Brice is Nice and Sano is Hot in Minor League Roundup

Myworld is now in Pensacola, the city of my birth. Tonight is a catch up day since the Wahoos do not play until tomorrow. There were thunder clouds in the air and a tornado warning for Mobile. The wind was blowing hard so we got our fingers crossed the game will be played.

June 28

At the end of April Miguel Sano was hitting just .159. He picked up his game in May hitting .303 and a 3 for 5 day put his June average at .316. He was just a triple short of the cycle and the three runs batted in give him 16 for the month. That is still six short of his May figure. Miguel saw the promotion of Byron Buxton, which has to act as motivation. The Twins are competing for a playoff spot and they will promote any player they feel will help them achieve that spot.

No one can get Max Kepler out with a .359 May and a .352 June to put his overall average at .341. He went 3 for 3 with two walks to give him five games in June when he had three or more hits.

Rowdy Tellez is living up to his name for the Blue Jays. After hitting .296 with seven homeruns in Low A the Blue Jays promoted him to the pitcher friendly Florida State league. In his first five games that environment has not phased him with a .429 average and three homeruns, fueled by a 3 for 5 day in which he hit his third homerun. The four RBI game gives him eight for his five Florida State League games, with at least one run driven in for each five games. Not bad for a 30th round draft pick.

After struggling to hit just .159 in AA, Justin Bohn was demoted to High A. He continued to struggle at that level, until a 4 for 5 day raised his average to .265. An eight game hitting streak in which he has gone 13 for 37 has raised his average from .214 to .270. The shortstop has shown minimal power with a slugging average at .308.

Jose Berrios earned himself a promotion to AAA with a seven inning two hit performance in which he allowed just one run, walking one and striking out six. His stuff is more electric than Tom Millone and all it takes is one bad start from a pitcher with pedestrian stuff for the Twins to turn the reigns over to Jose.

One of the hardest throwers for the Reds is Amir Garrett. He sizzled with five shutout innings, allowing only three hits while striking out eight. The 6′5″ lefthander has not allowed more than two runs in his last four starts. An eight run five inning start keeps his ERA at a high 3.00. Amir still has a tendency to walk too many hitters, sitting at just below four per nine innings.

The Dodgers 2014 number one pick Grant Holmes dealt six innings of one hit shutout ball. He walked two and struck out seven to earn his fourth victory against zero defeats in 13 starts. The Dodgers have been limiting his pitch count, giving him six starts in which he did not reach five innings.

The Brewers Hobbs Johnson sounds like a name you would find in a fantasy tale. Yesterday he threw five innings of three hit shutout ball, striking out seven to improve his record to 5-4. His previous outing he was assaulted for five runs in just over three innings, but prior to that he threw seven shutout innings.

In his second relief appearance Francis Martes picked up his second four inning save. Back in May he faced the minimum 12 batters. This day he gave up a hit, but again faced the minimum 12 batters to pick up his second save. His ERA dropped to 1.03, but it is 0.00 as a reliever with the opposition hitting him at a .042 clip.

June 29

The Marlins Austin Brice had one of the better pitched games this year, allowing just one hit in eight innings and striking out 13 hitters. Only one hitter reached base via a walk. Entering June Brice had an ERA of 7.71, but in five June starts with an ERA of 2.60 Brice has lowered his ERA to 5.61. The 13 strikeouts put him over the one strikeout per inning performance.

The Indians Mike Clevinger pitched seven plus innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and striking out nine. His shutout streak has now extended to over 12 innings. Mike has not allowed more than two runs in his five June starts, putting his ERA for the year at 2.60. The nine strikeouts was his high for the year.

The Padres Alex Dickerson swatted two homeruns and a double in a 4 for 5 day, driving in four runs. A .343 June has put his average at .320.

Down in rookie ball, the Diamondbacks second round supplemental 2014 pick Marcus Wilson went 4 for 7 with his first professional homerun. He now has a four game hitting streak that has raised his average to .324.

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