AROUND THE MINORS: West York grad Brett Kinneman leads Bears in several hitting categories
- West York High School graduate Brett Kinneman is playing for the Class A West Virginia Black Bears.
- Kinneman leads the Bears in RBIs (37), doubles (14), runs (27), walks (26) and hits (47).
- Delone Catholic grad Casey Lawrence is 7-4 with 2.58 ERA for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers.
It was arguably the biggest hit of Brett Kinneman's young pro baseball career.
The West York High School graduate belted a three-run, ninth-inning home run on Saturday night to help the West Virginia Black Bears to a dramatic 7-6 road victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
It was the third homer of the season for the 21-year-old outfielder, playing for the Class A short-season New York-Penn League club.
For the season, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 195-pound Kinneman leads the Black Bears in a number of statistical categories, including RBIs (37), doubles (14), walks (26), total bases (72), runs (27), games played (53), hits (47) and at-bats (196).
He is hitting .240.
Kinneman enjoyed a standout college career for North Carolina State. During his junior year with the NCAA Division I power in 2018, the left-handed-hitting Kinneman hit .274 with 17 homers and 61 RBIs.
Kinneman was then drafted in the seventh round of the June first-year-player draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who assigned him to the Black Bears, located in Granville, West Virginia. The Bears' regular season ends Monday, Sept. 3.
Lawrence, Detwiler with Tacoma: Kinneman is not the only former York-Adams League athlete excelling in the minors.
Delone Catholic High School graduate Casey Lawrence is 7-4 this season with a 2.58 ERA for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League. In 90 2/3 innings, Lawrence has given up 81 hits while striking out 84 and walking 12.
The 6-2, 170-pound, 30-year-old right-hander has also pitched in the major leagues this season with Seattle Mariners, going 0-0 with 8.31 ERA over 17 1/3 innings.
Lawrence's teammate with the Rainiers is former York Revolution pitcher Ross Detwiler.
The left-handed Detwiler is 2-5 with a 5.21 ERA with Tacoma. The 6-3, 205-pounder made one appearance with the Mariners this season, going six innings and allowing three earned runs on Tuesday, Aug. 21. After that game, he was designated for assignment, cleared waivers and returned to Tacoma.
The 32-year-old Detwiler started the 2018 season with the Revs before getting signed by the Mariners organization. He has 23 major league victories.
Gladfelter and Hoiles: Two other former Y-A standouts who later excelled for Shippensburg University are also in the minor leagues.
West York grad Cash Gladfelter was a 27th-round pick by the Mariners in June. The 21-year-old infielder was assigned to the Class A short-season Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League, where he hit .182 with four RBIs in 19 games. The 6-4, 200-pounder was then moved to the Rookie level Arizona League Mariners, where he's hitting .241 with one RBI in 11 games.
Spring Grove grad Dalton Hoiles is playing for the short-season Class A Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League, where the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .146 with three RBIs in 16 games. The 6-1, 170-pounder was signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles organization. Dalton's father, Chris Hoiles, enjoyed a 10-year major league career with the Orioles as a catcher.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: All statistics for this story are through Sunday's games.