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DoTF: Peraza powers Hudson Valley again

News & Notes

  • It didn’t take long for Estevan Florial to move up a level. He got the bump to Triple-A after nine games in Double-A. The center fielder hit .229/.308/.629 (146 wRC+) with 4 homers, a 10.3 percent walk rate, and 23.1 percent strikeout rate in 39 plate appearances for Somerset. This could simply be a precursor to a move up to the Bronx as it will get him into the COVID protocols to faster join the MLB team.
  • Greg Allen left tonight’s game in Scranton after fouling a pitch off his leg. Could have been an option to join the major league roster with Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton banged up.
  • Trevor Hauver won Southeast League Player of the week, because, duh.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Scranton improves to 8-2 with a 6-4 victory over Lehigh Valley (box score). The Railriders were down 3-0 after two, but tallied five runs in the fifth and never looked back.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Brian Keller: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP – 32 of 66 pitches were strikes (48%)
  • In relief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K – 16 of 31 pitches were strikes (52%)…when he’s right, he can rack up strikeouts.
  • In relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K – 18 of 37 pitches were strikes (49%)…a very typical Abreu outing.
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K – 24 of 36 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • In relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K – 10 of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)…picked up his third save.
  • Hitting star: 3B Armando Alvarez: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – His two-run homer started the Railriders’ comeback from down 3-0
  • Patience is a virtue: LF Zack Zehner: 0-0, 4 BB, R, RBI – One of his four free passes came with the bases loaded
  • Leftovers: RF Ryan LaMarre tied this game with an RBI single not long after Alvarez’s homer in the third…SS Andrew Velazquez and the aforementioned Zehner drew bases loaded walks to take and increase the lead later in the same inning...As noted at the top, CF Greg Allen departed early after fouling a pitch off his leg.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

A rough sixth inning cost the Patriots this one, falling 7-3 to New Hampshire (box score). Somerset is now 6-4.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Glen Otto: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 8 K – 70 of 91 pitches were strikes (77%)…Ran out of gas in the sixth…three of his runs allowed were inherited and given up by Ridings. Not a great follow up to six shutout frames in Otto’s first star.
  • In relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 of 17 pitches were strikes (65%)…A pitching line that exemplifies why reliever ERA is not great.
  • In relief: RHP Keegan Curtis: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K – 22 of 29 pitches were strikes (76%)
  • Hitting star: 1B Dermis García: 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K – Somehow is still just 23 years-old, though don’t bet on him figuring things out at this point. Has 17 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances.
  • Suporting role: DH Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-3, RBI, BB, K, CS – Has reached base in all ten games.
  • Supporting role: LF Isaiah Gilliam: 1-4, R, 2B, 2 K, SB – broke an 0-for-18 skid to start the season.
  • Leftovers:3B Brandon Wagner, C Donny Sands, and CF Thomas Milone all had hits.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades are back to .500. They improve to 5-5 with a 9-4 win over Aberdeen (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR – 46 of 80 pitches were strikes (58%). Retired first eight hitters he faced. Gave up a couple of runs, including a solo homer, in the fourth to end his day.
  • In relief: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61%).
  • In relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 16 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%).
  • Hitting star: SS Oswald Peraza: 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI – Came off the bench in this onethird and fourth homers of the season tie his career high already. Both came in the first pitch of his at-bats.
  • Hitting co-star: 2B Oliver Dunn: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Ezequiel Duran moved to second base after Peraza entered…second straight game he’s started at short. He went 0-4 with a walk and a stolen base. C Josh Breaux, DH Pablo Olivares, 3B James Nelson, CF Isaiah Pasteur, and LF Frederick Cuevas all had hits…Cuevas had two.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Like Scranton, Tampa rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to win this one, 7-4 over Lakeland (box score). The Tarpons are 7-3.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K – 41 of 75 pitches were strikes (55%). 2017 second rounder now has 10 walks in 9.2 innings this season.
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 29 of 40 pitches were srikes (73%)
  • In Relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K – 24 of 39 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Milan: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 2 K – 7 of 10 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • Hitting star: C Austin Wells: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI, K – Triple in fifth gave Tarpons the lead…came in to score on a wild pitch after.
  • Obligatory heck-in: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-2, 2 BB – Replaced on defense in the 8th…went first-to-third in the top of the 7th, but played defense in the bottom half, so I’m not making much of this.
  • First rounder: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, R, 2 RBI – Opened the scoring with an RBI single…has been on base in all but one game.
  • Leftovers: RF Jake Sanford struck out three times and went hitless…3B Max Burt tallied two hits and a double…DH Carlos Narvaez and LF Elijah Dunham also picked up knocks.

DoTF: Peraza shines in Hudson Valley’s loss

News & Notes

  • RHP Glen Otto won the Double-A Northeast League Pitcher of the Week. He threw six shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. Otto was a non-roster invitee to spring training and cracked MLB Pipeline’s top-30 Yankees prospects list.
  • OF Zack Zehner was bumped up to Triple-A from Double-A. Seems like just some roster shuffling. Zehner is 28.
  • OF Jasson Dominguez faced Luis Severino in the rehabbing righty’s first live batting practice today (Marly Rivera).

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Scranton topped Lehigh Valley, 5-2 (box score). The RailRiders are now 6-2 on the season.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Nick Green: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K – 36 of 61 pitches were strikes (59%). Seems like a minor miracle that he didn’t allow more runs with all that traffic.
  • In relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%). Hasn’t allowed a run in three appearances/4.2 IP
  • In relief: RHP Addison Russ: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K – 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56%). Finally got into a game after yesterday’s roster snafu.
  • In relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 2 K – 10 of 18 pitches were strikes (56%).
  • In relief: RHP Luis García: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 12 of 14 pitches were strikes (86%). Picked up his second save.
  • Hitting star: C Robinson Chirinos: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Second homer of the season…will be able to opt out of minor league contract come June.
  • Hard hittin’: 1B Chris Gittens: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Off to a .333/.548/.714 start
  • Leftovers: CF Ryan LaMarre stole a base and drove in two runs…2B Derek Dietrich struck out twice and walked twice, also made an error…3B Armando Alvarez doubled, scored twice….no other Railrider had a hit.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots improved to 6-3 with a 6-1 win over New Hampshire (box score). They did so in spite of going just 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Incredible.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K – 39 of 62 pitches were strikes (63%). Very good performance for a pitcher with a very good pitcher name.
  • In relief: LHP J.P. Sears: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K – 37 of 61 pitches were strikes (61%). Sears struck out 46.4 percent of hitters in the Mariners’ organization in 2017, but only 23.6 percent in the Yankees’ system. More of this would be nice.
  • In relief: RHP Ronald Marinaccio: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • Florial Watch: DH Estevan Florial: 1-5, 1B – didn’t strike out, which is always nice to see. Florial’s biggest drawback is his propensity to swing-and-misshas a 23 percent strikeout rate so far.
  • Hitting Star: CF Thomas Milone: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 SB – Was a solo homer, his third so far…his career high is four homers…hitting .385/.469/.846
  • Hitting Star: 3B Oswaldo Cabrera: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – Left unprotected from Rule 5 draft…the two doubles were his first extra base hits of the season…also made fielding error.
  • Leftovers: Diego Castillo (double) and Michael Beltre (triple) had extra base hits

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Hudson Valley fell to 4-5 after losing 9-5 to Aberdeen tonight (box score). Game was 3-3 through six innings, but the IronBirds put up five in the eighth to put this on away.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Jhony Brito: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 43 of 67 pitches were strikes (64%). All runs came in first inning after Brito retired first two batters he faced.
  • In relief: RHP Zach Greene: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K – 28 of 47 pitches were strikes (60%)…the run he gave up was inherited by Tanner Myatt.
  • In relief: RHP Tanner Myatt: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K – 18 of 43 pitches were strikes (42%)…6-foot-7 righty has had control problems for his entire minor league career, now has 61 walks in 62 innings.
  • In relief: RHP Justin Wilson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – 21 of 40 pitches were strikes (53%)…No, not that Justin Wilson.
  • In relief: LHP Mat Minnick: 0.1 IP, 1 K, zeroes – 3 pitches, 3 strikes.
  • Hitting star: DH Oswald Peraza: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – Has two homers and nine steals – nine! – already. 20 year-old is off to a nice start: .270/.372/.486 in 9 games.
  • Prospect watch: SS Ezequiel Duran: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Typically plays second base, not short. This nice play was credited to Peraza, but it’s not clear by the video whether it was Duran or Peraza…I’m going by the box score.
  • Prospect watch: C Josh Breaux: 0-4, 2 K – Hitting .161/.278/.387 with 13 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances…rough start for the former second round pick in 2018.
  • Leftovers: Other than Breaux, everyone in the lineup had a hit…1B Steven Sensley had two, including a double…CF Brandon Lockridge was replaced defensively in the ninth inning, not sure why.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa lost 3-2 to Lakeland (box score). The Tarpons are 6-3.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 32 of 46 pitches were strikes (70%). Better than his first start, at least. Gave up 5 runs in 1.1 IP in his season debut.
  • In relief: RHP Connor Pellerin: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K – 18 of 44 pitches were strikes (41%). That must have been painful to watch.
  • In relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 23 of 40 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • In relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K – 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • Cooling off: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-2, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – one hit in last 12 at-bats…at least he walked three times today. Also made an error, his third. Still has a 1.559 OPS thanks to his ridiculous start.
  • First round watch: DH Austin Wells: 0-4, 1 K – one of many hitless Tarpons today
  • Leftovers: 3B Andres Chaparro and SS Max Burt combined for Tampa’s only three hits (Burt had two, including a double)…team struck out 13 times.

DoTF: Eyes on Jasson Dominguez in Tampa as all but Hudson Valley lose

News & Notes

  • Jasson Dominguez watch: Some of the media went over to the team complex in Tampa to get a first hand look at the team’s 18 year-old phenom. He picked up a couple of hits for the cameras, as you’ll see below.
  • More Dominguez: Sounds like he will start in the GCL, which starts its season on June 28. Got a ways to go before his first professional game. (Erik Boland)

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

The RailRiders fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 3-2 (box score). The loss put an end to Scranton’s six-game win streak. They’re now 6-2.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 38 of 59 pitches were strikes (64%). After giving up an RBI double to old friend Ronald Torreyes in the first, Koerner retired 9 in a row and 11 of his last 13 batters faced.
  • In relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K – 16 of 34 pitches were strikes (47%)…Addison Russ was supposed to relieve Koerner, but apparently, a roster gaffe forced Bistro in instead.
  • In relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%). Good to see him go back-to-back outings without a walk (4 IP)
  • In relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • In relief: RHP Nick Goody: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR – 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (64%). Took the loss in this one. He entered in the eighth with Scranton down 1-0, only to have his offense give him a 2-1 lead for the ninth. Cornelius Randolph hit a two-run shot in the ninth against him.
  • Hitting star: CF Greg Allen: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB
  • Holder hurt: SS Kyle Holder: 1-1 – Left after apparently hurting his knee sliding into second base (Conor Foley)
  • Leftovers: LF Ryan LaMarre and RF Socrates Brito went 3-for-8 combined, both with doubles a piece…1B Miguel Andújar had a sac fly

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Elvis Luciano (Blue Jays Rule 5 pick a couple years back, now developing in the minors) shut down the Patriots in New Hampshire’s 7-2 win (box score). The Patriots are now 5-3.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K – 43 of 57 pitches were strikes (75%). Pounded the strike zone. Nice performance from one of the Yankees’ minor league rule 5 picks in December. He was most recently in the Rays’ organization.
  • In relief: RHP Carlos Espinal: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 27 of 47 pitches were strikes (57%). Took the loss.
  • In relief: RHP Jefry Valdez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 28 of 42 pitchers were strikes (67 percent)
  • Florial watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS – no hits and two walks in his last 15 at-bats…has cooled off.
  • Lefotvers: Not much to speak of offensively…SS Hoy Park, C Donny Sands, 2B Diego Castillo, LF Thomas Milone, and RF Michael Beltre all had hits (Beltre’s a double), but the team really couldn’t string anything together.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades are back at .500 with tonight’s walkoff 4-3 win over in extras the Aberdeen IronBirds (box score).

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K – 36 of 69 pitches were strikes (52%)…2019 6th rounder was effectively wild…got two double plays behind him, recorded 6 groundouts too.
  • In relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 27 of 44 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • In relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 3.1 IP, 1 K, zeroes – 23 of 31 pitches were strikes (74%). What a way to finish this one off. Had to deal with the extra innings rule too. Allowed just one baserunner on an error (Peguero’s own).
  • Prospect Power: SS Oswald Peraza: 2-4, HR, RBI, SB – Video of his homer below…his first of the season….Also now has 8 (!) stolen bases…hitting .265/.342/.412 on the season.
  • Hero in extras: CF Isaiah Pasteur: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – delivered walkoff single in the 10th.
  • Clutch hitting: 2B Ezequiel Duran: 1-4, 2 RBI, CS – two-run single in the bottom of the eighth tied this one at 3.
  • Leftovers: DH Josh Breaux and RF Pablo Olivares picked up singles…rest of the offense was hitless.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons have typically been on the other side of blowouts this season. Tonight, Tampa lost 15-4 to Lakeland (box score).

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Blane Abeyta: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP – 21 of 38 pitches were strikes (55%). Just a brutal performance.
  • In Relief: LHP Ryan Anderson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2BB, 2 K – 25 of 43 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • In Relief: RHP Carson Coleman: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K – 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Cohn: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K – 28 of 48 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 18 of 25 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • Heat check: DH Trevor Hauver: 1-4, R, 2 K – 1-for-9 in this series, and yet he’s still hitting .407/.514/1.111 this season.
  • First round watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-3, 2 BB, K – hitless in last 15 plate appearances, but at least he drew a couple of walks today
  • First round watch: C Austin Wells: 1-5, K
  • Leftovers: 2B Chad Bell, 3B Max Burt, CF Pat DeMarco, and RF Elijah Dunham picked up hits. Bell had a double. Dunham stole his sixth bag of the season.

DoTF: Deivi Dominates; Waldichuk Fans 10 as Farm Goes 2-2

News & Notes

  • Here are some COVID protocol implementation photos around PNC Park in Scranton, per Conor Foley.

Results

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders won again on the back of a great performance from Deivi Garcia. It was a great night from the staff overall, who retired 27 of the 31 batters they faced with 13 strikeouts and just 1 walk. Their 6-0 victory over the Iron Pigs makes the RailRiders 6-1 on the young season. That’ll play.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi Garcia: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K – 60% of his pitches were strikes…huge rebound game for Garcia, who has really struggled with his command in 2021
  • In Relief: LHP Nestor Cortes Jr.: 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 5 K – 67% of his pitches were strikes…batters are hitting .056 against Nasty Nestor in 2021 so far
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 K – 50% of his pitches were strikes…decent appearance for Abreu, who is filthy but needs to be even close to the plate to have success
  • Miggy Mantle Watch: LF Miguel Andújar: 1-4, 1 RBI – nice to see him get a hit, but he botched an easy play in left that led to a double
  • Hitting Star: DH Trey Amburgey: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI – got hurt on the double, no word on what happened…video below
  • Leftovers: Kyle Holder and Socrates Brito had the only other hits…hitters 6-9 were 0-9 but had 4 walks

Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell to 5-2 on the season after losing 6-5 to the Fisher Cats. They were down 5-1 in the 7th but clawed their way back. It was a tie game in the 9th, but they lost on a walk-off walk. Oh well. Can’t win ’em all.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3K – 60% of his pitches were strikes…the 25-year-old has allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings of work
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K – 59% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 K – 71% of his ptiches were strikeshe left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, but struck out the last guy he faced…he still took the loss
  • In Relief: RHP Michael Gomez: 0.0 IP, 1 BB – 0% of his pitches were strikes, lol…he replaced Weissert with the bases jacked and 2 outs and immediately walked in the winning run
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-5, 1 K
  • Hitting Star: C Donny Sands: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – he hit a clutch 2-run double in the 8th that made it a 5-4 game
  • Hitting Star: LF Thomas Milone: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR – kicked off the scoring for Somerset…he’s hitting .389
  • Leftovers: Quiet night otherwise for the offense…only Oswaldo Cabrera and Hoy Jun Park had other hits…everyone but Diego Castillo struck out once for a total of 13

Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades fell to 3-4 with a 4-0 loss to the IronBirds. They’re the only sub-.500 team in the system, for what it’s worth. Just a brutal night for the offense. It happens.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K – 59% of his pitches were strikes…all 10 of his outs were strikeouts, obviously…has 12 in 6 innings of work in 2021…read Derek’s profile of the 2019 fifth rounder
  • In Relief: RHP Barret Loseke: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB – 50% of his pitches were strikeshe took the loss
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K – 50% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K – 68% of his pitches were strikes
  • Top of the Lineup Watch: Oswald Peraza, Ezequiel Duran, and Josh Breaux went 0-12 with 4 strikeouts
  • Hitting “Star”: CF Brandon Lockridge: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SB
  • Leftovers: brutal night for the Renegades…they mustered just two hits (Mickey Gasper had the other), striking out 10 and walking just twice

Tampa Tarpons

Tampa kept it rolling, improving to 6-1 on the season with a 5-1 victory over the Flying Tigers. Their pitchers allowed just 3 hits, struck out 9, and walked 3. Quiet night for the offense, who scored “just” 5 runs and worked 1 walk. Still, it’ll do.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 61% of his pitches were strikes…has allowed just 3 hits and 2 runs in 6.1 IP so far…had his strikeout pitch working this time, striking out 5 compared to 1 in his season debut
  • In Relief: LHP Michael Giancone: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes…retired 8 of the 10 batters he facedhe earned the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K – 73% of his pitches were strikes…retired 10 of 11 batters
  • Hauver Watch: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-5, 2 K – even the hottest hitters in the world have bad nights…hilariously, he’s still hitting .435
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – nice night overall, he needed it
  • Hitting Star: RF Elijah Dunham: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB
  • Leftovers: Chad Bell, Carlos Narvaez, and Pat DeMarco all had hits…5 of the 9 hits came from the bottom 4 slots in the lineup…it’s a deep Tampa team so far

DoTF: Medina Pitches Well in ‘Gades Win; Hauver Launches 6th HR in 5 Games

News & Notes

  • Remember, there are no games tomorrow. MiLB is doing a new schedule in 2021 that involves six straight games in a series from Tuesday-Sunday and then an off-day on Monday.
  • Mike Ashmore has some insight into the training regime down in Somerset, so check that out if you’re interested.

Results

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders improved to 5-1 with a 15-10 victory over the Syracuse Mets today. It was a great day for the offense but a rough day for the pitchers, who walked 9 Mets even as they struck out 10.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Mike Montgomery: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K – just 47% of his pitches went for strikes…rough outing overall
  • In Relief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 0.2 IP, zeros, 2 BB, 1 K – 50% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 57% of his pitches were strikes…brutal outing for Kriske, who faced 8 batters and got just 2 outs
  • In Relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.1 IP, zeros, 1 K – retired all 4 batters he faced…threw 53% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K – 66% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 1.1 IP, 2H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 57% of his pitches were strikes..he found the zone but got hit around in his second inning of work, as he through just 2 strikes in 8 pitches in the 8th
  • Rehab Watch: DH Luke Voit: 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B,1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – dominant rehab for Voit, who might return as early as Tuesday, and he was almost 3-5
  • Corner Depth: 1B Chris Gittens: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
  • Hitting Star: RF Trey Amburgey: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI – holy smokes, this one was crushed:
  • Hitting Star: 3B Derek Deitrich: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: quite a day for the offense…Socrates Brito (1), Kyle Holder (2), Rob Brantley (2), and Andrew Velazquez (2) each had hits on the day

Somerset Patriots

The Patriots beat the Senators 6-5 today to improve to 5-1 on the season. I’d say they’ve earned tomorrow’s off day.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Gil: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 K – 55% of his pitches were strikes…rough outing for Gil, who retired just 10 of the 18 he faced…still, he struck out 5 and was touching 97 on the gun…Mike Ashmore says he gave up some hard contact
  • In Relief: RHP Jefry Valdez: 2.2 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 K – 60% of his pitches were strikes…faced 8 batters, recorded 8 outs…that’ll do
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 2.0 IP, zeros, 2 K – 68% of his pitches were strikes…he mowed through the lineup
  • In Relief: Keegan Curtis: 1.0 IP, zeros, 3 K – 75% of his pitches were strikes…needed just 12 pitches to get through the lineup
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB – it was another leadoff HR for Florial, who has 4 on the season…he does have 6 strikeouts in 19 at-bats, though, which is always the thing to watch with him
  • Hitting Star: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 1-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  •  Leftovers: they scored 5 runs, but it was a relatively quiet day for the Patriots…Donny Sands had 2 hits…Diego Castillo and Brandon Wagner each had the other hits to round out the offense

Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades climbed back to .500 and improved to 3-3 on the season with a dominant 10-1 victory over the BlueClaws. As is always the case when he pitches, Luis Medina was the big story – he turned in another good performance today. He’s definitely my favorite prospect to follow right now.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K – 58% of his pitches were strikes as he mowed through the opposition, facing 17 batters and recording 15 outs…he has 15 K in 9 innings on the season so far
  • In Relief: RHP Mitch Spence: 2.o IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 61% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Tanner Myatt: 1.o IP, zeros, 1 K – 56% of his pitches were strikesneeded 18 pitches to get through his inning of work
  • In Relief: RHP Justin Wilson: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes…Not That Justin Wilson hasn’t allowed a run so far in 2021
  • Hitting Star: SS Oswald Peraza: 4-6, 2 R, 2 SB – first great game for Peraza, who is now hitting .269
  • Hitting Star: 2B Ezequiel Duran: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • Catching Depth: C Josh Breaux: 1-2, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 RBI
  • Leftovers: the ‘Gades had 14 hits…aside from the above, Brandon Lockridge (1), Eric Wagaman (1), Mickey Gasper (2), Steven Sensley (1, HR), and Cristian Perez (2) all had hits‘Gades pitchers struck out 13 BlueClaws and walked just 2

Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons showed that they are indeed mortal, dropping their first game of the season 4-1 today. They are 5-1 on the season. It was the first game in which they did not absolutely explode offensively, but they still scored 78 runs in 6 games this week. They earned their off-day tomorrow, that’s for sure.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K – 60% of his pitches went for strikes…allowed two home runs…a rough second outing for the 22-year-old, who didn’t allow a run in 3.1 innings in his debut earlier this week
  • In Relief: RHP Harold Cortijo: 2.1 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 3 K – 55% of his pitches were strikes…effectively wild, I guess, as he retired 7 of the 9 he facedhit two batters and allowed and inherited runner to score
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 4 K – 65% of his pitches went for strikes…also hit two batters
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 1.0 IP, zeros – 71% of his pitches were strikes…retired all 3 he faced
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • Home Run Derby Alert: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 K – this was his 6th HR of the early season…even with a 1-4 day, he’s hitting .556, making him probably the hottest hitter in the minors right now
  • Hitting Star: SS Max Burt: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K – he’s hitting .429 on the year
  • Leftovers: everyone not listed above went 1-20 with 11 K…Chad Bell had the hit

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