Another Four Homer Day and Other Minor League Accomplishments

Mike Ford, a non-drafted free agent pick up by the Yankees in 2013 slugged four homeruns in the Charleston River Dogs 17-10 win over Hickory.  Ford went to school in Princeton, normally not a hot bed for ballplayers.  He did not hit his first homerun until his third at bat, taking a walk and striking out in his first two at bats.  Ford hit a two run homer in his third at bat and then followed with three solo shots.  Prior to the four homeruns he had gone 16 games without a dinger.

Eddie Butler, a first round pick of the Rockies in 2012 out of Radford pitched seven shutout innings on Sunday.  In his previous two outings he had not given up an earned run in 12 plus innings.  He did give up one unearned run.  The 22 plus shutout innings lowered his 2014 ERA to 2.39 in 10 starts.  While he is preventing runners from crossing the plate, the hitters are not having trouble making contact off Butler, whiffing only 36 times in 64 innings.

The Marlins 2013 10th round pick Carlos Lopez had back to back big days for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  First he had a six RBI game collecting two hits in three at bats.  He followed that with a six hit game, driving in three runs and walking once.  He only managed one extra base hit in the spree, a double.  Lopez is now on an eight game hitting streak that has raised his average to .319.

Steven Moya was born in Puerto Rico but grew up playing baseball in the Dominican Republic.  At 6′7″ he has a pretty long strike zone.  He started the season out slow, but his bat has been heating up.  A couple days ago he went 4 for 4 with two homeruns, including a walk off homerun.  He has followed that with two games of 5 for 9 with a double, triple, homerun and two singles.  It has raised his average for the season to .272.  The big strike zone has given him a 6/51 walk to whiff ratio in 46 games.  Those are numbers good pitchers can exploit.

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