Connor Perry smacked a grand slam that led his Detroit Tigers-affiliated team to a win.
Trey McGough recorded his first professional victory in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.
T.J. Adams had a solid outing in the minors in his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and Mason Ronan continued his steady performance in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Overall, this has been a productive week for area baseball players competing professionally or at the major college summer circuit.
• Connor Perry, Gulf Coast League Tigers, rookie level.
An outfielder selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month, Perry spent three seasons with Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors in the Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League and played in the 2016 and 2018 AAABA Tournaments.
A Norwin High School graduate and center fielder at the University of Pittsburgh, Perry hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Tigers East squad’s 6-1 win over the GCL Blue Jays on Friday.
The Tigers rookie team based in Lakeland, Florida, snapped a three-game losing streak.
Perry signed his professional contract on June 12. He began his college career at Lock Haven University but was cut before the start of his second semester. Perry went to Lackawanna County Community College and had two solid years there, which led to his journey to the Pitt program.
He led the Panthers with 15 home runs and batted .289 with 13 doubles, 35 RBIs and a .573 slugging percentage and was an all-region selection. Perry was part of Paul Carpenter’s AAABA Tournament national runner-up finish in 2016.
• Trey McGough, Bristol Pirates, Class A Appalachian League.
The Ferndale High School graduate and Mount St. Mary’s University standout picked up his first professional victory on Wednesday against the host Elizabethton Twins. The left-hander pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two without allowing a hit or a walk.
In his June 21 debut, McGough pitched a scoreless inning against the Greeneville Reds.
The former Martella’s Pharmacy player in the JCBL has thrown three scoreless innings for Bristol since being drafted by the Pirates in the 24th round.
• T.J. Adams, Gulf Coast League Phillies East, rookie level.
The Central Cambria High School graduate and Indiana University of Pennsylvania product allowed one earned run in one inning pitched during his first appearance on Wednesday.
The left-handed hurler struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
He gave up two hits.
The Phillies picked Adams in the 27th round of the draft.
The 6-foot-1 lefty played for Martella’s Pharmacy and recorded the final out to earn a save in the championship game of the 74th AAABA Tournament. Martella’s beat New Orleans 3-2 to earn Johnstown’s first AAABA Tournament championship.
• Mason Ronan, North Adams Steeplecats, New England Collegiate Baseball League.
The Penn Cambria High School graduate and University of Pittsburgh rising sophomore has made three starts for the North Adams (Mass.) Steeplecats.
In 112/3 innings, Ronan struck out 21 batters and walked 10. The 6-2 lefty had three no-decisions, though the Steeplecats won all three games he started entering the weekend. Ronan had a 3.08 ERA.
He pitched five innings on Tuesday and struck out three batters while walking three against the host Keene Swamp Bats.
The Boston Red Sox selected Ronan in the 29th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft but he honored his commitment to Pitt. Ronan had a 1-0 record in 15 appearances, striking out 23 and walking 19 as a freshman.