Prospect Watch With Travis Jankowski pulled from the lineup tonight, Jake Goebbert returned to his position as emergency center fielder. Similar to Wil Myers, Goebbert makes all the plays but he won’t make anyone forget about Jankowski. With the bat though, Goebbert doesn’t miss a beat. He is hitting .295/.400/.464 this year, and is hitting a robust .390/.447/.805 in August.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 3 – Northwest Arkansas Natural 0
Prospect Watch Herrera tossed the first complete game of his minor league career, going the distance in a masterful game that took just over two hours to complete. Herrera needed only 101 pitches, 70 strikes, to complete the game, and worked around three different errors. Herrera was aided by a strong wind blowing in from right, but it shouldn’t take away from how great his performance was. After giving up 12 earned runs in 14 Double-A innings (three starts), Herrera has responded by allowing just one earned run in his last 17 innings over two starts.
Storm 3 – Bakersfield Blaze 1
Prospect Watch Kyle Lloyd pitched seven strong innings to get the Storm back to only 31 games under .500. Lloyd is an interesting pitcher in that he can make really good hitters spin around and look awful at the plate. The problem is when they do hit the ball it gets hit hard. Lloyd was able to keep the Blaze from making much solid contact, and when they did he was able to strand the runners as the Blaze went 0-5 with runners in scoring position. Like Herrera, Lloyd also benefited from a strong wind blowing in, this time from center.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 8 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 3
Prospect Watch Two years ago, Franchy Cordero was the golden child after receiving rave reviews from scouts and hitting .333/.381/.560 in AZL in 2013. Two years, and about 100 errors at short later, Cordero finds himself hitting just .235/.283/.308 in Low-A ball. To his credit, he is still just 20, and his numbers in Fort Wayne this year are a huge improvement over last year (.188/.237/.235). He is also striking out less 24.3% , compared to 32.3% last year, and has raised his walk rate slightly to 5.9% from 4.5%... Small improvements for the Dominican.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Vancouver Canadians 11 - Dust Devils 6
Prospect Watch As Kevin reported yesterday, there was no word as to why Tri-City ace Walker Locket was send down to the AZL. The corresponding move was Joel Linares being sent up to Tri-City. After an “ok” 3-3, 4.03 ERA in the AZL, Linares was promoted and did awful. The 20-year-old Venezualen was pitching in the Dominican just two months ago, so making the jump to Tri-City is pretty big. Still it was a start to forget as everyone just teed off of Linares.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Mariners 9 – AZL Padres 6
Key Statistics: RHP Austin Smith 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R,2 ER, BB, 2 K; C Bryant Aragon 1-2, 3B, RS, RBI; CF Josh Magee 2-3, 2 RS, 2B.
Prospect Watch While Jacob Nix has started to turn the corner in the AZL, Austin Smith is still putting up less than ideal numbers. Obviously, AZL numbers can be taken with a grain of salt, or else people like Cedric Hunter would be MLB All-Stars. Still though, fans want to see the top pick in the 2015 draft for the Padres have slightly better numbers. At this point, Smith has pitched every fifth day, but has yet to go more than two innings.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.