Tacoma Rainiers 8, Fresno Grizzlies 3
|Tommy Shirley (L, 3-1)||4||7||5||5||0||2||2||4.63|
Not a very good game for the Grizzlies last night. They allowed 8 and didn't score their last two runs until way too late in the game, and there were no performances to write home about. Tommy Shirley did not have a great game allowing two home runs, but he kept up his K:BB rate, and he now has a 17:4 ratio on the season. His peripherals suggest he's due for at least a decent season on the mound, but it's doubtful he escapes the logjam of AAA/AAAA pitchers anytime soon.
Alex Presley had a couple hits, so I'll talk a bit about him. He has one of the more interesting slash lines thus far: .325/.346/.341. He has only three walks and two doubles to go with his 23 singles. It doesn't seem like he'll make it out of AAA anytime soon either.
Corpus Christi Hooks 11, San Antonio Missions 1
|Mark Appel (W, 3-0)||5||8||1||0||1||1||0||3.71|
|Kyle Westwood (S, 3)||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.42|
This was a close game until the 6th inning happened. Six singles (and a Correa stolen base) happened, then Jio Mier tripled and Correa doubled. So, yeah. They scored seven that inning. Just your daily reminder that Carlos Correa is amazing: In his last ten games, he is batting .395 with 11 steals, a 7:8 BB:K ratio, and has not reached base in only one of those games. #CALLAMUP
Jio Mier (still only 24...) is having himself a year at CC. He's slashing .326/.431/.535 on the year. He's only played in 13 games (injury, I believe) and is actually getting extra base hits. However, his BABIP is at .433, which is definitely unsustainable.
Lancaster Jethawks 3, Lake Elsinore Storm 1
|Joe Musgrove (W, 1-0)||4||1||0||0||0||6||0||0.00|
This was an admittedly boring game at Lancaster. Maybe those 20 MPH winds out to RF weren't good enough? But really, quite a game for Bryan Radziewski and Joe Musgrove in their Lancaster debuts. Radziewski allowed 4 hits and a run to go with 5 Ks in 5 innings, so Musgrove decided to one-up him with 1 hit and 6 Ks in 4 innings. Also, Danry Vasquez was a double away from the cycle. In a mostly disappointing year for him (.265/.306/.392), that must have been fun.
On a night in which he had a double, why not discuss Brett Phillips? He's gotten hits in 9 of his past 10 games, is batting .348/.390/.600 on the year...but he also has 21 Ks in 28 games, his only walks in those games (3) all came in one game, and he's only 3-7 on steals this year. But he's 20 years old, so why complain?
Quad Cities River Bandits 6, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3
|Austin Chrismon (W, 4-1)||5||5||1||1||0||5||0||2.17|
|Reymin Guduan (H, 1)||2||1||1||1||0||2||0||1.69|
This team just keeps on winning. They are now 24-6 and have won 11 games in a row, which is a great testament to Luhnow's ability to build a team through the draft. Every player on the team besides Chris Lee was acquired by Luhnow. They also have the best record in all of baseball, so, there's that, too.
Jacob Nottingham is coming into his own this year. The just-turned-twenty-year-old has 5 home runs in 21 games this year and has a .273/.349/.532 slash line on the year.The problem is that Jamie Ritchie also plays catcher and is doing better due to his polish. One of them will probably have to switch positions in the near future, but the most likely possibility right now is a call-up to A+ in the near future for Ritchie.
Derek Fisher got two more hits. Was anyone surprised? He owns a 9-game hitting streak and has gone hitless only once in his past nineteen games. And the one game he was hitless? He was pulled after his first at-bat because of an injury that sidelined him for a week. He's slashing .333/.411/.607 right now without any signs of slowing down. And, for a college hitter, he's actually pretty young: He won't turn 22 until late August. His BB:K ratio isn't half-bad either, as he's tallied 10 walks to match up with his 20 strikeouts. His problem right now? He pulls the ball to right.
Austin Chrismon (Round 26 in 2013) owns a 19:3 K:BB ratio this season. Another Luhonw guy tearing up the minors with great control? Sign me up. He also has a 2.17 ERA on the season. Someone get this guy a Fangraphs page!