Aaron West=Beast Mode
Seriously! In 43 professional innings spread over eight starts, he 41 strikeouts and just FIVE walks! For every time that he walks a batter...he strikes out EIGHT! Are you drooling yet?
Someone asked when his numbers allow for him to be considered a top 30 prospect in the system last night in the minor league open thread.
That's a tough question as he has decent scouting reports and awesome numbers. Although, history doesn't serve us well for pitcher's numbers in Tri-City as we have been burned more times than once. This list is quite long and worse than just last year's standout rotation.
But, the good news is that his stuff looks good and he's younger than Jonas Dufek and Kyle Hallock were last year. I'm not trying to call them out, but those are the ones that stick out as their stock falling from last season. Hallock's issue lies primarily with an injury.
This time last year, he would have likely been a top 30 guy fairly easily, maybe even crack top 20. But, with the inclusion of a phenomenal draft and of course the result of recent trades, it may be difficult. I imagine he'll slot into several fan top 30's and depending just how good reports are in pro ball, maybe a few publication top 30's as a sleeper type pick.
I love him as a sleeper and I'm personally high on him, leaving him off a top 30 would definitely not be as a knock on him, but rather a tribute to the amount of depth the system has accrued over the last several months. Until I sit down and do a top 30, I really won't be able to say if he makes mine.
Under normal circumstances, I'd highlight Jose Cisnero, but I wrote all of that last night before the game started...But here is his AAA line: 2 GS, 14 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 10 SO. That's a pretty legit line. He has to be added to the 40 man this off-season to block his Rule V eligibility so there may be a chance of being added sooner to pitch in September.
Marc Krauss' monster night with 2 bombs and George Springer's 22nd home run of the season would have also been fitting of a highlight. Good night in the minor leagues.
Oklahoma City RedHawks won 7-1
- Jose Cisnero-7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 2/8 GO/AO
- Juan Abreu-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO
- Mark Hamburger-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO-Anybody want some hamburgers...I'm hungry
- Brad Snyder CF-1-4, 3 SO, SB
- Jimmy Paredes 2B-1-5, 2B, SO
- Travis Buck DH-2-5, SO
- Mike Hessman 1B-1-4, HR, BB, SO
- Matt Dominguez 3B-2-4, SO
- Chris Wallace C-1-3, 2B, BB, SO
Corpus Christi Hooks lost 8-7
- Ross Seaton-3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1/2 GO/AO, 74 pitches
- Arcenio Leon-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- Josh Zeid-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
- Robbie Grossman CF-2-5, 2 2B, 2 SO
- Marc Krauss LF-3-4, 2B, 2 HR, BB-Beastin!
- Drew Locke RF-3-5, 2B, HR, SO, CS
- Brian Borchering 3B-0-3, BB, 3 SO
- Ben Heath C-2-4
Lancaster JetHawks lost 6-3
- Blair Walters-4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6, R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 5/4 GO/AO
- Carlos Quevedo-2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO-How does a pitcher go to the Cal League and...improve?
- Andrew Robinson-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
- Alex Todd 2B-3-5, SO
- George Springer CF-2-5, HR, 3 SO
- Erik Castro 1B-2-5, SO
Lexington Legends won 9-5
- Luis Ordosgoitti-5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO,1 HR, 6/5 GO/Ao
- Gabriel Garcia-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
- Delino DeShields Jr. 2B-1-5, 3B, SO
- Nolan Fontana SS-0-3, 2 BB, SO, 2 SB
- Zachary Johnson 1B-2-5, 2B, HR, SO
- Brandon Meredith LF-2-5, HR, SB
- Justin Gominsky RF-1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Tri-City ValleyCats won 6-2
- Aaron West-6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 5/4 GO/AO
- Travis Ballew-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
- Austin Elkins 2B-1-5, HR
- Andrew Aplin CF-1-4, 2B, SB
- Tyler Heineman DH-2-4, SO
- Preston Tucker RF-2-3
- Jobduan Morales C-3-4, 2B
- Ryan Dineen 3B-2-4
Greeneville Astros lost 7-4
- Francis Ramirez-1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
- Christian Garcia-3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 5/3 GO/AO
- Tanner Bushue-3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
- Scott Zuloaga-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- D'Andre Toney CF-1-2, 2B, BB, SO, SB
- Angel Ibanez 3B-1-4, 2B
- Brian Blasik 2B-2-4, 3B
- Ernesto Genoves DH-0-4, 3 SO
- Jean Batista 1B-0-4, 3 SO
GCL Astros won 10-4
- Jandel Gustave-1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 3/0 GO/AO
- Ricardo Batista-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3/1GO/AO
- Jose Montero-2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1/3 GO/AO
- Krishawn Holley-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
- Rodney Quintero-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
- Brett Phillips CF-1-5, 3 SO
- Carlos Correa SS-3-5
- Rio Ruiz DH-1-5, 2B, 2 SO
- Jose Solano PR, 3B-1-1, 3B, 2 BB
- Edwin Gomez 1B-0-5, 4 SO
- Teoscar Hernandez RF-0-2, 3 BB, OF Assist
- Wallace Gonzalez LF-2-4, SO
- Juan Santana 2B-4-5, 2 2B