By Michael A. Lough
The Sports Report
On one coast is a former Mercer pitcher, now pitching for the New York Yankees.
Across the nation is now another former Mercer player.
Kyle Lewis was called up Sunday night to join the Seattle Mariners for the rest of the season. The team is likely to make official and public on Monday, and he’s expected to join the Mariners on Tuesday when Cincinnati comes to town.
The Mariners, in last in the AL West and off a 21-1 loss Sunday to Houston, needed to call Lewis up to protect him from the Rule 5 draft in early winter, exposing him to being plucked by somebody else.
Lewis has been in the Class AA Texas League with Arkansas all season, the first time in his minor-league career – save for the injury-shortened first season – he hasn’t moved around. He’s happy to not be talking about injuries anymore.
Of course, he did have a toe injury a few weeks ago
He heads to the majors having hit .263 with 11 homers and 62 RBI in 122 games.
Lewis did have trouble with strikeouts in 2019, fanning 152 times in 457 at-bats. While in a power drought, he has warmed up the past 10 games, with only one homer, but he has hit .282 in that span and struck out only eight times in 39 at-bats. And he has hits in seven of those 10 games.
Lewis went 7 for 14 with two doubles and a homer in the first four games of the playoff series with Tulsa.
Since getting drafted in 2016, Lewis has a .260 career average with 30 homers and 171 RBI in 1,089 at-bats.
Gearrin was called up to the New York Yankees on Aug. 24,a day after he was claimed off waivers from Seattle.
Gearrin was a fourth-round draft pick of Atlanta in 2007.
He is 13-11 in his MLB career, with a 3.63 ERA in 325 games. This year, he is 1-2 with a 4.10 ERA in 55 games with Seattle and Seattle.
Gearrin has spent at least some time in the majors every season since 2011.
Jones County’s Terrance Gore is hoping for a call from the Yankees this month.
Gore was traded by Kansas City to New York, then sent to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team in the Class AAA International League. He was put on the temporarily inactive list for a few days in early August to tend to the birth of his daughter.
Gore is off to a sluggish start, batting .164 in 21 games. He’s batting .115 in his last 10 games with only one steal. His speed has kept him as a valuable commodity throughout his career, but he has struggled for consistency at the plate. He has a .237 average in the minors, but hit .275 in 37 games with 51 at-bats in the majors, with 13 steals in 2019 with Kansas City.
S/W-B’s season ended Saturday in the International League playoffs with a loss to Durham, Gore going 1 for 4 and playing center.
The Yankees lead the AL East by eight games and have the best record in the majors. They are 12th out of 15 teams in stolen bases, led by Brett Gardner with 10. Gore’s chances of a promotion grow if second-place Tampa Bay, eight games back, makes any kind run at the Yankees.