Minor League Recap: June 11, 2014

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations goes out to...

Brian Holberton for being Midwest League Player of the Month!

Preston Tucker for finally being promoted to AAA! His AA line finished .269/.348/.498. He slugged 27 HRs in 125 games.

Kyle Westwood was added to the Cal League All-Star  team. He was extremely deserving.

Lancaster clinched their Cal League 1st half division championship, ensuring their playoff appearance in September. They did this with 3 games left to play.

Now, to the action down on the farm...

Salt Lake Bees (LAD) at the Oklahoma City Redhawks

Oklahoma City took down the Bees and former Astro JB Shuck with a walkoff Matt Duffy double that scored Domingo Santana in the 9th. I don't know if you've been paying attention, but Matt Duffy is doing everything he can to say, "look at me! I'm for real!" He hits this walkoff game winning double after having a 3 homerun game 2 days before. Duffy has never got much attention because he's always been "too old" for his league, but the guy has done nothing but hit his entire minor league career. His career minor league slash line is .293/.372/.473. He can play 1st and 3rd base, so he may push himself into bench bat territory if he can continue to hit.

Oklahoma City wins 7-6. Record improves to 36-31.

Tweet of the Game (pretty sweet promotion!):

Frisco RoughRiders (TEX) at the Corpus Christi Hooks

Ahhhh yeaah, it's always nice to beat the Rangers... even in the minors. Luis Cruz, Tyson Perez, and Richard Rodriguez combined to throw a shutout. Every Corpus hitter had one hit except MP Cokinos. 6 of those hits came in the 7 run 7th, when the Hooks blew the game wide open.

Hooks win 7-0. Record improves to 32-33.

Tweet of the Game (CC Hooks are educating the masses):

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) at the Lancaster Jethawks

Dominant. That is the only word that can describe this team. They pummeled the Quakes for 16 runs on 19 hits while only allowing 3 on 7 hits. Jeff Luhnow has created waves of talent that are coming in from the Minors. The wave at Lancaster is a tsunami. This is the type of talent that could turn the Astros into a 100 game winner when it comes to fruition. All this newfangled winning at the major league level is just the tip of the ice berg. When these kids hit, man, that is going to be really fun.

Where do I start offensively? Meh, Tony Kemp reached base 5 times and stole a base to put him at 25 steals. Ho hum, Danry Vasquez was 5 for 5. Yada yada, Carlos Correa had 2 hits and 2 walks. Blah blah, Rio Ruiz, Roberto Pena, Jack Mayfield, and Conrad Gregor homered. Just your average night for the Jethawks offensively.

Chris Devenski went six strong innings. Matt Heidenreich followed it up with another couple of strong innings. Daniel Minor came in and finished it off. The Lancaster pitching staff has a 4.29 ERA, which is best for 3rd in the Cal league. They average 22.2 years of age (the Cal League average pitcher age is 23.2). This would be like the Colorado Rockies pitching staff being 3rd in the league in ERA.

Lancaster wins 16-3. Record is 43-24. Clinched their division with 3 games left to play.

Many Tweets of the Game:

Jason Schwartz tells me that there have not been many wind aided home runs (although on the game information it did say that the wind was blowing out to CF at 20 MPH for this game)

  • 2B, Anthony Kemp - 4/5, 3 R, 2B, BB, SB (.340/.439/.481)
  • CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 0/3, RBI, BB, K (.298/.379/.567)
  • SS, Carlos Correa - 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K (.335/.426/.513)
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz - 2/6, R, HR, 6 RBI, 2 K (.300/.392/.440)
  • C, Roberto Pena - 2/6, R, HR, RBI, K
  • 1B, Conrad Gregor - 2/5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI
  • RF, Danry Vasquez - 5/5, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • DH, Jack Mayfield - 1/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • LF, Jordan Scott - 1/1, 2 R, RBI, 4 BB
  • SP, Chris Devenski - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K, HR
  • RP, Matt Heidenreich - 2.0 IP, H, 2 K
  • RP, Daniel Minor - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
  • #wet

Quad Cities River Bandits at the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN)

A 9th inning Quad Cities rally came up 1 run short. Chase McDonald singled to start the 9th. Ronnie Mitchell then walked and Tyler White was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Jon Kemmer struck out swinging, then Brett Booth flew out to left. Austin Elkins and Brett Phillips both singled to bring home 3. The Rapids changed pitchers and the new guy got Chan Moon to fly out to end the rally.

Quad Cities loses 5-4. Record drops to 34-31.

Tweet of the Game (not from this game):

  • CF, Brett Phillips - 1/5, RBI
  • 2B - SS, Chan Moon - 1/5, 2B
  • DH, Brian Holberton - 0/3, BB, K
  • 1B, Chase McDonald - 2/4, 2 R
  • RF, Ronnie Mitchell - 1/3, R, BB
  • 3B, Tyler White - 1/3, R, RBI
  • LF, Jon Kemmer - 1/3, BB, K
  • PH - 2B, Austin Elkins - 1/2, RBI
  • SP, Evan Grills - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 1 HR
  • RP, Edison Frias - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, K

DSL Astros Blue at the DSL Dodgers

Astros Blue team runs up 14 hits on the day and finishes with 10 runs. The pitching staff only allowed 3 walks while racking up 8 Ks.

DSL Astros Blue wins 10-3. Record is now at 5-5.

  • LF, Marcos Almonte - 2/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB
  • 2B, Jonathan Matute - 1/5, R
  • 3B, Wander Franco - 2/4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
  • 1B, Connor MacDonald - 1/4, 2 R, 2 K
  • SS, Juan Mauricio - 1/3, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • CF, Nestor Tejada - 3/5, R, 3B,
  • C, Oliver Toribio - 2/4, RBI, BB, K
  • RF, Juan Fuentes - 2/5, 2 R, 2B, K
  • SP, Albert Abreu - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RP, Gabriel Valdez - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K
  • RP, Ramon Rodriguez - 2.0 IP, 2 K

DSL Astros Orange at the DSL Cubs

Walks spelled disaster for the Orange team in this bout against the hated Cubs. Hansel Paulino struggled mightily issuing 5 walks without retiring a single hitter. The rest of the itching staff wasn't much better except for Bryan Abreu throwing 2.1 IP without giving up any earned runs.

The Orange hitters did enough to get a win in a normal game, but not enough to win this game.

DSL Astros Orange lose 16-8 to the DSL Cubs. Record is at 3-7

  • DH, Osvaldo Duarte - 2/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
  • SS, Rodrigo Ayarza - 2/4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.414 batting average on the young season)
  • LF, Luis Vasquez - 2/5, R, 3B, RBI, K
  • 3B, Christopher Luciano, 0/5, RBI, K (drops his batting average all the way down to .421)
  • Gabriel Bracamonte - 3/4, R, RBI
  • SP, Juan Hernandez - 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 K
  • RP, Bryan Abrea - 2.1 IP, 3 BB, 3 K
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