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Nahas Ks 5 Trash Pandas, Crawford Makes AAA Debut

Here is a weekly update on coal region natives with Major League organizations.

Here is our weekly roundup of Schuylkill County and other coal region players currently with Major League Baseball organizations in the 2024 season.

Joe Nahas (Marian Catholic) – Pitcher, Tennessee Smokies

Nahas appeared in a pair of games in the Smokies’ series with the Rocket City Trash Pandas last week.

On May 14, he whiffed 3 batters over 2 innings. He did allow a solo home run in that game, an 8-2 loss.

A few nights later, on May 18, Nahas was once again called out of the bullpen to work the 9th inning of a 5-0 Smokies loss. In that outing, Nahas struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced, not allowing a hit or walking anyone.

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His ERA with the Smokies dropped to an even 6.00.

This week, the Smokies travel to Pensacola, Fla., to take on the Blue Wahoos. The Smokies are currently 22-17 and in second place of the Southern League’s North Division. They’re 2.5 games behind the first-place Birmingham Barons.

Reggie Crawford (North Schuylkill) – Pitcher, Sacramento River Cats

Crawford made his Triple-A debut last week with the Sacramento River Cats.

On May 15, against the Oklahoma City Baseball Club, he pitched the 6th inning, allowing 1 walk but no hits or runs.

Later in the week, on May 19, Crawford once again got the call in the 6th inning, pitching 1.1 innings. He struck out 1 and walked 2, also allowing a hit and an earned run.

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The River Cats are currently 26-19 and in first place of the Pacific Coast League’s West Division. This week, they’ll take on the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Travis Blankenhorn (Pottsville Area) – Outfield, Rochester Red Wings

Blankenhorn has hit a bit of a slump over the last week. In games against the Buffalo Bisons, the Pottsville grad went 0-for-17 at the plate.

Last week’s performance at the plate dropped his season average to .234.

The Red Wings are currently at 21-20 on the season and in fourth place of the International League’s East Division.

This week, Blankenhorn will look to get back on track with a little home cooking. His Red Wings have a 6-game series at the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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Thomas Schultz (Mount Carmel Area) – Pitcher, Fredericksburg Nationals

Thomas Schultz

Schultz is a 2023 9th round draft pick of the Washington Nationals and a Mount Carmel native.

He’s currently with the Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals of the Carolina League.

Last week, in two relief appearances against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Schultz pitched a combined 2.1 innings.

On May 16, he struck out 3 batters over 1.1 innings, dropping his season ERA to 1.47.

Tom Reisinger (Mount Carmel Area) – Pitcher, Stockton Ports

Tom Reisinger

Reisinger is a 2023 10th round draft pick of the Oakland A’s and a Mount Carmel grad.

He’s currently with the Single-A Stockton Ports of the California League.

Reisinger is currently on the injured list. So far this season, he’s got an 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA. He’s thrown 12 innings in 4 appearances, 2 of them as the starting pitcher. He’s got 7 strikeouts.

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