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Daily Farm Report 6/14: Flaherty Dazzles in AAA, Helsley Tosses 6 Scoreless, Memphis Hitters Remain Hot

6/14 Prospect News and Notes

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Media Day Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Springs 4, Memphis 10

  • Randal Grichuk - 2-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
  • Luke Voit - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, K
  • Paul DeJong - 1-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, K
  • Harrison Bader - 3-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
  • Patrick Wisdom - 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Jack Flaherty - (W) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 10 K

The Redbirds earned their 40th win—the fastest Redbirds team to win 40 games in their history. The starting lineup pounded out 12 hits, 6 HR’s, and each starter had at least one hit. Jack Flaherty earned his first win at AAA. Randal Grichuk had another outfield assist, his 3rd in 5 games.

Arkansas 9, Springfield 0 (Game 1)

  • Oscar Mercado - 0-3, BB, SB
  • Magneuris Sierra - 2-2, B, 2 SB
  • Jose Adolis Garcia - 0-3, K
  • Anthony Garcia - 1-3
  • Alex Mejia - 1-3, 2 K
  • Austin Gomber - (L) 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Corey Littrell - 0.1 IP, H, R, BB, K

Not only did Springfield get shutout, no batter had an extra base hit. Austin Gomber has struggled in his first full season at AA after cruising through the low minors. Currently, he has a 5.32 ERA. What’s the reason behind his struggles? Look no further than his bloated BB/9 (4.85), which has doubled from the past two seasons. His HR/FB is over 10% (10.4), which is easily the worst mark of his professional career, his LOB% is down by 5% from last season. However, he may be benefiting from a little bit of bad luck (.333 BABIP), but that could be due to harder contact against. Bottom line is Gomber has always been able to limit runners, limit hard contact, and suppress home runs—he has not done that at all this season.

Arkansas 5, Springfield 2 (Game 2)

  • Oscar Mercado - 2-4, R, 2B
  • Alex Mejia - 0-2
  • Magneuris Sierra - 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
  • Anthony Garcia - 2-3, 2B, K
  • Andrew Knizner - 0-3, K (AA debut)
  • Chris Ellis - (L) 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Ian McKinney - 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K

Magneuris Sierra's HR was of the inside-the-park variety. Still, he technically went deep for the first time at AA. Chris Ellis had a decent start for Springfield. Although, it’s hard to get excited about a guy who has been demoted to AA after control problems/ineffectiveness at AAA. He still throws pretty hard so he’ll get plenty of shots to get it together.

Dunedin 0, Palm Beach 1

  • Tommy Edman - 0-4, 2 K
  • Randy Arozarena - 0-2
  • Chris Chinea - 2-3, 2B, GIDP
  • Leobaldo Pina - 1-3, 2B, 2 K
  • Ryan Helsley - (W) 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K

This game was scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Thomas Spitz scored on a fielding error. Palm Beach batters struck out 10 times. Ryan Helsley continues his assault on Florida State League hitters. I still think he is better suited to be a reliever, but there is nothing wrong with developing him as a starter for the time being. I would like to point out that he has already walked more batters this year than he did all of last season.

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Peoria was rained out.

Thursday’s Probables:

Memphis: Mayers

Springfield: TBA

Palm Beach: Jones

Peoria: Hicks