First, a few promotions/demotions to report:
- OF Bijan Rademacher gets a well deserved promotion to Peoria.
- LHP Hunter Cervenka will get an equally well-deserved promotion to Daytona
- OF Isaac Garsez replaces Rademacher at Boise.
- OF Yasiel Balaguert got moved down to Mesa. He struggled in Peoria so the demotion was warranted, but I wonder if any consideration was given to the fact that former Cuban junior team teammate Jorge Soler will be activated soon.
- SS Eliot Soto, more of a defensive specialist, was demoted to Daytona.
New Orleans 7 – Iowa 2
- Chris Volstad is still struggling down in AAA. He gave up 7 runs (6 ER) in 5.2 innings. He has a 5.55 ERA in Iowa.
- In 5 PAs, CF Brett Jackson had a double, a single....and no strikeouts. It was good to see and hopefully it's something to build on. He also stole his 22nd base.
- 3B Josh Vitters is still hitting. Two more singles today and the game's first RBI. He's at .302/.355/.503 on the year with 13 HRs.
- RF Dave Sappelt had 2 hits, the first off of another lefty which brought his line against southpaws to .325/.362/.442 which comes out to an .804 OPS. Sappelt has also hit .327 in the month of July so far.
Jackson 9 - Tennessee 2
- Nick Struck's string of starts in which he gave up one earned run or less came to an end today at six. The RHP gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 2. His ERA is at 3.60.
- RHP Frank Batista did well in a non-save situation, going 2 scoreless innings while walking none and striking out 2. Batista lowered his AA ERA to a microscopic 1.13 on the year. His FIP is at 2.77 so he may regress somewhat, but there's no question he's done an outstanding job and is perhaps starting to change the perception that he's a fringe prospect.
- RHP Tony Zych and his big fastball make for a much more typical relief prospect. He pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game. He walked one and struck out one. He has a 4.26 ERA with 3 walks and 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings so far at Tennessee.
- Junior Lake was back at SS today and had a single and a walk today. The walk was his 19th, equaling his total for last season in 56 less games so far. His career high is 35 and he has a shot at that.
- 2B Logan Watkins had single and his 9th triple of the year, enough to bring his slugging percentage over .400 on the year. He's also hitting .282 with a .371 OBP.
- CF Jae Hoon Ha had a double and a walk as he inches closer to a .700 OPS. Ha has shown a better ability to take walks and it seems as if he's finding his power stroke of late. His July slugging percentage is .478.
- 1B Justin Bour and 3B Greg Rohan once again did what they do best...drive in runs. Bour has 72 RBI on the year and Rohan has 74 across two levels.
Daytona 6 - Charlotte 1
- Matt Loosen keeps getting it done despite less than overwhelming velocity (89-91 mph fastball). He went 7.1 innings and allowed just one run. He walked 3 and struck out 6. His ERA is 2.79 but his FIP is a bit higher at 3.73 -- and it's actually close to what it was last year in Daytona, when he put up more pedestrian results (2-3, 4.42 ERA). The difference this year is that the BABIP against him is .117 lower. Loosen will likely get a promotion soon to AA where he pitched briefly last season.
- CF Matt Szczur had a 3 hit day, scoring 2 and driving in 2. He raised his line to .281/.380/.397 on the year.
- Well, well, well...it turns out 2B Ronald Torreyes can rake a little bit after all. Two more hits for the 5'7" , 19 year old infielder puts him at .253 on the year, but .321 since June 1st. Small sample size, but I suspect this is the real Torreyes.
Boise 5 - Yakima 0
- James Pugliese pitched 5 innings of one hit scoreless baseball, lower his ERA on the year to 3.31. He walked 2 and struck out 5. Pugliese's best pitch is a 90-93 mph two seam fastball, which he used to get 8 groundouts. Only two of the outs against Pugliese were hit in the air.
- LHP Michael Heesch went 2 more innings without giving up a run and stretched his scoreless and walk-less streak to 8 innings. He has also struck out 11 batters.
- Are you on the Trey Martin bandwagon yet? Martin, CF, got on base all 5 times as the leadoff man today. He has 3 hits, including his 3rd Boise HR, and 2 walks. He also stole his 4th base. Martin's line is .302/.343/.476 at Boise after hitting .448 in AZ to start the year.
- SS Marco Hernandez is also hitting well of late. He had two more hits and his average now stands at a more respectable .266. I still have faith in this guy.
- 1B Rock Shoulders is starting to really pick it up on offense. Two more hits and walk but his line at .261/.393/.466. He also advanced to the 2nd round of the moniker madness tournament. I've noticed that they're using his nickname "Rock" instead of Roderick, so I'm thinking he's got a legit shot right now. He goes up against Goose Kallunki. Two more Cubs, Taiwan Easterling and Jae Hoon Ha, also advanced.
Arizona Rookie League
- Ethan Elias got the start today but went just 2 innings and was hit around some with 5 hits and 2 runs. Only closer Chad Martin held the Mariners scoreless in the 9th to preserve a 6-5 victory. Steve Perakslis got the win with 3 innings of work, though he did give up 2 runs.
- Shawon Dunson, Jr. is finally starting to hit. He had his 3rd consecutive 2 hit game to get over the mendoza line (.214). He also walked.
- Dan Vogelbach hit his 7th HR of the year and also contributed a triple, his 2nd of the year. Vogelbach has a line of .360/.423/.779. That's an OPS of 1.202 if you don't feel like doing the math. One has to wonder when he'll get the bump to Boise. Shoulders is hitting well there, but the league does use a DH, so they can alternate.
- RF Yasiel Balaguert had a double and walk in his AZ debut.
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