Minor League Recap: June 30, 2014

Kike is still en fuego, Tucker getting comfortable at AAA, and Kemp hits his first at AA homer.


Michael Feliz is going to the Futures Game

He will join Domingo Santana on July 13 at Target Field in the MLB Futures Game. Both he and Domingo will be on the World Team. Congratulations to Michael Feliz!

Now to the action down on the farm...

Oklahoma City RedHawks at the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL)

The offense exploded for 16 hits and 10 runs. Kike Hernandez and Preston Tucker led the way with 3 hits a piece. Kike pushes his batting average up to .337 and Tucker, after starting slow, now has his average up to .270. Enrique was an XBH machine with 2 doubles and a homer. Rudy Owens wasn't extremely sharp, but he didn't need to be with the offense bludgeoning the Sky Sox to death. Only Robbie Grossman, Max Stassi, and Ronald Torreyes did not have multiple hits.

RedHawks win 10-6, Record improves to 45-40.

Tweet of the Night:

  • CF, Robbie Grossman - 1/5, R, RBI
  • DH, Austin Wates - 2/5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • 1B, Marc Krauss - 2/5, 2 R, 2B, K
  • RF, Domingo Santana - 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K (finishes June with a 25% K rate and a 14% BB rate, PROGRESS!)
  • SS, Enrique Hernandez - 3/5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, K
  • LF, Preston Tucker - 3/5, RBI
  • 3B, Matt Duffy - 2/5, R, RBI, K
  • C, Max Stassi - 0/4, 2 K
  • 2B, Ronald Torreyes - 1/4, R, 2B
  • SP, Rudy Owens - 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, HR
  • RP, Alex White - 1.2 IP, H, R, ER, BB
  • RP, Jorge De Leon - 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, K

Corpus Christi Hooks at the Tulsa Drillers (COL)

Corpus lost in the 9th on a Driller walkoff single by Brian Humphris, his second walkoff single in as many nights. The Hooks filled up the base paths all night piling up 5 walks and 11 hits. Tony Kemp, DDJ, Jonathan Meyer, Leo Heras, and Tyler Heineman had multi-hit games. Leo Heras keep raising the slash line by batting .370 over his last 14 games and rarely striking out. DDJ has seen an uptick in his production lately also. It makes you wonder if having Tony Kemp standing on 1st base a lot has helped DDJ to see some good pitches to hit. Oh and by the way, the undersized 2nd baseman, Tony Kemp, hit his first AA homerun.

Corpus Christi loses 9-8. Record falls to 38-44.

Tweet of the Game:

  • 2B, Tony Kemp - 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
  • CF, Delino DeSheilds Jr. - 2/4, R, K
  • RF, Andrew Aplin - 0/4, K
  • 3B, Jonathan Meyer - 2/4, 2B, RBI, BB
  • LF, Leo Heras - 2/5, 2B
  • SS, Jiovanni Mier - 0/3, 2 R, BB, K
  • C, Tyler Heineman - 2/4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
  • 1B, Telvin Nash - 0/2, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • DH, Ruben Sosa - 1/3, R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
  • SP, Brady Rodgers - 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR
  • RP, Mitchell Lambson - 2.2 IP, H, 4, 0 ER, BB, K
  • RP Jordan Jankowski - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RP, Richard Rodriguez - 0.2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, K

Lancaster (Off)

Quad Cities RiverBandits at the Peoria Chiefs (STL)

Just an ugly game from the start. Gustave struggled early and was only able to go 2.0 innings, but no before allowing 6 ER. The offense was only able to muster up 2 runs as they were struck out 9 times without drawing a single walk.

RiverBandits lose 8-2, record evens up at 40-40.

  • RF, James Ramsay - 1/4
  • 3B, Marc Wik - 1/4, R, 2B
  • CF, Brett Phillips - 0/3, R, K
  • DH, Chase McDonald - 1/4, K
  • 1B, Jon Kemmer - 1/3
  • SP, Jandel Gustave - 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RP, Chris Cotton - 3.0 IP, 4 H, R, 0 ER, BB, K
  • RP, Tyler Brunneman - 3.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 3 K (man, you have to love Tyler Brunneman, lowers his era to 1.43)

Tri-City ValleyCats vs the Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK)

EDITED BECAUSE I LEFT THIS OUT! AJ Reed hit his first of many professional homeruns to come. The ValleyCats piled up 10 hits and 3 walks, but did strikeout 10 times. Ordosgotti, the tall righty, had a solid outing.

Tri-City wins 11-7. Record improves to 11-7, also.

Tweet of the Game:

  • CF, Bobby Boyd - 2/5, R, K
  • LF, Ryan Bottger - 2/4, R
  • 3B, JD Davis - 0/3, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 1B, AJ Reed - 1/5, R, HR, RBI, K
  • 2B, Nick Tanielu - 2/4, R, 3B, RBI
  • DH, Terrell Joyce - 1/4, 2B, 3 K
  • SS, Alex Hernandez - 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • SP, Luis Ordosgotti - 4.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Greeneville Astros at the Burlington Royals

Greeneville allowed 7 runs over the final 3 innings, including a walkoff in the 9th. Jason Martin paced the offense with 3 RBIs on 2 hits that included a triple. Yonathan Mejia and Jacob Nottingham both also had 2 hits. Reymin Guduan showed a little bit of everything, he struck out 7, but walked 4 and allowed 2 HRs in 4.1 IP.

G-Stros lose 9-8. Record falls to 4-8.

Tweets from another game, but still cool:

  • CF, Jason Martin - 2/5, R, 3B, 3 RBI
  • SS, Juan Santana - 1/4, R
  • LF, Sean McMullen - 1/3, RBI, BB
  • 1B, Trent Woodward - 1/4, R, 2B, BB, K
  • DH, Yonathan Mejia - 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • C, Jacob Nottingham - 2/4, R, RBI
  • 2B, Luis Reynoso - 1/3, R, BB
  • SP, Reymin Guduan - 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
  • RP, Robert Kahana - 2.2 IP, H, R, 0 ER, K

GCL Astros at GCL Phillies

Position players who tear it up at this low of a level can obviously be fool's gold. A few things I always ask:

  • Are they young/old for the level?
  • How is their BB-K ratio?
  • Do they hit for power?
  • Do they play a premium position?
  • Is this a small sample size (SSS)?
Kristian Trompiz has everything going for him but the SSS. In 8 games (29 ABs) he is sporting a .483/.559/.793 with 5 BBs to 3 Ks while playing 2B/SS and only being 18 years old (-1.7 years age difference relative to the league). This is a great start that is entirely, obviously unsustainable (his BABIP is a shade below .500), but this is a guy to keep an eye on. His only other stats we have on him were from the DSL last year. His slash line there was not flashy (.202/.291/.288), but he only sported a tiny .234 BABIP. During those 59 games, he did have a very good BB-K rate (24 BBs to 38 Ks). Trompiz is one to keep an eye on to see where his numbers settle in once that BABIP normalizes.

Trompiz was 1 of 4 GCL Astros that had a multi-hit day, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 9 runs scored by the GCL Phillies. Ruben Alaniz (who is rehabbing) was battered. He allowed 11 hits and 5 earned runs over 2.2 IP.

GCL Astros lose 9-7. Record now at 4-5.

Tweet of the Game (from our very own Kristian Trompiz):

  • SS, Osvaldo Duarte - 3/5, 2B, RBI, SB, CS
  • LF, Hector Roa - 2/5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 K
  • 2B, Kristian Trompiz - 3/3, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • 1B, Jake Bowey - 2/4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • SP, Ruben Alaniz - 2.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 5 ER, K
  • RP, Randall Fant - 2.0 IP, H, BB, 3 K

DSL Astros Blue at the DSL Rays

Five Blue Teamers had a multi-hit games including the Wander Boy and everyone's favorite bloke, Connor MacDonald. Joan Mauricio (see tweet below) joined the multi-hit crowd. Starlyng Sanchez dominated on the mound with 8 Ks in 5.0 innings pitched.

DSL Astros Blue wins 9-3. Record is now 12-14.

Relevant Tweet:

  • 3B, Wander Franco - 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • 1B, Connor MacDonald - 2/5, R, 2B, K
  • SS, Joan Mauricio - 2/5, R, K
  • LF, Jose Benjamin - 3/4, 3 R, 2 2B, BB, K
  • C, Carlos Canelon - 2/4, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • RP, Starlyng Sanchez - 5.0 IP,  2 H, 8 K
  • RP, Josue Uribe - 1.2 IP, 2 K

DSL Mets2 at the DSL Astros Orange

An 8th inning 3-run rally propelled the Orange team to victory. Those 3 runs came from a 2-out RBI double in said 8th inning off the bat of 3B, Cristopher Luciano. Cristopher Luciano is another to keep an eye on as he sports a very impressive 17 BBs to 26 Ks, and he just turned 18 a month ago.

DSL Astros Orange win 9-6. Their record is now at 10-16

  • CF, Vicente Sanchez - 1/2, 2 R, 2 BB
  • SS, Marcos Almonte - 0/3, 3 R, RBI, K, SO
  • 2B, Frankeny Fernandez - 2/4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 3B, Cristopher Luciano - 3/4, R, 2B, 4 RBI, BB, K
  • RF, Bryan De La Cruz - 2/4, 2B
  • RP, Abdiel Santana - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5-0 GO/AO
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