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Minor League Recap- Games of August 2, 2014

The upper level clubs get wins behind a few homers from Domingo Santana, Matt Duffy and Jonathan Villar, while the Hooks squeak out a comeback win over Midland

Scott Halleran

AAA: Oklahoma City 13, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 6

Jonathan Villar: 1-4, HR (2)
Joe Sclafani: 3-3, 2 BB
Ronny Torreyes: 2-5
Matt Duffy: 2-5, HR (11)
Domingo Santana: 1-3, HR 
Preston Tucker: 3-5
Andrew Aplin: 2-5

Nick Tropeano: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Anthony Bass: 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K
Jorge De Leon: 2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K

This was Nick Tropeano's second start since returning from a June injury, and his strikeout rates continue to be impressive with a 93:27 K:BB on the season. Joe Sclafani reached base all five times yesterday, and his numbers in a small sample in OKC are impressive; .307 average, .390 OBP in 88 at-bats. I'll have some observations on Sclafani and other Redhawks first-hand later this week. Preston Tucker is going through a rough spell already in AAA; he's hitting .189/.244/.243 over his last ten with two extra base hits. The major league bullpen has some momentum going, but don't be surprised to see Jorge De Leon get a September call up. He sits mid-90s with his fastball and has 36:13 K:BB rate in OKC.

AA: Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Midland Rockhounds (OAK) 2

Tony Kemp: 1-5, 2B
Delino DeShields: 1-4, SB (44)
Colin Moran: 0-3, BB
Conrad Gregor: 1-4, 2B
M.P. Cokinos: 2-4

Luis Cruz: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

The offense is down in Corpus Christi right now; it's not surprising in a tough hitters league like the Texas League, but it seems that many of these hitters are taking a while to adjust in moving from a hitter's haven in Lancaster to a tough environment in Corpus. Conrad Gregor and Tony Kemp are going through that mid-season (Kemp hitting .220 in his last ten, Gregor .214 in 42 Texas league games) while Delino DeShields and M.P. Cokinos haven't seemed to get it going with the bat this year at all. One guy in the Corpus bullpen worth mentioning is Mitchell Lambson. The 2011 draftee out of Arizona State as a 1.33 ERA in 20.1 AA innings, and he's only walked eight guys all year in 42 total innings between Lancaster and Corpus. Luis Cruz had another solid outing for the Hooks and could be in line for a promotion to OKC.

A+: Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) 5, Lancaster Jethawks 1

Teoscar Hernandez: 0-4
Chan Moon: 0-4
Rio Ruiz: 1-4
John Kemmer: 1-3, HR (7)
Ronnie Mitchell: 1-3

Josh Hader: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

You have to think that last night was one of the lowest offensive outputs for Lancaster in the entire season; three hits, only one for extra bases, and one run on a homer from John Kemmer. Josh Hader had an uncharacteristically rough start, lasting only 4.1 innings.

A: Kane County Cougars 8, Quad Cities River Bandits 2

Brett Phillips: 1-4, HR (13)
Chase McDonald: 0-3
A.J. Reed: 1-3
J.D. Davis: 2-4, 2 2B
Brian Holberton: 0-4
Ryan Bottger: 1-4

Kevin Comer: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Adrian Houser: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 K

Brett Phillips with another homer last night which makes six in his last ten games. His OPS in that time is a ridiculous 1.136 and he's now reached double digits in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases on the season while hitting .302. J.D. Davis has adapted nicely to QC; he added a double last night, giving him a .377 average in 53 at-bats since his promotion. A.J. Reed is still trying to find his footing in Quad Cities, but he's just been promoted to no reason to think much of it.

Short-Season A: Tri-City 8, Batavia Muckdogs (MIA) 4

Mott Hyde: 2-4
Jamie Ritchie: 1-3
Nick Tanielu: 2-3

Troy Scribner: 5 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 

Jamie Ritchie had a hit last night and is now up to a .433 average in 67 at-bats. Nick Tanielu is another guy performing really well in his pro debut, with a .319 average and a .375 OBP in 144 at-bats. Derek Fisher hasn't been in the Tri-City- lineup for two straight games now; maybe he picked up a small injury but no word yet.

Rookie: Greeneville 2, Johnson City Cardinals 1

Jason Martin: 1-3
Hector Roa: 1-3
Jacob Nottingham: 0-3
Kristian Trompiz: 1-3

Robert Kahana: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Reymin Guduan: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Jason Martin only has four hits in his last ten games, but his season as a whole has been solid once again in the walk department. He has 24 walks and 27 strikeouts, good for a .369 OBP and an OPS at .796 from the leadoff man in the lineup. 

GCL: Phillies 4, Astros 2

Joan Mauricio: 1-4, 2B
Dexture McCall: 1-3
Connor Goedert: 1-3
Luis Payano: 0-3

Mauricio earned his first extra-base hit since his promotion stateside yesterday with that double for GCL. He's an exciting guy to follow as a 2013 IFA signing and hit really well before that promotion in the Dominican Summer League. The GCL team also has a few pitchers such as J.D. Osborne and Travis Ballew undergoing (presumably) rehab assignments and both pitched yesterday.

DSL: Astros Blue 10, Blue Jays 8
Royals 2, Astros Orange 1

Wilson Amador: 2-4