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Mount Carmel’s Schultz Promoted to High-A Blue Rocks

Here is a weekly update on coal region natives in pro baseball.

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

Thomas Schultz (Mount Carmel Area) – Pitcher, Wilmington Blue Rocks

Thomas Schultz

Schultz was promoted to the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday and for good reason.

He appeared in two games for the Fredericksburg Nationals, on May 29 and June 2, against the Delmarva Wood Ducks.

In those two games combined, Schultz worked 2.1 innings, allowing no hits or runs and walking none while striking out 6 batters.

His season ERA with the Nationals dropped to 1.82 before his promotion. For the year, Schultz has a 3-1 record over 18 games, with 8 saves and 32 strikeouts in just 24.2 innings.

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

Blankenhorn had his 11-game hitting streak snapped last week against St. Paul but came back on June 1 and picked up another base hit. Coming into action this week, the Pottsville grad has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

His home run last Tuesday night gave him 14 for the season.

Right now, he’s hitting .246 for the season with the Red Wings. And he’s in a 4-way tie for the home run lead in the International League. His 40 RBI are fourth most in the league.

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

Crawford appeared in a pair of games last week for the River Cats against the Tacoma Rainiers.

He worked 1.1 innings on May 30, allowing 1 hit while striking out 3 and walking 2.

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A few days later, on June 2, Crawford worked a perfect inning in relief for the River Cats in the team’s 9-0 win.

Joe Nahas (Marian Catholic) – Pitcher, Tennessee Smokies

In a game on May 29 against the Chattanooga Lookouts, Nahas worked 1 inning, allowing a hit and 2 earned runs while striking out a pair.

His season ERA is 4.19 and he’s appeared in 11 games. Nahas has a pair of saves and has struck out 24 in 19.1 innings.

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

Tom Reisinger

Reisinger made his first appearance for the Ports in more than a month after he was activated from the team’s 7-day injured list.

During 2 innings of work on June 2 in a game against the Modesto Nuts, Reisinger allowed 3 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4 and walking 2 in a 7-6 loss.

Kaleb Sophy (Blue Mountain) – Pitcher, Glacier Range Riders

Sophy picked up his first win of the season with the Range Riders on May 29 last week.

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He worked the first 6 innings of a 8-5 win over the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League. In those 6 innings, he allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4 and walking 1 batter.

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