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TCB Minor League Recap

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Here's an interesting question for you: two players, one has a stronger track record in the minors, the other has slightly less pedigree in performance but has more versatility and was selected slightly higher in the draft. Who has the better shot to make the big leagues?

The two players I'm thinking of here are J.D. Martinez and Jake Goebbert, who was selected in the 2009 draft out of Northwestern in the 13th round. Martinez obviously has the best chance to make the majors, as he's hit and hit for power in every minor league level he's been.

But, Goebbert has had a similar power profile to Martinez this season and, while he doesn't have J.D.'s profile at every stop, he's been playing some first base for Corpus. That gives him a bit of versatility that Martinez lacks. I don't think Goebbert will have the ceiling of Martinez, but if he keeps up this performance, he's probably got just as good a shot at making the majors. It may be as a fourth outfielder, but that's better than paying Jason Michael a million dollars again.

Oklahoma City lost 7-0 to New Orleans

J.B. Shuck, LF: 1-4

Collin DeLome, CF: 1-3, SB, fielding error

Nelson Figueroa, starter: 7 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, walk, 4 Ks, 98 pitches, 60 strikes, 8 ground balls, 2 fly balls

Jeff Fulchino, reliever: 1 IP, no hits, no runs, no walks, 2 Ks


Corpus Christi lost 9-8 to Corpus Christi

Jonathan Villar, SS: 4-6, 2B, RBI, 2 runs scored

Jose Altuve, PH: 2-2, RBI

J.D. Martinez, LF: 3-6, 2B, 2 runs scored, RBI, 2 GIDP

Jacob Goebbert, 1B: 3-6, run, strikeout

Jimmy Paredes, 3B: 2-6, run, RBI, strikeout

Ross Seaton, starter: 3 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, walk, 2 Ks, 2 HRs, 64 pitches, 38 strikes, 5 ground balls, 2 fly balls

Henry Villar, reliever: 2 IP, 2 hits, no runs, no walks, 3 Ks


Lancaster lost 8-7 to Inland Empire

Ben Heath, C: 2-4, 2 2Bs, 2 runs scored, RBI, walk, strikeout

Austin Wates, LF: 1-3, sacrifice hit, HBP

Kody Hinze, DH: 1-3, 2 walks, 2 runs scored

Jonathan Meyer, 3B: 1-4, walk, run scored, strikeout

Robby Donovan, starter: 1 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, walk, K

Yordany Ramirez, reliever: 2 IP, hit, no runs, no walks, no Ks

Kirk Clark, reliever: 1 IP, hit, no runs, no walks, K


Lexington beat Rome 4-2

Jiovanni Mier, SS: 2-3, 2B, run scored, walk, HBP

Chris Wallace, C: 2-5, 3-run HR

Kike Hernandez, DH: 2-3, 2 walks

Tyler Burnett, 1B: 0-3, 2 walks, 2 SB, strikeout

Mike Foltynewicz, starter: 5 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, walk, 3 Ks, 6 ground balls, 4 fly balls

Brian Streilein, reliever: 2 IP, 2 hits, no runs, no walks, no Ks

Jorge De Leon, reliever: 2 IP, hit, no runs, no walks, K, 10th save


Tri-City lost 6-5 to Vermont

John Hinson, 2B: 2-4, 2B, run scored, walk

Matt Duffy, 3B: 3-5, 2B, run scored, strikeout

Euris Quezada, starter: 4 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, walk, 4 Ks

Travis Blankenship, reliever: 1 IP, 2 hits, no runs, no walks, K

Ryan Cole, reliever: 1 IP, 2 hits, no runs, no walks, K


DSL Astros lost 3-1 to the Indians

Franny Polanco, C: 2-4, 2 strikeout

Jose Solano, 3B: 1-4, RBI

Juan Santana, SS: 1-3, walk, strikeout

Geronimo Franzua, starter: 4 IP, 5 hits, run, 2 walks, 4 Ks, 6 ground balls, 1 fly ball

Edgar Ferreira, reliever: 1 IP, no hits, no runs, walk, K

Samil De Los Santos, reliever: 1 IP, no hits, no runs, walk, K