Local Minor League Updates

Since Mondays usually don’t rank up the list of favorite days of the week and baseball season past the all-star break, it seemed to be the right time to take a look at some of the local kids in the minor leagues.

We have the Baker brothers from Denton, Ryan grad Zach Voight and some Argyle kid with the last name Aune. Here’s a rundown of how’s everybody’s been doing so far this season.

 Aaron Baker

 The eldest of the Baker boys, Aaron Baker has been absolutely crushing the ball in Class A advanced/high A for the Frederick Keys. Through 85 games, he’s batting .265 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Baker, a member of the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system, leads the Carolina League in home runs, RBIs and is second in slugging percentage. So far, he’s on pace to have his best year in three seasons in the minors.

His batting average has risen each month this season. In July, Baker’s batting an impressive .327, with an on-base percentage of .387.

Baker’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed, as he’s earned two Player of the Week honors in the league, with his latest one coming on July 9. According to Baseball America, the first baseman is the Orioles’ best power-hitting prospect.

The Denton native is also in the running for best mustache in the minors.

Austin Aune

Well, it hasn’t taken Austin Aune too long to figure things out in the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League system.

Aune, as almost everybody and their third-cousin once removed is aware of, got a cool $1 million signing bonus to pack up at TCU and sign with the Yankees. So far, Aune’s played 12 games with the Yankees’ rookie team. In his last eight games, he hasn’t been too shabby.

Aune’s hitting .296 this month with an OBP of .375. While in the minors, he’s batting .268. He went 2-for-3 yesterday with a double and an RBI. He’s seen some time at shortstop, and has three errors so far.

Abel Baker

The youngest of the Baker boys, Abel Baker hasn’t enjoyed the same success his brother has while playing this season at Cedar Rapids, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Class A squad.

Baker’s batting .209 this season, but he’s struggled in July, batting a salty .107 after batting .278 in June. In his last five games, the Kernels catcher is 0-for-16. Here’s hoping the left-handed hitter can break out of the slump.

Zach Voight

Voight was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round of this year’s First-Year Player Draft. The standout shortstop from New Mexico State and Ryan High is playing in Great Falls in the Rookie Pioneer League.

Voight has yet to see action since being drafted. He batted .305 with eight home runs and 56 RBIs in his last year at NMSU, so he’s no slouch.

(UPDATED Thursday, 11:41 AM)

After putting out the initial update, I got an email from Zach’s dad saying why he hasn’t played.

On May 11 with NMSU, Voight hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to top Fresno State 2-1. As Voight’s teammates mobbed their hero at home plate, Voight stepped on somebody’s foot and rolled his left ankle. On July 6, the MRI by Great Falls said Voight has a severely sprained ankle and is out for at least three weeks.

If Voight’s involved in any more post-game celebrations, he might want to watch his step. Sometimes, celebrations at home plate don’t turn out well.