Minor League Recap: Games of June 8, 2014

None may contain the Captain

Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings.

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 4-3 win over Omaha (KCR)

-> Ronald Torreyes: 2-for-3
-> Max Stassi: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Enrique Hernandez: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Matthew Duffy: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Domingo Santana: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Adron Chambers: 1-for-4, R
-> Marc Krauss: 1-for-4
-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-4

SP Jake Buchanan: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Alex White: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Josh Zeid: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (save)

Solid, if unspectacular, work from Buchanan, and a nice bounce back after coughing up five earned runs in as many innings last time out. On the year, he sports a 3.38 ERA, 1.17 BB/9 and 5.19 K/9. He's walked two batters in four of his 13 outings, and one or none in each of the other nine games.

Hernandez is on a six-game hitting streak; he has nine hits during that span, seven singles and a pair of long balls. He's hitting .301/.348/.439 on the season, and has struck out just 13 times in 46 games.

Torreyes is also on a nice run, hitting .333/.368/.333 during his last ten games. I do worry that he doesn't have much upside though, as he has almost no power and doesn't walk much, and he also hasn't been much of a threat on the base paths (1-or-5 in SB attempts this year), though based on his history, that could be an aberration. Hard to argue with his ability to make contact, though; 10 strikeouts in 55 games.

Nice to see White bounce back as well. He has a 3.38 ERA and has allowed just one walk while striking out six in eight innings.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 6-5 loss to San Antonio (SDP)

-> Carlos Perdomo: 3-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Ruben Sosa: 2-for-5, RBI, R, 3 SB
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Jiovanni Mier: 1-for-4, 2B, SB, R
-> Preston Tucker: 1-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-2, SB, R, 3 BB

SP Thomas Shirley: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K
RP Richard Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K (blown save, loss)

Ah man. Shirley got through the first five innings having allowed just one run. But then he loaded the bases with three straight singles in the sixth. A HBP forced in a run, and then another run scored on a GIDP. If he hadn't hit that batter and struck him out or popped him up, that's two fewer runs there. Then a lead off homer the next inning and he was pulled. Too bad.

Hey, this outing blew his ERA all the way up to 1.92. My gosh, he's been good, hasn't he? Just six runs in his nine starts previous to this one. On the season he also has a 1.92 BB/9 and an 8.50 K/9.

Nolan Fontana has 15 walks in his last nine games. Is that good? That seems decent to me. And hey, a stolen base, he must be listening to my whining about that. Clearly.

April has eight hits and two walks in his last five games. Half of Tucker's 12 hits during his last ten games have been XBH (three doubles and three homers). His 14 homers far and away leads the team; no one else even has seven.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 6-5 loss to Visalia (ARZ)

-> Carlos Correa: 3-for-5, BB, 2B, SB, RBI
-> Jobduan Morales: 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-5, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Tanner Mathis: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Jordan Scott: 1-for-4, BB, 2B
-> Conrad Gregor: 1-for-4, BB
-> Rio Ruiz: 1-for-5, BB, 2B, R
-> Anthony Kemp: 0-for-4, R, 2 BB

SP Lance McCullers: 4.0 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Kent Emanuel: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Juan Minaya: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Mitchell Lambson: 0.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

A tough one tonight; Lancaster scored one run in the sixth and seventh innings each to tie, but lost in the bottom of the tenth.

Kneel, ye mortals, for Captain Correa cannot be opposed. .405/.577/.522 (1.199) over his last ten games, and that's with him choosing not to hit a homer during that span. You want more? 14 walks, five strikeouts and eight steals (one CS) during those games. Eight. Steals. From the guy who has a below-average run tool, supposedly. Matter of fact, he's now 20-for-24 in SB attempts, while Teoscar Hernandez is 20-for-25! Bow down.

Other guys did things to, as I discovered as I dared pick my face up off the ground. Hernandez has 12 hits in his last eight games, and an .895 OPS over his last ten. Unfortunately he also has 16 strikeouts during that stretch, 11 of them in his last five games. Whew.

McCullers definitely took a beating tonight, but notice the one walk, in four innings, when he gave up that many hits and runs. He faced 25 batters tonight and walked just one of them. That's something positive to hold on to. He only walked one batter his last outing, too.

Emanuel has alternated good and bad starts for his last five outings. This was the best of his time at Lancaster in terms of run prevention, allowing no runs for the first time. 1.38 BB/9 for him so far in Lancaster.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Double-header vs. Peoria (STL)

Game One: 3-1 win

-> Tyler White: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Chase McDonald: 0-for-1, R, 2 BB
-> Jon Kemmer: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Brett Booth: 0-for-2, BB
-> Chan Moon: 0-for-3, BB
-> Jose Fernandez: 0-for-0, R (pinch-runner)

SP Kevin Comer: 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K
RP Andrew Walter: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Frederick Tiburcio: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

Game Two: 4-2 win

-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-2, 3B, R
-> Jose Fernandez: 2-for-3, R, 3 RBI
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Jake Rodriguez: 1-for-3
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-4
-> Austin Elkins: 0-for-1, BB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 0-for-3, R
-> Chan Moon: 0-for-0, R (pinch-runner)

SP Andrew Thurman: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

Double-header sweep, nice.

Despite his command coming and going, Comer has allowed just seven earnies in 23.2 innings now, and four of them game in one game. Four of his seven games have been scoreless outings. Thurman has put two good outings together now after his eight run meltdown on May 27. He owns a 3.66 BB/9 and 9.76 K/9 over 51.2 innings.

Ramsay is hitting .273 with a .442 OBP over his last ten games. Kemmer is hitting .333/.405/.576 over his last ten games, with three doubles, a triple and a jack. He has an .843 OPS for his season in 32 games.

I shouldn't believe in Tyler White, right? I mean, right? 33rd round pick, turning 24 later this year and hasn't seen A+ ball...I mean, he's probably not anything special. Experience says so. But man is he hot with the bat. He's hitting .387/.513/.839 over his last ten games. That's a 1.352 OPS. Dang. On the season, he's hitting .301/.397/.472, and in 48 games, has walked 21 times and whiffed just 28 times. He's hit a solid number of homers (5) and a bunch of doubles (13). Best of all, he's a third baseman, easily the thinnest position in the system (aside from maybe 1B now that Jon Singleton has been promoted). If he could turn out to be a sleeper prospect, that would reeeeally help.

1.55 ERA, 2.17 BB/9 and 9.93 K/9 for Brunnemman. The legend grows.

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Nicholas Tropeano vs. Anthony Lerew
AA: Brady Rodgers vs. TBD
A+: Josh Hader vs. TBD
A-: Chris Lee vs. Arturo Reyes

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