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Minor League Recap: Not all Molinas are catchers.

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I'd like to spotlight a guy called Nestor Molina in this recap.1) He's striking out about a batter per inning in his first year as a starting pitcher. 2) He's always got groundballs, and is still doing that. 3) He reportedly throws four pitches for strikes, with a 93-94 mph fastball. So don't forget to read the Dunedin part of this recap.

Las Vegas:

Scott Podsednik: 2-for-5, 2 triples. .200/.349/.343

Brett Lawrie: 1-for-4, walk. .357/.400/.580 (has not struck out in 3 games now)

Eric Thames: 1-for-4, walk. .333/.415/.539 (has walked 4 times in his last 5)

Travis Snider: 0-for-2, 3 walks. .538/.684/.615 (that's one way for other teams not to let Snider figure it out, just don't throw him strikes)

Chris Woodward: 1-for-3, double, walk. .354/.394/.585

Adam Loewen: 2-for-4, home run, strikeout. .238/.283/.393

Scott Richmond: 5 IP, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO.

New Hampshire:

Darin Mastroianni: 2-for-5, double, strikeout. .200/.200/.300 in 2 games.

Moises Sierra: 1-for-4, double, strikeout. .306/.354/.444

Mike McDade: 1-for-3, walk, strikeout. .344/.378/.484

Yan Gomes: 2-for-4, double, home run, strikeout. .167/.182/.333

Chad Beck: 6 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.


Nestor Molina: 7 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 56% (9 of 16) groundballs. That's not like Hutchison's first start in terms of dominance, but it's pretty darn good. I hope they can give him some time in AA before his season is up.

A.J. Jimenez: 1-for-4, strikeout. .346/.384/.494

Sean Ochinko: 0-for-1, 2 walks. .149/.229/.257

Ryan Goins: 2-for-2, 2 doubles. .225/.262/.375


Egan Smith: 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 66.7% groundballs (12 of 18). Should be in Dunedin, really.

Sean Nolin: 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. (not much chance to get strikeouts if your opponents bunt into 3 outs in one inning) I'm hoping they'll have a spot for Nolin to make it as a starter as he now has 9 strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless innings.

K.C. Hobson: 1-for-2, walk. .190/.313/.226. 14 BB to 11 SO but needs to hit the ball with authority.

The rest of the team went hitless against Indians prospect Michael Goodnight, who struck out 10 Lugnuts in 6 innings, while walking two.