Class-A Hickory: Who's hot: RHP Nick Tepesch (3.38 ERA) tossed his second masterful start of June, shutting West Virginia out for six innings while fanning nine of the 25 batters he faced. Tepesch's once-pedestrian K/9 rate has skyrocketed from 4.26 in May to 8.89 in June.
■ Change is in the air for slumping Grizzlies (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
The Grizzlies signed four players and activated another from the injured list. At the same time, Gateway released four players.
The players released Saturday were -- the team's 2010 closer, Jake Shafer, who posted a 2.38 earned run average and 11 saves last summer but slumped to an 0-1 record with just one save and an 8.74 ERA in 11 games this season; starting hurler B.J. Dail, who went 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA in five starts; reliever Brad Buehler, who had just been signed three days earlier, but allowed five earned runs in one inning of work over two outings; and infielder Evan Button, the former DeSmet standout who lasted exactly one week on the roster, but managed to hit a solid .304 with two home runs and six runs batted in, including the game-winning homer in the Grizzlies' only win in the Evansville series.