performances:
Tim Herrin:
Andrew Saalfrank:
Reese Sharp:

Pitcher Notes:

  • Reese Sharp made his professional debut this week as he came into a 6-3 game for the Delmarva Shorebirds to pitch the 9th inning. Sharp struck out the first two batters he faced in his professional career and was able to secure the 3rd out of a pop out. Not only did Sharp tally his first two strikeouts as a pro, he earned the save in his first outing.
  • There very well could be a Hoosier vs Hoosier matchup this week at the left-handed pitching Braden Scott and his New Hampshire Fisher Cats take on the left-handed hitting Elijah Dunham and his Somerset Patriots.