Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 6/23/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old RHP Jose Guzman earned his first win for the Mustangs, throwing 5 innings of 3 hit / shutout baseball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6. He threw in 11 games last year in the Arizona League, in 17.1 innings, his ERA was 5.71, but he did strike out 17 batters in those 17 innings.

20 year old Billings catcher, Daniel Paula, was 3-4 with a double and a homer. He’s 6 for 11 in the young Pioneer League season, after putting up a .341/.391/435/.827 slash line last year in the Arizona League.


Rochester 8 Louisville 5

Billy Hamilton was 2-5 with a SB (47), but he was also picked off and caught stealing. He has elevated his average to .243, but his OBP is still only .299. Denis Phipps was 2-3, Emmanuel Burriss was 2-4. Nefi Soto his a homer (9). Chris Heisey only collected one official AB, but also had a sac fly.

Yohan Pino had a rough day, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks (4 K’s) in 4.1 innings. Jose Arredondo relieved him and finished the 5th (which makes me wonder what role he’s in in Louisville). Pedro Villarreal, Zach Duke and Logan Ondrusek all threw scoreless innings. (Duke and Ondrusek, both have yet to give up a run at Louisville.)


Pensacola 4 – Montgomery 3 14 innings

Luis Durango went 3-5, as the only Blue Wahoo with more than one hit (they only had 8 in 14 innings). He had a double and a walk. The winning run (unearned) scored on his bunt single (and an error).

Loek Van Mil (2 innings), Chris Mannon (3 innings), and Wilkin De La Rosa (3 hitless innings and the win) held the Biscuits scoreless over the final 8 innings of the game.

High A

High Desert 9 – Bakersfield 8

The bullpen of the Blaze was their undoing, as they surrendered 4 runs in the final two frames to allow High Desert a 9-8 win. Kyle Lotzkar took the loss (and blown save), giving up 3 runs without giving up a hit in the 9th, he walked 2 and struck out 1. His ERA since his demotion to Bakersfield is 8.10.

Steve Selsky was 2-4 with a double, Joe Terry was 2-4, and Juan Silva was 2-5 with a double.

Low A

Lake County Lansing 14 – Dayton 8

Sunday saw a seesaw game that saw Lake County Lansing jump out to a 4-0 lead, then the Dragons take the lead back, only to have Lugnuts put the game away with a 8 run 7th inning.

Zach Vincej was 2-4 with a double, Jeff Gelalich was 2-4 with a walk, Seth Mejias-Brean was 2-5 with a double.

Ismael Guillon continued his struggles, going only .2 of an inning, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks en route to giving up 4 runs (2 earned). The only Dragon’s hurler who had a good day was Ben Klimesh, who threw 2 scoreless innings, after the damage had all been done.


Billings 4 – Helena 2

Daniel Paula was 3-4 with a double and homer (1), Ty Washington was 2-4 with a double, Avain Rachal was 2-4 (with an error at 2B), and Phillp Ervin was 2-5.

Jose Guzman threw 5 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits, 0 walks and struck out 6. Werleen Taveras followed him with 2 shutout, 1 hit innings. Abel De Los Santos picked up his 1st save, getting the last 2 outs.

AZL Reds 4 – AZL Brewers 3

The Reds only collected 5 hits, but catcher, J.R. Reynolds (1), and OF Kevin Garcia (2), both homered.

Bernardo Modesto started for the Reds and thew 5 innings of 2 run, 4 hit baseball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6, picking up his first win. Ty Boyles threw 1.1, giving up an unearned run, despite not giving up a hit or walk. Fabian Roman picked up his first save, with a perfect 9th.

7 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Lake County is the Captains. Lansing is the Lugnuts I believe. 🙂

    I have seen Guillon twice this year and both times he looked absolutely lost and could not get near the plate. The raw stuff is impressive, but I wonder if he would be better off going back to extended spring training to get stuff sorted out.

  2. I know it is only 4 games, but you’ve got to wonder if Ervin (2013 1st round pick) should have started in Dayton, and how long that he’d stay in Billings if he keeps hitting like this (7-for-17, reached base twice in all 4 games.) He’s a RHB and it looks like 15 of his 18 plate appearances have come off RH pitchers, including his homerun.

    I also read yesterday that he had been playing in right field, and yesterday’s game was his first professional start in centerfield.

  3. One item on my bucket list is to visit all 6 Reds minor league venues to take in a game. I now know the time to go to Billings is just after a 1st rounder is signed. They always go to Billings for a week or so.

    • @TC:

      Me too, TC, though the Billings trip is one I don’t know that I’ll ever realistically do. Been to Louisville, Dayton, Sarasota (both High A and Rookie League)…hope to do Pensacola at some point. Don’t know about Bakersfield, though I don’t expect them to be at Bakersfield long term.

  4. I drove down from Louisville to catch the Dragons play the Bowling Green HotRods in early June. All of the Dragons players were very polite an signed the autographs as they could. I have to give special kudos to Tanner Rahier 3rd baseman for the Dragons. He is a very vey nice young man and seemed pleased that I had asked for his autograph. I am now a big Tanner fan. Good luck Tanner . I really hope to see you playing for the Reds at GABP in a few years

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