AREA ATHLETES IN THE PROS: Williams-Sutton making his way through Padres system

From staff reports
Posted 6/14/19

Outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton, a product of Greenfield School and East Carolina University, has been effective at reaching base, when not striking out,  for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) TinCaps …

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AREA ATHLETES IN THE PROS: Williams-Sutton making his way through Padres system

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Outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton, a product of Greenfield School and East Carolina University, has been effective at reaching base, when not striking out,  for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) TinCaps of the Single-A Midwestern League.

Through the TinCaps’ first 42 games, Williams-Sutton, in his second professional baseball season after being drafted by the San Diego Padres, owned a respectable .368 on-base percentage. However, strikeouts totaled 51 in just 142 official at-bats. Williams-Sutton had drawn 23 walks.

With 33 hits in those 142 trips, Williams-Sutton was batting .232 with four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 23 runs batted in and five stolen bases in six attempts. He owned a .338 slugging percentage and .706 OPS.

Williams-Sutton is eligible to come off the 7-day injured list on Wednesday. He was shelved with an injured wrist.

He was promoted to Class A after playing for the Tri-City Dust Devils at the rookie level in 2018.

Rolle starting second season in CFL

Former Beddingfield High standout Jumal Rolle will started second season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League on Thursday. 

Rolle, who played collegiately at Catawba College, signed as a free agent with Hamilton in February 2018.  He played in 17 games at cornerback for the Tiger Cats in 2018, starting 16, and finished with 43 tackles and two interceptions. Rolle injured his ankle during pre-game warmups before the CFL Eastern  semifinals against the British Columbia Lions, ending his season.

Rolle played in 17 games for the Houston Texans during the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons. He was waived by Houston and signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad and appeared in one game with the Ravens in 2015. He was re-signed by Baltimore in the offseason but was injured during training camp and missed the entire 2016 season. He spent time with the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, who originally signed Rolle to a free-agent deal out of Catawba in 2013.

Wright cut by Texans in May

Dexter Wright, a 2014 Hunt High graduate, was waived by the Houston Texans in early May, per a report by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Wright signed with the Texans as a free agent shortly after the NFL draft in April. He played four seasons in five years in the defensive secondary at North Carolina State University.

Former Warrior Jones in the AFL

Torez Jones, a 2008 Hunt High graduate, is in his fourth season with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

Jones, a Western Carolina University product, signed with the Soul in 2016. Through seven games this season, he has 27 solo tackles, one shy of his career high, and one interception. He led the Soul with eight tackles and an assist, along with the interception, in a 47-35 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on June 1.

Jones was an All-Southern Conference first-team selection at WCU in 2010.

Houchins earns Eastern League weekly honor

Houchins, who has played third base, first base and in the outfield, is coming off a torrid week with the Richmond (Virginia) Flying Squirrels in the Double-A Eastern League. That exceptional week was capped with his being proclaimed the Eastern League Player of the Week on Monday.

In seven games, Houchins batted a healthy .423 (11 for 26) with four home runs and 12 RBIs. During the span of June 3-9, he led the league in homers, RBIs, runs scored (eight), hits (11), slugging percentage (.962), OPS (1.428) and total bases (25). 

In his last 10 games, Houchins, who played at Fike High, Hunt High, Louisburg College and ECU, batted .351 (13 for 37) with four homers and 12 RBIs. His hitting streak ended at six games on Sunday. In six of the 10 games, Houchins collected multiple hits.

Since being released by the Los Angeles Angels and being picked up by the San Francisco Giants, Houchins has thrived. 

In 22 games with Richmond, the 26-year-old Houchins has hiked his average to .275 (22 for 80) with four doubles, one triple, five homers and 16 RBIs. He has compiled a .332 on-base percentage, a .538 slugging percerntage and .859 OPS. After 16 games with the Flying Squirrels, Houchins was hitting .224.

Daniels to begin 4th season in Toronto system

Fike High product D.J. Daniels begins his fourth season in the minor leagues on June 18 with the Bluefield (West Virginia) Blue Jays in the Appalachian League.

Strikeouts have hindered the 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder. Last season with Bluefield, Daniels struck out 54 times in 136 official at-bats. Thus, when he put the baseball in play, Daniels batted .305.

In 42 games, he wound up 25 for 136 (.184 average) with five doubles. two homers and nine RBIs.

In 122 career games, Daniels is batting .149 with 10 doubles, four homers, 26 RBIs and eight stolen bases. In 396 official plate appearances, Daniels has struck out 159 times.

He was drafted in the sixth round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016. Daniels played for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays in 2016 and 2017 and for the Bluefield Blue Jays last season.

White released by Reds in 5th pro season

Isaiah White, who along with Williams-Sutton led Greenfield to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A baseball championship in 2015, was released by the Cincinnati Reds in late May.

White, who was acquired by the Reds in a January 2017 trade with the Miami Marlins, played in eight games with the Dayton Dragons, the Reds’ Single-A Midwest League affiliate in 2019. He had just one hit in 22 at-bats.

White, No. 85 overall pick in the third round of the 2015 draft, hit .294 in his first season in the Rookie Gulf Coast League in 2015, but he struggled the next two seasons at the Single-A Short-Season and Rookie levels. 

However, White ended 2018 on a tear, batting .438 in nine games for the Greeneville (Tennessee) Reds of the Rookie Appalachian League. He played 45 games for the Billings (Montana) Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League before moving over to Greeneville.

White reportedly is seeking to land with another organization now that the draft has concluded.

BC grad Fennell assigned to Boise

Waiting the start of his second season of professional baseball is 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher Trent Fennell, an all-conference performer and strikeouts record-setter at Barton College.

A product of Triton High, Fennell was drafted in 2018 in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies. He has been assigned to the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, a Class A short-season league.

The season begins Friday.

In his rookie season with the Grand Junction (Colorado) Pioneers, Fennell, age 22, appeared in 13 games, drawing seven starts.

He worked 34 innings, allowing 15  walks and registering 32 strikeouts. Fennell posted a 1-2 record with a 4.24 earned run average and 1.44 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning).