We all expected much more from Jiovanni Mier going into this season after his phenomenal season in Greeneville in 2009. He skipped a level straight into full season ball and basically has seemed over matched. Scouting reports on him this season have been pretty negative as well which only adds insult to injury. He started the season off with a shoulder injury in spring training which probably didn't help at all and prevented him from fully being ready to start off the season. He had a decent June with an OPS at .713 but July met him with a .600 OPS. He did show signs of life with his first home run and a good hot streak. His August OPS is approaching .700 but isn't quite there. I was under the impression that he was slumping right now because he hasn't really seemed to be doing a whole lot at the plate. But, I was surprised to see his OPS for the last ten games is .819, thanks in part to his homer last night. His OBP is .372 during that time which is nice to see. He's also stolen five bases without getting caught in that time period. This is the only month in which his BABiP is actually a little high for him.
He's still very lanky and has tons of room to fill out in his frame, so I'm not sold on this season as being close to his talent level. He's had a lot of expectations thrown on him this year and he's struggled to carry it and everyone has said that first year is harsh on your body. So, I'm expecting this streak to continue out through the end of the season and for him to come to ST next year in better shape and healthy which will lead to a very solid season in Lancaster.
Round Rock won 4-2
- Yorman Bazardo (3.77)-6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
- Roy Corcoran (4.61)-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Jack Shuck (.300)-2-5, SO
- Brian Bogusevic (.292)-2-3, 2B, BB
- Matt Kata (.284)-2-4
- Collin DeLome (.236)-1-4, HR, 2 SO-Big Grand Slam!
Corpus Christi lost 6-5
- Henry Villar (4.15)-6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB 3 SO, 2 HR
- Albert Cartwright (.217)-1-6, 3 SO
- J.D. Martinez (.347)-3-5, SO
- Michael Affronti (.266)-1-5, 3 SO, SB
- Lou Santangelo (.222)-2-3, HR, 2 BB
Lancaster lost 3-1
- Leandro Cespedes (6.25)-5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
- Jonathan Villar (.284)-2-4
Lexington won 4-3
- Juan Minaya (4.92)-6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
- Kirk Clark (3.59)-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO-He hasn't been putting up the big numbers lately, so it's nice to see him strikeout the side for his 26th save on the season.
- Kody Hinze (.275)-0-3, 3 SO
- Jio Mier (.227)-2-4, SB, HR-You think he's figured out that Jonathan Villar has passed him up on the organizational depth chart?
Tri-City won 6-0
- Bobby Doran (4.24)-7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 WP-Thats two great starts in a row now! He has really settled in and I'm beginning to think he'll be in Lancaster next season on the Dallas Keuchel plan.
- Kike Hernandez (.292)-4-5, 2B
- Tyler Burnett (.269)-1-3, HR, 2 BB, SO-He's been slumping some so it's nice to see a good game like that from him.
- Dan Adamson (.291)-1-5, HR, SO, SB
GCL Astros won 5-4
- Mark Jones (4.26)-4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
- Pedro Gomez (7.67)-3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
- Ebert Rosario (8.59)-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO-This transition to pitching is starting to work out for him.
- Jordan Scott (.279)-2-4, BB, SB
- Jose Vargas (.250)-2-3, 2B, BB, SO
- Kyle Redinger (.226)-2-4, SO
- Jose Fernandez (.225)-1-4, 3B
DSL Astros lost 7-0
- Jose Montero (2.59)-1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
- Jose Solano (.273)-1-3, 2B, BB
- Kenny Diaz (.202)-0-1, 2 BB-Another game at 3B.