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Minor League Recap: Moonraker raking, McGowan starts rehab

Las Vegas (won 10-2)

Travis Snider has been hitting well after coming off the DL. He's hitting flyballs and line drives, and he hasn't struck out yet. In an article I wrote about him before he went on the DL, I pointed out that this whole "not striking out" thing is highly unusual for him (majors and minors alike). With Moonraker's ability to hit the ball hard, he could be one heck of a hitter if he retains this kind of contact ability in the Majors. He was 3-for-5 yesterday with a triple and a double, but he also lined out, so he wasn't far away from a 4-for-5 night.

David Cooper was 1-for-5 with his 8th homer for Vegas (9th total, because he hit one off Daniel Bard in Toronto as well) and Brad Mills pitched 7 innings, striking out 4 and walking 2, giving up 2 runs. Like last year, it seems, Mills has become less dominant as the year progresses. Adam Loewen was 3-for-4 with a walk, he's now at .316/.377/.558 for the season.

New Hampshire (lost 4-8)

Henderson Alvarez struck out 8 and walked one, but still gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. He got fewer groundballs than he normally does and gave up two home runs. Still, I like strikeouts and I assume he won't be giving up this many home runs every outing.

Travis d'Arnaud starred offensively, hitting a home run and two doubles while not striking out. He struck out a whole lot in June, so that's something we'll monitor. Anthony Gose also has strikeout issues, and he did strike out twice yesterday, but he also added a homer and a walk. He's the speediest three true outcomes hitter you'll see, I guess. After a long slump in June, he's now on fire again, .382/.475/.618 over his last 10 games.

Michael McDade added two doubles and has hit for a lot ow power lately, but he could still improve his walk ratio. Moises Sierra went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. With the other good hitting prospects getting back on track, Moises will need to show a similar resurgence to get his numbers back up there with the rest of the bunch.

Dunedin (lost 3-7)

Dustin McGowan was limited to throwing 35 pitches and had to leave before he could finish the first inning. According to the D-Jays website he had good velocity and good movement on his breaking pitches.

The hitters didn't do much, with Ryan Schimpf the only hitter to draw a walk. Schimpf started the year injured, but has hit .302/.423/.512 in 12 games since coming off the DL. He's a lefty second baseman who's being platooned with Ivan Contreras.

Lansing (lost 6-7)

The Lugnuts had 16 hits but still managed to lose this game. Michael Crouse struck out three times but also homered and doubled. Strikeouts are a big problem for the big Canadian, but he has big time raw power and he's got a good defensive reputation. Carlos Perez had a flashback to 2010 Perez, hitting a double, triple and drawing a walk.

Of course, the guys we're most excited about this year in Lansing are Jake Marisnick and Marcus Knecht. They both went 4-for-5 with two doubles, so they didn't disappoint. Marcus Knecht's bat has been quite a bit better than Marisnick's, but Jake does play a lot better defense, and being a year younger is probably the superior prospect.

Vancouver (lost 8-10)

Jonathan Jones went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 walks. He's hitting .357/.418/.514 for Vancouver, he was hitting .256/.363/.360 for Lansing.

Bluefield (lost 2-3)

David Rollins was good again, striking out 5 and walking one in 6 innings of 1-run ball. That brought his ERA up to 1.08 in 3 starts. The hitters didn't do much of anything, registering just 2 walks and no extra base hits.

GCL Jays (lost 2-3, lost 0-1)

The rookie Jays lost both games of a doubleheader. Deivy Estrada pitched a 5-inning, 7-K, no walk-shutout but didn't win as the Jays' hitters didn't draw a single walk or hit for any power at all.

Adonys Cardona struck out 4 and walked one but completed only 2 2/3 innings as BABIP doesn't like him so far. I do like him: he's just 17 (!!) and has a 11/1 K/BB ratio and gets a good amount of grounders. Meanwhile, Zak Adams keeps improving: he walked just one this time and struck out 4 in 3 innings. He gave up just one runs, so he lowered his ERA all the way to 10.38.

Dickie Thon Jr. was 1-for-2 with a walk. He's hitting .360/.429/.400, but he hasn't hit for power and his 3/10 BB/K ratio isn't good enough for someone without power.