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Play Ball! The Jewish Boys of Summer take the field

With the 2018 baseball season hitting the midway point, the Ledger takes its annual look at how the Jewish boys of summer are faring on the field this year. (Statistics are as of July 9, 2018)

By Suzy Iarusso


Richard Bleier
Baltimore Orioles

Born: April 16, 1987
Birthplace: Davie, Florida
Position: Pitcher
Number: 48
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Season ERA: 1.93
Season SO: 15
Season Record: 3-0
Career ERA: 1.97
Career SO: 54
Career Record: 5-1
Experience: 3 years

Bleier was placed on the 10-day DL on June 14 with a left shoulder lat strain. He required surgery to repair his injury. He was then placed on the 60 day DL and is not expected to pitch the rest of this season. He had appeared in relief of 31 games this season with a 3-0 record.



Ryan Joseph Braun
Milwaukee Brewers

Born: November 17, 1983
Birthplace: Mission Hills, California
Position: Left Field
Number: 8
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Season Average: .235
Season HR: 10
Season RBI: 35
Career Avg: .299
Career HR: 312
Career RBI: 1024
Experience: 12 years

During the 2017 season, Braun became the franchise leader in grand slams and the first player in franchise history to hit 300 home runs. He has been placed on the disabled list twice this season with back strains.



Alex Bregman
Houston Astros

Born: March 30, 1994
Birthplace: Albuquerque NM
Position: Third Base
Number: 2
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Season Average: .281
Season HR: 17
Season RBI: 57
Career Avg: .279
Career HR: 44
Career RBI: 162
Experience: 3 years

Bregman was part of 2017 World Series Championship team. He was the first Jewish player to hit a walk off in a World Series game. He won the AL player of the month in June 2018 and player of the week the first week of July 2018. He was selected to his first All-Star game as a reserve third baseman for the American League.



Craig Breslow
Toronto Blue Jays

Born: August 8, 1980
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Position: Pitcher
Number: 73
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Season ERA: 0
Season SO: 0
Season Record: 0
Career ERA: 3.45
Career SO: 442
Career Record: 23-30
Experience: 13 years

After the 2017 season, Breslow became a free agent. He signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in February 2018, was released, and then signed a new contract. Breslow has remained in the minor leagues so far this season.



Scott Wynne Feldman
Cincinnati Reds

Born: February 7, 1983
Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii
Position: Starting Pitcher
Number: 37
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Season ERA: 0
Season SO: 0
Season Record: 0
Career ERA: 4.42
Career SO: 882
Career Record: 78-84
Experience: 13 Years

Feldman ended the 2017 on the disabled list and then elected to be a free agent. He has not signed with a team in 2018.



Max Fried
Atlanta Braves

Born: January 18, 1994
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Position: Pitcher
Number: 54
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Season ERA: 3.92
Season SO: 25
Season Record: 1-3
Career ERA: 3.86
Career SO: 47
Career Record: 2-4
Experience: 2 Years

Fried was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2012. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 missing the entire season. He made his major league debut with the Braves on August 8 2017.



Ian Michael Kinsler
Los Angeles Angels

Born: June 22, 1982
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona
Position: Second Base
Number: 3
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Season Average: .213
Season HR: 11
Season RBI: 22
Career AVG: .271
Career HR: 245
Career RBI: 861
Experience: 12 Years

He was a gold glove finalist in 2017. In December 2017, Kinsler was traded from Detroit to the Los Angeles Angels.



Joc Russell Pederson
LA Dodgers

Born: April 21, 1992
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California
Position: LF
Number: 31
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Season Avg: .251
Season HR: 13
Season RBI: 34
Career Avg: .226
Career HR: 75
Career RBI: 191
Experience: 4 Years

Pederson played in the 2017 World Series with the Dodgers. He set a World Series record with a hit and a run scored in each of the first six games.



Kevin Pillar
Toronto Blue Jays

Born: January 4, 1989
Birthplace: West Hills, California
Position CF
Number: 11
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Season Average: .243
Season HR: 8
Season RBI: 32
Career Average: .261
Career HR: 48
Career RBI: 203
Experience: 6 Years

Pillar was a gold glove finalist in 2017. He signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays at the beginning of 2018. On March 31, 2018 he became the first Blue Jay to steal three bases in one inning.



Ryan Sherriff
St. Louis Cardinals

Born: May 25, 1990
Birthplace: Culver City, California
Position: Pitcher
Number: 65
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Season ERA: 6.35
Season SO: 3
Season Record: 0-0
Career ERA: 4.05
Career SO: 18
Career Record: 2-1
Experience: 2 Years

Sherriff was drafted in 2011 by the Cardinals. He played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He made his MLB debut on 8/25/2017. He underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2018 and will miss the rest of the season.


Danny Valencia
Baltimore Orioles

Born: September 19, 1984
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Position: 3rd Base
Number: 2
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Season Average: .256
Season HR: 8
Season RBI: 23
Career Average: .268
Career HR: 95
Career RBI: 392
Experience: 9 Years

Valencia became a free agent after the 2017 season. He signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in March 2018 and made the team’s major league opening day roster.




Zach Borenstein-Oakland Athletics
Craig Breslow-Toronto Blue Jays
Cody Decker-Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Lavarnway-Pittsburgh Pirates
Jon Moscot-Cincinnati Reds
Robert Stock-San Diego Padres
Garrett Stubbs-Houston Astros
Rowdy Tellez-Toronto Blue Jays
Zack Weiss-Cincinnati Reds

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