Starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Pete are about as close to "home" as Lakeland grad Chris Sale is going to pitch.

MAJOR LEAGUE BUZZ: Starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Pete are about as close to "home" as Lakeland grad Chris Sale is going to get. The AL Cy Young front-runner and Boston Red Sox ace twirled his best game — and that's saying something considering the season he's having — on Aug. 8. Sale struck out 13 and walked one, allowing just two hits over eight scoreless innings in his 14th win of the season.

PLAYER;POS.;SCHOOL;TEAM;STATISTICS

Keon Broxton;OF;Lakeland;Brewers;.222 BA, 16 HR, 41 RBI

Wade Davis;P;Lake Wales;Cubs; 2.31 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 24 SV

Dee Gordon;SS;Southeastern;Marlins;.294 BA, 24 RBI, 40 SB

Matt Joyce;OF;FSC;Athletics;.228, 15 HR, 44 RBI

Trey Mancini;1B/OF;Winter Haven;Orioles;.293 BA, 18 HR, 58 RBI

Andrew McCutchen;OF;Fort Meade;Pirates;.287 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI

Steve Pearce;DH/OF;Lakeland;Blue Jays;.267 BA, 11 HR, 33 RBI

Chris Sale;P;Lakeland;Red Sox;14-4, 2.57 ERA, 229 K

TRIPLE-A BUZZ: Make it two more solid starts for Lakeland grad Drew Hutchison. The righty has allowed 20 hits over his past two starts, but he's given up just four runs in that span while striking out eight batters. Bartow grad Jack Murphy had an interesting day at the plate for Oklahoma City this week. He went 0-for-2 at the plate, but walked twice and scored a run. That isn't the odd part. He also drove in two runs without recording a base hit.

PLAYER;POS.;SCHOOL;AFFIL.;TEAM;STATISTICS

Alec Asher;P;Lakeland;Orioles;Norfolk;2-2, 4.10 ERA, 29 K

Carson Fulmer;P;All Saints;White Sox;Charlotte;7-8, 5.62 ERA, 91 K

Jeff Glenn;C;Winter Haven;Mets;Las Vegas;.222 BA, 3 R, 4 RBI#

Drew Hutchison;P;Lakeland;Pirates;Indianapolis;6-8, 3.73 ERA, 101 K

Brian Johnson;P;None;Red Sox;Pawtucket;2.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 56 K@#

Josh Lucas;P;Lakeland;Cardinals;Memphis;3.33 ERA, 12 SV, 60 K

Jack Murphy;C;Bartow;Dodgers;Oklahoma City;.131 BA, 2 R, 11 RBI

Matt Pearce;P;Polk State;Cardinals;Memphis;11-6, 3.33 ERA, 83 K

Kyle Ryan;P;Auburndale;Tigers;Toledo;3.72 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 34 K

Jordan Schafer;P;Winter Haven;Cardinals;Memphis;No stats#

Rob Whalen;P;Haines City;Mariners;Tacoma;0-7, 6.58 ERA, 43 K$

Ryan Yarbrough;P;All Saints;Rays;Durham;12-5, 3.27 ERA, 131 K

DOUBLE-A BUZZ: Tyler Pike broke out of his wild stretch with an eight-strikeout shutout on Aug. 5. The Winter Haven grad allowed just five hits and walked two in his 10th start with Mississippi since being called up from Florida.

PLAYER;POS.;SCHOOL;AFFIL.;TEAM;STATISTICS

Keith Curcio;OF;FSC;Braves;Mississippi;.221 BA, 18 RBI, 8 SB

Jhalan Jackson;OF;FSC;Yankees;Trenton;.254 BA, 7 HR, 35 RBI*

Tyler Pike;P;Winter Haven;Braves;Mississippi;5-7, 2.83 ERA, 121 K*

Justin Shafer;P;Lake Wales;Blue Jays;New Hampshire;3.12 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 54 K*

CLASS-A/ROOKIE BUZZ: While he's still just 23 innings into his professional career, former Polk State standout Jordan Barrett has impressed in rookie ball. He struck out eight over four innings for Bluefield on Aug. 10. Another nice start from Yordy Cabrera. The Lakeland grad scattered two hits over five innings, striking out five. It was his second-straight start and the second of his career. Polk State alum Jordan Guerrero was called up to Fort Wayne of the Midwest League. Winter Haven's Tobias Myers allowed one run in his Hudson Valley debut.

PLAYER;POS.;SCHOOL;AFFIL.;TEAM;STATISTICS

Jordan Barrett;P;Polk State;Blue Jays;Bluefield (R);3.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 32 K

Yordy Cabrera;P;Lakeland;Giants;Augusta;4.74 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 46 K*

Drew Carlton;P;George Jenkins;Tigers;Connecticut (R);1.84 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 14 K

Josh Delph;OF;Bartow;Angels;Inland Empire (A);No stats

Nelson Galindez;P;Haines City;Nationals;GCL Nationals (R);2.61 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 14 K

Jordan Guerrero;P;Polk State;Padres;Fort Wayne (A);1.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 37 K

Cameron Hanes;P;Florida Southern;Brewers;Helena (R);3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 6 K

Juan Hillman;P;Haines City;Indians;Lake County (A);5-7, 5.89 ERA, 1.40 WHIP@

Zach Jackson;C;Winter Haven;Cardinals;GCL Cardinals (R);.098 BA, 2 R, 5 RBI

Reilly Johnson,C,Winter Haven;Blue Jays;Bluefield (R);.228 BA, 5 R, 7 RBI

Keshawn Lynch;2B;Haines City;Diamondbacks;Missoula (R);.304 BA, 17 RBI, 5 SB

Sam Machonis;OF;FSC;Tigers;West Michigan (A);.228 BA, 11 R, 8 RBI*

Chris Mattison;C;Southeastern;Padres;Tri-City (A);.212 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI

Brayan Morales;OF;Haines City;Dodgers;Ogden (R);.210 BA, 16 R, 11 SB

Tobias Myers;P;Winter Haven;Rays;Hudson Valley;3.63 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 42 K

Colyn O'Connell;P;Polk State;Tigers;Tigers (GCL);4.82 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 23 K

Mitch Piatnik;SS;Winter Haven;Reds;Dayton (A);.179, 20 R, 10 RBI

Mitch Reeves;OF;Florida Southern;Indians;AZL Indians (R);.259 BA, 3 HR, 13 RBI

Joe Rogers;P;Winter Haven;Braves;Florida (A);6.29 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 41 K#

Casey Schroeder;C;Polk State;White Sox;Winston-Salem (A);.196 BA 12 R, 9 RBI

Shameko Smith;P;Polk State;Rockies;Grand Junction (R);9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP SV

Daniel Sweet;OF;Polk State;Reds;Daytona (A);.264, 28 RBI, 22 SB

Jake Walsh;P;FSC;Cardinals;Johnson City (R);0.90 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 27 K

Burris Warner;P;Auburndale;Tigers;Connecticut (R);4.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 21 K*

*Includes stats from more than one team; #disabled list; ^Released; $restricted list; &rehab assignment; %suspended. @Has ties to Polk but did not play high school or college ball here. Note: If you know of any other area players who are currently playing professional baseball, email brady.fredericksen@theledger.com with the information.