AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 7-1 loss to Albuquerque (COL)
-> Derek Fisher: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Tyler White: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Alejandro Garcia: 1-for-4
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-3
SP Keegan Yuhl: 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 12 H, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Aaron West: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Tough night for Fresno hitters; understandable with Colorado's 2014 1st-round pick Kyle Freeland on the mound. Fisher extended his hitting streak to five games, though, and he has two hits in each of the last two.
Yuhl's first three games with Fresno have been rough; his ERA stands at 9.60 after coughing up 16 earned runs in 15 innings. The good news is that the BAbip against him is nuts, and his peripherals (2.4 BB/9 and 9.0 K/9) are quite good. Positive regression wouldn't come as a shock, to say the least.
West has done well in Triple-A so far. He owns a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings out of the Grizzlies' bullpen. His strike out rate has plummeted in the small sample so far, but he's walked just one batter, so he still has a 6.0 K/BB.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Day
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Day
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-1 loss to Cedar Rapids (MIN)
-> Bobby Wernes: 3-for-4, 2B, R
-> Hector Roa: 1-for-3
-> Arturo Michelena: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 1-for-4
SP Franklin Perez: 3.0 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Sebastian Kessay: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Carlos Sierra: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Perez has allowed one or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts, lowing his ERA to 2.84 on the season, along with a 2.6 BB/9 and a 10.1 K/9. This is from an 18-year-old in full-season ball. Perez is quietly having a pretty significant breakout season. Reminder that Perez was a significant signing, a million bucks out of Venezuela. John Sickles already had him at the #12 prospect in the system before this season. Expect that to rise, yeah.
How many Cuban guys are in this system now? Sierra didn't do much for Tri-City (5.53 ERA) but here he is now, along with fellow Cuban Quiala. He does miss bats, so we'll see what he can do.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: Double-header with Hudson Valley (TBR)
Game One: 1-0 loss
-> Kevin Martir: 1-for-2, BB
-> Miguelangel Sierra: 1-for-3
-> Brauly Mejia: 1-for-3
-> Connor Goedert: 1-for-3
-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-3
-> Ronnie Dawson: 0-for-2, BB
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 0-for-2, BB
SP Erasmo Pinales: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Edgardo Sandoval: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 1 K (loss)
Game Two: 3-1 loss
-> Alexander De Goti: 2-for-2, BB
-> Tyler Wolfe: 2-for-3, 2B, SB, R
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-2, BB
-> Ronnie Dawson: 0-for-2, BB
-> Miguelangel Sierra: 0-for-3, BB
SP Makay Nelson: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Angelo Serrano: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Nine games into his stint with Tri-City and things and going well for Pinales. 3.19 is the ERA, having allowed more than two earned in a game just once. Walks have been an issue, with a 4.7 BB/9 in 31 innings.
Serrano's 16 good innings with Greeneville earned him a callup, and he's posted a 3.24 ERA with a 14.0 K/9 in a small sample since. He's 24 though, so he's pretty old for this level.
Though better than earlier in his season, Dawson is still struggling to find his stroke. The walk rate remains titanic; he has four more in his last eight games, and now 37 on the season. Despite hitting .222, his OBP is a stout .360.
RK Greeneville Astros: 7-3 loss to Burlington (KCR)
-> Vicente Sanchez: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Stijn van der Meer: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Oscar Campos: 1-for-3, BB
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-4, 2B, SB
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 1-for-4
-> Jonathan Arauz: 1-for-4
-> Wilson Amador: 1-for-5, 2B, R
-> Reiny Beltre: 0-for-3, BB, R
SP Diogenes Almengo: 2.2 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Reggie Johnson: 2.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Patrick Sandoval: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K
Nice to see a solid outing for Sandoval. Walks were a problem early on, but he's posted a 2.4 BB/9 during his last six outings. During that span he's also achieved an 11.3 K/9. Really solid run in terms of peripherals. He's a project, so don't hold your breath on him just exploding and being in Double-A when he's 20 like Francise Martes, but there's very real talent here.
van der Meer is hitting .289/.396/.311 in 12 games with Greeneville. He appears to have virtually no power, but he's walking and hitting a bit.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Brady Rodgers vs. German Marquez
AA: Kent Emanuel vs. Heath Fillmyer
A+: TBD vs. TBD
A-: Matt Bower vs. Eduardo Del Rosario
SS: TBD vs. TBD
RK: Forrest Whitley vs. David McKay