Minor League Recap: Games of July 13, 2014

Preston Tucker had maybe his best game as a pro ballplayer - Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 5-2 win over Iowa (CHC)

-> Preston Tucker: 4-for-4, BB, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Austin Wates: 2-for-5, 3B, SB
-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-3, BB
-> Jonathan Villar: 1-for-4, BB, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Jiovanni Mier: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-4
-> Ronald Torreyes: 1-for-4
-> Marc Krauss: 1-for-5, 2B, R

SP Michael Foltynewicz: 6.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Jorge De Leon: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K (hold)
RP Kevin Chapman: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

Quite possibly the best game of Tucker's career here. He initially got of to a decent start in AAA (.270/.352/.317, 1 HR in 16 games) but the last few games have seen the inklings of his power showing up. You may remember that he also didn't hit for much power for the first couple of weeks in Corpus, and then really lit it up and was leading the Texas League in long balls by the time he was promoted.

The other big story from this game is Folty, obviously. Four of the five outings previous to this one had been pretty poor (8.51 ERA, 5.92 BB/9 in those five games), so this was a good bounce back, both in run prevention and control. In his last outing he walked six in three innings, but the two previous were just one walk games. I was also about to note how stacked the Iowa lineup is, but upon checking, I remembered that Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both played in the futures game today, so unfortunately this wasn't against the best of the Cub's big time hitting prospects. Still a nice outing, though.

And Perez is on an seven-game hitting streak right now, with a .387/.500/.452 line over his last ten games.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 14-1 win over Midland (OAK)

-> M.P. Cokinos: 3-for-5, RBI, R
-> Tony Kemp: 2-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Carlos Perdomo: 2-for-3, BB, 2 R
-> Telvin Nash: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-4, BB, 3 R
-> Delino DeShields: 2-for-5, BB, SB, RBI, R
-> Rene Garcia: 2-for-5, RBI, R
-> Ruben Sosa: 1-for-2, HR, R, 3 BB, 3 RBI
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-5, BB, RBI, R

SP Chris Devenski: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Colton Cain: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Mitchell Lambson: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Tyson Perez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

My immediate concern was for Kemp, who was pinch-run for. Upon checking the recap, my fears were confirmed; he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and pinch run for. Now that doesn't nessicarily mean anything is seriously wrong, but it's a concern. How terrible it would be for such an incredible, stock-raising season to end with some kind of fracture or something.

The good news is that it wasn't on a hand or a finger, the area you immediately worry about (after the head, naturally).

So that's something. Things got interesting in the post-game interview though:

So that's...odd. The managers are disallowed by the Astros' front office from discussing any health-related issues with anyone? Wonder how long that's been going on.

Oh but let me tell you, all of that? All of that pales in comparison to the other craziness that happened in the game. I'll let the tweets tell the story:

So, uh...so there you go. And amidst all that was an overturned homer, the manager arguing, Colton Cain being ejected for a pitch around the head, the manager arguing again and being ejected, all while his team was up by ten runs, and then Midland bringing in an infielder to pitch late in the game.

I'll just end with this:

#MinorLeagueBaseball

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 6-2 win over Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Rio Ruiz: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> Jordan Scott: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Conrad Gregor: 2-for-4, BB
-> Jobduan Morales: 2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI
-> Jon Kemmer: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-4
-> Daniel Gulbransen: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB

SP Josh Hader: 6.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K (win)
RP Zach Morton: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Daniel Minor: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K

This was nice for Hader, after a couple of mediocre outings that saw him allow seven earned runs in 7.2 innings of work. His command remains spotty at times, but it's not terrible and he's continuing to work on it. He owns a 2.60 ERA, 3.20 BB/9 and 9.80 K/9 on the season.

Ruiz is on a really nice run; he has six game hitting streak going, with two or more hits in each of his last four games. Over the last ten games, he's hitting .395/.471/.674.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 13-4 loss to Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Brett Phillips: 3-for-4, RBI, 2 2B
-> Jake Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-5, RBI, R
-> Jose Fernandez: 1-for-1
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3, BB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Tyler White: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Brett Booth: 1-for-4, BB
-> Dayne Parker: 0-for-3, BB

SP Edison Frias: 2.2 IP, 8 R (3 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Andrew Walter: 3.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Phillips has back-to-back three hit games over the weekend. He's hitting .325/.357/.625 over his last ten games, with four doubles, a triple and a couple of long balls. Interesting to note is that he has three homers in July so far in just 12 games, and he had two, one and one home runs in April, May and June respectively, in roughly double or more the number of games. This could be just a small sample size abberation, but he could also be showing a little more power in the bat than he has been given credit for.

Mitchell is on a five game hitting streak, with ten hits in those games. On the season, he's sitting at .299/.368/.532 with 12 homers, nine doubles and a triple.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 5-0 loss to Williamsport (PHI)

-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-2
-> Ryan Bottger: 1-for-2
-> Terrell Joyce: 1-for-2
-> Bobby Boyd: 0-for-1, BB

SP Francis Ramirez: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K (loss)

Even Homer sometimes nods, I guess. I did a triple take at the score at first, kind of going like "Tri-City got shut out? Whaaat?" Rain ended the game after five innings though, so there is that.

That didn't stop stop The Shark though! (Fisher...power and speed combo...maybe? Too plain?) He has at least one hit in each of his seven professional games so far, including two triples. He's also walked four times and stolen three bases without being caught.

RK Greeneville Astros: 11-6 loss to Pulaski (SEA)

-> Juan Santana: 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI
-> Jeffy Santos: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Trent Woodward: 2-for-4, BB, R
-> Jacob Nottingham: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-3, BB, 2 R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4, BB
-> Sean McMullen: 1-for-5, RBI
-> Luis Reynoso: 1-for-5

SP Brock Dykxhoorn: 1.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Keegan Yuhl: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Eric Peterson: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Dean Deetz: 1.1 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 1 H, 3 BB, 0 K
RP Aaron Greenwood: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Dykxhoorn hadn't made a start yet, but he had pitched multiple innings a couple of times. Still, I was kind of surprised to see him start today. I wonder if they think he might be able to hang in a rotation? Didn't work today, of course, but it's interesting. He's a big guy so there's the downhill plane factor in his favor. It will be interesting to see what they do with him.

For those who have already forgotten or missed the minor news, Santos is the return from the White Sox for Bobby Doran. He's still 21 years old so he's not too old for the level, but hopefully he won't need to hang around. Still, considering what we got him for, it's probably best not to get your hopes up to high for him.

Nottingham is probably neck-and-neck with Martin in terms of big name position player prospects on this roster, and he collected five hits over the weekend. He's hitting .324 over his last ten games.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: All Star Break
AA: David Rollins vs. Chris Jensen
A+: Evan Grills vs. Lindsey Caughel
A-: Blaine Sims vs. Barrett Astin
SS: Brandon McNitt vs. David Whitehead
RK: Devonte German vs. TBD

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