AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-2 win over Salt Lake (LAA)
-> Tony Kemp: 4-for-5, RBI, R
-> Eury Perez: 3-for-5, SB, RBI, R
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Tyler Heineman: 2-for-4, R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-4
-> Danny Worth: 1-for-5
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-2, BB, SB, 2 R
SP Brady Rodgers: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Cesar Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K (win)
RP Edwar Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (hold)
RP Jordan Jankowski: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (hold)
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K (save)
Fresno trailed most of the game, down by a run after the second inning. A three-run seventh inning brought them back. Reed, who drove in one of those runs, was thrown out at home to end the inning, so it could have been and even bigger inning without a good throw.
Decent first outing from Rodgers. It did take him 80 pitches to get through the five innings, and both of the walks came in that final fifth inning, so it's possible he was just tiring at that point.
You'll probably notice Hoyt's rare four strike out inning. The first batter of the ninth inning punched out but reached first base on the wild pitch. The next three batters also struck out. That gives him six fanned batters against no walks in his first two innings this season.
It's very early to be talking personal stats, but several guys are off to good starts. Accounting for both hits and walks, Reed and Kemp have each reached base at least twice in their first three games. Reed has four walks already while having struck out just twice.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-4 win over Springfield (STL)
-> Alex Bregman: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-5, BB, R
-> Evan Gattis: 1-for-3, solo HR
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
-> Mott Hyde: 1-for-5, R
-> Derek Fisher: 0-for-4, BB
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-4, BB
SP Lance McCullers: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Aaron West: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Edison Frias: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 B, 4 K
RP Reymin Guduan: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Michael Freeman: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
A little early-season magic at play tonight. The teams went back and forth; Corpus scored four runs over the bottom halves of the odd-numbered innings, and Springfield scored four runs over the top halves of the even-numbered innings. So it was 4-4 at middle of the sixth, and it remained so until Bregman hit his second homer of the night, a walk-off, line-drive shot in the bottom of the 12th frame. Good times.
Yeah, about Bregman; it may not be quite as Whitean as Tyler's start up with the big club, but the
shortstop second-baseman third-baseman? of the future has at least one hit in each of his first five games (seven total hits), a couple of walks, and just one strike out. In Double-A, less than one calendar year after being drafted.
Gattis, too, has at least one hit in each game he's played, with two long balls in as many games. Looks like he'll be back sooner rather than later.
And speaking of being back soon, there's McCullers as well. Wolverine looked himself tonight, with just a solo shot in the second inning a blemish on his stat line. He threw 48 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 10-5 win over Stockton (OAK)
-> Nick Tanielu: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Bobby Boyd: 2-for-5, SB, RBI, 2 R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Garrett Stubbs: 1-for-3, SB, R, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> Jamie Ritchie: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB
-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-5, RBI
-> Jose Fernandez: 1-for-5, SB, R
-> Drew Ferguson: 0-for-3, SB, 2 BB
SP Trent Thornton: 4.0 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Riley Ferrell: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Joshua James: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Ryan Thompson: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
A little bit of magic here, too. Lancaster was down by two after the first inning, and only retook the lead after the thunderous eight-run comeback during the seventh and eighth innings. They're now 1-1 on the season after their previous three games were all rained out. In California, somehow.
Thornton is a guy I'm watching this year. I like how his funky mechanics have never really torpedoed his walk rate. I'm not saying he'll be a control master, but I like his chances to strike out twice as many guys as he walks, at least, and really compete, hiding the ball well, being hard to pick up. Some guys, like Tyler White, have a body that makes people ignore what's in front of them. For some guys, it's mechanics. There's a difference between non-standard and bad. Time will tell which Thornton is for sure, but I like him. Largely-unheralded 5th-rounder just last year, and already in A-Advanced. Clearly the Astros do, too.
Riley Ferrell as well. That walk rate in a small sample last year can be at least somewhat tossed out the window. He wears the grungy cap and wields the thunderbolt, and is likely in Double-A in a couple of months and probably the Majors in 2017. They got him to move fast and make noise soon. I think he will.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-4 loss to Peoria (STL)
-> Johnny Sewald: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 1-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 1-for-3, 3B, RBI, R
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Dexture McCall: 1-for-4
-> Pat Porter: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-3, RBI
SP Kevin McCanna: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Sebastian Kessay: 0.1 IP, 5 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K (blown save, loss)
RP Zac Person: 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Jacob Dorris: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Oof, 0-5 to start the season for QC now. McCanna's nice start was wasted, sadly. Kessay; walk, walk, wild pitch, walk, single, ground out, single, and then the showers. Person came in and immediately coughed up a two-run jack, followed by three singles to load the bases. It's a miracle it wasn't worse, really.
But I do like McCanna, this could be a really nice pickup for the 13th round. His repitoire and makeup feels Strommy (new adjective) to me. Breakout candidate in my book. We'll see if his health holds up, though; Coach Graham over at Rice tends to use his pitchers fairly liberally.
Duarte is your insanely-early team MVP, with six hits in three games. He's still pretty raw, but there are definite tools.
Oh, and Daz Cameron was out of the lineup today, FYI.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Mike Hauschild vs. Nate Smith
AA: Keegan Yuhl vs. Mike Mayers
A+: Scott Weathersby vs. TBD
A-: Alex Winkelman vs. Brennan Leitao