AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 8-5 loss to Salt Lake (LAA)
-> Joe Sclafani: 2-for-5
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Robbie Grossman: 1-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> Alex Presley: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Tyler White: 0-for-3, BB, R
SP Brett Oberholtzer: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Jake Buchanan: 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (blown save, loss)
RP Luis Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Juan Minaya: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Fresno finishes their season with an 84-59 record. They'll take on El Paso (SDP) in the first round of the playoffs, beginning on Wednesday.
It was certainly fun following Tyler White for the last two months. He finished up the season having hit .362/.467/.559 with 19 doubles, a triple, seven homers, 42 walks, and 38 strike outs in 57 games for Fresno. Even after his hottest run was over and the league started adjusting to him, he never really went cold; he hit .306 over his last 10 games and .356 over his last 25 games. It will be interesting to see what happens with him prior to the start of next season. Is he dealt while his prospect value is at it's peak? Is he invited to Spring Training, and if so, how legit of a shot does he have at making the team? This was just his third season as a pro, so he's not yet even Rule 5 eligible.
Sclafani had a weird year, in that he didn't get as much playing time as you might expect. He only had 233 ABs when it was all said and done, in fact. 220 of them game with Fresno, and he was good in them, however, posting a .300/.381/.345 line while striking out just 38 times.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 12-8 win over San Antonio (SDP)
-> Chan Moon: 3-for-5, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-5, BB, RBI, R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-5, RBI, 3 R
-> Jiovanni Mier: 1-for-3, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Conrad Gregor: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-5, BB, RBI, R
-> Leonardo Heras: 1-for-5, R, 2 RBI
-> Jack Mayfield: 0-for-5, BB, R, 2 RBI
SP Francis Martes: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Edison Frias: 2.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Reymin Guduan: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Michael Freeman: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jandel Gustave: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K
Corpus Christi finishes their season with an 89-51 record. They'll take on Midland (OAK) in the first round of the playoffs, beginning on Wednesday.
Geeze, 20 runs, 28 hits and nine errors combined between the two teams in this one. And yet somehow it only took three hours and five minutes to play the whole game.
What more could you have asked for with Reed this year? We were high on him coming in, but in reality, it's a tough road, because he's a bat-only prospect. There are knocks even on that aspect, with some obvious swing and miss on occasion, and questions about bat speed (which might be overblown). But the numbers are stunning. He tore up Lancaster like few have before, and then moved on to Corpus...and really hardly dropped off in production at all. He finishes up his season having hit .332/.405/.571 with 14 doubles, a triple, and 11 dingers for Corpus in 53 games. He'll rest for a bit and then head out to Arizona for the AFL (which kicks off on October 13).
Martes had arguably the biggest breakout in the entire system this year, with the exception of maybe Joe Musgrove. He ran into some BAbip issues with Corpus at the end, but that was just three games, in which he still missed bats. He'll start next year in Corpus at least, and it's not crazy to think he might reach as high as Houston, based on what Velasquez and McCullers have done this year. One more time, guys! #THANKYOUMIAMI
I keep wondering how legit Chan Moon is as a prospect. He hit .266/.356/.347 for Corpus, with 13 extra-base hits and 17 stolen bases in 81 games. He draws a good number of walks and doesn't strike out too much. He's a switch-hitter and reportedly a solid shortstop, so I assume he could handle the other infield spots, too. Maybe he's the Marwin Gonzalez of the future or something.
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 10-4 loss to High Desert (TEX)
-> Marc Wik: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Mott Hyde: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Edwin Medina: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-4
-> Sean McMullen: 0-for-3, BB, SB
-> Ruben Castro: 0-for-3, BB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 0-for-3, BB
SP Christian Powell: 5.0 IP, 8 R (5 ER), 9 H, 1 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP Andrew Walter: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Troy Scribner: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Ryan Thompson: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Kevin Comer: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Lancaster finishes their season with an 75-65 record. They'll take on High Desert (TEX) in the first round of the playoffs, beginning on Wednesday.
It was certainly an interesting year for Fisher. He started off with 39 excellent games for Quad Cities before moving up and spending the bulk of the year with Lancaster. Remember when he had three homers and 12 RBI in his very first game with them? Things certainly slowed down not long after that, and he posted OPSs in June and August of .693 and 757, respectively. He finishes with a .262/.354/.471 line with the JetHawks, with 10 doubles, seven triples, 16 homers and 23 stolen bases in 84 games. 95 strike outs doubtless played a role in some of his struggles. He's heading out to the AFL as well.
McDonald had himself a nice season, hitting .279/.358/.592 with 30 doubles and 30 homers on the nose. His power is real, even if some of that was thanks to the California League. with 117 strike outs in 105 games, I do worry about him going forward. We'll need to see it in Corpus next year before we can buy in. But there's real upside here, even if he's not in the same class as Reed.
Scribner didn't have the kind of year he'd have liked, certainly, though despite the struggles, he always missed bats; he finishes with a 9.99 K/9 in 100 innings. He walked too many guys and gave up some homers (the latter doubtless due in part to the environment), so there's work to do, but for a guy that just misses bats, I feel like there's upside.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-3 loss to Beloit (OAK)
-> Jose Fernandez: 1-for-2, BB, SB
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R, 3 SB
-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-4, 2B, SB, R
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Drew Ferguson: 0-for-3, BB, SB
SP Rogelio Armenteros: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K
RP Lachlan Madden: 0.2 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K (blown save, loss)
RP Jacob Dorris: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Quad Cities finishes their season with an 88-50 record. They'll take on Cedar Rapids (MIN) in the first round of the playoffs, beginning on Wednesday.
Armenteros put together three really solid outings with QC to finish off his season. He posted a 2.65 ERA, 3.71 BB/9 and 11.12 K/9 in 17 innings of work since getting bumped up from Tri-City.
Boyd went on a little run at the end to finish strong. He hit .302 over his last ten games and ended up at .283/.347/.363 on the season, playing all 117 games of his year with QC. He strikes out a good bit and isn't a walk machine, but he does have a little pop, he plays center pretty well, and he swiped 40 bags this year.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 6-1 win over Connecticut (DET)
-> Cesar Carrasco: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 2-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Keach Ballard: 2-for-4, SB
-> Kolbey Carpenter: 2-for-4, R
-> Bobby Wernes: 2-for-5, 2B, R
-> Alexander Melendez: 1-for-3
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Hector Roa: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI
-> Aaron Mizell: 1-for-5, SB, R
SP Austin Nicely: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jose Hernandez: 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Harold Arauz: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Yeyfry Del Rosario: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K (save)
Tri-City finishes their season with an 42-33 record. They'll take on Staten Island (NYY) in the first round of the playoffs, beginning on Wednesday.
Remember when I said early on that the Tri-City offense didn't have much in it and if they won it would be by out-pitching people in low-scoring games? Well, Tri-City lead the league in OPS and runs scored. Meanwhile their team ERA of 3.79 was only 10th-best in the 14-team league. Go figure.
A big part of it was Bobby Wernes, who is the 2015 NYPL batting champion after he hit .351 in 53 games. Second place was a full .027 behind him. His batting and walk drawing was so prolific that he finishes with an .832 OPS despite collecting just eight extra-base hits, all doubles.
RK Greeneville Astros: 10-8 win over Princeton (TBR)
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Christian Correa: 2-for-3, R
-> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-4, BB, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Connor Goedert: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Daz Cameron: 2-for-5
-> Brauly Mejia: 1-for-4, R
-> Myle Straw: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Arturo Michelena: 0-for-4, R
SP Salvador Montano: 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Starlyng Sanchez: 2.0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Samil De Los Santos: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Greeneville was down 8-3 heading into the seventh inning, just nine outs from losing the series. They scored four in the seventh and then three in the ninth to roar from behind and force a rubber game. The final championship game is tonight for all the marbles!