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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2021 Version
Seems like a good time for an update:

Andrew Chafin - Has been back to previous form where he is great in the first half of the year. At this point, Chafin has pitched in 23 games with 22 IPs and his opponents have only batted 154 against him with a slash line of 154/258/244. Chafin has 11 holds (2nd in the NL) with just one blown save and one loss. Hopefully, he can put together an entire year of this.

Travis Shaw - Shaw has been the Brewer's starting 3rd baseman, but is not hitting well (203/296/372). Now, this doesn't really stick out on the Brewers because their offense sucks, but I think we are close to having enough evidence that the great offensive skills he showed in 2017-18 are gone and he is a replacement level player. That is to say, a plan B. But, as I said, the Brewer's offense sucks, so there isn't anyone better to replace Shaw and he likely will get a large chunk of this season to get his bat right again.

Eric Lauer - So, Lauer started the season at AAA, but didn't play before he got called up, had a great first start and then got hit like crazy in the next start and a couple of relief appearances and then sent to AAA where he had a great start and returned to the Brewers where he had a great start and also hit a homerun. I'd be tired and it's still May. Big Picture: he has pitched 22 IPs with just 3 BBs and 22 SOs, which is great, except he has also given up 5 homeruns, which is bad. Personally, I think he is a near average major league starting pitcher and should have a role where he just pitches every 5th day somewhere, but the Brewers have a good rotation but questionable bullpen, so I expect Lauer will spend the year as bouncing between different roles and hopefully he'll handle it well.

Taylor Williams - Has been on the IL since mid-April with a knee inflammation. I thought it was just a roster ploy to avoid putting Williams on waivers, but I guess it is real and there is no time frame for him coming back. Shame because he was off to a good start and he really needs a solid major league season to show that he is a legit major league reliever.
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2021 Version
Some bad news as Travis Shaw dislocated his shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He’s already on the DL and will likely miss significant time though there doesn’t seem to be a clear diagnosis on the extent of the injury or time table for return.
06-11-2021 02:30 PM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2021 Version
Shaw will try to avoid surgery by rehabbing first, but it looks like he’ll be out until at least mid/late August and I actually think it’s unlikely he’ll return this year.

Two other Kent players are active in the Atlantic League; both playing for High Point. Brian Clark returns to the club. He played for High Point in 19, was supposed to play for them in 20 but the season was cancelled and is back in ‘21. Also, John Fasola has landed in High Point as well. Fasola had some good seasons in the Texas organization, but injuries got him and he ended up pitching poorly in ‘19. The Atlantic League is where older players with AA/AAA/near major league talent show their ability hoping to get a good paying job somewhere (whether it be being resigned into the American minor league system or being signed to play in Taiwan, Japan or Korea), so that’s obviously what both Clark and Fasola are trying to do. I don’t know if either has ‘major league’ talent, but it’s not out of the question that they could make some decent coin playing abroad.
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