July 18, 2013
BEAUMONT - After putting together an impressive final campaign in Beaumont, Jonathan Dziedzic has experienced a promising start to his professional career with the Idaho Falls Chukars in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Dziedzic, Lamar's all-time strikeout leader, made his professional debut on June 25, and has since made three more appearances on the mound for the Chukars. In all, the Humble native has tossed 17.1 innings with 16 Ks while allowing eight earned runs. With strict pitch counts in place for a lot rookie teams, the left-hander most recently allowed just four hits over four innings of work in a 6-2 victory over the Missoula Ospreys on July 13.
Darian Johnson, who was drafted along with Dziedzic earlier this summer, elected not to join the Chicago White Sox organization.
Another former Card standout is also working his way through the Royals organization as former Major Leaguer Brian Sanches has played much of this season at the AAA level for the Omaha Stormchasers. The right-hander, who most recently made it to the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies, currently boasts of the best win percentage among regular starters with a 5-2 record and a 3.90 earned run average to go along with 36 strikeouts over 57.2 innings.
Three more former Cards are spending their time in independent leagues, led by Jon Hunton of the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League. The 6-foot-9 right-hander was named an All-Star and currently sits second in the league with 20 saves, helping his team to a 49-32 record. Overall, he has compiled a 1-3 record with a 2.57 ERA over 28 innings.
Andres Perez has been a valuable bat elsewhere in the Atlantic League, posting a .307 average for the York Revolution. He's scored 52 times this season and his 19 doubles and 44 runs batted in each rank second on the team.
is the final of the domestically-based Cards, and he's put up a .306 on-base percentage with four scores in 13 games for the Edinburg Roadrunners of the United Baseball League.
Former Major Leaguers Micah Hoffpauir and Randy Williams have continued their careers beyond the nation's borders in Japan. The former, who once plied his trade for the Chicago Cubs, has helped the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 40-40 record so far this season. Hoffpauir currently sits fourth on the squad with a five home runs to go along with 15 RBI and 10 scores.
Williams has been one of the best relievers in Japan this season, posting an impressive 0.60 ERA for the Saitama Seibu Lions. In 21 appearances this season, the former Major Leaguer has recorded a pair of saves 17 strikeouts and allowed just one run over 15 innings.