Minor League Roundup - 5/28

Second baseman Jose Vallejo had a triple and two homers on Wednesday, but he wasn't the only Bakersfield slugger with a big night. Clinton right-hander Kennil Gomez also tossed a gem. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – (@) Omaha 1 (Suspended – Top 5)
28-24, 2.0 GU

The RedHawks game was suspended due to a chemical leak in the general vicinity of Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium.

The two teams will resume the nine-inning game at 4:30 p.m. Central on Thursday. It will be followed by the regularly scheduled game, which will be seven innings.

AA: Frisco 6 – Tulsa 3
W – Diamond (1-0)
34-17, 8.0 GU

Any worries after Thomas Diamond's first start back from Tommy John surgery were put to rest on Wednesday night.

Diamond had an impressive curveball.
The former first round pick went five innings, giving up only one earned run. Diamond cruised early, retiring the first six batters he faced. He allowed three hits total, walking two and fanning seven.

Third baseman Emerson Frostad went 3-for-4 with a double.

Ben Harrison (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Max Ramirez played first base and went 0-for-2 with two walks.

Reliever Andrew Laughter (1.64 ERA/.135 BAA) gave up only a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings. He struck out two.

The Louisiana-Lafayette product has surrendered just five hits in 11 innings since his promotion to Double-A. He has walked 10 batters, but did a better job of throwing strikes on Wednesday.

Player of the Game: RHP Thomas Diamond
5.0 3 2 1 2 7 0 6.52

A+: Bakersfield 13 – (@) Visalia 4
W – Reed (4-2)
HR – Vallejo (8, 9), Restko (5), Whittleman (5), Borbon (1)
31-22, 2.5 GB

Second baseman Jose Vallejo went 3-for-4 with a triple, two home runs, and two walks. And he drove in four runs. And he stole his 19th base in 22 attempts.

Borbon hit his first professional home run.
Vallejo now has nine home runs on the season, which is tied for sixth in the league.

If Vallejo's sudden power stroke is legitimate, he would have to be considered among the system's top 10 prospects. Vallejo is outstanding in the field, has plus speed with exceptional baserunning skills, doesn't strike out much and is fairly patient at the plate.

The only aspect missing from Vallejo's game has been his ability to reach base and hit for power, but he has certainly done that in a big way this season. However, the 21-year-old will have his doubters [rightfully so] until he produces at the Double-A level. Until then, he is definitely one to watch.

Julio Borbon was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and a walk. The homer was his first of the season. He also kept pace with Vallejo on the basepaths, stealing his 19th base.

John Whittleman (1/5, HR) and J.T. Restko (3/5, HR) also hit round-trippers.

Starter Evan Reed walked five batters in six innings, but he surrendered just one run. The Cal Poly product scattered four hits and struck out one en route to his fourth Cal League victory.

Mauro Gomez (2/5) and Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) had two hits apiece while Manny Pina (1/4, 3B, BB) tripled and walked.

Player of the Game: 2B Jose Vallejo
4 4 3 0 2 4 2 0 .295

A: Clinton 1 – Beloit 0 (10 innings)
W – Quintero (4-1)
36-12, 6.5 GU

The L-Kings played a classic on Wednesday, winning in walkoff fashion on a Tim Smith RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Gomez was nearly unhittable.
Starter Kennil Gomez (2.21 ERA/.196 BAA) was phenomenal once again, giving up only one hit in seven scoreless innings. The youngster walked three and struck out four.

Gomez currently sits atop the Midwest League with an impressive seven wins.

Think his 2.21 ERA leads the pitcher-friendly Midwest League? No, not close.

A's prospect Craig Italiano leads the circuit with a 0.72 ERA [that's four earned runs in 50 innings]. Gomez ranks ninth. Eight pitchers in the Midwest League have sub-2.00 earned run averages with at least 40 innings pitched.

Streaking centerfielder Engel Beltre (10-for-22 in his last four games) singled twice in five at-bats.

Second baseman Renny Osuna also singled twice and walked in five plate appearances.

DH Ian Gac (0/1, 3 BB) walked three times while Tim Smith walked twice and singled home the game's winning run.

Jorge Quintero earned the victory with three scoreless frames. He gave up two hits and fanned three.

Quintero has not allowed a run in his last three outings, spanning eight innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Kennil Gomez
7.0 1 0 0 3 4 0 2.21


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