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Minor League Recap: Games of May 12, 2014

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

Jon Singleton sure looks ready
Jon Singleton sure looks ready

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 6-2 win over Colorado Springs (COL)

-> Gregorio Petit: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Jon Singleton: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Domingo Santana: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-4, 3B, R
-> Enrique Hernandez: 1-for-4, RBI, R
-> Robbie Grossman: 1-for-4
-> Ronald Torreyes: 1-for-4
-> Adron Chambers: 1-for-4
-> Jonathan Meyer: 0-for-3, BB

SP Brett Oberholtzer: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K (win)
RP Rhiner Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K

Welp, not much needs to be said about Oberholtzer when you see a line like that. OKC didn't score until the bottom of the fourth, and that was just one run. Despite being in a tie game for four innings, and then having just a one-run lead the next two, he was unshaken.

At first, Singleton was really hot, but striking out too much. Then he stopped striking out, but he stopped hitting for a while too. Now, he's not striking out and he's hitting really well. How long before it's determined he's ready for the Majors? As far as any of us can tell, he is, or is very close. Last ten games: .353/.476/.705, 3 HR, 3 2B, 8 BB, 4 K. I mean, you can't ask for more than that, not with a straight face anyway. That was his 12th homer tonight, if you were wondering.

Stassi has cooled off considerably from earlier, unlike Singleton, but he's still managing to contribute offensively. He's hitting just .243/.282/.324 in his last ten games, but he has reach base via hit or walk at least once in nine of them. He's also struck out a reasonable seven times during that period.

Even with Cruz's bump in the road tonight he has a 2.57 ERA, 3.21 BB/9 and 9.00 K/9 in 14 innings this season.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-5 tie with San Antonio (SDP), suspended after 9th inning

Alright, so Corpus was down 5-4 heading into the ninth inning, and scored to tie it at five, then held the lead to send it to extras...but the umpires stopped it on account of rain before they got underway in the tenth. So they'll pick up tomorrow in the 10th inning, and then after that gets finished they'll play the regularly-scheduled game.

I guess I'll leave this game to Anthony for tomorrow, since he'll have the completed box score and all (and 24 and the season finale of The Blacklist is beckoning on the DVR...), but I will say that Mike Hauschild had five scoreless innings in his AA debut, and DeShields has three stolen bases in the game...and who knows if any more tomorrow?

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Night

For those who didn't see it already, Anthony Kemp was indeed awarded the Player of the Week award yesterday in the California League. I'm glad they decided to listen to me.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-3 win over Wisconsin

-> Jack Mayfield: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Conrad Gregor: 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
-> Brian Holberton: 2-for-4
-> Jobduan Morales: 1-for-3, BB, SB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4
-> Brett Phillips: 0-for-3, SB, R
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-4, BB, SB, R
-> Chan Moon: 0-for-4, BB, R, 2 SB

SP Michael Feliz: 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K
RP Patrick Christensen: 1.2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Jandel Gustave: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K (win)

Well, the early returns on Feliz's return (heh...heh heh heh...sorry) are promising; in two starts since coming off the DL, he has a 1.69 ERA, 1.69 BB/9 and 13.50 K/9 in 5.1 innings. Small sample sizes are fun sometimes too.

You might look at Gustave's ERA (4.91) and brush him off, but he's had three bad starts where he's given up 13 runs in 9.2 innings that have blown it up. In the other five starts, his ERA is... whoa, 0.56. One run in sixteen innings. Six of his nine walks have also come in the bad starts. Even with those bad starts, the peripherals are quite nice; 3.16 BB/9 and 9.82 K/9. So we have a 21-year-old with a 100 MPH fastball who's continuing to strike people out and has seemingly made huge improvements in control in full-season ball. Yes please. One of the front runners so far for Breakout Player of the Year.

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Jake Buchanan vs. Christian Bergman
AA: Luis Cruz vs. TBD
A+: Josh Hader? vs. TBD
A-: Edison Frias vs. Tyler Alexander

Note that the scheduled starter for Corpus is for the second, normal game tomorrow. I'm not psychic, no idea who's going to come in to pick up the suspended game.

And I didn't notice that the next JetHawks game was Tuesday, not Monday, when I was doing last night's report. Whoops. Anyway, it should be Hader for sure, kid has had six days of rest now.