Minor League Recap: July 16, 2014

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Get caught up on all the minor league action that was happening while you were or were not watching the ESPY's.


AAA, Oklahoma City was off for the AAA All-Star Game

The PCL lost to the International League 7-3 in the AAA All-Star Game. Max Stassi entered the game in the 7th inning and lined out to the right fielder in his one plate appearance.


AA, Midland RockHounds (OAK) at the Corpus Christi Hooks

This strange 4 game series finally came to an end with a somewhat normal game. Telvin Nash jacked a 3-run homer in the 1st to give the Hooks a lead and they cruised from there. Tony Kemp did not record a hit, but he drew 2 walks and stole a base. I also witnessed him make a great cutoff throw from Aplin to hose a RockHound at 3rd trying to stretch a double into a triple.

Andrew Aplin went through an abysmal stretch after starting off the season nicely. He's slashing .361/.439/.444 over his last 10 games.

Kyle Smith, working on the extreme 3rd base side of the rubber, threw 4 no hit innings before allowing a couple of hits and being pulled in the 6th. I was listening to this game in the first 4 innings and Smith was pitching absolutely fearlessly. Pounding the corners and throwing his curve for a strike. This guy doesn't possess a ton of upside, but man he can wow you with his control and ability to just compete.

Jordan Jankowski came in and finished up the game for Smith with another solid outing.

Corpus Christi wins 5-2. They level their record at 48-48.

  • 2B, Tony Kemp - 0/2, 2 R, 2 BB, K
  • LF, Ruben Sosa - 1/3, RBI, K
  • CF, Delino DeShields Jr. - 0/3, BB, 2 K
  • 3B, Jonathan Meyer - 2/4, R, RBI, 2 K
  • RF, Andrew Aplin - 2/3, R, BB, K
  • 1B, Telvin Nash - 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
  • C, Tyler Heineman - 2/4, K
  • DH, Brandon Meredith - 0/3, K
  • Kyle Smith - 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Jordan Jankowski - 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K

A+, Visalia RawHide (ARI) at the Lancaster JetHawks

Danry Vasquez hit 3 homeruns in a loss for the JetHawks. Mark Appel stunk it up again though and couldn't get through the 2nd inning. This is the official "we are worried about Appel" at TCB. At this point, he might as well be sent to EST to try and retool his mechanics, heal his wrist, mentally self-evaluate, etc, whatever. It's obvious the dude is in as bad of a place as you can imagine.

JetHawks lose 11-6. Their record falls to 56-40.

  • SS, Chan Moon - 0/3, BB, K
  • DH, Danry Vasquez - 3/4, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz, BB
  • 1B, Conrad Gregor - 1/4, 2 K
  • C, Roberto Pena - 0/4
  • RF, Jon Kemmer - 0/4, 2 K
  • 2B, Jack Mayfield - 0/4, K
  • CF, Jordan Scott - 1/3, R, 3B, BB
  • LF, Tanner Mathis - 0/1, RBI, BB, K
  • Mark Appel - 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, BB, 2 K
  • Patrick Christensen - 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K
  • Jamaine Cotton - 1.0 IP, K

A, Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) at the Quad Cities RiverBandits

Despite only being out-hit 11-10, the RiverBandits could only muster 2 runs and took the loss. This was an ugly game, but man, this is such a beautiful park.

RiverBandits lose 9-2. Record evens up at 47-47.

  • RF, Brett Phillips - 2/4, 2B, BB (.350/.395/.675 in his last 10)
  • LF, Marc Wik - 1/5, R, 2B, K
  • 3B, JD Davis - 1/4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
  • DH, Ronnie Mitchell - 1/3, 2B, BB
  • 1B, Chase McDonald - 2/3, R, BB
  • C, Brian Holberton - 3/4, 2B, RBI (.315/.415/.400 over his last 10, it's good to see him get back on track)
  • 2B, Jose Fernandez - 0/4, K
  • CF, James Ramsay - 0/4, K
  • SS, Thomas Lindauer - 0/4, K
  • Adrian Houser - 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Aaron Vaughn - 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Kevin Comer - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 K, HR

A Short-Season, Aberdeen IronBirds (BAL) at the Tri-City ValleyCats

The Tri-City AdvancedCollegeBats did damage again today. Bobby Boyd had 3 hits including a 2B. Derek Fisher had 2 hits and a base on balls. His batting average has dropped all the way down to .406. The recently promoted Juan Santana also had a hit and a walk in his debut as a ValleyCat. Santana is 19 years old playing with mostly college draft picks. He'll be exciting to keep an eye on and see how he handles it.

Joe Musgrove went ahead a showed out. He went 5.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs but striking out 9! That's right. Joe was a part of the 10 player trade with Toronto from 2 years ago.

ValleyCats win 5-3. Their record is 21-11.

  • CF, Bobby Boyd - 3/5, R, 2B, SB
  • 2B, Juan Santana - 1/2, R, BB
  • LF, Derek Fisher - 2/4, 2 R, BB, SB
  • 3B, Nick Tanielu - 1/4, BB, 2 K, SB
  • RF, Ryan Bottger - 0/4, K
  • C, Jamie Ritchie - 1/2, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
  • DH, Terrell Joyce - 0/4, K
  • 1B, Ariel Ovando - 2/3, BB
  • SS, Mott Hyde - 0/3, RBI
  • Bryan Radziewski - 2.0 IP, K
  • Joe Musgrove - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 9 K, 2 HR
  • Jordan Mills - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
  • Derick Velasquez - 1.0 IP, H, 2 K


Rookie, Greeneville Astros at the Bluefield Blue Jays

The G-Stros rally in the top of the 9th came up short and the damage done to starter Jose Montero was too much to overcome. Here's a name to know: Joshua James. He's a 6-3, 200 pound pitcher taken in the magical 34th round of the 2014 draft. He was taken from Western Oklahoma State College. He has thrown 14 innings so far in his young career and has struck out 22 while only allowing 6 hits, 6 walks, and 1 earned run. His stay in the Appy League may be short and sweet.

G-Stros lose 3-5. Their record is now 12-13.

  • CF, Jason Martin - 1/4, R, 2B, K
  • 2B, Antonio Nunez - 0/3, R, BB, K
  • LF, Sean McMullen - 0/4, K
  • 1B, Trent Woodward - 1/4, 3B, 2 RBI, K
  • C, Jacob Nottingham - 2/4, R, 2B, K, SB
  • 3B, Cesar Carrasco - 0/4, K
  • DH, Yonathan Mejia - 1/3, RBI
  • RF, Ydarqui Marte - 1/3, K
  • SS, Jeffry Santos - 0/3, K
  • SP, Jose Montero - 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RP, Joshua James - 3.0 IP, 3 K

Rookie, GCL Phillies at the GCL Astros

Rained out.


Rookie, DSL Dodgers at the DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team drew 9 walks and piled up 7 hits. This was enough to score 10 runs and take home the win. The offense was paced by Joan Mauricio's 2 triples and 5 RBIs. Albert Abreu went 6 strong innings only allowing 1 hit and striking out 5.

Blue team wins 10-4. Their record is 18-22.

  • CF, Andy Pineda - 1/4, 2 R, BB, K, SB
  • 2B, Jonathan Matute - 1/2, R, 3 BB, K
  • DH, Rodrigo Ayarza - 2/4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
  • 1B, Oliver Toribio - 0/3, R, RBI
  • 3B - C, Reiny Beltre - 0/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • SS, Joan Mauricio - 2/5, R, 2 3B, 5 RBI, K
  • LF, Angel De Leon - 1/4, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • C, Oscar Campos - 0/2, K
  • 3B, Jake Bowey - 0/0, 2 BB, R
  • RF, Nestor Tejada - 0/3, K
  • SP, Albert Abreu - 6.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K


Rookie, DSL Astros Orange at the DSL Rangers1

The Orange team loses 1-4. Their record is 14-26.

  • 3B, Marcos Almonte - 1/4, SB
  • SS, Wilson Amador - 1/4, R, 2 K
  • 2B, Frankeny Fernandez - 0/3
  • LF, Luis Vasquez - 2/4, 3B, RBI
  • 1B, Cristopher Luciano - 0/2, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RF, Bryan De La Cruz - 0/4, 2 K
  • CF, Edgar Lorenzo - 0/4, K
  • DH, Ihan Bernal - 1/2, 2B, BB, K
  • C, Hayden Timberlake - 0/3, 2 K
  • SP, Carlos Pizzolato - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 3 K
  • RP, Carlos Sanabria - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, K
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