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Baseball Update: Culberson heats up as playing time increases for Rockies

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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:15 pm

Four former local stars are playing professional baseball at different levels.

Here is an update on how each of them are doing currently:

Charlie Culberson, Colorado Rockies (MLB)

Culberson has heated up a bit since his playing time went up due to shortstop Troy Tulowitkzi's season-ending injury. The former Jacket has six hits in his last five games,  including a three-run homer against the Cincinnati Reds on last Thursday. He now has 19 RBIs for the season.

Mott Hyde, Tri-City Valleycats (Class A Short Season)

Hyde has hit a little skid offensively of late, batting .179 in his last 10 games for the Valleycats. He did hit his second home run of the season on Aug. 14, and is now batting .252 in 59 games with 17 doubles, two triples, two homers and 26 RBIs after being drafted in June by the Houston Astros.

Josh McAdams, Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A Short Season)

McAdams' season came to an end recently as he was sent back to Arizona to train with the Indians organization after suffering a hand injury. The former Jacket finished the year with a .194 average for the Scrappers with 18 total hits and five RBIs in 26 games in Class A Short Season.

Josh Smoker, Rockford Aviators (Independent League)

Smoker has now pitched in 24 games for the Aviators, tallying 24 1-3 innings of work and allowing 25 hits and 19 runs (11 earned) while striking out 24. The former Jacket and first-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2007 is working out of the bullpen for Rockford.