If anything, Rylan Bannon has discovered the ability to adapt.
The 2014 graduate of Joliet Catholic now is playing for his second MLB organization after being involved in the 2018 trade of Manny Machado from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bannon was playing well for the Dodgers’ minor league affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga (Advanced Class A) before the trade and earned an All-Star nod before being dealt to the Orioles.
After the trade, Bannon finished the season with the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Orioles. He finished the season with a combined .275 batting average with 22 home runs and 72 RBIs with the two teams.
Bannon returned to Bowie this season and will continue his travels to All-Star games, as he was one of four players to earn an All-Star nod for Wednesday’s Eastern League All-Star game which will be played in Richmond, Virginia.
Bannon is hitting .264 this season with six homers and 31 RBIs with five stolen bases. Bannon also has turned in more than his fair share of web gems this season while playing second and third base.
His success has not gone without notice, as he now appears as the No. 21 prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization according to MLB.com.
Bannon originally was an eighth-round draft choice of the Dodgers after playing collegiately at Xavier.
• After a somewhat rocky start to his first season with the Cincinnati Reds after an offseason trade from the Washington Nationals, things have come into form for Wilmington’s Tanner Roark.
Roark owns a 5-6 record with a respectable 3.51 ERA for the Reds, who currently are in fifth place in the National League Central, but just four and a half games off the leader’s pace.
Roark’s next victory at the MLB level will be his 70th as he’s 69-60 over three years, and his next appearance will mark his 200th career appearance in a game.
• Lincoln-Way Central graduate Tony Cingrani remains on the 60-day disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He has not pitched this season.
• Providence Catholic graduate Sam Travis has taken the shuttle back and forth between the Boston Red Sox and the Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket multiple times in his career and just recently was sent back to Pawtucket again.
Travis has appeared in 10 games this season, hitting .194 with two RBIs. Travis has hit .267 at Pawtucket in 63 games this season with five homers and 30 RBIs.
• Lincoln-Way East graduate Dietrich Enns is in the rotation for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Enns has recorded a 9-5 record with a 5.42 ERA.
• Lemont graduate Jake Latz has gotten off to a fine start for the Down East Wood Ducks, the Class A Advanced team of the Texas Rangers, although he currently finds himself on the seven-day injured list.
Latz sports a 5-1 record in 11 starts.
• Another Lemont graduate, Tyler Jay, recently was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Cincinnati Reds.
Jay was assigned to the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds, where he has posted a 4.91 ERA in two appearances.
• Luke Morgan, a Lincoln-Way West graduate, still is finding his way at the Class A level of the Colorado Rockies. He’s played for two different teams in the system this season, hitting a combined .235 at the two stops.
• Providence Catholic graduate Dylan Rosa is faring well as an outfielder with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Class A advanced affliate of the Detroit Tigers.
Rosa has hit seven home runs and drove in 24 runs through 70 games this season.
• Lincoln-Way Central graduate Brad Bass has picked up his game after being returned to the rotation for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
Bass has made three solid starts and has a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA.
• Joliet West graduate Cody Grosse is holding his own in his introduction to professional baseball, hitting .281 in his 11 games for the Seattle Mariners rookie league squad in Arizona.
• Reed-Custer graduate Brent Headrick hasn’t pitched yet in professional ball, but he’s been assigned to the Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Elizabethton Twins.