Minor League Recap: July 2, 2014

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Brett Myers and JA Happ trades pay dividends on the farm last night.

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

Folty got hit around a little bit, but the start wound up being a decent one. He fanned 5 through 6 innings and had 8 ground outs to 2 air outs. Only 1 of the 3 runs he allowed was earned. In the 4th inning, with 2 outs, Marc Krauss committed the error that plated 2 runs for the Sky Sox.

Robbie Grossman had himself an evening. He went 3 for 3 and walked twice to reach base all 5 times he walked to the plate and stole 3 bases. Marc Krauss made up for his error with a 3-run homer and Preston Tucker added a double.

The RedHawks tied the game, but Alex White gets charged with a loss as he allowed 3 earned runs while only recording 2 outs in the 7th.

RedHawks lose 5-7. Record falls to 45-42.

This Tweet sums up what's been going on with the RedHawks lately:


Springfield Cardinals (STL) at the Corpus Christi Hooks

Lefty David Rollins pitched a whale of a game and reeled in a win for the Hooks. He went six strong innings, throwing 92 pitches (67 for strikes) and racked up 8 strike outs while only walking one. If you remember, David Rollins was one of the half-dozen of players we got in the JA Happ to Toronto trade. Rollins has flown under the radar, but there is a lot to like about this kid. His career minor league FIP is 3.25. He sports a career 8.56 K/9 with a minute 2.14 BB/9. He started late this year after dealing with an injury in April. He's only 24 years old. Watch out Thomas Shirley. There's another Hook lefty that's going to try to steal your fringe prospect status.

Tony Kemp has another 2-hit night and adds a walk bringing his batting average in AA up to .367. He's already racked up 11 hits at AA with 4 of the being extra base hits. He is basically continuing what he was doing at High A Lancaster in AA. Kemp is making a mockery of the minor leagues so far, and is making the Astros look brilliant in taking him as early in the draft as they did.

Corpus Christi wins 3-2, Record is now 39-44 on the year.

Tweet of the Night (Corpus is going after a big time free agent):

  • 2B, Tony Kemp - 2/3, 2B, BB
  • CF, Delino Deshields Jr. - 0/3, R, BB, 2 K, SB
  • RF, Andrew Aplin - 1/2, R, 2 BB, SB
  • 3B, Jonathan Meyer - 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K
  • LF, Leo Heras - 1/3, BB, K
  • 1B, Brandon Meredith - 0/3, RBI, 2 K
  • C, Rene Garcia - 1/3, 2B, K
  • SP, David Rollins - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, HR, GO/AO 2-2
  • RP, Alex Sogard - 1.2 IP, BB
  • RP, Tyson Perez - 1.1 IP, K

Lancaster JetHawks at the Stockton Ports (OAK)

JetHawks pound out 10 hits, draw 8 walks, and score 10 runs, but Conrad Gregor's hit streak comes to an end at 18 games. Gregor was still able to contribute by driving in a run on a sacrifice fly and scoring a run after reaching base via the walk. Five JetHawks had 2-hit games.

Chris Devenski decided to go ahead and have the best pitching performance of the night. He went 7 innings of shut out ball and struck out 8 while only allowing 2 hits.  Devenski kept the ball down inducing 11 ground ball outs to only 2 air outs. Devenski was acquired from the White Sox as the player to be named later in the Brett Myers trade.

Lancaster wins 10-0. Record sits at 49-34.

Tweets of the Night (Devenski seemed to be utilizing pitch tunneling well, plus, check out that twitter handle):

  • LF, Jordan Scott - 2/4, 3 R, 2B, BB, SB
  • CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 0/4, BB, K
  • 1B, Conrad Gregor - 0/3, R, RBI, BB
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz - 2/3, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • C, Jobduan Morales - 2/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • DH, Dan Gulbransen - 0/3, RBI
  • 2B, Austin Elkins - 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
  • RF, Danry Vasquez - 0/2, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
  • SS, Jack Mayfield - 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, K
  • SP, Chris Devenski - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, GO/AO 11-2
  • RP, Patrick Christensen - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Quad Cities RiverBandits at the Beloit Snappers (OAK)

Rain couldn't stop the RiverBandits from eeking out a short win in just 5 innings of play. Jose Fernandez accounted for 4 RBIs on a 3B and a HR. Evan Grills went all 5 innings for the RiverBandits only allowing 1 earned run and spreading out 5 hits. He struck out 2.

RiverBandits win 8-1, Record improves to 42-40.

Tweet of the Night:

  • CF, James Ramsay - 0/2, R, BB
  • 3B, Marc Wik - 2/2, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • RF, Brett Phillips - 0/3, K
  • LF, Ronnie Mitchell - 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
  • 2B, Jose Fernandez - 2/3, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, K
  • DH, Brian Holberton - 0/2, BB
  • SP, Evan Grills - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, GO/AO 7-3

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

The ValleyCats couldn't complete the come back in the 9th and lose by 1 run. The offense was paced Bobby Boyd (.405 batting average in 10 games), Nick Tanielu, and Jamie Ritchie.

Tri-City loses 7-6. Record falls to 12-8.

  • CF, Bobby Boyd - 2/4, R, 2B, BB
  • LF, Ryan Bottger - 2/5, R, RBI, K
  • 1B, AJ Reed - 0/5, BI
  • 3B, Nick Tanielu - 2/5, R, 2B, RBI
  • RF, Ariel Ovando - 0/5, 4 Ks
  • C, Jamie Ritchie - 3/5, R, 2 RBI
  • SS, Mott Hyde - 2/5, R
  • SP, Sebastian Kessay - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • RP, Raul Rivera - 2.2 IP, BB, K
  • RP, Francis Ramirez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, K, HR
  • RP, Ryan Thompson - 1.0 IP, H

Greenville Astros were OFF

GCL Astros at the GCL Yankees1

The GCL and DSL teams had a day to forget. The GCL team could only muster 4 hits and struck out 10 times without drawing a single walk. On the other side of that, the pitching staff walked more than they struck out. The GCL Yankees must be loaded because after this win, their record is 10-1.

GCL Astros lose 8-0. Record now at 5-6.

  • RF, Hector Roa - 1/4, 2 K
  • LF, Brauly Mejia - 1/4, K
  • C, Richard Gonzalez - 1/4, K
  • CF, Edwin Medina - 1/2, SB
  • SP, Elleser Hernandez - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, 2 HR

DSL Astros Orange at the DSL Cubs

Another rookie league drubbing took place here. The Astros Orange had 4 hits, but struck out 11 times. The DSL Cubs beat out 19 hits on their way to the blowout win.

DSL Astros Orange lose 14-3. Record is now 11-17.

  • CF, Vicente Sanchez - 1/3
  • 3B, Cristopher Luciano - 1/3, 2 R, 2B, BB, 2 K
  • 1B, Jesus Bermejo - 1/3, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • SS, Wilson Amador - 1/3, RBI, K, SB
  • No pitching performances worth mentioning, ouch.

DSL Athletics at the DSL Astros Blue

The Astros Blue were shutout, but at least they weren't blown out. The Blue Team outhit the DSL Athletics 9-7, but couldn't find a way to score any runs.

DSL Astros lose 5-0, Record falls to 13-15.

  • DH, Rodrigo Ayarza - 2/3, 2B
  • 3B, Wander Franco - 1/4, K
  • 1B, Connor MacDonald - 1/4, 2 K
  • SS, Joan Mauricio - 2/4
  • LF, Jose Benjamin - 1/4, K
  • RF, Nester Tejada - 1/3, BB, K
  • SP, Moreno Polanco - 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 3 K
  • RP, Gabriel Valdez - 3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K
  • RP, Ezequiel Madera - 3.0 IP, BB, 4 K
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