Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 7/17/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 2013 4th round draft pick Ben Lively pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out three. Lively is yet to allowed an earned run in his 5 professional starts, covering 15 innings. He’s walked 4 and struck out 21 batters.

AAA
Louisville had the day off for their All-Star break.

In the AAA All-Star game, Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on another groundout.

Greg Reynolds started for the International League All-Stars and was credited with the win despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in his one inning of work.

AA
Pensacola had the day off for their All-Star break.

The Southern League All-Star game saw the South Division 1-hit the North Division. Tim Crabbe pitched a scoreless 5th inning, allowing the North Division’s only hit of the game. Shaun Ellis pitched the scoreless 6th inning, walking one and striking out one.

High A
Visalia 4 – Bakersfield 0

Jon Moscot (1-13, 4.96 ERA) allowed 3 runs over 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out six. Moscot would seem to be a perfect example of why you cannot use W-L record to evaluate a pitcher. In 101.2 innings, he has allowed 103 hits, just 34 walks, and struck out 103 (more than a batter an inning.)

Ryan Wright (2-for-4) had half of Bakersfield’s four hits.

Low A
Beloit 4 – Dayton 2

Sal Romano allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits over 5 innings. He also walked 5, threw a wild pitch, and struck out 5 batters. Alejandro Chacin followed with 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

Jesse Winker (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR) supplied the Dragons offense again with a 2-run homerun in the 9th inning. Joe Hudson (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.


Rookie
Grand Junction 5 – Billings 4

2013 4th round draft pick Ben Lively started and pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out three. Lively is yet to allowed an earned run in his 5 professional starts. In those 15 innings, he’s walked 4 and struck out 21.

Nick Fleece pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. 2013 18th round draft pick Joe Mantoni allowed just 1 hit in a scoreless inning, getting all three outs via strikeout. Mantoni is yet to be scored on in his 7 professional relief appearances. In 7.2 innings, he has walked 4 batters (3 of those in 1 game) while striking out 13.

Jon Matthews (2-for-5) had a pair of singles, stole a base and scored a run. Ronald Bueno (2-for-4, 2B) had a pair of hits and scored a run. Taylor Terrasas (1-for-2, HR, BB) hit a solo homerun in the second inning. Phil Ervin (1-for-4, BB) reached twice, drove in a run, and stole a base.

AZL Reds 4 – AZL Brewers 3

Kevin Arico started and pitched a scoreless inning. Manuel Aybar followed with 4.2 scoreless innings. He allowed a hit, 4 walks and struck out 2. Ty Boyles added 2.1 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

Aristides Aquino (3-for-5, 3B, SB) supplied much of the Reds offense with three hits, a stolen base, a pair of runs scored, and an RBI. Jose Fernandez was 1-for-5, reached on an error, stole 3 bases and scored once. Jose Duarte (2-for-4, 2B) had a pair of hits and an RBI.

8 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. It seems like Jesse Winker is a 19 year old kid still learning how to play professional baseball after all.

    Winker starter the season hitting .156/.269/.244 through his first 4 series, 12 games, at A- Dayton. Winker then got hot and hit .324/.417/.528 through his next 21 series, 58 games, at A- Dayton. Winker then slumped for his last 4 series, 13 games, hitting .140/.214/.260 at A- Dayton up to the all star break. Quite a ride for a 19 year old kid.

    Winker seemed to make a statement coming out of the all star break, going 2-3 with a 2B, a HR and a BB yesterday. Two-week slumps bookending a two-month+ hitting tear makes for a pretty consistent performance for the kid. Let’s hope for a strong finish for Winker, leading to high expectations for the future. If he does finish strong, Winker could be playing at AA as a 20 year old hitting prospect sometime next season.

    • @WVRedlegs: Phil Ervin finished an entire college season fr Samford this season and moved to Billings to begin his professional career for the remainder of this season. Ervin started great at Billings, hitting .395/.500/.605 for his 1st 10 games, then slumped for 7 games hitting .148/.207/.185. I’m wondering if the extended season might be starting to wear on him at this point. Hopefully he’ll get a second wind to wrap up the short season at Billings before moving to Dayton next season.

      • @Shchi Cossack:

        Maybe after a little rest, both get assigned to the AFL this fall.
        I’d like to see the next wave of core talent start to formulate and play some together as they rise up.
        Beforehand, there was the Bailey, Votto, Bruce, Cueto, and Hanigan wave. Then Leake and Stubbs. And then came the Frazier, Cozart, and Meso wave. Cingrani now and maybe Hamilton and Lutz are cresting soon. The next wave could be a big one. Stephenson, Barnhart, Winker, Ervin and Mejias-Brehn(sp?) and who knows who else might join them. We can sit back and watch the cream rise to the top. (Assuming none are bartered away.)

  2. The Big Lutz looks like he learned a valuable lesson during his time in the show. He needed to work on pitch recognition and plate coverage if he was going to be a successful professional baseball hitter.

    Since returning to AA, Lutz has a slash line of .254/.353/.305 with a 19% SO rate and a 10% BB rate. That’s quite a contrast to the pre-callup slash line of .211/.294/.513. His potential will depend on his ability to meld his power with his hitting as he faces more professional pitchers. I’m really pulling for the big guy to put everything together at the plate and make it back for an encore performance.

  3. Was at the AA All-Star game last night here in Jax. Crowded but only saw myself and one other fan with a Wahoo’s cap, probably because even though each of the North/South roster had to come from one division of teams, only a couple of Wahoos were among them. Thus is the sad state of our farm system.

    Crabbe pitched really well, popping the radar into the low 90’s. That one hit was a late swing off the end of the bat that rolled over the 1B bag. Ellis was more in the 80’s and not sure why he was even on the team?

  4. Loek Van Mil is once again thriving in AA where he has three other times in his minor league career. I’d like to see what he does at AAA where in the past he has hit a bit of a wall.

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