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Minor League Recap: Games of June 16, 2014

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

NiTro lights it up
NiTro lights it up
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AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 5-1 win over Las Vegas (NYM)

-> Ronald Torreyes: 4-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Enrique Hernandez: 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
-> L.J. Hoes: 2-for-4, RBI, R
-> Preston Tucker: 2-for-4
-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Domingo Santana: 1-for-4
-> Matthew Duffy: 0-for-3, BB

SP Nicholas Tropeano: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Alex White: 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Kevin Chapman: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Hernandez continues to look like a viable Major League option. He owns a .914 OPS over his last ten games, and is hitting .316/.353/.459 on the season with 17 XBH. He has 13 hits in his last six games.

Torreyes also continues to boost his stock. While it may be small sample noise, he's been walking more this month, and is hitting .314/.385/.429 in his last ten games. On the season, he slashing .308/.360/.393 with 14 walks and just 12 strikeouts in 60 games.

Tucker has hit in each of his three games post-promotion, though he's also struck out five times. Hoes is having a heck of a week, with 12 hits in his last five games.

Nitro has been on a nice run of...well, run prevention; he hasn't allowed more than two runs in a game since April 21. On the season, he has a 2.09 ERA, 2.33 BB/9 and 7.98 K/9. We were just discussing him amongst the writers yesterday afternoon, and our opinions on him and his future role and success seemed to differ from person to person. What do you think? MLB starter? Reliever? AAAA guy who can't cut it at the next level?

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 1-0 loss to San Antonio (SDP)

-> M.P. Cokinos: 2-for-4
-> Ruben Sosa: 1-for-3, 3 SB
-> Jiovanni Mier: 1-for-4
-> Delino DeShields: 0-for-3, BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-3, BB
-> Carlos Perdomo: 1-for-1 (pinch-hitter)

SP Mike Hauschild: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Michael Dimock: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Patrick Uckfitz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Hauschild was a tough-luck loser tonight, man. This was a nice bounce-back game for him though, after allowing seven earned runs in nine innings during his last two outings. Overall, the promotion has gone quite well for him; he owns a 3.16 ERA, 1.22 BB/9 and 7.30 K/9 in seven starts for Corpus Christi.

Urckfitz hasn't allowed a run since May 16. He owns a 1.32 ERA, 1.65 BB/9 and 7.24 K/9 through 27.1 innings pitched this season.

Honestly, not much else to mention tonight in AA. Preston Tucker has definitely left a void in that lineup, and guys like Cokinos and Heras can only do so much. Corpus...needs a hero! #CallCaptainCorrea

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Day

California League All Star break.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Off Day

Midwest League All Star break.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 4-3 win over Lowell (BOS)

-> Ariel Ovando: 2-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Alex Hernandez: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-4, SB
-> A.J. Reed: 0-for-2, SB, R, 2 BB
-> Ravel Santana: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-2, BB

SP Troy Scribner: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 K
RP Randall Fant: 1.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jordan Mills: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Raul Rivera: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)

Early on, this team is looking very fun. The defending NYPL champs are 3-1 and leading their division after two straight ninth-inning walk off wins. They had just scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning, and Lowell immediately responded by plating three runs in the top of the sixth. TC scored one in the bottom half, another to tie in the bottom of the eighth, and then walked it off in the ninth. Team of destiny for the second year in a row? We shall see.

Reed's debut went fairly smoothly. The big bat-only, 1B/DH clunker even swiped a base. Take that, scouts!

As expected, Davis went to 3B when Reed came in and took over 1B. Ovando played right field, his natural position. Tanielu ended up DHing, but he'll doubtless be the full-time 2B going forward. It will be interesting to see what happens with Alex Hernandez; he was the 40th-round pick this year, as you may remember, and he led off and is hitting well in three games, but he may get left out for more legitimate prospects.

I wonder if Ovando can do something this year. I wouldn't have any hope left at this point, if not for his age, but he really is very young. After striking out five times the first two games, he has three hits and just one strikeout in the last two...who knows?

And I noticed some discussion yesterday about J.D. Davis' strikeout rate, and I agree it will be something to watch. He's whiffed twice in each of the last two games now.

DSL Astros Blue: 5-3 loss to DSL Royals

-> Oliver Toribio: 1-for-3, 2 BB
-> Jonathan Matute: 0-for-1, R, 4 BB
-> Nestor Tejada: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Juan Fuentes: 0-for-3, BB
-> Joan Mauricio: 0-for-4, BB, R
-> Connor MacDonald: 0-for-5, RBI
-> Wander Franco: 0-for-5, RBI
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-5, R

SP Moreno Polando: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Salvador: Montano: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Ezequiel Madera: 0.2 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP Dariel Aquino: 0.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Lachlan Madden: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (blown save)
RP Josue Uribe: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K (loss)

DSL Astros Orange: 12-9 win over DSL Marlins

-> Wilson Amador: 4-for-7, BB, 2B, SB, R, 4 RBI
-> Andy Pineda: 3-for-7, SB, 2 BB, 3 R
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 1-for-6, SB, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Ihan Bernal: 1-for-7, 2 BB
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-7, SB, RBI, 2 R
-> Vicente Sanchez: 1-for-8, BB, 3B, SB, R, 2 RBI
-> Luis Vasquez: 1-for-8, BB, SB, R
-> Cristopher Luciano: 0-for-5, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 0-for-2, BB (pinch-runner)

SP Edwin Villarroel: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K
RP Edgardo Sandoval: 1.2 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 6 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Starlyn Taveras: 0.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Jose Ramos: 2.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K (blown save)
RP Joel Belboder: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Tomas Lopez: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Bryan Abreu: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Jesus Bermejo: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K (win)
RP Luis Vasquez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K (save)

Yeah, for those of you counting those innings there, I'll save you the trouble; 18 bleepin' innings. 16 total pitchers, 21 position players, 21 runs on 29 hits and 25 walks, 165 total batters faces, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 450 total pitches thrown, six hours and 32 minutes for the game time. Have mercy.

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Rudy Owens vs. TBD
AA: Luis Cruz vs. James Needy
A+: All Star Break
A-: All Star Break
SS: Francis Ramirez vs. Dioscar Romero