While the Astros were starting a rare winning streak, it was a relatively quiet night in the Minors. Oklahoma City stormed back from a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, and Lancaster played a double-header, in which Telvin Nash got tossed. Other than that, there isn't too much to highlight. None of the big-name pitching prospects were on the bump, and a lot of top prospects are on the disabled list with various injures. The most interesting player/performance of the night was courtesy of Brian Holmes. He's a guy to keep an eye on. Scroll down to Quad Cities to read why.
The RedHawks won their third straight game, in spectacular fashion, on Wednesday. Down 6-0 in the ninth, with two outs, the RedHawks' offense erupted – highlighted by a Jonathan Villar grand slam – to tie the game. They went on to win in the tenth. Brad Peacock made his first minor league start, pitching six innings, allowing four runs and striking out six.
- Jonathan Villar - 1-4, HR, BB, K, CS
- Brett Walace - 0-5, 3 K
- Jake Elmore - 0-5
- Brandon Laird - 1-5, 2B
- Mark Krauss - 2-3, 2 BB
- Andrew Simunic - 2-4, BB, SB
- Brad Peacock - 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5/5 GO/AO
- Jason Stoffel - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, K
Corpus Christi - OFF
The Jethawks lost the first game of their double-header behind a bad outing from starter, Luis Cruz, and bad defense. Cruz didn't do himself any favors, by committing his second error of the season – Carlos Perdomo also committed an error. Everyone's favorite strikeout machine, Telvin Nash, also got thrown out for ... arguing strikes (go figure). The only silver lining from game one was that there was another game later in the evening, and Preston Tucker hit his sixth home run of the season.
Unfortunately, the second game didn't go much better. My prediction for breakout prospect, Thomas Shirley, got the loss, allowing seven hits and three runs in 4.1 innings. Meanwhile, the Jethawks offense managed only five hits and two runs. Telvin Nash returned in Game two to go 0-3 with two Ks. Sigh.
- Tyler Heineman - 0-4, K
- Andrew Aplin - 2-6, CS
- MP Cokinos - 3-5, 2 2B
- Preston Tucker - 3-6, HR, K
- Telvin Nash - 0-5, 3 K
- Thomas Shirley - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GO/AO
- Travis Ballew - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Kenny Long - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Luis Cruz - 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/5 GO/AO
- Nolan Fontana - DNP
- Delino DeShields Jr. - Injured
Like Oklahoma City, Quad Cites also won their third straight game on Wednesday night, behind a great pitching performance from Brian Holmes. Holmes is one of three pitchers Mike Fast mentioned during the winter as a possibly underrated prospect. The 13th round pick from 2012 has been lights out his last three appearances, going 12.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 21 K with a GO/AO ratio greater than two.
P.S. Quad Cities won, but if they lost, every fan would've gotten refund for their ticket.
- Rio Ruiz - Injured
- Carlos Correa - Injured
- Teoscar Hernandez - 1-4, HR, K
- Brian Biask - 3-4, 2B, K, 2 errors
- Ariel Ovando - 0-3, 2 K
- Brian Holmes - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 4/1 GO/AO
*BOLD indicates top prospect