Minor League Recap: Games of July 4, 2014

Tyler Heineman - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 4-3 win over Iowa (CHC)

-> Robbie Grossman: 1-for-3, BB
-> Austin Wates: 1-for-3, R
-> Matthew Duffy: 1-for-3, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-3
-> Jonathan Villar: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Preston Tucker: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Ronald Torreyes: 0-for-3, RBI, R

SP Asher Wojciechowski: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Jason Stoffel: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Kevin Chapman: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (save)

Heck of a comeback in this one; Iowa was up 3-0 after the 4th inning, and it stayed that way until OKC plated all four of their runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind.

Wojo has been far from dominant since he first returned, but he's making some progress. He allowed a pair of solo homers tonight, but was otherwise solid.

Tucker has started to adjust to AAA; he's hitting .297/.366/.432 in his last ten games, with a homer and a pair of doubles.

Villar has four hits, a walk and a steal in his three games post-demotion, but five strike outs as well.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 8-0 win over Springfield (STL)

-> Tyler Heineman: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, R
-> Delino DeShields: 2-for-3, BB, R, 3 RBI
-> Tony Kemp: 2-for-5, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Jonathan Meyer: 2-for-5, 2 RBI
-> M.P. Cokinos: 1-for-3
-> Carlos Perdomo: 1-for-5, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Brandon Meredith: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Leonardo Heras: 0-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Ruben Sosa: 1-for-1, BB, SB, 2 R (pinch-runner)

SP Kyle Smith: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Mitchell Lambson: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Travis Ballew: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Nice return-to-form game for Smith after allowing eight earned runs in his last two games (nine innings total). Those two games broke up a streak of six straight where he allowed one or fewer earned runs. On the season, he has a 3.65 ERA, 1.91 BB/9 and 10.17 K/9 with the Hooks.

Tyler Heineman had done decently enough at the plate so far, but he's starting to look better recently; .294/.385/.412 with two doubles and a triple over his last ten games. He's struck out just 24 times in 50 games this season.

DeShields also appears to have turned things around, at least for now; he's hitting .294/.467/.353 over his last ten games. He's walked 10 times and gone 6-for-6 on the base paths during them, though he's also fanned 12 times.

In nine games with the Hooks, Kemp has actually been better than he was in Lancaster; he's slashing .342/.395/.553 with three doubles, a triple and a long ball. I wonder if any prospect will have seen his stock rise as much as Kemp at the end of the season.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 4-2 loss to Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Conrad Gregor: 2-for-3, 2 BB
-> Jack Mayfield: 2-for-5, 2B, R
-> Roberto Pena: 2-for-5
-> Austin Elkins: 1-for-3, 2 BB
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, SB, R
-> Jordan Scott: 1-for-4, BB, SB
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-3, RBI

SP Mark Appel: 5.0 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Brian Holmes: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Once again, no luck for Appel. He gets two outs in the first inning, then a guy reached on a little nubber that sneaks through the infield, and then the guy after him hits a two run homers to center (24 MPH winds blowing out to, guess where? Center, yeah). And then the first two guys in the second inning reach on errors by the guys behind him (Mayfield and Ruiz, specifically) and he had to try to work through that. "Snakebit" is the word, I believe.

Listen, it's going to get better for Appel. If he were to pitch until he hit 200 innings with the way things are going, he'd allow forty nine home runs. That doesn't happen to guys who get grounders on 55.9% of balls put in play against them. That's a freak of small sample size and bad luck and possibly black magic. He has a 2.51 BB/9 and a 7.24 K/9 despite all the health issues this year. He's getting ground balls. He hasn't lost any of his stuff. It's his first full professional season and he has less than 75 total pro innings so far. Keep the faith.

Hernandez isn't hitting a ton recently, but he has cut down his strike outs a bit recent; he struck out three times on June 28, but in the other nine games of his last ten, he's fanned seven times.

Gregor certainly looks unstoppable right now. He's hitting .374/.459/.634 with 12 doubles, a triple and six bombs in 32 games. He's also walked twice as much as he's struck out (20 BB, 10 K) with Lancaster, wow.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-3 loss to Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Brian Holberton: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Jose Fernandez: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-4, SB, R
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-4
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-3, BB, SB
-> Chase McDonald: 0-for-3, BB
-> Jon Kemmer: 0-for-3, BB

SP Adrian Houser: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (hold)
RP Frederick Tiburcio: 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 0 K (hold, loss)
RP Andrew Walter: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K (blown save)

Holberton is a good example of why you don't want to get too high on a guy after a good month or two; since May ended, he's been hitting under the Mendoza line and looking largely helpless. Fortunately he hasn't completely fallen apart, as we haven't seen a spike in strike out rate or anything, so there's hope that he'll turn things around soon.

Phillips is currently sitting at .300/.358/.470 with 12 doubles, 11 triples, five homers and 16 SB on the season. He's one of only two guys in the league with double-digit figures in doubles, triples and steals.

Houser hasn't quite liven up to the hype I put on him pre-season, but he's been pretty solid and I still really like what he brings to the table. When he's feeling it, he's darn-near impossible to square up well. Tonight was that night; eight whiffs, eight ground outs and just two base hits in six innings. Just four balls got past the infield against him tonight. Both hits came in the first inning; for the next five afterwards he just dismantled the Wisconsin lineup, no-hitting them and collecting seven of his eight strike outs.

Brunnemann has had a great, and interesting, season so far. By the numbers, he owns a 1.36 ERA, 2.04 BB/9 and 9.08 K/9. The really interesting part is that he's averaging just a hair under two full innings per outing. His last four, in particular, are examples; he's tossed 10.2 innings in just those four games.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 7-4 win over Lowell (BOS)

-> J.D. Davis: 3-for-4, 2B, SB, R, 3 RBI
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 2-for-4, R
-> Ryan Bottger: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 3 R
-> Terrell Joyce: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Ariel Ovando: 1-for-4
-> Nick Tanielu: 0-for-4, RBI

SP Brandon McNitt: 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K
RP Kevin Ferguson: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Austin Chrismon: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (blown save, win)
RP Chris Munnelly: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Davis is on an encouraging 10 game run, hitting .306/.409/.444 with a couple of doubles and a dinger. Most importantly, given the concerns surrounding his contact, he's whiffed seven times in the ten games (and 17 in his 20 total games, in fact). It's against short season competition, but it's still nice to see.

Reed has been slowly showing some signs of life. He hit his first homer on the last day of June, and he's struck out just once in his last six games.

Bottger has five walks and just one strike out in seven games thus far. Nine of Ovando's 16 strike outs have come in just three of his 19 games.

RK Greeneville Astros: 14-1 win over Kingsport (NYM)

-> Jason Martin: 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 3 BB
-> Sean McMullen: 2-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 2B, 2 R
-> Juan Santana: 2-for-4, BB, R, 2 RBI
-> Luis Reynoso: 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Jacob Nottingham: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R, 3 RBI
-> Trent Woodward: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Bryan Muniz: 0-for-1, BB, R
-> Ramon Laureano: 0-for-3, SB, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Yonathan Mejia: 0-for-3, RBI
-> Connor Goedert: 0-for-0, BB

SP Jose Montero: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Joshua James: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K (hold)
RP Jorge Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Martin is taking to the Rookie level pretty well; he's hitting .289/.373/.489 with six XBH over his last ten games, and he's drawn six walks and fanned just six times during that stretch as well.

Santana has flashed some hitting ability, but some pop as well, with four doubles and a pair of long balls already in 13 games. He owns an .885 OPS so far.

Nottingham has a long way to go, but if he can stick at catcher, his power could be a real weapon. He hasn't hit much so far this season, but he's 8-for-18 with three strike outs in his last five games.

DSL Astros Blue: 4-3 loss to DSL Dodgers

-> Nestor Tejada: 2-for-3
-> Jonathan Matute: 2-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Wander Franco: 2-for-5, 2B
-> Oliver Toribio: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, R
-> Jose Benjamin: 1-for-3
-> Connor MacDonald: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Andy Pineda: 0-for-4, SB, RBI
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 0-for-5, R

SP Albert Abreu: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Miguel Severino: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 0 H, 4 BB, 1 K
RP Luis Arias: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K (blown save, loss)
RP Josue Uribe: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL Astros Orange: 13-7 loss to DSL Pirates

-> Marcos Almonte: 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 3 R, 4 RBI
-> Vicente Sanchez: 2-for-4, BB, HR, SB, R, 3 RBI
-> Ihan Bernal: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Orlando Marquez: 1-for-3, R
-> Jesus Bermejo: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Wilson Amador: 0-for-3, BB, R

SP Carlos Pizzolato: 4.0 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Adonis Pena: 2.2 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Bryan Abreu: 2.0 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K
RP Jose Ramos: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Paul Clemens vs. Carlos Pimentel
AA: TBD vs. Ryan Kulik
A+: TBD vs. TBD
A-: Christopher Lee vs. Anthony Banda
SS: Blaine Sims vs. Heri Quevedo
RK: Austin Nicely vs. Yoryi Nuez

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