AAA: PCL All-Stars win 6-4 over INT All-Stars
-> Colin Moran: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-2
-> Derek Fisher: 0-for-3
He's a fact I bet you didn't know. During the first 11 games Moran played this year, he hit .209. In his 63 game since then, which is April 18 through July 8, he's hit .328 with 17 bombs. Aside from the first half month of the season, he's literally been, like, Jose Altuve at the plate.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-1 loss to Midland (OAK)
-> Kyle Tucker: 2-for-4
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 1-for-1, 2B, R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-3, 2B
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Jack Mayfield: 0-for-3, BB
-> Antonio Nunez: 0-for-3, BB
-> J.D. Davis: 0-for-4, SB
SP Alex Winkelman: 4.0 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 8 H, 3 BB, 2 K (loss)
RP Akeem Bostick: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Tucker is blazing away right now. He's on an eight-game hitting streak, five of which have been two-hit games. He's hit .410 over his last 10 games, and is up to .294/.353/.551 in 33 total games with Corpus.
Martin was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning, but I checked around a bit and don't see any reports of indication of injury for now.
Bostik retired 11 of 12 at one point in his strong outing. He owns a 3.67 ERA with the Hooks so far, and it's 3.05 if you remove one bad 0.1 IP, three ER outing back in early May.
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 8-2 win over Frederick (BAL)
-> Ryne Birk: 4-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Taylor Jones: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Jake Rogers: 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI
-> Alex De Goti: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Spencer Johnson: 1-for-4, R
-> Myles Straw: 1-for-5, R, 2 RBI
-> Randy Cesar: 0-for-0, 2 R, 4 BB
-> Stephen Wrenn: 0-for-3, R, 2 BB
-> Yordan Alvarez: 0-for-4, BB
SP Hector Perez: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Sean Stutzman: 2.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Birk is hot recently, and really, his year as been "quietly good" to say the least. His OPS ranged from the low to high .700s during April, May, and June, and he's really taken off in July, hitting .378/.383/.600 during this month. While it never got bad, the ultra-low strike out rate that was a hallmark of his impressive 2016 debut has only just now shown up, with just five whiffs in 10 games this month. His strike out rate over his last 11 games is 9.8%.
Perez hasn't allowed more than two earned in a game since June 10. Call him "effectively wild," as walks remain a big issue (5.0 BB/9). Strikeouts have helped him in spite of that, though (11.4 K/9).
Rogers is on an eight-game hitting strike, and has struck out just six times in his last 11 games. He's hitting .294/.383/.519 in 42 games with Buies Creek.
Three-straight solid outings for Hartman (1 ER in 11 IP during them). Peripherals are looking better, with a 3.4 K/BB ratio during June and July combined.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 5-2 win over South Bend (CHC)
-> Ronnie Dawson: 3-for-5, 2B
-> Carmen Benedetti: 3-for-5, R
-> Daz Cameron: 2-for-4, BB, 2B, SB, RBI, R
-> Chuckie Robinson: 2-for-5, RBI, R
-> Marcos Almonte: 1-for-4, 2B
-> Osvaldo Duarte: 1-for-5, R
-> Troy Sieber: 0-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Jonathan Arauz: 0-for-3, BB
-> Wander Franco: 0-for-4, RBI, R
SP Carson LaRue: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Lucas Williams: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Oh Daz, now don't get my hopes up and then crush me. Cameron is finally looking like what we hoped; he's hitting .395 over his last 10 games, and .349 over his last 17.
Dawson has a six-game hitting streak working, and is batting .317 over his last 10 games. He actually posted a solid .829 OPS in June, perhaps the first signs of a turnaround.
Perhaps no one is hotter than Benedetti right now, though. He's scorching it with a .465 average in his last 10 games, and he's up to .322/.439/.477 on the season. His strike out and walk rates are both quite strong, too. Potential sleeper here.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 10-4 loss to State College (STL)
-> Luis Payano: 3-for-5, 2B
-> Kristian Trompiz: 2-for-3, BB, R, 2 SB
-> Jake Adams: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Jacob Meyers: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
-> Miguelangel Sierra: 1-for-4
-> Abraham Toro-Hernandez: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Kyle Davis: 0-for-3, BB, R
SP Kristopher Scheetz: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Colin McKee: 3.2 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Ben Smith: 0.1 IP, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Luis Ramirez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K
Adams has gone yard for the second-straight game, and the fifth time in just 17 games. He's showing you why he was drafted...and yet with 24 punchouts in 17 games, also why a guy with his power was available in the sixth round.
The Astros always seem to find some intriguing undrafted free agent after the Rule 4 is over. Scheetz could be that guy this year. After punching out 13 batters in 6.1 innings in the GCL, he comes to Tri-City and works four solid frames.
RK Greeneville Astros: 5-3 win over Bluefield (TOR)
-> Oscar Campos: 3-for-3, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
-> Patrick Mathis: 2-for-3, BB, 3 R
-> Joan Mauricio: 1-for-2, BB, RBI
-> Colton Shaver: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Cody Bohanek: 0-for-4, RBI
SP Hansel Paulino: 5.0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Cole Watts: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Willy Collado: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K (save)
Paulino now has four solid outings under his belt and owns a 2.18 ERA during them. He's limited both hits and walks well, and with eight outs on the ground, his GB% will climb close to 50% on the season.
Celestino has struggled initially, with just a .598 OPS and one homer in his 17 games with Greeneville. The bright spot is a strong walk rate of 13.8%. Just needs time to learn and grow.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Trent Thornton vs. TBD
AA: Brock Dykxhoorn vs. A.J. Puk
A+: Matt Bower vs. Keegan Akin
A-: TBD vs. TBD
SS: Carlos Hiraldo vs. Daniel Castano
RK: Francisco Villegas vs. TBD