Former Youngstown State pitcher Eric Marzec is off to a great start to his professional career as a reliever in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, highlighting four Penguins playing in the minors.
Marzec has not allowed an earned run in seven outings since being promoted to the Helena Brewers of the Rookie Pioneer League. He has fanned 10 batters in seven innings and has held opposing hitters to a .136 average. The right-hander has at least one strikeout in six of his seven outings in the Pioneer League. He pitched in three games in the Arizona League before being promoted.
Aaron Swenson, another former Penguin pitcher, is near returning from a minor shoulder injury that has kept him out since July 3. In three appearances for the Baltimore Orioles squad on the Rookie Gulf Coast League, Swenson is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA. He has struck out seven batters in 10 innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .200 average. Swenson earned the win in his first professional outing on June 22, holding the Twins scoreless in four innings. He was the hard-luck loser in his second game, allowing just one earned run in four innings. He surrendered two earned runs in two innings in his final start before the injury.
Former Penguins infielder Jacke Healey has played in 14 games this season for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League, the same league that the Mahoning Valley Scrappers play in. Healey has homered in two of his last three games, and, in his last eight games dating back to July 9, he has four extra-base hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.
Brad Hennessey, a pitcher for Youngstown State from 1999-2001, is still pitching professionally at the age of 30. Hennessey, a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2001, is in his first season pitching at AAA in the Minnesota Twins organization. He missed the 2009 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.