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Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/11/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old Billings right hander, Jose Guzman, threw 5.1 innings of strong relief, allowing only an unearned run on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5. Guzman is having a roller coaster season for hte Mustangs either being very good or very bad, depending on the outing. His last 3 appearances have been out of the bullpen. He pitched last year in Arizona, where in 17 innings, he posted a 5.74 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP. This year, in 34.1 innings, his ERA is 7.08 and his WHIP is 1.57. He has dramatically improved his BB/9 from last year (4.7 to 2.9) and his K/9 rate is down, but still is stands at 7.1. His K/BB rate this season is 2.45.

AAA

Columbus 6 – Louisville 1

Henry Rodriguez was 2-3 and Josh Fellhauer was 2-4 with 2 doubles.

Nick Christiani threw a hitless 9th, striking out 1.

AA

Jacksonville 4 – Pensacola 1

Devin Lohman was 2-4 and Donald Lutz hit his 7th homer.

Drew Hayes threw a scoreless inning of relief, striking out 2.

High A

San Jose 3 – Bakersfield 2 11 innings

Steve Selsky was 2-4.

Nice start by Jake Johnson, 6 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 5 K (1 HR). Kyle McMyne and Brooks Pinckard both threw 2 innings of scoreless relief. Ben Klimesh took the loss, giving up a run on 3 hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.

Low A

Ft. Wayne 4 – Dayton 3

Ft. Wayne scored 2 in the bottom of the 9th to steal a tough one from the Dragons. Sammy Diaz was 2-4 with a triple and Tanner Rahier was 2-5.

Drew Cisco started and gave up 2 runs in 6 innings of work. He allowed 9 hits and struck out 4. Wandy Peralta threw 2 scoreless innings, but Werleen Taveras couldn’t hold the lead, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits in 2.3 of an inning.

Rookie

Helena 3- Billings 1

Carlos Sanchez was 2-4.

Jose Guzman threw 5.1 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on 5 hits. He also struck out 5. Nick Fleece threw a hitless 9th inning.

AZL Indians 10 – AZL Reds 3

Logan Uxa went 2-4 with a double, as did Alberti Chavez.

Jesus Parra threw a scoreless inning and Jakub Izold threw 1.2 one hit/scoreless innings.

11 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. What? No mention of either Jesse Winker or Phil Ervin from yesterday’s Dragon’s game? Oh, Ervin didn’t play and Winker walked and score 1 of the 3 runs for the Dragons.

    Several members of the Nation have made note of BHam’s offensive surge since the all star break. Don’t look now, but Henry Rodriguez is starting to produce too, slashing .421/.477/.456 over the past 16 games. He’s playing an acceptable 2B defense too with a fld% of .988 after putting in a 2B fld% of .990 last season. Rodriguez has hit well at every level until he reached AAA and struggled to a .244/.264/.333 in a half season at AAA last year and .243/.283/.318 through the all star break this season. It’s nice to see his hitting picking up. Hopefully he has turned a corner and can keep up the improved offensive performance. It doesn’t look like his defense is going to play anywhere but 2B so he will need to hit to compete for a major league roster with someone.

  2. As for Ervin, do they push him up to A+ before the season ends and see how he does there, or do they let him finish out Low A for the season and jump him to AA next season kind of like the A+ to AAA jump some players make.

    All I know is he destroyed rookie ball, and now he’s destroying Low A. Maybe that’s the advantage of a guy who’s been able to polish his game through college?

    • @ToddAlmighty: I think both Winker & Ervin have fully established that they can handle A ball in every aspect. I would really like to see them both promoted to A+ ball for the final month of the season and let them get their feet wet. I’m not seeing any maturity issues for either youngster and they both have plenty of physical talent. Why not see what they can do?

    • @ToddAlmighty: Don’t look now but Seth Mejias-Brean also seems to deserve a promotion to A+. Through more at-bats than Winker, 418 to 402, Brean is slashing a .299/.378/.445 compared to Winker’s .281/.377/.470. Now I know Brean is quite a bit older than Winker, 22 compared to 19, but Brean has established he is ready for the leap to Bakesfield as well.

  3. And to think there are alot of people under the impression that the minor league system is barren. There is a solid young core in the system rising up. The cream will always rise to the top. Two starting pitchers who hardly get any recognition, but that I think are very good are Josh Smith and Daniel Renken. Pennsacola could have a nice team next year. Might be worth a beach trip and to watch some good AA baseball next year.

  4. And lets not forget about Sammy Diaz who in 190 at bats is hitting .284BA .370OBP .374SLG & .744OPS. Between Winker, Ervin, Mejias-Brean & Diaz that’s 4 guys with OBP’s better than .370 all between the ages of 19 and 22 years old.

    If these guys all rise to AAA and perform well in the next 2 to 3 years the big club will have a lot of options going forward.

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