Limited space precludes The Post and Courier from tracking all state players in minor league baseball every week. But this week, we'll catch up with players from Furman and Wofford.
Former Furman and Cleveland Indians pitcher Tom Mastny is back in the U.S. after playing in Japan last season. The 29-year-old was 1-5 with a 5.69 earned-run average in 15 games for the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2009.
This season, the right-hander is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
Mastny made 80 appearances for Cleveland in the big leagues, going 9-5 with a 6.13 ERA and five saves. He was an 11th-round draft choice by Toronto out of Furman in 2003.
Other Paladins in the pros:
--Pitcher Jay Jackson is 3-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 17 appearances for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The right-hander has made 10 starts, but is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA as a reliever. The Cubs drafted him in the ninth round in 2008.
--Pitcher Matt Klinker is 5-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 starts for Louisville and the Carolina Mudcats in the Reds' system. He began the season at Triple-A Louisville before moving to the Double-A Mudcats, where he is 4-4 with a 1.82 ERA. The right-hander was a 15th-round choice in 2007.
--First baseman Brandon Waring, a seventh-round pick by the Reds in 2007, is now in the Orioles' system. He's batting .234 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 60 games for the Bowie Baysox in the Double-A Eastern League.
Last season, he hit .274 with 27 homers and 96 RBIs in 136 minor league games. He's hit 77 home runs in four minor league seasons, but also has struck out 84 times this season and 130 times last year.
--Shortstop Michael Gilmartin is batting .225 with two homers and 24 RBIs through 63 games with Class A Kane County, Oakland's affiliate in the Midwest League. He was a 27th-round pick last year.
In other news
--Infielder Reese Havens (Bishop England HS/USC) has not played for the Double-A Binghamton Mets since June 11 due to a strained oblique. He's hitting .312 with nine homers and 19 RBIs in 32 games this season.
--Pitcher Mike Cisco (Wando HS/USC) has been sent to Class A Clearwater from Double-A Reading by the Phillies after coming off the disabled list. He's 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA this season.
--Pitcher Wes Wrenn (The Citadel) is headed to Brooklyn in the short-season New York-Penn League after making two starts for Class A St. Lucie.
--Pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel) is due to make his first pro start Tuesday for the Auburn Doubledays, the Blue Jays' team in the NY-Penn League. He was the No. 41 overall pick in this year's draft.