AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 12-5 loss to Tacoma (SEA)
-> Tyler White: 2-for-4, BB, R, 2 2B
-> Domingo Santana: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Matt Duffy: 2-for-5, R
-> Jonathan Villar: 1-for-2, BB, 2 SB, 2 R
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-3, BB, SB
-> Robbie Grossman: 1-for-4, SB, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 1-for-4, SB
SP Brett Oberholtzer: 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Jake Buchanan: 1.0 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jose Veras: 1.0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Jordan Jankowski: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
White is just plain on fire right now. His hitting streak is 13 games now, of which seven are multi-hit games. Over his last 20 games, he has 13 multi-hit games, and he's hitting .425. It's been a while since someone was on this blistering of a streak for this long at a high level. Reed was doing it in A-ball and the California League. This is kind of like Correa/Altuve when they were with Corpus.
Tony Kemp, who went 0-for-5 in this game, has fallen apart at a most inopportune time, right ahead of the trade deadline. He's hitless in his last seven games. At the end of the first game of last Sunday's double header, he was hitting .299. He's currently hitting .255. His walk rate is also well down from AA, so he's posting a mere .307 OBP.
Fortunately Santana has not similarly crumbled. He'll go through his spells; his last eight games, this one included, have alternated between hitless games and two-hit games, one after the other. In the end, though, he's hitting .315/.423/.569 in 73 games overall.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-2 win over Frisco (TEX)
-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, R, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Roberto Pena: 1-for-3, BB
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-5, SB, R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-5, SB, R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-5
-> Chan Moon: 0-for-1, 3 BB
-> Jiovanni Mier: 0-for-4, BB
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-4, RBI
SP Josh Hader: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K
RP Ruben Alaniz: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Chris Cotton: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
Reed has done nothing so far to call into doubt his performance in Lancaster. He's not hitting homers as often, but that's to be expected, and still, this makes three long balls in 13 games; that's easily 35 HR power. He's at .326/.441/.630 in a still-small 13 game sample, and he has started striking out a bit (16 times so far). But this is a great early showing.
Hader has allowed one or no earned runs in seven of his last ten outings. His control still wobbles on occasion, but he's really made stride with it, and without sacrificing the punch outs, too. He's sitting with a 3.17 ERA, 3.31 BB/9 and 9.51 K/9 after this game. For those wondering, just looked it up; he is not Rule 5 eligible this year, he will be following the 2016 season.
Moran didn't draw a walk? I'm kind of surprised, since the guy has turned into something of a walk machine recently. He had drawn a free pass in each of the four games leading up to this one, and he has an 11% walk rate since returning from the DL in late May. He's hitting .300/.363/.427 overall now. He has just three homers, but 16 doubles (and a pair of triples), in his 60 games.
Kemmer is up to .309/.401/.545 with 14 long balls in 69 games now. Three strike outs in his last five games is an improvement, and he's now brought his total strike outs lower than his games played. Between him (21st round) and Tyler White (33rd round), along with Jacob Nottingham's (6th round) breakout that allowed him to be the main piece in the Kazmir deal, that 2013 draft class is looking pretty solid. Remember when we kind of met it with a "meh" after it didn't live up to the 2012 class?
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 18-2 win over Stockton (OAK)
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
-> James Ramsay: 3-for-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R
-> Derek Fisher: 2-for-5, GRAND SLAM, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI
-> J.D. Davis: 2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Jose Fernandez: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-4, BB, 3 R
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-4, BB, 3B, 2 R
-> Mott Hyde: 0-for-4, RBI, R
SP Austin Chrismon: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Kevin Comer: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K (hold)
RP Andrew Walter: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
It's not readily apparently from his overall numbers, since they took such a dramatic dip during his slump, but Fisher appears to have awakened. He's hitting .308 over his last ten games, though he's struck out 15 times during that span. He has 12 bombs in 47 games, which is great, though I question how real. Hopefully he works the kinks out soon and we can really see what he can do. Love the 13 stolen bags, though.
Nine ground outs for Chrismon here. He has a 2.61 ERA over his as four games and is looking pretty decent so far in a tough environment, though his walk rate is up a bit. Another 2013 draftee doing well.
Ritchie is looking strong in nine games with Lancaster. He's posting a 1.071 OPS and has nine walks. Expect him to catch a lot more now that Nottingham is with Oakland.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-4 win over Burlington (LAA)
-> Drew Ferguson: 2-for-4, R
-> Ramon Laureano: 2-for-4
-> Nick Tanielu: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
-> Alex Bregman: 1-for-4, BB, SB, R
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-4, BB, SB, R
-> Trent Woodward: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Luis Reynoso: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Alex Hernandez: 1-for-4
-> Sean McMullen: 0-for-2, RBI
SP Brock Dykxhoorn: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Joshua James: 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K (blown save, win)
RP Angel Heredia: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (save)
After some rough times in May and June, Dykxhoorn has a 1.84 ERA in the month of July, and has walked just one batter in his 14.2 innings this month. Overall he owns a 3.74 ERA, 2.41 BB/9 and 8.32 K/9 in 74.2 innings of work.
Bregman isn't hitting a lot (.259 now), but he's been a walk machine, drawing 11 in his last eight games alone. He's posting a strong .368 OBP as a result. He's struck out just 13 times in 29 games thus far.
Ferguson, our 19th round pick from this year's draft, scalded Tri-City to the tune of a 1.004 OPS for 17 games before the Astros moved him up. In 10 games with QC, he hasn't cooled off much, hitting .368/.419/.421. Between the two levels, he owns a .939 OPS and has 12 walks and just seven strike outs in 27 total games.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 6-4 loss to Batavia (MIA)
-> Brooks Marlow: 2-for-4, R
-> Bryan Muniz: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI
-> Aaron Mizell: 2-for-5, SB, 2 R
-> Cesar Carrasco: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Bobby Wernes: 1-for-3, BB
-> Pat Porter: 1-for-4, 3B
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-4
-> Johnny Sewald: 1-for-5, R
SP Ralph Garza: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
RP Zac Person: 2.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Yeyfry Del Rosario: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Kevin McCanna: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Garza's ERA of 3.63 is decent, though uninspiring, but it might look better if he were getting more innings; he's averaging just 2.1 innings per outing. The fact of the matter is that he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his seven games. Throw in his 12.98 K/9 (you read that right) and he's certainly providing some interest. 26th round pick of this year's class.
Wernes has slowed down a bit in recent days, but is still contributing with some hits and walks here and there. He's hitting .351/.452/.377 now, with 13 walks and 12 strike outs in 23 games.
RK Greeneville Astros: 5-4 win over Burlington (KCR)
-> Hector Roa: 3-for-5, RBI, R, 2 2B
-> Luis Payano: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Arturo Michelena: 2-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Connor Goedert: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Brauly Mejia: 2-for-4, BB, R
-> Kevin Martir: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Justin Garcia: 1-for-5, 3B, R
-> Ford Stainback: 1-for-5
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 0-for-0, SB (pinch-runner)
SP Junior Garcia: 5.0 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Ryan Deemes: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
First bad outing this year for Garcia, and yet four strike outs and no walks even then. His ERA blew all the way up to 1.23 thanks to this, there's some perspective for you.
Six hits and a walk in the last five games for Goedert, who's trying to turn things back around after a slump. Even with that, he's still at .339/.403/.541 on the season.
Roa has done a lot of hitting and a lot of striking out. He's at .321/.345/.560 right now. The whiffing continues to be an issue and bodes ill for the future, but he's showing some real tools besides that, with 11 extra-base hits in just 21 games so far for Greeneville.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Brady Rodgers vs. Roenis Elias
AA: Brian Holmes vs. Justin Hancock
A+: TBD vs. Brock Stewart
A-: Off Day
SS: Off Day
RK: Andrew Thome vs. Merandy Gonzalez