Myworld returned from our travels and hope to have things get back to normal. We have three days of minor league reports to catch up on.
It has been a struggle for Angels Cuban signing Roberto Baldoquin. The 21 year old hit .154 in April and .182 in June. On the second day of July he went 4 for 5 with two doubles but in four other July games he has only one other hit. He needs to learn patience with a 3/32 walk to whiff ratio in just 30 games, one of the big reasons for his struggles. A .522 OPS and .289 slugging in the California League is not the kind of production the Angels want to see from his bat.
Yesterday the Giants had a player from High A named Lollis patrolling left field. They might want to consider Mac Williamson, who hit .366 at AA Richmond. That led to a promotion to AAA where he had a 4 for 4 day to raise his AAA average to .321. He hit his first AAA homerun, drove in three and scored three runs. Since that 4 for 4 day he went 0 for 9 to plummet his average back down to .243.
Dalton Pompey is looking for another opportunity to patrol centerfield for the Jays before the 2015 season is over. He is currently on a nine game hitting streak (19 for 42) to raise his AA average to .384. His assault on AA pitchers should at least get him a promotion to AAA where he struggled after his major league demotion, hitting just .209.
In rookie ball the second start by the 6′5 inch Dominican Ofelky Peralta had to make the Orioles feel better. In three innings of work he struck out seven of the 11 hitters he faced. He did not walk a batter or allow a hit.
An ex-Oriole now Astro Josh Hader struck out six in his two innings of work in a relief role. He did walk one and allow two hits, but prevented any runs from crossing the plate. Josh has been more effective as a starter (2.86) than as a reliever (4.15), especially with his command.
The Royals have been using Kyle Zimmer in a relief role to help him recover from his many injuries. In his first game after being promoted to AA he struck out five of the six hitters he faced in a perfect two innings. In nine relief appearances in Low A Kyle finished with an ERA of 1.13. Last year the Royals 2012 first round pick was limited to five starts because of injuries.
The Mets Gabriel Ynoa did not have any problems with his innings limit, pitching a complete game nine innings and allowing just one hit. He did not walk a batter and struck out six in facing just two over the minimum. In his last outing he went eight innings without walking a batter. Gabriel is not a strikeout pitcher (4.33 per nine innings) but he also has good command (2.09 per nine innings).
In the same game the Reds Reydel Medina went 4 for 6 with three homeruns, driving in five with three runs scored. That was not enough to beat the Brewers rookie ball team who was led by the 5 for 6 performance of Monte Harrison. All of the hits for Monte were singles, but he scored four runs and drove in three, stealing two bases. The five hits for Monte raised his average from .157 to .228.
Kyle Schwarber enjoyed his brief time in the major leagues DHing for the Cubs. He hit .381 in five games for the Cubs, slugging his first homerun. The Cubs demoted him to AAA, which was a promotion from his previous AA club where he continues to rake. Kyle completed a 4 for 4 day with three RBIs and his fifth double in just 11 games. He is currently hitting .349 in AAA after hitting .320 with 13 homeruns in AA.
The Diamondbacks Brandon Drury has a crowded situation in the major leagues. With Jake Lamb ahead of him at third the Snakes have been using Drury at second base. A promotion to AAA and a 4 for 5 day raised his average to .372. Three of his four hits were doubles, giving him six in just 12 AAA games.
The Pirates third round 2013 pick LaCoby Jones went 4 for 5 with a double and homerun to raise his average to .262. The shortstop had a rough June where he hit only .204. He does show some power with nine homeruns.
The Blue Jays Lane Thomas is struggling down in rookie ball. A 3 for 5 day raised his average to .179 but the secondbaseman drove in six runs with a double and a homerun. Despite the paucity of hits, five of his ten hits have gone for extra bases.
The Mets Carlyn Reyes had one of the better pitching performances, throwing a seven inning complete game shutout. He allowed four hits, struck out 12 and picked up his eighth win against four losses to lower his ERA to 3.20.
Teddy Stankiewicz of the Red Sox and Amir Garrett of the Reds both threw seven innings of three hit shutout ball. Teddy did not walk a batter and struck out nine to improve his record to 3-8. Amir walked two and struck out seven to put his record at 4-5. Amir has thrown 12 shutout innings in his last two starts.
The Dodgers Jharel Cotton and the Astros Frncis Martes each threw six innings of four hit shutout ball. Cotton struck out seven in his second AA victory to lower his ERA to 0.95. This was his third promotion after one appearance in Low A. For Martes he has only given up one run in 18 innings to lower his ERA to 0.88 in Low A. Expect the Astros to promote him to High A soon.
The Phillies 2014 second round pick Matt Imhof worked six innings of one hit shutout ball to lower his ERA to 4.50. He was a bit wild walking four while striking out three. That has been his MO this season with an average of 5.5 walks per nine innings with a K rate of just 4.8. Last year in Low A he was a much better 9 whiffs to two walks so he needs to get that back if he hopes to see AA.
The Diamondbacks Mitch Haniger was recently demoted to the California League. His 4 for 5 July 4th raised his average to .385. He hit his third homerun in nine games and his fifth double. Nine of his 15 hits have been for extra bases. He has also driven in 13 runs in 9 games. At this rate it should not be long for him to return to AA.
The Cubs Jeimer Candelario put together another four hit game, this time going 4 for 6 with a double, triple three runs scored and three RBIs. He has driven in 9 runs in his last five games. His average now sits at .282.
Two more 4 for 6 games were achieved by the Indians Clint Frazier and Nellie Rodriguez. As a first round 2013 pick Clint is the more storied prospect. A four game hitting streak has raised his average to .257, his 81 whiffs in 75 games a great contributor to his low average. Nellie was a 15th round pick in 2012 but drove in five runs with his four hits. The firstbaseman now has 62 RBIs in 85 games but 89 whiffs.
The Cardinals Cody Stanley has Yadier Molina catching ahead of him in the major leagues. He got into three major league games this year, returned to AAA only to see his average sink to .197. A career 5 for 6 game rose that average to .222. He contributed a double with four RBIs.
With Ian Desmond a free agent after this season the Nationals moved Wilmer Difo to short. A 3 for 5 day put his average at .280. He hit a double and drove in four runs. Wilmer made his major league debut earlier this year getting six at bats in six games. Last year Wilmer stole 49 bases. This year he has only been able to steal nine. He needs to improve on his five walks in 41 games.
The Diamondbacks eventually will regret the trade of Touki Toussaint for a salary dump. In his second start with the Braves Touki allowed only one hit in five shutout innings, walking two and striking out two. His ERA with the Braves dropped to 0.96. In his first start with the Braves Touki only allowed one run in less than five innings but walked five.
The last three starts for Tyler Mahle were ended without him issuing a walk. Yesterday he walked two but he only allowed three hits in six shutout innings. His ERA dropped to 2.87 and he picked up his eighth victory against five losses.
The Marlins Trevor Williams tossed six innings of two hit shutout ball. He struck out six and lowered his ERA to 4.26. Another Marlin Jose Urena has bounced around between AAA and the major leagues this year. He pitched a rare nine inning shutout, giving up five hits to improve his record to 5-0 and lower his ERA to 0.97. With Jose Fernandez recently activated from the DL it may be tougher to reach the major leagues, but in his seven AAA starts he has given up a run or less in six of them.
The Phillies Elniery Garcia threw his second straight seven inning shutout game, this time giving up five hits after allowing just four hits in his previous start. The 14 shutout innings lowered his ERA to 3.08 and improved his won/loss record to an even 6-6.
The White Sox Yency Almonte was one out shy of pitching a nine inning no hitter but gave up back to back singles to leave the game. He failed to get the rare nine inning complete game, but the bullpen kept the shutout. His ERA was lowered to 4.19