Triple A: El Paso Chihuahas (34-22) pile up 23 hits and defeat Fresno (24-31)
Cesar Valdez had a rough Sunday afternoon. He allowed 18 hits and 10 ERs in 5 innings. That's a lot of BABIP. He only threw 98 pitches in the process. That's more impressive than anything else I think.
Preston Tucker found his bat. He had 2-hits today and has batted .351 over his last 10 games with 2 HRs. Jon Kemmer also had 2 hits. Stassi did his thing and homered and struck out twice.
AJ Reed has improved but he's still striking out. Now, at 42 games in and 155 ABs he has plenty of time to improve it. To put it in perspective, Jon Singleton has a better BB rate and a better K rate than Reed. I still believe in Reed. He's got plenty of time to figure it out.
The Grizz lose 10-6.
|Cesar Valdez (L, 2-1)||5||18||10||10||1||3||1||5.40|
Double A: Corpus Christi (34-21) holds on to defeat NW Arkansas (27-28)
Bregman struck out twice, but walked. Teoscar had 2 more hits. Derek Fisher had a hit and 2 walks.
Brian Holmes is the big story of the night. He went 5 innings and stuck out 8, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk. He was able to do this in 64 pitches (50 of them for strikes).
Cy Sneed got hit around but limited the damage to only 1 earned run. Brendan McCurry notches his 12th save.
Hooks win 3-2.
|Brian Holmes (W, 4-2)||5||3||0||0||1||8||0||3.59|
|Cy Sneed (H, 2)||3||7||2||1||0||2||0||3.27|
|Brendan McCurry (S, 12)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
Class A Advanced: Modesto (21-35) bludgeoned into submission by Lancaster (30-26)
Let's start by saying that the wind was blowing at 20+ mph out to LF in this one, and the JetHawks used that as a home field advantage.
Garrett Stubbs, the fast-rising catching prospect, had 3 hits and 5 RBIs.
Jason Martin had 2 hits, both of them clearing the fence. Lancaster effect or not, Jason Martin is killing it. He's 20 years old and throwing up a .916 OPS in Lancaster. All of this comes with plus defensive tools in the outfield. Martin is an exciting prospect that would be a top 5 or higher prospect in most people's farm system. We rated him 13th in our pre-season rankings. MLB has him at 27th.
Matt Bower was able to not even allow a homer, but he did get knocked around for 12 hits and 7 earned. He still got the win thought #killthewin.
Jacob Dorris officially entered my radar. He's closed the game out and piled up some strike outs. He's struck out 39 in 26 innings. That's pretty good I think.
JetHawks win 15-8.
|Matt Bower (W, 2-1)||6.1||12||7||7||1||1||0||8.38|
Class A: Burlington Bees' (28-28) 5-run 5th is too much for Quad Cities (23-33)
Christian Correa and Myles Straw each had 2 hits. Kyle Tucker also had 2 hits and an RBI.
Kevin McCanna took the loss but struck some dudes out on the way. 8 Ks in 4.2 IP. McCanna didn't help his cause by committing an error that made 3 of the runs he allowed unearned.
Hola, Franklin Perez, welcome to jumping on my radar. Perez was the no. 15 ranked international prospect from 2014. Here's what Baseball America had to say about him.
Perez, 16, is a former third baseman who has shown good velocity already with a fastball touching the low-90s. With his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, he should be throwing in the mid-90s or higher eventually. Perez trained at Carlos Guillen’s academy.
Perez has mad a nice little splash in the Midwest League. He's struck out 19, walked 4 in 16 innings. Oh, and he's also 18 years old. He's listed at 6-3, 197. I would be interested to know where his velocity is at now.
|Kevin McCanna (L, 2-3)||4.2||2||4||1||3||8||0||3.50|