Prospect Watch The longer Rymer Liriano is able to maintain this hot streak the more people outside of San Diego will talk about him. While many will point out that he is 11-24 as a reason to celebrate, Liriano has also walked four times in six games. In AA he walked only 35 times in 99 games… Sampson made his first start in nearly two months and looked pretty good. However, it is still really hard to see Sampson throw in 2014 and wonder what happened to the Texas League all star who was 10-4, 2.26 ERA with 110 K in 103 innings.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Prospect Watch Its been a tough four days for Justin Hancock. While most starters relax, throw their bullpen, then get ready, Hancock had to deal with a death in the family. He flew home, flew back, then took a bus to Corpus Christi and still made his start on normal rest. He had a pretty good outing even if he was less than 100%. Hancock was someone that you should have pulled for long before today, but now you have another reason to pull for the guy from Defiance, Ohio.
Storm 15 – Bakersfield Blaze 4
Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 Ks; CF Mallex Smith 3-5, HR (4), 2 RS, SB (71); 3B Gabriel Quintana 3-6, 2 2B, 3 RS, 3 RBI; DH Alberth Martinez 4-5, 2B, HR (11), 2 RS; LF Corey Adamson 2-4, 4 RBI.
Prospect Watch Everyone in the lineup got a hit, six different players had at least two hits, nine different players scored a run, eight different players had an RBI, and their starter had his best outing in over a month. All in a days work for the Storm at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 6 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4
Prospect Watch Make it 27-55 now in Fort Wayne for Trea Turner. With his two stolen bases he now has more stolen bases in Fort Wayne (8) than he does strikeouts (7)… In pitching a one-two-three ninth inning, Ryan Butler hit triple digits on the gun for his third consecutive outing. He fell as far as he did because many scouts viewed him as “a fastball” and not much else, but if he can continue to put up the numbers he is in Fort Wayne (8.1 iP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 11 K), and then let Buddy and Balsley work with him in Spring Training… he could be, as Mark Grant says, “some kinda nice.”
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Ems 3 – Salem Keizer Volcanoes 5
Prospect Watch Two games in a row without an error by Cordero! This might be a new record. Hopefully it is a sign of better things ahead for him… Nick Torres was the big bat out of Cal Poly-San Louis Obispo, that many scouts really liked. Thus far he is hitting only .235/.288/.353 with six extra base hits in 18 games. Of course when you are a high pick stats your first year don’t mean much as you will still have a job next year… but it would still be nice to see him hit a little bit better.
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
AZL Padres 11 – AZL White Sox 8
Prospect Watch The pitching is often overlooked in the AZL unless it is a rehabbig pitcher. But TJ Weir is having a great season for the Padres. In seven games he is rocking 14.2 IP, 8 H, ER, 4 BB, 19 K… Yes, that is rehabbing catcher Adam Moore. If hitting .298/.364/.480 in El Paso wasn’t good enough he went down five levels and hit the stiches off the ball. I don’t think he will be in Peoria for long…. Paroubeck is now hitting .346 with a .900 OPS. The question will become whether or not he gets promoted before the end of the season.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.