Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Minor League Player of the Day: Marquez Smith (Bakersfield Blaze) went 3-4 with a homerun, run scored, and 2 RBI.  More on Smith in our High A recap below.

AAA
Buffalo 4 – Louisville 3; Final 11

Emmanuel Burriss, Felix Perez, and Henry Rodriguez had 2 hits each in the Bats loss.  One of Perez’s hits was a double while all the rest of the combined hits were singles.  Mike Hessman went 1-4 and belted his 6th homerun of the season.

Greg Reynolds was solid in the start, going 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.  Curtis Partch allowed a tying run in the 8th inning by allowing 2 hits and walking 2.

AA
Montgomery 3 – Pensacola 2

Ryan LaMarre gave the Blue Wahoos an early lead with an RBI in the first inning.  LaMarre had a nice day at the plate going 3-4 with a double and the RBI.  Steve Selsky would drive in a run one batter later in the 1st inning for the Blue Wahoos who took an early 2-0 lead after 1 inning of play.  Unfortunately that would be all the runs Pensacola could score against the Biscuits.

Daniel Renken struck out 6 over 6 innings of work.  He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Lee Hyde dropped to 1-3 in relief by allowing the winning run in the 8th inning thanks to 3 walks and a hit allowed.

High A
Modesto 7 – Bakersfield 4

Marquez Smith hit his 4th homerun of the season in the top of the 1st to give the Blaze an early 2-0 lead.  The homerun would be the highlight of Smith’s 3-4 night with a run scored and 2 RBI.  In 10 games this season, Smith is batting a solid .324/.432/.730 with 4 homeruns and 6 RBI.  Small sample size or not, that is a solid 10 game stretch for Mr. Smith.  Kyle Waldrop added his 5th homerun of the season in the 4th inning.  It was Waldrop’s only hit of the night.

The loss drops Bakersfield’s record to 8-20 on the season.

Low A
Dayton’s game at Clinton was canceled due to rain.

3 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. For the past 5 games, the Bats have moved Rodriguez to 2B and Soto to 3B, exclusively.

    During that span, Soto is hitting 7-20 with 2 2B, 1 HR & 1 BB for a slash line of .350/.381/.600.

    During that span, Rodriguez is hitting 7-21 with 1 BB for a slash line of .333/.363/.333.

    Soto signed and played as a SS in 2007, then converted to 3B in 2008 & 2009 and converted to 1B in 2010-2012. He is now back at 3B in an attempt to enhance his prospects in the major leagues. Soto is also on the 40 man roster.

    If Soto has the arm strength to play 3B and the physical capability to play SS and 3B, couldn’t he realistically play LF? I don’t see that as a particularly difficult transition for a player with his physical capability, unlike Alonso who was strictly a 1B or DH candidate.

    Soto in LF might be another possible option as a LF platoon with XP to help cover until Ludwick can return from the DL in August. The next 3 months is half a season that needs to be covered and is too long without a viable option in LF. LF is simply too important from an offensive perspective to get virtually nothing for another half season.

    • @Shchi Cossack: I noticed that move also. Plus how well Soto has been hitting since coming off the DL. I think he’ll see time in LF also. Making him a Frazier clone.

      Last season I suggested the Reds play Gregoriuos as SS and move Cozart around to play 3rd, LF, SS as a super sub. I wasn’t sold on his hitting. His hitting isn’t even up to his minor league stats except for home runs.

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