AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-2 loss to El Paso (SDP)
-> Max Stassi: 2-for-3, BB
-> Jon Singleton: 1-for-2, 2B, R, 2 BB
-> Derek Fisher: 1-for-4, R
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-5
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 0-for-3, BB
SP Brad Peacock: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K (loss)
RP Reymin Guduan: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K
He may not have had an amazing game, but Heineman deserves some mention. He's hitting .341 over his last 10 games, and it's not just recent. He got off to a horrible start (hit .171 in April and .200 in May), but he slashed .357/.481/.476 in June and then .317/.378/.390 in July. It's safe to say that dreams of power developing are pretty much dead (he has three long balls in a hitter's league), but if he can frame well and post a solid OBP, he might just have a future. He owns a solid .743 OPS on the season in 60 games.
Does Peacock still have a future? His ERA was 5.17 back on July 3 after an ugly seven-run beating, but since then he's reeled off five solid outings, three of which have been for seven innings or more. During those five games, he's posted a 1.93 ERA, 1.7 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9. His ERA has dropped nearly a full run as a result, sitting at 4.20 after this outing. His season ERA is actually 3.80 outside of that seven-run outing.
First hit in Triple-A for Fisher, by the way...
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Day
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Off Day
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-4 loss to Burlington (LAA)
-> Myles Straw: 4-for-7, SB, R
-> Jake Rogers: 2-for-6, BB
-> Hector Roa: 2-for-7
-> Kyle Tucker: 1-for-5, SB, RBI, 2 BB
-> Bobby Wernes: 1-for-5, BB
-> Stephen Wrenn: 1-for-6, 3B, SB, 2 R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 1-for-7, solo HR
-> Dexture McCall: 1-for-7, RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 1-for-7
SP Yoanys Quiala: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K
RP Zac Person: 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (blown save)
RP David Schmidt: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Juan Santos: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 BB, 4 K
RP Adam Whitt: 2.0 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (loss)
Crazy game. QC led 4-3 after five innings, and Burlington tied it up in the seventh. It remained 4-4 until the top of the 15th inning, when things unraveled and Burlington put up a four spot that QC couldn't answer to.
We don't know much about Quiala, a less-heralded Cuban signing. His strikeout rate is mediocre (5.8 K/9), but he has a strong 2.2 BB/9 and his ground ball rate is hovering right around 50% after this outing, so that might give some indication to his repitore. Maybe. His results have been mediocre as well, as his ERA sits at 4.34 now. He won't be 23 until next season, though, so he's not as old as you might expect for a guy signed out of Cuba. Man of Mystery.
Straw is straight-up nuclear right now. In his last 10 games, he has at least one hit in each game. Well, he has just one hit in only one of them; the other nine are multi-hitters. This is the third four-hit game during those ten. He's batting .491 during that stretch. It should be noted that he's actually been hot for a while. He hit .326 in June and .423 in July, and so far .444 in August. 29 of his 66 games on the season are multi-hit games. May 30 to present, he's hitting .394. So uh, yeah. He's pretty hot. He still has zero professional homers. His SLG looks nice, but that's because of his average; his ISO is a mere .103. So how real is he? Who knows. But it's nice to dream.
Rogers has three hits in as many games since his promotion to full-season ball. He has six strike outs, though. Very early, we'll see where he is at the end of the month.
Wrenn has fallen apart after hitting .196 over his last 10 games. He has just a .550 OPS in 11 games with Quad-Cities.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 14-3 loss to Brooklyn (NYM)
-> Spencer Johnson: 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Ronnie Dawson: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Tyler Wolfe: 2-for-4
-> Brauly Mejia: 1-for-3
-> Alexander De Goti: 1-for-4, 3B
-> Chuckie Robinson: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Taylor Jones: 1-for-4, R
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-4
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 1-for-5
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-0, BB
SP Austin Nicely: 2.0 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Howie Brey: 2.0 IP, 4 R (0 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Carlos Sierra: 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Angelo Serrano: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
That's odd. 24 hours after laying the smackdown on Brooklyn, the Cyclones flip the table.
Oh Austin Nicely, you're killing me, dude. Remember the whole thing with the stars on the draft board? Not looking great so far. He won't be 22 until December, so there's still time, but 29 earned runs in 35.1 innings this year is...whoo. Four of the seven hits tonight were XBH. ERA with Tri-City is 6.62 now. Well, at least he's not walking guys (2.3 BB/9).
Dawson was sub-.200 in both June and July, but he's hitting .281 in nine August games so far. His strike out rate is a little high, but his walk rate is massive, and we're seeing a hint of the pop/speed combo that got him drafted (11 XBH and 9 SB).
How about Chuckie Robinson? I've always noticed that and wondered why there aren't more African American catchers out there. It may be a relatively small thing, but it's cool to see even just a tiny bit more diversity at the position. And he's off to a nice start with the bat, slashing .327/.394/.469 in 27 games. He doesn't have a lot of power, at least not yet, though 11 doubles bodes well for some decent pop. As a third-generation professional catcher, you can expect him to be fine behind the dish. If the bat develops, he could be a somebody.
RK Greeneville Astros: 3-0 win over Pulaski (NYY)
-> Reiny Beltre: 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
-> Vicente Sanchez: 2-for-4
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-3, BB, 2B
-> Stijn van der Meer: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB
-> Carlos Machado: 1-for-4
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 1-for-5, RBI
-> Jonathan Arauz: 0-for-2, R
-> Troy Sieber: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Ruben Castro: 0-for-3, BB
SP Jorge Alcala: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Ricardo Castro: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K (save)
Alcala's numbers are, in a word, beautiful. Almost impossibly so. On July 11, he allowed three earned runs. Those are the only earned runs he's allowed this season. His other nine outings (10 total, six in the GCL and four in Greeneville) have been shutout work. Combined, he owns a 0.79 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 11.5 K/9. His BAbip is, of course, completely tiny and unsustainable, but this is an incredibly impressive run.
Castro's numbers aren't in that league, but he's still having a solid showing. 6.1 bad innings with Quad Cities and Tri-City have knocked his ERA up a bit; in his nine games with Greeneville, the bulk of his season, he's posted a 3.00 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 7.5 K/9.
Van deer Meer could be an interestingly little player. Born in Rosmalen in the Netherlands, he was nabbed in the 34th round out of Lamar University this year. In five games (two with the GCL Astros), he has eight hits, two walks, and just one strike out. Left-handed-hitting shortstop. It will be fun to see what he can do. Wonder if he'll play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic this coming March?
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Keegan Yuhl vs. Michael Dimock
AA: Evan Grills vs. Yender Caramo
A+: TBD vs. Jeremy Rhoades
A-: Agapito Barrios vs. Jaime Barria
SS: TBD vs. Shaun Anderson
RK: Cristian Javier vs. TBD