Fleming is minor league all-star; Neff shining in Florida

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Josh Fleming

Columbia’s Josh Fleming continues to enjoy success in the minor leagues for the Montgomery Biscuits of the Double-A Southern League.

Fleming, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound southpaw, was selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game on June 18 at MGM Park in Biloxi, Miss.

He threw a nine-inning complete game five-hitter in Montgomery’s 2-1 win over the Tennessee Smokies on July 23.

Fleming followed up that gem with another nine-inning complete game in Montgomery’s 2-0 win over the Birmingham Barons on July 28. Fleming allowed just three hits and struck out six while walking just one.

On Friday, Fleming earned another victory in the team’s 8-2 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts.

For the season, Fleming is 11-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 90 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 122-plus innings pitched.

The Montgomery Biscuits are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 2014 Columbia High School graduate was selected by the Rays in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft following a sensational career at Webster University in St. Louis.

For his minor league career, Fleming is 21-10 with a 3.23 ERA.

Neff promoted

Another former local high school pitching standout having a solid season in the minors is 2014 Gibault Catholic High School graduate Zach Neff. 

Following a successful stint with the Cedar Rapids Kernals of the Class A Midwest League, the Minnesota Twins farmhand was promoted to the Class A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound lefty is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA, four saves and 26 strikeouts in 23-plus innings pitched for the Miracle. 

Neff went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA and two saves in 39 innings pitched at Cedar Rapids. 

Neff pitched at Austin Peay State University and Mississippi State before being selected in the 31st round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Twins.

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