As the dog days of August drag on, The Blue Zone takes a look at how Blue Devils are faring in the major leagues.
Nate Freiman, Oakland Athletics: Back with the big-league club for yet another stint, Freiman had a huge weekend series in Atlanta, belting three home runs—including a pair of 400+ foot bombs on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball—against the Braves. Unfortunately, Freiman's power display was not enough to carry his teammates, who have been scuffling at the plate of late. The A's have lost five straight and seven of their last eight, and their lead in the AL West has turned into a half-game deficit to the surging Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With Brandon Moss, Stephen Vogt and Kyle Blanks all competing with Freiman for at-bats, the power surge is sure to help Freiman's bid for more playing time. The 6-foot-8 first baseman is hitting .234 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 19 games.
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays: Since posting two dominant outings against the defending champion Red Sox in July, Stroman has had a rollercoaster August... Read more