Buies Creek and Corpus both had their games postponed yesterday, and with Quad Cities’ game being called after 7 there were only 16 inning of action on the farm yesterday. Let’s get into what the short slate offered in terms of prospect performance.
Quad Cities (22-21) 11, Peoria (16-27) 1
The River Bandits cruised in this one, moving over .500 with a dominating performance that saw them post six runs in the first two frames. Every Quad Cities starter had a hit and five players had multi-hit efforts in the rout, with Carmen Benedetti reaching a game-high five times on the back of his three walks. 21-year old speedster Osvaldo Duarte had an excellent showing, going 2 for 4 with a home run. Duarte has loud tools and though he hasn’t excelled in full season ball to this point he remains a player to watch given his young age. The same can be said of third baseman Wander Franco, who starred in rookie ball a few seasons ago after receiving a significant signing bonus out of the international market. The 20-year old infielder was 2 for 3 with a walk and triple in Tuesday’s contest and has significant upside. Starting pitcher Gabriel Valdez continued to rack up strikeouts, punching out 7 in just 4.2 frames, pushing his K/BB mark to 23/5 in 19 innings this year.
Stephen Wrenn- 2 for 5, K
Carmen Benedetti- 2 for 2, 3 BB
Rodrigo Ayarza- 2 for 5, 2B
Yordan Alvarez- 1 for 5, HR, K
Osvaldo Duarte- 2 for 4, HR
Daz Cameron- 1 for 4, 3B
Wander Franco- 2 for 3, 3B, BB
Gabriel Valdez- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Fresno (18-28) 0, Tacoma (28-16) 8
The Grizzlies were rolled by Daniel Vogelbach and the Rainiers on Tuesday, failing to plate a runner. Journeyman starter Tyler Cloyd silenced the Fresno offense while David Paulino, who started opposite him, struggled through 5 frames. The top prospect walked three and surrendered 7 hits including a homer, resulting in five runs (four earned) coming across during his outing. Tyler White and Derek Fisher were the only bright spots for the Astros’ Triple-A club in this one, collecting two singles each. Max Stassi and Reid Brignac had the other hits, both doubles.
Derek Fisher- 2 for 4
Tyler White- 2 for 4
Max Stassi- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 K
David Paulino- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K