AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-2 win over Reno (ARZ)
-> Danny Worth: 2-for-4, RBI, R, 2 2B
-> Jake Marisnick: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
-> Eury Perez: 1-for-3, BB, SB, RBI
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R
-> Colin Moran: 1-for-4
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> A.J. Reed: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI (sub)
SP Brad Peacock: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K
RP Cesar Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Edwar Cabrera: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jandel Gustave: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)
RP James Hoyt: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
James Hoyt is doing everything he can to get a call up. You have to imagine he's first on the list at this point once a need arises. Overall he has a 2.03 ERA and a 14.9 K/9 to start the year. Two of the three runs and four of the five walks he's allowed all came in one bad outing; outside of that game, his numbers are stupefying (15.8 K/9, 0.8 BB/9 (21.0 K/BB), 0.75 ERA). He's whiffed 14 batters while walking none in his last six appearances. His hits per nine is 4.7. Straight-up dominance.
He's not been as crazy good as Hoyt, but Gustave looks like he might finally be realizing his potential. In 10 games now he's posted a 2.38 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 8.7 K/9. Keep in mind the career walk rate was a hair over 6.0 per nine coming into this year.
Moran has at least one hit in 17 of his 21 games this season. He's hitting .300/.352/.388 during those games. Strike out and walks rates continue to be a little worse than last season, and he hasn't homered since April 14.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 8-2 win over Frisco (TEX)
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 3-for-5, 2B, R
-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 1-for-4, R
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-5, 2B, R
-> Danry Vasquez: 1-for-5, 2 RBI
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-2, R, 3 BB
-> Derek Fisher: 0-for-3, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Jack Mayfield: 0-for-3, RBI
SP Joe Musgrove: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Michael Freeman: 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
Love me some Joe Musgrove! His ERA is now 0.39 on the season. He has 8.7 strike outs for each walk, which is down-right pedestrian considering where it was at this time last year. 54% of the batters that have faced him have either grounded out or struck out. How about a 0.875 WHIP? Considering McCullers and Velasquez's call ups from Double-A last year and what's going on with the MLB team, I don't think anyone would be surprised to see him in the Majors within the next month. Who knows?
Hernandez has fallen off a bit, but he hasn't fallen apart. In fact, he's struck out just five times in his last eight games, while drawing eight walks. Matter of fact, he owns a 14.1% walk rate right now. That could be huge. He may always strike out too much to start, but with his nice little speed and pop package, drawing some walks could help him find a role on a Major League team.
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 2-1 loss to Inland Empire (LAA)
-> Kristian Trompiz: 2-for-3, 2 2B
-> Bryan Muniz: 2-for-3, R
-> Alejandro Garcia: 1-for-3
-> Ramon Laureano: 1-for-4
-> Bobby Boyd: 0-for-3, RBI
SP Elieser Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K
RP Evan Grills: 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K (loss)
I knew the Lancaster lineup wouldn't be special this season, but it's been worse than expected. You've got maybe 2-3 guys really doing much of anything. They've his six long balls as a team. Playing their home games in that ballpark. Whew.
Laureano is one of the few standouts. He hasn't hit a homer, but with 12 walks in 19 games, the OBP is a healthy .400 at the end of this game.
Grills is having a nice start to the year on the mound. He's walked just one batter in each of his four appearances, while missing a bunch more bats. He sits with a 2.45 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9 in 18.1 innings of work.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-0 loss to Great Lakes (LAD)
-> Aaron Mizell: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Brooks Marlow: 1-for-4, 2B
-> Bobby Wernes: 1-for-4
-> Christian Correa: 1-for-4
-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-4
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-2, BB
-> Dexture McCall: 0-for-3, BB
SP Albert Abreu: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 9 K (loss)
RP Jacob Dorris: 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K
RP Adam Whitt: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB< 1 K
Abreu has stuff. He needs polish, but man, a 13.7 K/9 so far as a starter. Hard to hit, too. The league is hitting .175 against him. He just walks guys and makes mistake pitches. He's 20-years-old. Just needs more time in the oven.
Tucker is off to a slow start, in a vacuum. In reality, he's 19-years-old in full-season ball and already has 12 walks and just 18 strike outs in 23 games. A .705 OPS may not be sexy, and the team around him isn't special, but this is a pretty darn solid start to his career.
Daz Cameron was out of the lineup, FYI.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Asher Wojciechowski vs. Archie Bradley
AA: David Paulino vs. Dylan Covey
A+: Dean Deetz vs. Jake Jewell
A-: TBD vs. Dennis Santana