Minor League Notebook: 8/3

While the metro Detroit area was hit hard by rain early Wednesday and continuing throughout the day, Florida - and more specifically, Lakeland - was hit hard on Tuesday, and because of it, both Lakeland and the GCL Tigers were rained out. But that didn't stop the other 4 clubs, as they compiled a 2-2 record, and another amazing day from one of the hottest prospects in all of baseball.

AAA Toledo 59-53, 1st place in West division
Another game, and another loss for the Mudhens, as they dropped their 3rd straight. This time around it was a 6-3 loss to Norfolk. The Mudhens got another poor start, this time from Adrian Burnside. Burnside made it just 1 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 runs. The offense couldn't muster much, although each member of the lineup got a hit. Rayner Bautista had a solo Home Run, while Benji Gil - in his first appearance for Toledo - had an RBI double.

Adrian Burnside continues to struggle for the Mudhens, exhibiting yet another example of his inconsistency. With his poor pitching performance on Tuesday, Burnside's record dropped to 4-7, and his ERA climbed up to 6.41. With the exception of an inning pitched by Catcher Guillermo Rodriguez, Burnside carries the worst ERA on the team. His WHIP is also very high at 1.69. Unlike Andy Van Hekken, another soft-tossing lefty, Burnside doesn't appear to have of a future left with the Tigers.

AA Erie 57-49, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves got 12 runs in the final 2 innings to lead them to a 14-3 win over Portland on Tuesday. Kyle Sleeth got the win to improve to 2-3 with Erie, going 7 innings with 4 hits, 3 earned runs, and 6 strikeouts. Curtis Granderson (who else?) was the star once again for Erie, going 5-for-6 with a Home Run, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Maxim St. Pierre went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI, while Ryan Raburn, Rich Gomez and Anderson Hernandez also each had 2 RBI.

Granderson's performance has obviously been amazing, but you've heard plenty about him as of late. One guy that hasn't been creating much of a buzz lately is Sleeth, who hasn't taken the Eastern League by storm after his promotion. Sleeth struggled a bit to start off his AA campaign, but appears to be settling down as of late. Over his last 3 starts, Sleeth has gotten a win, and allowed only 3 or 4 runs in each appearance. Sleeth has also gotten his strikeout-to-walk ratio back to a reasonable rate, striking out 1.75 hitters for each batter walked. Sleeth obviously isn't dominating, but he's certainly not over-matched, definitely a good sign for those hoping to see Sleeth continue to move quickly.

High-A Lakeland 15-23, 5th place in West division
Lakeland continues to be followed by the rain clouds, as Tuesday's game was rained out, again. The L-Tigers will try to make it up with a doubleheader on on Wednesday.

Low-A West Michigan 16-21, 5th place in Eastern division
West Michigan got a close win on Tuesday - a rarity for the team that has struggled in close games all year long. The Whitecaps beat Dayton 2-1, behind an excellent start from Brian Rogers. Rogers, who got his 4th win of the year, gave up 1 run on 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. Fireballer Eulogio Delacruz got his 13th save. At the plate, Danilo Sanchez and Nate Doyle were responsible for most of the offense, getting 5 of the team's 7 hits. Sanchez went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, scoring both of the Whitecaps' runs. Doyle drove him in both times.

The start from Rogers was a good sign, especially after a poor start in his last outing. Rogers hasn't been a very imposing pitcher this season - but has done well when it came to the bottom line. Rogers has thusfar used accuracy and deception to obtain his 2.83 K:BB ratio because his repertoire isn't overly impressive. However, despite that stat now, Rogers will continue to have prove that he can use his mid to upper 80's fastball to get hitters out as he moves up in competition.

SS-A Oneonta 21-21, 2nd place in Stedler division
While the Whitecaps got a close win on Tuesday, the O-Tigers suffered a close defeat at the hands of the Lowell Spinners, falling 1-0. Dan Konecny pitched well but got the loss, giving up 1 run in 7 innings. The offense however just couldn't get anything going, as the team managed just 4 hits, 2 of which were from Brent Dlugach, including the team's lone extra base hit - a double.

Rookie GCL Tigers 19-18, tied 2nd place in Northern division
Again like Lakeland, the GCL Tigers were rained out down in Florida. They face the GCL Braves on Wednesday.

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