Cajun Newbies in the Minors Off to Good Starts
Three Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns signed professionally after being drafted back in June and a fourth signed a free agent contract with an independent team. All four are doing pretty well. Here's the latest on Wyatt Marks, Steven Sensley and Evan Guillory, plus infielder Joe Robbins.
Marks (Oakland, 13th round) is playing for Vermont in the Short Season A League following a couple of appearances in Rookie ball in Arizona. Since joining the land of maple syrup, Marks has made four appearances, with one start. He got his first professional win in his last outing where he went 3.2 innings, the longest stint of his brief career. He allowed one run on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Since joining Vermont, Marks overall numbers are 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA. In four appearances, Marks has pitched 11.2 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. He's walked only one and struck out 19. His bugaboo has been the long ball. Of the nine hits he's given up, four have been home runs. But when he's kept the ball in the park, he's been nasty.
Sensley (Yankees, 12th round) is playing rookie ball in the Appalachian League with Pulaski (VA) after a handful of at bats in the rookie Gulf Coast League. And, Sensley has flexed his muscles since joining Pulaski. In 24 games, Sensley is hitting a robust .326, slugging .708 and has a 1.114 OPS. Of his 29 hits, 16 have been for extra bases (seven doubles, nine home runs.) He's driven in 22 runs, but has struck out 24 times in 89 at bats.
Guillory (23rd round, Cardinals) is also playing in the Appalachian League. He's with Johnson City and had the best outing of his young career on July 25th. Getting his first career start, Guillory went five shutout innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts. That outing lowered his ERA to 4.66 in eleven appearances. In a total of 19.1 innings, Evan has given up 19 hits and ten runs with just three walks and 14 strikeouts. He's given up two home runs.
One other member of the 2017 Cajuns is playing professionally, as Robbins was signed by the Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Baseball. Robbins is playing in one of minor league baseball's best ballparks--Haymarket Park. In 16 games, Robbins is hitting .316 with a double, three triples, a homer and seven RBI. He's also stolen four bases in five attempts. He's walked four times and struck out eleven in 47 AB. Robbins is being managed by former big leaguer Ken Oberkfell, who had a 16 year Major League Baseball Career.