Las Vegas (lost 5-19)
Las Vegas pitchers gave up 19 runs and Kyle Drabek wasn't even pitching! Reidier Gonzalez gave up 10 runs in three innings, but B.J. LaMura definitely outdid him by giving up 8 in just a single inning.
On the other hand, catcher Ryan Budde pitched a scoreless eigth, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out two. And outfielder Danny Perales pitched a scorelss ninth, with one hit allowed but no walks and a strikeout.
Mike McCoy was probably needed in the infield, so he didn't pitch, but he did hit his first AAA home run of the year. I still think he should be given another shot as relief pitcher, since we're not contending anyway. Mike McCoy >>>> Jayson Nix. Oh, David Cooper went 3-for-4, but that's not unusual at all.
New Hampshire (lost 4-6)
Sorry Henderson, but walking three and striking out two in 5 1/3 innings is not going to make me believe in you. Kyle Drabek has shown that location matters just as much as having good stuff, even though the scouts are more in love with stuff than location. Alvarez gave up 3 runs on 7 hits.
The position players had a very boring game, nobody had a particularly good or bad night. Gose had a bunt single, going 2-for-4 with a strikeout, does that count as noteworthy?
Dunedin (lost 1-3)
Deck McGuire is still out until the weekend after he was hit on the shin in his last start, so the not-so-impressive Ryan Shopshire took over and...didn't impress. Way-too-old-for-this-level Dumas Garcia struck out five in 2 1/3 innings.
Justin Jackson has broken out of his recent slump a bit, he went 1-for-3 with a walk. He's hit just .207/.281/.264 in June, but has done well since the All-star break. Perhaps he just needed a rest. Sean Ochinko was 2-for-4 and is hitting .288/.348/.625. Nice slugging percentage, Sean!
Lansing (lost 2-9)
Danny Barnes was a relatively interesting reliever because of his high strikeout rate. Now, he might become an interesting starter because of his high strikeout rate. He went 3 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none, but giving up 2 runs. Will he be stretched out or was it a spot start?
The Lugnuts hitters seemed to have taken the day off, especially Marcus Knecht, who collected the golden sombrero by striking out 4 times in as many at bats. Markus Brisker just missed the sombrero, falling one strikeout short.
Vancouver (won 8-5)
Jon Berti was 3-for-4 and is now hitting .407/.529/.593 over eight games with 6 walks and 4 strikeouts. Seems pretty good to me, how about moving him to Lansing?
Roan Salas was 4-for-4 with a double, but he has 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Not that strange for a 19 year old, but then Salas is 21. No excuses there.
Bluefield (won 10-6)
David Rollins is a bit old for this level at 21, but it's hard to argue with 10 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 run given up in your first 10 2/3 professional innings. Should see time in Vancouver soon, I guess.
Art Charles has 1 walk and 13 strikeouts so far, which is not good. But then he has four homers and is hitting .313/.333/.844. He's 20 years old, so he has some work to do (obviously not in the power department).
GCL Jays (lost 4-6)
Zak Adams was much better in his second appearance, going 4 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts and 4 walks, 2 runs given up. The wildness is obviously a problem. Adonys Cardona was kept on a short leash, going just 2 1/3 innings and giving up 4 runs, but then he struck out 3, walked none, and got groundballs, so he was probably just unlucky.
Santiago Nessy is 18 year old and in his first season in the U.S. He plays the catcher position. He's hitting .368/.429/.684 in just 5 games. I can smell the hype machine lurking around the corner.