Five former local baseball standouts are playing professionally at different levels as they try to make it to the Majors.
The quintet of former stars include Charlie Culberson, Mott Hyde, Josh Smoker, Brad Moss and Josh McAdams. The group has seen different levels of action this summer so far, but here’s an update on how each of them are doing:
Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)
Culberson, who is in his third full season with Colorado, had a tough start to his 2015 season as he suffered a back injury early on in Spring Training.
He attempted to come back before opening day, but was diagnosed with a bulging disc and placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Rockies to start the season before being transferred to the 60-day DL.
Culberson has been rehabbing at Extended Spring Training in Arizona over the last couple months before starting a rehab assignment last week with the Isotopes. He’s played in two games so far at AAA and has two hits, including a double. His timetable for his return to the Majors with the Rockies is uncertain at this time.
Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets)
Smoker was signed by the Mets organization during Spring Training in March after pitching the entire 2014 season with the Rockford Aviators of the Independent League. He started the season with the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats, where he pitched in six games and gave up 11 hits and six earned runs while striking out eight.
Smoker was called up to the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets in mid-May and has since appeared in six games for them, earning two saves and allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out 14 batters.
Class A Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros)
Hyde is in the midst of his first full Minor League season after being drafted by the Astros last June and spending the rest of the summer of 2014 in Class A Short Season with the Tri-City Valleycats.
Hyde was assigned to the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits out of Spring Training in April and has had a stellar first two months of the season. He is currently hitting .297 with one homer, 16 doubles, one triple and 18 RBIs in 31 games through Wednesday. He was also named the Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on May 3.
Class A Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants)
Moss started the season on the disabled list before being activated and assigned to the Augusta GreenJackets. He played in one game on May 27 and recorded a hit in two at-bats. He has since been placed on the 7-day disabled list again.
Extended Spring Training (Cleveland Indians)
McAdams had his 2014 season in Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley cut short by a hand injury that required offseason surgery. He started in Spring Training this year still rehabbing the injury and has continued in Extended Spring Training to start the regular season. He is still awaiting his assignment in Arizona.