Happy Carlos Correa to AAA day!
I can't wait to see what the Fresno Grizzlies Twitter has to say about Carlos' in Fresno. I'll take this moment to say that if you have not followed the Fresno Grizzlies twitter, you should go do that now. They do great work!
I had the good fortune of being at the Astros game that Carlos Correa was introduced. His whole family was there and it was kind of a surreal moment seeing all of them up close (our tickets were one row over from them). Luhnow and scouting director at the time, Bobby Heck, were back and forth constantly making sure everything was good to go before Carlos was introduced to the crowd. That doesn't seem like that long ago.
Now to the minor league action...
Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) at the Fresno Grizzlies
Let's get the bad out of the way. Dan Straily has not been great. He was hit around in this game and gave up a couple of homeruns also. I dug into Straily's peripherals to see if there was some positives to dig out. There were not. He is struggling to strike people out and not limiting the walks much at all. His FIP is 3.76 and his SIERA is 4.88. He is suffering from a high BABIP, but that's about all I could find to brighten Dan Straily fans' days.
Now, the good. Jon Singleton racked up 5 RBIs after hitting a grand slam in the 8th inning. This grand slam was to the opposite field, which is really good to hear. Jon has had a decent ten game stretch striking out at a modest rate and walking, however, he appears to almost be the exact same player he was last year, statistically speaking. He's still very young and there is still plenty of time for him to have a break through, but at this point I am beginning to think that Jon may be best suited as a platoon bat. There is nothing wrong with that. If you look at how the Cardinals use Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds this year, that's something like what I envision. I'll gladly eat my crow when Singleton hits 40 bombs and goes to an All-Star game, but I am having my doubts about that.
Grizzlies lose 7-9. Their record drops to 16-15.
|Nolan Fontana"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Nolan Fontana||SS||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||0.230|
|Joe Sclafani"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Joe Sclafani||2B||5||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.267|
|Alex Presley"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Alex Presley||LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.318|
|Domingo Santana"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Domingo Santana||RF||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.280|
|L.J. Hoes"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">L.J. Hoes||DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.306|
|Matt Duffy"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Matt Duffy||3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.235|
|Andrew Aplin"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Andrew Aplin||CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.227|
|Luis Flores"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Luis Flores||C||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1||0.182|
|Dan Straily (L, 2-3)||5.0||7||5||5||0||3||2||5.22|
|Jason Stoffel"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Stoffel||1.0||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.23|
|James Hoyt"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">James Hoyt||2.0||2||1||1||0||3||0||9.00|
|Jordan Jankowski"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jordan Jankowski||1.0||2||2||2||1||1||0||2.65|
Corpus Christi Hooks at the San Antonio Missions (SD)
Well, it's a sad day for the Hooks. Not only does Correa have to pack his bags and leave, but Chris Devenski also gave up HIS FIRST RUN OF THE SEASON. This of course raised his ERA to a mountainous 0.31. Devenski did not pitch great, but he managed to spread out 7 hits and a walk over 5.2 innings pitched. The only run he gave up came from a solo homerun.
Telvin Nash was our only Hook with more than 1 hit. The Hooks drew 7 walks as a team compared to only striking out 3 times. One of my favorites, Tyler Heineman, continued his nice season for the Hooks. He reached base twice with a single and a walk. He also threw out a runner at 2nd.
Hooks win 2-1. They improve to 19-12.
|Tony Kemp"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Tony Kemp||2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.330|
|Jiovanni Mier"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jiovanni Mier||SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0.280|
|Teoscar Hernandez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Teoscar Hernandez||CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.175|
|Chris Devenski (W, 3-0)||5.2||7||1||1||1||2||1||0.31|
|Travis Ballew (H, 2)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.88|
|Mitch Lambson (H, 3)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.97|
|Jandel Gustave (S, 2)"]">Jandel Gustave (S, 2)||2.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.08|
Beloit Snappers (OAK) at the Quad Cities River Bandits
I remember all of the groans about this team early on this year...
"Man, that Quad Cities roster is rough."
"I can't wait for the 2015 draft, so this Quad Cities team will get some talent."
"Poor Quad Cities."
More like, "poor Midwest League." Quad Cities just destroyed the Snappers to win their 25th game of the season. They are 25-6 and have the best record in professional baseball at the moment. Remember the Astros 10 game win streak? This was the 12th win in a row for the River Bandits.
Daniel Mengden continued to make a mockery of the Midwest League. It was statistically not his best game, but he has not allowed a run in 21 straight innings. He's also pitched 100% of his innings this year with phenomenal facial hair.
Sean McMullen was a single short of the cycle. Forgotten Few alumni, Mott Hyde, also had 2 hits in the affair. Jason Martin stole 2 bases. It's good to see Martin back and using his legs to his advantage.
River Bandits win 8-0. Their record is 25-6.
|Derek Fisher"]">Derek Fisher||CF||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||1||0.333|
|Daniel Mengden (W, 3-1)||6.0||2||0||0||3||3||0||1.21|