AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-3 loss to El Paso (SDP)
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-3
-> Tony Kemp: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Jon Kemmer: 0-for-1, BB
SP Dean Deetz: 2.0 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K (loss)
RP Jacob Dorris: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Ashur Tolliver: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K
RP Brendan McCurry: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
What's the plan with Kemp, I wonder? He now has 10 long balls in 97 games. His SLG is .478, compared to his career mark of .418. He's hitting .322/.373/.478 with 37 XBH, 20 steals, and an 8.1% strike out rate. There appears to be nothing left for him to do in Triple-A.
Need bullpen help? McCurry's ERA isn't wonderful (3.34) thanks to a bad four-earned-run outing a few days ago, but that represents nearly a third of the runs he's allowed all season. He owns an 11.1 K/9 and a 4.3 K/BB ratio.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 10-7 win over Tulsa (LAD)
-> Dexture McCall: 3-for-4, HR, RBI, 3 R
-> Jason Martin: 3-for-5, GRAND SLAM, R, 4 RBI
-> Jamie Ritchie: 2-for-5, R
-> Antonio Nunez: 2-for-5, R
-> Arturo Michelena: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Rico Noel: 1-for-4, solo HR
-> Ryne Birk: 1-for-4, R
-> Colin Walsh: 1-for-5, RBI, R
-> Kyle Tucker: 0-for-4, RBI
SP Framber Valdez: 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K
RP Cy Sneed: 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Ryan Thompson: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (win)
Two singles and a slam for Martin, nice night. He now has 10 dingers with Corpus and 17 overall in 105 total games. His walk rate still hasn't picked back up in Double-A, but the power is certainly helping him carry a healthy OPS (.825).
Ritchie, an unlikely cyclist given his near-total lack of power, has picked up his batting line in recent days, thanks in no small part to said cycle. Though still not hitting much overall, the plate discipline that has become his calling card is certainly still present, with 36 walks and just 35 strike outs in 61 games for the Hooks.
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 3-2 win over Salem (BOS)
-> Jake Rogers: 2-for-3, BB, solo HR
-> Anthony Hermelyn: 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI
-> Taylor Jones: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Yordan Alvarez: 1-for-2
-> Randy Cesar: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 1-for-4
-> Myles Straw: 0-for-4, BB, SB
SP Forrest Whitley: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K
RP Erasmo Pinales: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Elieser Hernandez: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)
Across two levels, Whitley now has 117 strike outs...in 77.2 innings (13.6 K/9). His walk rate with BC (2.6 BB/9) is almost 1.5 better than it was with Quad Cities, too.
Rogers had gone just 3-for-26 in his last nine games, so this multi-hit performance was welcome. That's 10 long balls with BC and 16 on the season in 91 games. He's hitting .272/.364/.469 with the A-Advanced club.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Off Night
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 7-2 win over Lowell (BOS)
-> Jonathan Arauz: 2-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Adrian Tovalin: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 2-for-5, 3B, R
-> Colton Shaver: 1-for-2, SB
-> Kyle Davis: 1-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Michael Papierski: 1-for-4, BB
-> J.J. Matijevic: 1-for-5, R
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 1-for-5
SP Brandon Bielak: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Ben Smith: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Corbin Martin: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 9 K (save)
11th-round selection Bielak has been one of the top statistical performers of this year's draft class thus far. After coughing up a pair of runs tonight, his ERA with Tri-City is just 1.80, and he owns an 8.0 K/BB ratio. That's especially important, as he's one of two electric-but-wild hurlers Houston nabbed from Notre Dame (4th-rounder Peter Solomon being the other). He sits 91-93 easily and can regularly touch 95-96, and has a legit four-pitch mix in the works. If he can harness his control and command as he has so far in this limited sample, he had very real mid-rotation upside. He should absolutely be on your radar.
Martin has been even better. This was his best outing, but only one of them has been sub-par. As a result, he owns a 1.20 ERA, 13.8 K/9, and 1.2 BB/9 in 15 innings with Tri-City (he also worked five shutout frames in the GCL, for what that's worth). 11.5 is the K/BB ratio. He's allowed just six base hits in 20 innings combined across the two levels so far. Short-season hitters appear to be simply outmatched at this point.
As if that weren't enough, you'll notice below that J.B. Bukauskas is scheduled to join the Gatos' rotation tonight. Bielak, Martin, and Bukauskas
RK Greeneville Astros: 6-1 loss to Elizabethton (MIN)
-> Patrick Mathis: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Joan Mauricio: 1-for-3, BB
-> Reiny Beltre: 1-for-4
-> Brody Westmoreland: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Wilson Amador: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Gilberto Celestino: 0-for-3, BB
-> Jose Benjamin: 1-for-1, RBI (pinch-hitter)
SP Jheyson Caraballo: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K (loss)
RP Gerardo Bojorquez: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K
Still just 18 years old, things have looked better at the dish for Celestino recently. He had a 10-game hitting streak broken just a couple of games ago, and he currently owns a solid .288/.348/.424 line in 41 games. The tools are on display with 13 extra-base hits and a sparkling 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts during that time.
The left-handed-hitting Mathis is showing a solid eye at the plate and moderate hitting ability with a .277/.370/.396 line in 29 games.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Mike Hauschild vs. Chris Huffman
AA: Franklin Perez vs. Mitchell White
A+: Cionel Perez vs. Matthew Kent
A-: Carlos Sanabria vs. Tyler Watson
SS: J.B. Bukauskas vs. Nick Duron
RK: Hansel Paulino vs. Brusdar Graterol