Minor League Recap May 14th

A losing streak in San Antonio? Who knew. Also a look inside Portillo's horrendous 2011 numbers.

AAA Tucson

Every time Albuquerque scored, Tucson would come right back. With the T-Pads up by 1 in the 7th, Rizzo his a 2 out 2 RBI single to give the Pads a 3 run lead they would not surrender. 7-4 final

Cedric Hunter continued to be one of the bright spots in the T-Pads offense going 2-4 2 RS, 2B, SB (6). After starting off slow after being sent down from San Diego, Hunter has picked it up as of late. Hunter has collected a multi-hit game in 4 of his last 5 games, and hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games. In May Hunter has hit .315/.383/.444 with 2x as many walks (6) as K (3). Hunter now has 35 H and 24 RS in 30 games this year.

While all the publicity in the Pads offense has gone to Rizzo, Jesus Guzman has quietly had a fantastic year. Guzman added another 2 hits including his 3 HR, 2 RBI (32). On the year his .958 OPS ranks 2nd behind regular players behind Rizzo. Guzman has hit safely in his last 8 G, and 20 of the last 21 G. While Rizzo has historically had difficulties against lefties, Guzman has pounded them this year. In 30 AB this year he is hitting .500/.611/1.033. It is a shame that Guzman is an albatross at 3rd (11 errors are tied with Rincon for most in the system), because he is absolutely raking this year.

AA San Antonio

Despite a solid start from Kelly the Missions fall 2-6.

Casey Kelly pitched 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K. The 7 strikeouts ties his season high. Kelly has been adjusting to the Texas League well as all of his stats have gotten better in a month to month comparison, the most impressive of which are BAA .278 ? .224, ERA 4.10 ? 2.37, and GO/FO 2.16 ? 3.50. In the Missions defeat Kelly picked up his 1st loss of the year, dropping to 3-1.

While the rest of the team might have struggled, Darnell was one of the bright spots. Darnell went 2-4, HR (6), RBI. It was well chronicled last year about Darnell's struggle at home, this year has been a different story. In 17 G Darnell is hitting .393/.513/.656 at home. Even more impressive might be his 15 BB/6 K at home. In 101 G last year in SA Darnell had 21 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, and 50 RBI. In 33 G this year Darnell has 13 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI. Chances are he will smash those numbers even if he only stays in San Antonio until the all star break.

High A Lake Elsinore

The Storm offense was schooled by a pitcher with an ERA near 7 entering the game. While Fetter wasn't horrible, anything less than perfection would have resulted in a Storm loss. Storm fell 1-5

After making a random 1 IP, relief appearance, Fetter was back on the mound for his first start in 9 days. Fetter allowed 3 ER on 7 H on 5 IP. In every start except for 1 this year Fetter has given up 3 ER or less. Unfortunately Fetter has yet to get an out in the 6th inning. In 30.2 IP this year Fetter has yielded 43 hits resulting in a BAA of .321. Even more concerning is that with RISP and 2 outs batters are hitting a crazy .391/.417/.609 off Fetter

Jedd Gyorko went 1-4 today to extend his hitting streak to a team best 11 in a row. He has also reached base safely in every game in May and 16 straight overall. His 28 RS, 23 xbh, 32 RBI and 54 hits all lead the club and rank in the top 10 in the league.

Low A Fort Wayne

Through 3 innings, Adys Portillo was perfect. The 4th inning was a different story as he allowed the cycle and got torched. As per usual the offense didn't have much going for them as they fell 2-7

With the loss Portillo fell to 0-6 in 6 starts. Those people hoping for a Simon Castro like break out year in Fort Wayne are in trouble. The weird thing with Portillo is that while his ERA has become increasingly worse, his numbers have shown that he has gotten better. In April he had a 7.15 ERA, 8.74 K/9 , .310 BAA, 1.29 GO/FO, and 2 HR allowed. Fast forward to May and he has put up a 14.29 ERA, 10.32 K/9, .298 BAA, 2.17 GO/FO, and only 1 HR allowed (an inside the park HR allowed today). So his ERA doubled, but he has more strike outs, induced more grounders, fewer HR, and a lower BAA. Don't give up hope, Portillo is still every bit the prospect and future ace that we know he can be.

Jake Blackwood remains the only consistent hitter on the Tin Caps going 3-4, HR (6), 2B, 2 RBI. Blackwood loves him some home cooking hitting .369/.393/.631 at home vs .255/.305/.509 on the road. Even weirder about Blackwoods stat line is that he is terrific when there is no one on or only a runner on 1st boasting over a .900 OPS in every situation. That runner moves into scoring position and the OPS drops to .757. RISP with 2 outs and the OPS drops to .596. Slightly concerning coming from your cleanup hitter.

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