July 30 - While the Washington Nationals make their push for a fifth postseason appearance in eight seasons, former Westfield star Brandon Snyder is across the country putting together his best professional season at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, CA.
Snyder, 32, homered for the second straight game and for the fourth time in seven contests in the Fresno Grizzlies’ 10-6 loss to Reno on Sunday and he enters the day tied for ninth among all minor leaguers in home runs this year. The third baseman is hitting .278 with a .330 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, 26 homers and 68 RBI in 88 games. Three players are tied with 29 homers to lead all minor leaguers.
As he eyes an opportunity to suit up for his hometown team - Snyder has appeared in the Major Leagues with Baltimore, Texas, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa Bay - the versatile 6-foot-2, 225-pound former first round pick is closing in on former Chantilly and University of Virginia standout Joe Koshansky for the most minor league home runs among Northern Virginia natives. Snyder has 182 career homers, 173 coming in the minors.
Koshansky hit 189 homers from 2004-11 with three organizations, mostly with Colorado. Of those, 186 came in the minor leagues, most of them while relegated to Triple-A behind the Rockies’ All-Star first baseman, Todd Helton. Koshansky had three minor league seasons in which he topped 30 homers and 100 RBI.
Sborz Recalled by Dodgers, Records 1st Career Strikeout
Josh Sborz (McLean) was recalled by Los Angeles yesterday and pitched the final two innings in the Dodgers’ 9-1 loss in Colorado.
Sborz made his Major League debut last month with the Dodgers, but was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after just one appearance. Sborz takes the spot in Los Angeles’ bullpen previously held by Jaime Schultz, who was sent down after surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings in an 11-4 loss at Washington on Sunday.
After pitching a scoreless seventh in which he recorded his first career strikeout, the 25-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs in the eighth on a two-run homer to David Dahl and an RBI double to Daniel Murphy. Sborz is 3-3 with two saves, a 4.54 ERA and 51 strikeouts to just nine walks over 37.2 innings in 34 relief appearances at Oklahoma City.
Scrubb Traded to Houston, Assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi
Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) was traded last week from Los Angeles to Houston for first baseman Tyler White.
The move was made after Kiké Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hand injury, and White will be utilized as an option off the bench against left-handed pitchers. He was hitting .225 with three homers and 21 RBI in 71 games with the Astros after hitting .276 with 12 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games last year.
Scrubb, 24, had compiled a 2.45 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 23 walks in 47.2 innings over 29 outings at Double-A Tulsa. Since the trade, he’s made two scoreless relief appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi.
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Photos of, clockwise from left, Brandon Snyder courtesy of Fresno Grizzlies, Josh Sborz courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers, and Andre Scrubb courtesy of Tulsa World