AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 10-9 loss to Salt Lake (LAA)
-> A.J. Reed: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Danny Worth: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
-> Jon Singleton: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-4, GRAND SLAM, BB, R, 4 RBI
-> Matt Duffy: 1-for-4, BB, R
-> Robert Pena: 0-for-2, RBI, 2 BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-3, 2 BB
SP Michael Feliz: 3.1 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 K
RP Cesar Valdez: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Juan Minaya: 2.0 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
The pitchers blew up, and a pair of errors didn't help. Fresno had leads after the top of the first and the top of the third, but they just couldn't quite stave Salt Lake off.
Take some solace in a strong start from Reed. This is his first homer of the season, a two-run jack in the first inning that got Fresno it's first lead. He has a .920 OPS in his first six games.
Moran is even hotter, with a .350 average and a .991 OPS, but he's striking out a bit, too (eight times in five games). It will be interesting to see if his power numbers get a boost from playing games in the hitter-friendly parks out in the westernmost areas of the PCL.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 10-5 win over Tulsa (LAD)
-> Jack Mayfield: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-4, 2B, SB, 2 BB, 3 R
-> Derek Fisher: 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Alex Bregman: 1-for-3, BB, 2 R
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 1-for-4, BB, RBI
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-5, 2B
-> Conrad Gregor: 0-for-3, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 0-for-5, RBI
SP Joe Musgrove: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
RP Edgardo Sandoval: 1.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Aaron West: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Reymin Guduan: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
It was nine-zip when Tulsa scared Corpus with a five-run bottom of the sixth, so despite that, Corpus never trailed and Tulsa never got too close.
Musgrove was strong, as usual, though he did labor just a bit; it took him 75 pitches to get through those four innings, and a walk every other inning is certainly uncharacteristic. Still, another strong, scoreless outing. 10 of his 12 outs came on strikes or on the ground. It really feels like he won't spend too long in Corpus if this keeps up.
Bregman's hot start continues. He has at least one hit in each of his first seven games now, and has three walks against just two strike outs, not to mention the three homers. You couldn't hope for a better first week. And he has indeed played nothing but shortstop so far. Not that that's a surprise, but of course, given the whole situation surrounding him, Correa, and Altuve, it wouldn't be a shock to see something else at some point.
Fisher is doing about what he did at Lancaster last year...which, I suppose, is a good thing, considering the better competition and the less-insane ballpark. His numbers weren't impressive considering Lancaster, but if he can put the same type of numbers up with Corpus, that will be pretty impressive.
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 8-4 loss to High Desert (TEX)
-> Jamie Ritchie: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Jason Martin: 2-for-5, R
-> Nick Tanielu: 2-for-5
-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-5
-> Bobby Boyd: 1-for-5
-> Bryan Muniz: 0-for-2, R, 3 BB
-> Jose Fernandez: 0-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Marc Wik: 0-for-4, BB, R
SP Elieser Hernandez: 4.0 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 9 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Evan Grills: 5.0 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Like Bregman a level above him, Martin has hit in all his games this season. His OPS is a mere 1.153 so far in five games. Average, walks, steals...he's done it all so far in a small sample.
First start in A-Advanced for Hernandez. He'll turn 21 in a little less than three weeks, but he's already up with Lancaster after very nice showings with Tri-City and Quad-Cities last season. Upside doesn't seem huge at this point, but that could change. A name to watch this year.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-2 loss to Kane County (ARZ)
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R
-> Christian Correa: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-3, SB, R
-> Daz Cameron: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI
-> Aaron Mizell: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-4
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-3, BB
-> Johnny Sewald: 0-for-3, SB
SP Albert Abreu: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP Jose Hernandez: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Jacob Dorris: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K
Abreu was solid for four innings, allowing just one run, but he melted down and allowed four runs in the fifth without recording an out.
Duarte is almost the only guy on the roster who hasn't stunk so far in the very early going. He's hitting .391 with a 1.112 OPS in his first six games. He has three triples already, as well as a double and a steal. Improvement on some swing and miss issues could help make this run a little more sustainable (though at least some drop off is obviously coming at some point).
Tucker is the other guy carrying the offense so far. Even after an 0-for-3, he's hitting a solid .286/.382/.429 as a 19-year-old in full-season ball.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Brad Peacock vs. TBD
AA: David Paulino vs. Felipe Gonzalez
A+: TBD vs. Collin Wiles
A-: Chris Murphy vs. Carlos Hernandez