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Minor League Recap: Games of June 10, 2014

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

Preston Tucker is on pace for nearly 40 homers
Preston Tucker is on pace for nearly 40 homers
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AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 4-0 loss to Salt Lake (LAA)

-> Gregorio Petit: 2-for-3
-> Ronald Torreyes: 1-for-3
-> Austin Wates: 1-for-4, 2B
-> L.J. Hoes: 0-for-2, BB
-> Domingo Santana: 0-for-3, BB

SP Bobby Doran: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K (loss)
RP Jorge De Leon: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Not much to see here. Much like the MLB club yesterday, the offense just didn't show up.

Doran was pretty solid though, so there's your silver lining. For his last three outings, he has a 2.77 ERA, 3.46 BB/9 and 6.23 K/9.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 15-14 loss to San Antonio (SDP)

-> Jiovanni Mier: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, 3 R
-> Rene Garcia: 3-for-4, RBI, 2 R
-> Telvin Nash: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI
-> M.P. Cokinos: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 3 R
-> Preston Tucker: 2-for-5, BB, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Leonardo Heras: 1-for-2, BB, 3B, 3 RBI
-> Delino DeShields: 1-for-3, 2 RBI
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-4, R, 2 BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-5, BB

SP Mike Hauschild: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Alex Sogard: 1.0 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Travis Ballew: 1.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Andrew Robinson: 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (blown save, loss)
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Dang, it was a big shoot-out in the Big League park. I thought I had clicked my toobar link to Lancaster's page at first. Corpus had a 13-12 lead heading into the ninth inning, but San Antonio plated three in the top, and Corpus managed just one in the bottom half. Man oh man.

Preston Tucker is your big highlight, obviously. A pair of homers give him 17 on the season; the second-highest total is DeShields' five (Duffy had six, but he's moved on so I'm excluding him.). That's even the far-away leader in the league; two other guys on other teams have 11 each. He's second only to James Ramsey of the Cardinals in SLG. His walk rate is also up in the early going this month, so if that keeps up, you could see his OPS just continue to climb.

This was Hauschild's first really bad start. Since debuting so strong, he's had progressively worse and worse outings, leadin up to this game. Hopefully he'll keep making adjustments and take off soon.

Aplin fell off pretty badly in May, but he's hitting .286 with a .400 OBP through five games in June.

David Coleman was at the game and has these observations about our guys:

"Preston Tucker does not look like a baseball all. Until, that is, he actually hits baseballs. Easy power. It's not that he's got a "bad" body. It's just not a typical baseball player's body. I could see why people think poorly of him physically being able to play in the outfield long-term, but you just have to watch him play a little to dispel those doubts. In that, he's the best example of the Moneyball approach I've seen in recent years. The Astros are not selling jeans with Preston Tucker, but they did find a pretty good baseball player.

Nolan Fontana's problem isn't with his contact rate, it's what he does with the contact. This year has at least been as encouraging with his batting average as that on-base percentage. Fontana also showed better range than I thought he had at short.

DDJ's BP was pretty impressive. Since he was drafted, I thought he had more power than he ever showed. Watching him bang balls off the facade in left field sort of validated that. He's also super-fast and ran down two balls in the left center gap to rob Austin Hedges."

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Night

No beisbols for you.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 6-2 win over Cedar Rapids (MIN)

-> Brett Phillips: 4-for-5, 3B, SB, 3 R
-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Brett Booth: 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
-> Jon Kemmer: 1-for-4, R
-> Tyler White: 1-for-4, R
-> Chan Moon: 1-for-5, SB, R
-> Brian Holberton: 0-for-3, BB

SP Jandel Gustave: 4.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K
RP Michael Feliz: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Great game for Phillips. He's hitting .316/.333/.526 over his last ten games, with the big SLG coming from two doubles and three triples. He now has ten of each on the season. In those last ten games, he has four strikeouts, three of them in just one game. 43 strikeouts in 60 games on the season.

Excellent bounce-back outing for Gustave after he coughed up five earnies in his last game. The shocking improvement in control is continuing as well; he has a 1.26 BB/9 in his last six outings. On the season, he's at a 4.11 ERA, 2.33 BB/9 and 8.58 K/9 in 50.1 innings.

And then Feliz followed him up and even out-did him. He's on a heck of a run right now; since returning from injury in early May, he has a 1.39 ERA, 2.77 BB/9 and 11.42 K/9 in seven games.

Chase McDonald hasn't done much, but he does walk a decent amount. A lot of the other TCB writers seem to like him, but I haven't seen it yet. Anyone out there that wants to give me a sales pitch on him, have at it.

DSL Astros Blue: 3-0 loss to DSL Dodgers

-> Joan Mauricio: 1-for-2, BB, 3B
-> Juan Fuentes: 1-for-3
-> Nestor Tejada: 0-for-1, BB, SB

SP Salvador Montano: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K (loss)
RP Gabriel Pirela: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Josue Uribe: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

DSL Astros Orange: 14-9 win over DSL Cubs

-> Vicente Sanchez: 4-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R
-> Luis Vasquez: 3-for-3, BB, SB, 2 R
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 3-for-6, SB, RBI, R
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 2-for-3, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Cristopher Luciano: 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-2, 2 SB, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Wilson Amador: 1-for-4, BB, SB, RBI, R
-> Andy Pineda: 0-for-4, BB, SB

SP Edwin Villarroel: 4.0 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Joel Belboder: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Jose Ramos: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Brett Oberholtzer vs. Justin Thomas
AA: Luis Cruz vs. Alec Asher
A+: Chris Devenski vs. Julio Urias
A-: Evan Grills vs. Fernando Romero