With the high school season underway, college baseball reaching it’s midway point and professional baseball starting, a weekly digest is here to round up news related to current and past Dirtbags.
Benton dominates on Monday
East Carolina-commit Cody Benton started the week with a dominant performance. Against East Columbus, the West Columbus 2019 right-handed pitcher tossed six innings of scoreless baseball, struck out out 12 batters and allowed just two hits. Dirtbags General Manager Trey Daly was on hand to see Benton touch 90 MPH with his fastball, as West Columbus defeated East Columbus, 9-0.
West Columbus High School 2019 RHP @Cbenton_8 (East Carolina Commit) sat 86-89 T90 w FB, 80 w CH & showed 76 mph slider. Benton would strike out 12 in six innings and surrender two hits.. #DirtbagUP pic.twitter.com/SwlCy0jSSX
— Trey Daly (@trey_daly) March 27, 2018
Two Dirtbags issue commitments
Hoggard High School infielder Ty Croom will committed to Raleigh junior college Wake Tech next year.
Also a senior, Rocky Mount High School catcher/outfielder Jamar Ellis committed to Greensboro College.
Sixth overall pick, Beck A’s #6 2018 prospect
After the Oakland Athletics selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, former Dirtbag Austin Beck is heading into his first full professional season as the team’s No. 6 prospect, according to MLB.com. In their A’s top 30 prospect list, MLB.com grades Beck as an outfielder with plus-speed and a plus-arm, with above-average power and above-average fielding tool. A potential 25-home run and 25-stolen base player, the Clemmons, N.C. native is projected to have his MLB debut occur during the 2021 season.
Ohlman traded to Rangers
A former Dirtbag who has already reached the show is on the move. Catcher Michael Ohlman was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, March 24. Ohlman, who will report to AAA Pawtucket, signed with the Rangers in the offseason, after he reached the bigs last year as a Toronto Blue. An 11th-round draft pick in 2009 by the Baltimore Orioles, over seven games, Ohlman recorded three hits for Toronto, and he now looks to return to MLB as a division rival.