Locals excel across minors

slynch@mercedsunstar.comJune 9, 2013 

Dylan Floro just goes out and pitches.

No matter the level or the stage, the former Buhach Colony right-hander has excelled on the mound.

His first full season of minor league baseball has been no exception.

Floro put up video game numbers in his first eight starts, allowing just seven total earned runs and no more than two in a game for a 1.54 ERA.

He got roughed up for the first time all season in his last outing, but still has a 2.30 ERA and 36 strikeouts to just eight walks in nine starts for Low-A Bowling Green in the Midwest League.

Floro's hot start made him one of nine Hot Rods named to the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Classic, which will take place at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio, on June 18.

Floro is one of nine current minor leaguers with local ties. Here's a look at how the rest are fairing after the first two months of the season.

Curtis Partch, Triple-A Louisville

The former Merced High and Merced College big right-hander is being groomed to be a closer in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

After an initial period of adjustment following his promotion to Triple-A early in the season, Partch has found his legs, allowing just two earned runs in his last eight outings. He's 1-2 on the season with a 3.30 ERA and six saves.

Jake Jefferies, Triple-A New Orleans

Jefferies looks like he's in an ideal situation with the Miami Marlins rebuilding their organization and giving a lot of young players opportunities.

Unfortunately, the former Buhach Colony catcher is stuck splitting time with two other backstops at Triple-A. He's hitting .200 with a couple doubles in just 30 at-bats on the season.

Bradin Hagens, Double-A Mobile

Hagens has bounced back and forth between bullpen and starting rotation in his time with the Diamondbacks.

Arizona finally decided to let the former MC star start and he's made the most of his first season in Double A.

Hagens is 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 starts.

Cody Martin, Double-A Mississippi

Martin entered the season ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Braves organization by MLB.com. He's done nothing to hurt that in his first year at Double A.

The former Dos Palos ace is 2-3 with a 3.07 ERA. His 55 strikeouts rank 13th in the Southern League, but he's done it in two to three fewer starts than the leaders.

Eddie Gamboa, Double-A Bowie

The former Merced High hurler is never afraid to reinvent himself. With that in mind, Gamboa started toying with a knuckle ball this year.

The results have been mixed. Gamboa is 1-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 starts. He has 49 strikeouts to just 16 walks.

Brett Mooneyham, Low-A Hagerstown

Mooneyham's first full minor-league season was off to a great start before an injury. He struggled a bit in his first outing back on Wednesday, but had ridiculous numbers in his first three outings, allowing one run on four hits in his first 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Jake Sisco, Low-A Lake County

Sisco has shown flashes that made him an ace at Merced College, but hasn't benefitted from a lot of run support early in the year.

The right-hander is 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 10 starts.

Shawn Stuart, Rookie Grand Junction

The Rookie Pioneer League doesn't start until June 20, but the former MC right-hander will try to build upon solid numbers put up in his first season.

Stuart went 5-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched in 2012.

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