Minor League Recap: Games of July 11, 2014

Derek Fisher has exploded out of the gate in his professional career - Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 7-4 loss to Iowa (CHC)

-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Matthew Duffy: 1-for-3, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 1-for-3
-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Jonathan Villar: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Domingo Santana: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Austin Wates: 1-for-4, SB, R

SP Paul Clemens: 6.0 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 5 K (loss)
RP Frederick Tiburcio: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K

Clemens coughed up all seven of those runs in the first two innings, and OKC never recovered. I guess you could look at that as Clemens showing some guts and tossing four scoreless after getting lit up, but...meh. Do we really care about him at this point?

At least there's some good news down in AAA right now; Carlos Perez. He got off to a pretty dreadful start to the season, failing to hit .250 or better in any of the first three months. In his last ten games, however, he's slashing .333/.421/.424 with a trio of doubles, five walks and just five strike outs. With Castro occasionally getting banged up and not hitting much, along with Stassi's collapse, Perez figuring something out could be a nice boost for the organization. Still just 23 years old.

Santana has three walks and four hits in five games since being sent back to AAA. He's hitting .325/.400/.450 over his last ten games for OKC, though with 15 strike outs.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 12-4 win over Frisco (TEX)

-> Tony Kemp: 4-for-6, 3B, SB, RBI, 3 R
-> Brandon Meredith: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Ruben Sosa: 2-for-5, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Jonathan Meyer: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI
-> Carlos Perdomo: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-4, BB, 2 R
-> Leo Heras: 1-for-5
-> Delino DeShields: 0-for-4, R

SP Luis Cruz: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K (win)
RP Travis Ballew: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Mitchell Lambson: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Boy, Kemp is something else. I was the one that wrote a dissenting opinion on him in our Top 30 prospects list, and while I'm far too lazy to go dig it up, I remember essentially crushing him. Suffice it to say he's shot his way up my board this year. He's hitting .375/.438/.563 with seven XBH, seven walks and just five strike outs in 15 games since leaving the hitter-friendly California League.

Cruz continues a rock-solid run of outings; he's given up two earned or less in each of his last six games. On the season, he owns a 3.18 ERA, 2.38 BB/9 and 8.28 K/9 in 17 games.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 8-5 win over Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Daniel Gulbransen: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R
-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Jordan Scott: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R
-> Austin Elkins: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> Chan Moon: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Conrad Gregor: 0-for-3, BB

SP Lance McCullers: 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K
RP Kyle Westwood: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K (win)
RP Zach Morton: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K (save)

Westwood is a guy that interests, if not excites, me, but he really had trouble missing hardly any bats earlier in the season (4.39 K/9 over his first nine games). He's been doing better recently though, with a 6.19 K/9 over his last ten games, and 9.45 K/9 in his last three games.

McCullers has pitched one, two, and now three innings in his three games since returning from the DL. He's given up some runs, but he's also posted a 19.8 K/9 since returning. That's a SSS spitting out an inflated number, but the point is made that his stuff seems to be perfectly in tact post-injury.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 10-5 win over Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Marc Wik: 3-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 3-for-5, 2 2B
-> Jose Fernandez: 2-for-4, 2B, SB, 2 R
-> Jake Rodriguez: 2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI
-> Tyler White: 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB
-> Brian Holberton: 1-for-4, BB, 2 R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI
-> Dayne Parker: 0-for-4, RBI
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-5, RBI, R

SP Andrew Thurman: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Chris Lee: 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Chris Cotton: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

This game was tied up 2-2 heading into the seventh inning, so that will give you an idea of how wild the end was. QC plated eight runs in the final two frames to put the game away and make it look less competitive than it was.

Mitchell is back on a hot streak. Not that he ever really slumped badly, mind you; his worst month in June saw him post a .277/.360/.385 line in 20 games. He's hitting .400/.462/.829 over his last then games, the massive SLG thanks to four doubles, a triple and three homers. On the season, he's hitting .303/.372/.542 and has shown considerable power with 12 homers in 57 games. The production is certainly there, but he's a little older for the level than you'd like, and as a 38th round pick, the odds are against him.

Thurman, a high-round pick from last year who's looking really mediocre while playing a level below Appel (and in a much less hitter friendly park, of course) has gone relatively unscathed so far in terms of comments about him. I wonder if Appel's status as 1-1 is making the expectations on him unfair, or is it the opposite for Thurman, that no one really cares because he wasn't a sexy first round selection?

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 8-6 loss to Jamestown (PIT)

-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-3, BB, R
-> Nick Tanielu: 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
-> Derek Fisher: 2-for-5, 3B, RBI, R
-> Ryan Bottger: 2-for-5, R
-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-5, 2 R
-> Ricky Gingras: 0-for-2, BB, R

SP Luis Ordosgoitti: 3.2 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Kevin Ferguson: 1.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Chris Munnelly: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Vince Wheeland: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Not that five games is a sample to decide anything by, certainly, but the vocal few who complained about the Fisher pick (for reasons other than the I-assume-to-be-tongue-in-cheek same-name thing) haven't been able to say anything so far about this kid. .500/.636/.625 for his first five games; seven singles, a triple, four walks and three steals.

Reed's hot streak has made everyone forget about the slow-ish start he got off to. He's now hitting .309/.421/.479 through his first 25 games, thanks to a big hot streak (.417/.500/.667 over his last ten). He's struck out just three times in his last ten games. It's pretty reminiscent of what Preston Tucker did down there in the NYPL (or...up there I guess, geographically speaking). And all this from a guy who was a full-time starting pitcher in college, too. Can't wait to see what might be in store now that he can focus solely on his development as a hitter.

Bottger is another guy, though a late-rounder, who some tabbed as an interesting pick and a name to watch. So far, he's made good on that modicum of hype; .362/.456/.638 with just three strike outs in 13 professional games.

RK Greeneville Astros: 8-3 win over Johnson City (STL)

-> Juan Santana: 3-for-4, 2B, SB, RBI, R
-> Ydarqui Marte: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B
-> Cesar Carrasco: 2-for-4, RBI, R
-> Yonathan Mejia: 1-for-3, BB, 3B, 2 R
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Connor Goedert: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Sean McMullen: 0-for-4, SB
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-1, BB, RBI, R

SP Robert Kahana: 4.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Austin Nicely: 3.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Zach Davis: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K (save)

This was Carrasco's second game with the Astros since we picked him up from Arizona in return for super-command-issues Alex Sogard. He's 20 years old, can play 3B (we ain't got a lot of good 3B prospects in this system, if you haven't noticed. J.D. Davis helps, though) and has three hits and a walk in those two games.

Santana has been arguably the club's best bat so far, slashing .364/.383/.506 with five doubles and two dingers in 18 games. Obviously, he doesn't walk much, but other than that, he's been everything you could want with the stick so far.

DSL Astros Blue: 6-2 loss to DSL Rays

-> Jonathan Matute: 2-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Juan Fuentes: 1-for-2, BB, R
-> Andy Pineda: 1-for-2, R
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 1-for-4
-> Oliver Toribio: 0-for-0, 3 BB

SP Starlyng Sanchez: 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Miguel Severino: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

DSL Astros Orange: 3-2 loss to DSL Phillies

-> Ihan Bernal: 2-for-3, 2B
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-4
-> Anardo Peralta: 0-for-1, R
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 0-for-2, BB, RBI, 2 SB
-> Edgar Lorenzo: 0-for-2, BB

SP Carlos Pizzolato: 4.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Carlos Sanabria: 3.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Bryan Abreu: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (loss)

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Thomas Shirley vs. Dan Straily
AA: Brady Rodgers vs. Jerad Eickhoff
A+: TBD vs. Tom Windle
A-: Jandel Gustave vs. Anthony Banda
SS: Troy Scribner vs. Alejandro Arteaga
RK: Reymin Guduan vs. TBD

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