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Minor League Recap: DrabeKKKKKKKK!

Las Vegas (won 10-3)

Kyle Drabek struggled at first, with three unimpressive innings and then starting off the fourth by giving up a home run. But after that he struck out 7 in his last three innings, K'ing the side in the 6th. His night ended with this line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 47% groundballs. A very encouraging start for young Kyle, but if he continues to do well, whose spot in the rotation is he going to take?

David Cooper was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout. He's hitting .374/.440/.595 with a beautiful 33/23 BB/K rate. Darin Mastroianni hit his first PCL home run and went 2-for-5.

New Hampshire (suspended)

Joel Carreno had completed only 3 innings before the game was suspended. Those 3 innings were pretty atypical for the strikeout machine: just one strikeout, no walks, and 7 groundballs to 2 flyballs hit in play against him. Hechavarria had managed a walk and McDade had hit a single before the rain came in the bottom of the 3rd, just after Jonathan Diaz had hit a leadoff double.

Dunedin (lost 5-11)

Dustin McGowan pitched two innings, striking out two, walking two, and registering four groundouts. Nothing else, just strikeouts, walks and groundouts. Drew Hutchison came on to relieve him and was just fine in his first three frames, striking out one batter each inning without surrendering any walks. However, in his fourth and fifth inning things fell apart, and he ended his scoreless streak with a staggering 6 earned runs. Dumas Garcia allowed three inherited runners to score though, and Hutch was a victim of the "managers never fail to be dumb" intentional walk, which of course would mean an extra run added to his line. Here's hoping Hutchison will simply start another scoreless streak next time he takes the mound.

A.J. Jimenez recorded the Jays' only extra base hit (a double) as well as a walk, but he was taken out of the game. Jimenez has already been on the DL once, hopefully it's nothing serious this time.

Lansing (won 11-0)

Lansing's hitters were kicking *** in this one. Marcus Knecht, of course, led the way going 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk. Michael Crouse also homered and walked, adding a double and two strikeouts. Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, and Bryson Namba was 2-for-3 with two walks.

Casey Lawrence almost pitched a complete game, going 8 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts and no walks. Marcus Knecht is second in the Midwest League in OPS, but the guy above him is already 23. Jake Marisnick is the top CF, the best hitter who plays a premium defensive position in the MWL.

Vancouver (won 11-1)

Taylor Cole is a nice sleeper who has shown some strikeout ability in his last two starts. Last night however, he was wild, combining 5 Ks with 6 walks in 4 1/3 innings of work, allowing just one run.

Stephen McQuail had a great night, going 2-for-3 with 2 homers and 2 walks. He's batting .254/.333/.522, but his 7/24 BB/K ratio isn't pretty. Jonathan Jones added a homer of his own and also a walk of his own. Jon Berti had 3 hits, but also 2 strikeouts.

Bluefield (won 6-4)

Mitchell Taylor was somewhat disappointing, going only 3 2/3 innings and giving up 2 earned, walking two and striking out three. Tyler Ybarra came on in relief instead of the expected Noah Syndergaard (who's not listed as today's starter either) and pitched 3 1/3 innings, striking out four. Ybarra missed all of 2010 and could be a bit of a sleeper. He has 12 strikeouts and 4 walks in 10 1/3 innings so far.

Daniel Arcila had 2 home runs and a walk. The 21-year old infielder could also be a bit of a sleeper, hitting .262/.367/.595 so far. Chris Hawkins was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Kellen Sweeney has been out for a while now, though he's not listed as being on the DL.

GCL Jays (lost 0-2)

Eric Arce was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk, and yeah, that's about it. The GCL club has been pretty bad so far.