DoTF: Medina K’s 10 in Charleston’s walk-off win

News & Notes

  • RHP Nick Nelson was promoted to Triple-A after LHP Daniel Camarena was released. Nelson has a 2.35 ERA in 65 innings with Trenton this year while Camarena has a 6.27 ERA in the unforgiving International League.
  • RHP Albert Abreu was activated from the IL and started for Trenton

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: (15-1 loss at Charlotte) … They are 65-55 and hold a 4.0 game lead in their division. Their magic number to clinch the division is 17.

  • Starter: RHP Brian Keller: 4.1 IP, 16 H, 11 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 5/2 GB/FB — 62 of 92 (67%) pitches were strikes … Second start with Scranton goes awry and he had to wear it with the team down some arms … struck out CHW prospect Nick Madrigal, which is a rare feat.
  • In Relief: RHP Will Carter: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP
  • In Relief: RHP Kaleb Ort: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Hitting Star: 1B Ryan McBroom: 1-for-2, solo homer, 2 BB
  • On Deck: LF Clint Frazier: 2-for-4 — Had been 0-for-last-15.
  • Notables: 3B Mandy Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a 2B and BB … 2B Thairo Estrada went 0-for-4 with 2 K and GIDP while C Kyle Higashioka went 0-for-3 with a BB and 2 K … SS Tyler Wade went 0-for-3 with a K and reached on catcher’s interference.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: (8-1 loss at Akron) … Had to face a rehabbing Corey Kluber … 64-55 with a five-game winning streak snapped. They already clinched a playoff berth.

  • Starter: RHP Albert Abreu: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/3 GB/FB — 24 of 38 (63%) pitches were strikes … First start off the IL … Still building back up … At 82.2 for the year after 72.2 last season.
  • Follower: RHP Shawn Semple: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
  • In Relief: RHP Andrew Bellatti: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
  • Hitting Star: SS Kyle Holder: 2-for-4, solo HR — Took Kluber deep.
  • On Deck: RF Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K — Has extra-base hit in five of last seven games.
  • Notables: DH Brandon Wagner went 0-for-2 with 2 BB and 1 K … C Kellin Deglan and 2B Hoy Jun Park each went 1-for-4 … 1B Chris Gittens went 0-for-3 with a BB, as did LF Ben Ruta.

High-A Tampa Tarpons: (4-2 win over Palm Beach) … They are 54-64 overall but are 26-26 in the second half and are 2.5 games back of the division.

  • Starter: RHP Janson Junk: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 10/3 GB/FB — 61 of 103 (59%) pitches were strikes.
  • In Relief: RHP Daniel Bies: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP
  • Hitting Star: DH Alexander Palma: 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • On Deck: 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R, 2 K
  • On Deck: CF Estevan Florial: 0-for-3, BB, R, K — 6-game hitting streak snapped
  • Notables: LF Pablo Olivares and SS Diego Castillo each went 1-for-3 with a BB … C Jason Lopez went 0-for-3 with a BB and K to extend his on-base streak to 11 games.

Single-A Charleston Riverdogs: (1-0 walk-off win over Columbia) … 63-58 record … 2.0 games back of first in second half.

  • Starter: RHP Luis Medina: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 WP, 6/3 GB/FB — 58 of 91 (64%) pitches were strikes … 20-year-old has been on fire recently, striking out 51 in last 35 IP (six starts) with a 2.06 ERA … Poor season overall (6.00 ERA), but third 10 K start in last six outings.
  • In Relief: RHP Daniel Ramos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP — First game in Charleston.
  • Hitting Star: DH Josh Stowers: 3-for-4, R, K, CS
  • On Deck: 1B Eric Wagaman: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI — Walk-off 2B in ninth
  • On Deck: CF Brandon Lockridge: 1-for-4, 2B, K
  • Notables: LF Canaan Smith went 0-for-3 with a BB and 2 K … 3B Welfrin Mateo and C Eduardo Navas each went 1-for-3.

Short-Season Staten Island Yankees: (7-5 walk-off win at Brooklyn F/11) At 30-27, they are 5.0 games back in their division standings.

  • Starter: RHP Alex Mejias: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 6/1 GB/FB — 43 of 63 (68%) pitches were strikes.
  • In Relief: RHP Bryan Blanton: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP
  • In Relief: RHP Justin Wilson: 2.1 IP, zeros, 1 IBB, 3 K, 1 WP
  • Hitting Star: RF Jake Sanford: 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K — Walk-off 2-run homer
  • On Deck: DH Josh Smith: 2-for-3, R, RBI, 3 BB, 1 K — Two of the walks were intentional … Has 7-game hit streak and hits in 11 of 12 … Reached safely in 14 of 16 pro games.
  • On Deck: 2B Ezequiel Duran: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
  • Notables: 1B Mitchell Robinson went 2-for-4 with 2 2B, 1 RBI and 1 K while 3B Andres Chaparro went 1-for-4 with an RBI, HBP and 2 K … C Carlos Narvaez went 1-for-4 with BB and 2 K.

Rookie-Level Pulaski Yankees: (1-0 win at Elizabethton F/9) … Game rained out two batters into Top 9thThe P-Yanks are 36-17, 4.5 games up in their division with a magic number of 10 for a postseason spot.

  • Starter: RHP Leonardo Pestana: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HBP, 5/4 GB/FB — 42 of 71 (59%) pitches were strikes.
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Milam: 2 IP, zeros, 2 BB, 2 K, WP — First game in Pulaski for this year’s 14th-round pick
  • In Relief: RHP Mitch Spence: 1 IP, zeros, 1 K — 2019 10th round pick … Hasn’t allowed an ER in last 10 outings (17.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 19 K)
  • Hitting Star: LF Ryder Green: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 K
  • On Deck: RF Robert Javier : 1-for-3, 1 K
  • Notables: 2B Boriquen Mendez and SS Roberto Chirinos each went 0-for-4 with 2 K … 3B Chad Bell went 0-for-3 with 1 K, as did CF Madison Santos..

GCL Yankees West: (6-5 walk-off loss to GCL Tigers East) … Looking like neither GCL squad will make postseason as both are under .500

  • Starter: RHP Denny Larrondo: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 1 HBP — Back-to-back starts with 4 IP, o H and 1 R. That’s wild.
  • In Relief: RHP Alfred Vegas: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • In Relief: RHP Maiker Feliz: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
  • In Relief: RHP Anyelo Luna: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
  • Hitting Star: 2B Josh Colmenares: 1-for-3, R, BB
  • On Deck: CF Raimfer Salinas: 1-for-4, R, RBI
  • On Deck: C Juan Crisp: 1-for-4, 2B, R, 2 K
  • Notables: LF Alan Mejia went 0-for-4 with R, BB, SB and K … 1B Kyle MacDonald went 1-for-3 with an RBI while RF Nelson Medina has a two-run single in 4 AB.


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  1. RetroRob

    One thing not to lose track of with Kyle Holder. Yes, we know he’s an elite fielder. He’s had good bat-to-ball skills but showed little power. He’s slugging about .430 playing for Trenton in AA. Not an easy hitters’ park. His next step up is to AAA, which now uses the MLB super ball. As we saw with Estrada, Holder could be on the threshold of becoming a very interesting prospect with decent power on his next step up.

  2. CountryClub

    Sure would be great if Medina figured out how to throw strikes. His stuff was never the issue.

    • CountryClub

      One other thing about Medina. He’s thrown 93 innings this year. He didn’t throw 39 in either of his first 2 pro seasons. But, he may have thrown a bunch of innings in extended spring training. It’ll be interesting to see how much longer they let him go.

  3. Dani

    Josh Smith, huh? Dude never seems to have a bad day, he just keeps on hitting 🙂

  4. Steve W.

    Thought this was a typo, but apparently it’s not: Nick Madrigal has struck out only 16 times in 547 minor league at bats (before today).

    • RetroRob

      I do wonder if teams will begin to focus on (and develop) players with better contact skills. Certainly the increase in velocity hitters face because of the greater reliance on bullpen arms has led to an increase in K’s, but it’s also because hitters are being taught in a manner that also leads to K’s. We may be seeing the zag to the zig as some teams are trying to both identify and develop better contact hitters to combat shifts and the increasing K rates. Granted, Madrigal has strong contact skills. He doesn’t, however, show much power. Perhaps that will change as he moves up to the higher level, especially with the jacked ball. Through the history of the game, there are always players who have contact skills, 20, 30, 40% better than league average. Pujols was able to have great power and strong contact skills. Don Mattingly had power and strong contact ability. Tony Gwynn was off the charts in his contact abilities. DiMaggio, from an historical perspective, was off the charts too, and he had power. Madrigal’s challenge will be to maintain his contact and average, while adding in the power.

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