CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the calendar flipping from June to July, the Major League Baseball season approaches the halfway mark.
As the sport rounds second base and heads for home, some players with state ties have already made an impact at the major-league level while others are still chipping away in the minor leagues, hoping for a September call-up or one later down the line.
With that in mind, here is a brief look at some of these players.
All statistics are through Friday's games.
Swisher is hitting .234 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 15 doubles in 248 at-bats. He is also providing veteran leadership to an Indians squad that sat at 42-38 as of Friday, just 2 games out of first place.
He is now 32 years old and is in his 10th season in the big leagues.
The 24-year-old righty was a staple in Oakland's rotation early this season, going 4-2 in 12 starts with a 5.00 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 662/3 innings before being optioned back to AAA on Sunday after the A's elected to skip his spot in the rotation this week.
According to Yahoo! Sports, there is a good chance Straily will be brought back up soon.
The 24-year-old was hitting .284 with eight home runs, 25 RBIs, and 17 doubles when he suffered a right groin strain in a game against the Colorado Rockies on June 9.
He has been on the disabled list since, but the Padres have surged to the .500 mark. Gyorko is due to rejoin the club next week.
He is still with the big league club, where he has a 1-1 record. He last threw against Colorado Tuesday, tossing two-thirds of an inning while striking out two and giving up a pair of hits and earned runs.
Carpenter boasts a 2.16 ERA in 162/3 innings with 15 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1-0 record. He last threw against the Milwaukee Brewers June 22, tossing a scoreless inning and giving up one hit.