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Daily Farm Report: Jack Flaherty and Zac Gallen Roll Along

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Prospect News and Notes from Wednesday 7/26

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Jack Flaherty
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Salt Lake 4, Memphis 5

  • Nick Martini - 0-5, BB, 2 K
  • Tyler O’Neill – 1-6, 2B, 2 K
  • Jose Adolis Garcia – 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, BB, K
  • Patrick Wisdom – 2-6, R, HR (23), 2B, 2 RBI (68), 3 K
  • Breyvic Valera – 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Alex Mejia – 1-5, 2B, RBI, K
  • Jack Flaherty – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3K
  • Sam Tuivailala – 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K

Memphis won on a walk-off, in the 13th, on a double by Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom had a phenomenal game and he made a great play in the hole to nail a runner at first.

Jack Flaherty is positioning himself to be organizational pitcher of the year. He has been outstanding. AAA has not fazed him one bit.

Jack Flaherty 2017

Season Team W L SV G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP
Season Team W L SV G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP
2017 (AA) 7 2 0 10 10 63.1 8.81 1.56 0.28 0.27 87.00% 40.00% 3.50% 1.42 2.32 2.95
2017 (AAA) 2 1 0 8 8 41.2 9.94 2.59 1.51 0.283 86.70% 33.30% 14.00% 3.24 4.61 4.15

Strikeout rate and walk rate have gone up a bit—the walk rate is still very good. Home Runs are up, but that is to be expected considering his age and of the PCL in general. One thing I woould keep an eye on is his ground ball rate. It’s dipped a little bit and, I think, is what makes him so effective. Still, a 3.24 ERA, 4.61 FIP, and 4.15 xFIP is pretty outstanding for a 21-year-old in his first taste of AAA. After the Marco Gonzales trade, Flaherty sits right behind Luke Weaver as our “de facto” #7 starter (knock on wood).

Poor Sam Tuivailala. Mike Matheny did not give him much of a chance and he really does not have a whole lot left to prove at AAA.

Tulsa 6, Springfield 7

  • Magneuris Sierra - 1-5, K
  • Oscar Mercado - 0-4, K
  • Darren Seferina - 1-4, K (Hitting .403 in 17 games)
  • Randy Arozarena - 1-3, R, BB, K
  • Andrew Knizner - 0-3, BB
  • Tommy Edman - 3-4, 2 R, 2B
  • Zac Gallen - 1-3, 2 RBI, (W 4-2) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Rowan Wick - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, BB, 2 K

Darren Seferina is red-hot right now. Tommy Edman is also pretty schorching right now. In has last 10 games he’s slashing .382/.405/.412 and he’s raised his batting average from .215 to .250.

Zac Gallen keeps rolling along. Another solid start full of ground outs, limiting walks, and striking out a respectable amount of people. Gallen has always been a high floor/low ceiling guy, and he’s shown that he’s a good bet to get to the big leagues as a back-end starter or swing reliever.

Palm Beach 2, Tampa 5

  • Chris Chinea - 0-2, BB
  • Luke Dykstra - 1-1, R, Pinch Hit 1B
  • Casey Turgeon - 1-4, RBI
  • Leobaldo Pina - 1-2, RBI, BB
  • Andy Young - 1-4, 2 K
  • Jeremy Martinez - 1-4, BB
  • Junior Fernandez - 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 0 K

Is it just me or is this Palm Beach lineup really boring? Most of the talent is on the pitching side. Seriously, check out this list of talented arms: Junior Fernandez, Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks, Connor Jones, Mike O’Reilly, Jake Woodford. That’s a solid group of arms.

I have been trying to find out why Junior Fernandez’s start was so short. At first, I thought it because of a possible trade. I am still scouring the internet in hopes of providing some answers.

Burlington 10, Johnson City 6

  • Imeldo Diaz - 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
  • Chase Pinder - 0-4, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Brady Whalen - 0-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
  • Stanley Espinal - 1-5
  • Walker Robbins - 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • Wadye Ynfante - 0-1, K (Pinch Hit)
  • J.D. Murders - 2-5, R
  • Jacob Schlesener - 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
  • Jacob Patterson - 2.0, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Johnson City tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th by scoring 4 runs and prompty lost by giving up 4 runs in the top of the 10th. Imeldo Diaz’s home run was the only extra base hit for Johnson City. Jacob Patterson gave up 2 unearned runs to keep his ERA at 0.00. Patterson has not given up an earned run in 14.2 innings to go along with a sterling 22/1 strikeout-walk ratio.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 8 (Game 1)

  • Delvin Perez - 0-5
  • Jonathan Machado - 1-5, 2 RBI
  • Andres Luna - 2-5, 2 K
  • Carlos Soto - 2-4, R

GCL Astros 8, GCL Cardinals 6 (Game 2)

  • Jonathan Machado - 0-2, RBI, BB
  • Eliezer Alvarez - 2-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, K
  • Carlos Soto - 0-4, 2 K
  • TERRY FULLER - 1-4, R, RBI
  • Zach Jackson - 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • Donivan Williams - 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI, BB

Peoria was rained out. They’ll play a double-header tonight. State College had the day off.

Thursday’s Probables:

Memphis: Matt Pearce

Springfield: Dakota Hudson

Palm Beach: Jake Woodford

Peoria: Frederis Parra (Game 1)

Peoria: Ronnie Williams (Game 2)

State College: Jonathon Mulford

Johnson City: Edwar Ramirez