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Minor League Recap: June 4, 2014

Conrad Gregor is happy to be back with Tony Kemp. Shows happiness by hitting lots of baseballs to places on the field that fielders are not located.

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Not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE Lancaster Jethawks made the California League All Star Team:

I like the sound of having 5 All-Stars on one team. Maybe the Astros will do it when Correa makes it to the show!

Let's get to the action...

Oklahoma City Redhawks were OFF

Corpus Christi Hooks at Midland Rockhounds (OAK)

Corpus mustered 6 hits, but it led to zero runs on the evening. The Roman god of walks, Nolan Fontana, reached base twice via the base on balls. This kept him in the lead for highest OBP in the Texas League. Fontana has really turned it on and is slashing .291/.437/.417 with a 45:50 BB/K ratio. Not to be Debbie Downer, but Fontana is sporting an unsustainable BABIP that is just below .400 after last night. Good news is, he is still showing that is one of the best in the minors at drawing walks. The recently promoted Carlos Perdomo and Tyler Heineman added 2 hits a piece.

It's a shame that David Rollins solid start went to waste. He struck out 5 while walking zero over 4 innings.

Corpus Christi loses 2-0 dropping to 29-29 on the season, 4th in the Texas League South (5.5 games back)

Tweet of the Game:

  • CF, Delino Deshields Jr. - 0/3, K
  • SS, Nolan Fontana - 0/2, 2 BB, K
  • 1B, Preston Tucker - 0/4, 2 K
  • 2B, Carlos Perdomo - 2/3, BB
  • C, Tyler Heineman - 2/3, K
  • LHP, David Rollins - 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • RHP, Richard Rodriguez - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) vs Lancaster Jethawks

Have a game, Conrad Gregor! Ever since the dude hit his first home run to his dad and was promoted, he has been en fuego. 5 for 5 on this past evening, he was just a triple shy of the cycle. He also knocked in 4 runs. The Jethawks just abused the 66ers through the running game, stealing 6 bases on the evening. Captain Correa had 2 of those SBs, but Teoscar Hernandez decided to outdo the captain with 3 of his own.

Correa had 3 BBs on the evening. It seems if the kid doesn't get a hit, he will draw walks to contribute to the cause. He is currently slashing. Going into this game his slash line was a healthy .328/.399/.495. Here's what is weird, his slash vs LHP is .113/.175/.170 with a 4:19 BB/K... vs RHP it's .404/.472/.609 with a 18:17 BB/K. Correa is having trouble with lefties this year, but it's a small sample, so I'm not going to worry. The fact that Correa is flirting with an OPS of near 1.100 vs RHP is just flat out phenomenal. Last year, Correa crushed lefties to a .427/.519/.545 tune over 131 plate appearances.

Errors made this a weird game. Inland Empire scored 8 runs, but only 1 of them was earned. Devenski and Hader combined throw a gem and brought their ERAs down despite allowing some base runners. Devenski fanned 8 batters!

Lancaster wins 12-8 to improve to 38-23, leading the California League South by 3.0 games

Tweet(s) of the Game (defense and exposure):

Here's a link to the article that Jason Schwartz mentioned.

  • 2B, Anthony Kemp - 1/5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB
  • CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 0/4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB
  • SS, Carlos Correa - 0/2, R, RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, CS
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz - 1/4, R, BB
  • C - Jobduan Morales - 2/3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
  • DH - Dan Gulbransen - 1/4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
  • 1B - Conrad Gregor - 5/5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
  • RF - Ruben Sosa - 0/2, RBI, BB
  • LF - Jordan Scott - 2/5, R, 2B, RBI
  • RHP, Chris Devenski - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
  • LHP, Josh Hader - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR

Quad Cities River Bandits at the Burlington Bees (LAA)

A recurring theme tonight... The bats were dead. The River Bandits could only muster 2 hits. Lots of forgettable nights offensively. Brett Phillips drove in 2 in the 6th inning, but that's all we got.

Bad thing is, the pitching wasn't much better. Jandel Gustave struggled only striking out 3 but allowing 8 hits through 5. Overall, this was just a very ugly game for the River Bandits. Here's to them bouncing back tomorrow with Michael Feliz on the mound.

Quad Cities loses 6-3 to fall to 30-28 and 3rd in the MWL (8.5 back)

Tweet of the Game (once again, this is not from this game, but here's Jandel Gustave... follow this twitter profile for some great Quad Cities photography)

  • CF, James Ramsay - 0/4, 2 K
  • RF, Brett Phillips - 1/4, 2 RBI
  • C, Jake Rodriguez - 1/3, R, K
  • RHP, Jandel Gustave - 5.0 IP , 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • RHP, Patrick Christensen - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

DSL Astros Orange vs DSL Rangers1

Vicente Sanches paced the offense with a double and a BB.

The Orange pitching staff was light on the Ks in this one and struggled overall.

Astros Orange loses 3-6, falling to 0-4 on the season.

  • DH, Vicente Sanches - 1/3, 2 R, 2B, BB
  • 3B, Cristopher Luciano - 0/2, 2 BB, K
  • RF, Bryan De La Cruz - 1/3, R, BB, K
  • RHP, Joel Belboder - 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB

DSL Royals vs DSL Astros Blue

The Aussie, Connor MacDonald, paced the Blue team with 3 hits, a 2B, a SB, and 2 RBIs. There had been some talk about the 6'5" MacDonald being listed as a 2nd baseman, but I think that turned out to be an error. He played 1st base in this game. Wander Franco, playing 3rd base, also added a hit and 2 BBs. It's a little early to start talking stats for this group, but Franco has 8 BBs and 0 Ks in only 4 games. He's also already at 2 doubles and a homer. He's 17 years old. Franco was one of the bigger signings that the Astros made in 2013, so it's nice to see him show some pretty spectacular early returns.

Astros Blue wins 7-2 taking them to 3-1 and leading their division.

Tweet of the Game (it's not from the game, but from a few days earlier from Oz Ocampo, the International Director of the Astros):

Oz give you a few names to keep your eyes on.

  • RF, Juan Fuentes - 1/5, 3 K
  • 3B, Wander Franco (signed for $575K last year) - 1/3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
  • 1B, Connor MacDonald - 3/4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
  • SS, Joan Moaricio (signed for $600K last year) - 1/5, R, RBI
  • 2B, Jonathan Matute - 1/3 RBI
  • RHP, Joselo Pinales - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RHP, Lachian Madden - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K