Minor League Recap: Games of July 14, 2014

Brian Holberton - USA TODAY Sports

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: All-Star Break

The game is tomorrow (Wednesday). OKC will next play a four game home series against Nashville, beginning on Thursday night.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 14-2 loss to Midland (OAK)

-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-3, BB, R
-> M.P. Cokinos: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Carlos Perdomo: 1-for-3, BB
-> Ruben Sosa: 1-for-4
-> Rene Garcia: 1-for-4
-> Delino DeShields: 0-for-3, BB
-> Jonathan Meyer: 0-for-4, RBI

SP David Rollins: 4.0 IP, 8 R (7 ER), 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Ruben Alaniz: 2.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Travis Ballew: 2.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K

Crisis averted; Kemp was right back in the lineup tonight. Great, great news. And contributing just as well as always at the top of the lineup, no less. He's hitting .365/.435/.581 during his 18 games with the Hooks.

Nine hits and three walks for Aplin in his last seven games. He's hitting .262/.373/.348 on the season, with nine doubles, a triple, five long balls and 15 steals.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 5-3 win over Ranco Cucamonga (LAD)

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

SP Evan Grills: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Juan Minaya: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K (hold)
RP Jamaine Cotton: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

I do want to mention quickly that Ruiz has five straight multi-hit games and is hitting .419 over his last ten games, but tonight, there's really just one story in Lancaster.

On man's dream ends tonight. For some of us, that dream never began. For others, we realized after little league, or maybe high school, that we weren't cut out for baseball professionally, no matter how much we loved it. Gulbransen seems to have hit that wall, for whatever reason. As jaded prospect watchers, we probably never paid much attention to him, but that doesn't take away from his desire to compete and how he approached the game while he played. Best wishes to Daniel Gulbransen in his future, perhaps as a yoga instructor.

He hit .267/.353/.429 with 19 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 186 professional games.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-4 loss to Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-4, 2B, solo HR
-> Brian Holberton: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Tyler White: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3
-> Brett Booth: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4
-> Marc Wik: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-3, BB

SP Blaine Sims: 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Chris Lee: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Chris Cotton: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K

There will be days like this for a knuckleballer (especially a prospect one who hasn't been throwing it for a long time). Not just the walks, but flat ones getting hit, and hard. All part of the process.

One or two of my fellow TCB writers had some nice things to say pre-season about McDonald. For the most part, he's been...well, mediocre might be too kind, even. But he has three straight two-hit games, and he's batting .324/.342/.459 over his last ten.

Holberton is slashing .265/.390/.412 over his last then games, the OBP being helped by seven walks. Seven walks in his last ten games, after walking just 14 times in his first 47 games. That was the only area you could have picked at early on when he went on that crazy hot run. I'd also like to point out that Holberton, a left-handed hitter, is blasting RHP (.335/.408/.532) and it's the terrible failure against same-side pitching (.146/.205/.268) that have drug down his overall numbers. This will be something to watch as he moves forward; is it a SSS issue? If not, can he improve on it? If not, does he become the LHH part of a catching platoon in the future?

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 4-0 win over Williamsport (PHI)

-> Alex Hernandez: 3-for-4
-> Jamie Ritchie: 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI
-> A.J. Reed: 1-for-2
-> Ryan Bottger: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, SB, R
-> Mott Hyde: 1-for-4, R
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-5
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-5
-> Bobby Boyd: 0-for-4, BB
-> Jose Solano: 1-for-2, SB, 2 R

SP Brandon McNitt: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Kyle Weiland: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Austin Chrismon: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K (hold)
RP Jordan Mills: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Uh oh, maybe. Reed singled in the fourth inning, and after going first to third on a double immediately afterwords, he was pinch run for. No info was available that I could find on Twitter, but it's possible he pulled a hammy, or hurt himself sliding into third or...who knows? Such a shame if he is hurt, as he was finally getting hot. Hot enough to win the Hitter of the Week award for July 7-13, in fact.

Fisher continues his career-beginning hitting streak; eight games now. Ritchie has a hitting streak going as well, six games for him. He's hitting .462/.577/.615 in 15 games as a pro.

And Weiland is back! He allowed one earned run in six innings down in the Gulf Coast League, and this was his first outing up above that.

RK Greeneville Astros: 7-6 win over Pulaski (SEA)

-> Jacob Nottingham: 2-for-2, BB, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Ydarqui Marte: 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Yonathan Mejia: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Trent Woodward: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 R
-> Sean McMullen: 1-for-3
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-4, R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4

SP Devonte German: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Agapito Barrios: 3.0 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Zach Davis: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K (blown save)
RP Angel Heredia: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (win)

German has had a pretty nice pro debut so far. In five games, he's tossed 19.2 innings, and owns a 2.29 ERA, 4.58 BB/9 and 7.32 K/9. Not bad at all, certainly better than his fellow over-slot-2013-draft-prep-arm prospect Austin Nicely thus far.

Nottingham has three multi-hit games in a row, and is batting .343/.442/.629 with seven XBH over his last ten games. He's a long way off, but he's already flashing real potential as a high OPS bat who is more than eight months away from his 20th birthday.

DSL Astros Blue: 5-4 win over DSL Athletics

-> Oliver Toribio: 2-for-4, SB, 2 R, 3 BB
-> Jonathan Matute: 2-for-4, SB, 3 BB
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 2-for-5, HR, R, 2 BB, 3 RBI
-> Andy Pineda: 2-for-5, BB, SB, R
-> Juan Fuentes: 1-for-2, RBI
-> Joan Mauricio: 1-for-5, BB
-> Angel De Leon: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
-> Nestor Tejada: 0-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Wander Franco: 0-for-5, 2 BB
-> Reiny Beltre: 0-for-7, SB

SP Moreno Polanco: 5.0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K
RP Gabriel Valdez: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Luis Arias: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Josue Uribe: 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K (blown save, win)

DSL Astros Orange: 12-8 loss to DSL Tigers

-> Cristopher Luciano: 1-for-1, R, 4 BB
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-5, SB, RBI, R
-> Orlando Marquez: 1-for-5, RBI, R
-> Ihan Bernal: 0-for-1, R, 2 BB
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 0-for-3, BB
-> Luis Vasquez: 0-for-3, R, 2 SB
-> Wilson Amador: 0-for-4, BB, RBI, R, 2 SB
-> Edgar Lorenzo: 0-for-4, BB, R
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-5, R, 2 SB

SP Gerald Benzant: 3.1 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Juan Hernandez: 3.2 IP, 4 R (0 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Jose Ramos: 1.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: All-Star Break
AA: Mike Hauschild vs. Sean Murphy
A+: Off Day
A-: Off Day
SS: Off Day
RK: Off Day

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