With just under a month left in the minor league regular season, and a lack of standout performances this last time through the rotation, I thought before getting into the individual performances it would be a good time to look at the records and playoff positing for each affiliate:
- Buffalo: 57-59, 13.5 behind the wild card. They collapsed since hitting 46-34 on June 29th and pulling within a couple games of the division lead
- New Hampshire: 52-61, will be formally eliminated in a week or so (magic number 9)
- Dunedin: 61-52 overall, 28-16 in second half, 0.5 behind 1st place in second half and playoff spot
Lansing: 58-56 overall, 22-22 in second half,
tied for3.5 games up for the last playoff spot
- Vancouver: 20-29 overall, 4-7 second half. Just brutal since a 7-4 start (13-25). Not to late to go on a run, but showing no signs of life.
- Bluefield: 24-21, tied for 2nd and a playoff spot despite an 8 game losing streak bookending otherwise very good play. 6 games left with Princeton, with whom they're tied.
- GCL Jays: 29-8, 3 games up in the division. Cooled off a bit after streamrolling early.
- The last two Buffalo pitchers covered here have been traded; I'm guessing we'll break that streak this week. Bolsinger debuted for Buffalo on a pitch count, with an unspectacular start.
- Taylor Cole managed contact well over 7 innings; a solo home run that was the only damage on the scoreboard though he also allowed a couple doubles. Fastball 91-92. Again, time for AAA?
- A messy line for Conner Greene, but it was good to see him missing some bats and getting strikeouts. His fastball was 95-98 on the stadium gun, mixing in his breaking ball that was being called a slider but was likely his curve quite effectively early. Gave up some hard contact, some of the hits were weak contact finding holes.
- Mostly the usual from Gabryswzski (fastball ~90), except for battling the strike zone. Has had a tougher time as the Eastern League familiarizes itself with him.
- Colton Turner was promoted to AA,and debuted with an uneven extended relief outing. Settled in decently after starting 1B/BB/1B. Fastball 92-93
- Rowley was apparently using a low 80s changeup a bunch this start, dipping occasionally into the high 70s. Fastball was high 80s, touching 90ish.
- Ah, the absolute joys of Florida in August and the FSL. Dunedin was rained out Friday, started their doubleheader Saturday and got about half an inning in before a long rain delay. Jon Harris was scheduled to start and since he's in the box score it looks like he actually took the mound and maybe threw some pitches, but without finishing a batter, and the rain delay was so long they shut him down. On top of that, no broadcasts from either side, and no Gameday even for the doubleheader, so limited data and no details. So that totally sucks.
- It also appears Sean Reid-Foley was skipped this time through, I'm guessing as part of innings management as he's already at 113 after 96 last year with a month left and Dunedin looking like they'll make the playoffs.
- Jordan Romano had a really nice start twice through the order after 4 innings (2 runs, 3 hits, BB, 2K), but really struggled the last time through. Fastball touched 93 a couple times on the stadium gun
- Another disappointing Perdomo start, as he couldn't get out of the 5th inning after running lots of deep counts. Solid contact management at least, and fastball touched 93-94.
- 2016 10th rounder Kirby Snead followed with a long relief outing, got touched up for a couple doubles, though had his slider really working for one inning (when he got the 2 strikeouts)
- Ryan Borucki dominated contact in a shortish 5 inning, twice through the order start (also maybe an innings management thing?). Fastball low 90s, touched a 94. He gave way to ...
- Tom Robson, whose fastball was in the mid-90s, touching 96. rough first inning (started 2B/1B/1B/2B), then settled in nicely with weak contact on the ground
- Justin Maese was back to dominating with weak contact. It seemed like the stadium gun was having issues, as he was topping out at 88-89 from what I heard.
- Dan Lietz, 5th rounder in 2013, worked a couple of extended relief outings, which combined to give enough data to toss him in here today. His fastball touched 95 in the first outing, with a breaking ball in the mid-80s.
- Zeuch worked a 4th inning for the first time in another solid outings. His fastball was 90-93 on the stadium gun, with one 99 that was almost certainly incorrect given nothing else came close. Used a little offspeed, but mostly fastball. It's too bad really he's not being let loose a little more.
- Dalton Rodriguez was working on a really nice start through 4, then had a messy last couple innings though limited the damage. Solid contact management.
- Denis Diaz still trying to find his stride in the NWL. Fastball 89-92, used a lot of secondaries (slider and some changeups).
- Andy Ravel finally missed some bats! Battled control a little, but turned it on towards the end with three straight strikeouts. Fastball was in the high 80s, curveball low 70s, slider around 80, and apparently worked in a changeup too for some of whiffs.