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Daily Farm Report: Gomber Scoreless Streak Continues, Jonathan Machado Tearing Up the GCL

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Prospect News and Notes from Wednesday’s Games

MLB: Spring Training-Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals
Austin Gomber
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Omaha 2 , Memphis 3 (F/10)

  • Breyvic Valera - 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Tyler O’Neill - 1-5, RBI, 3 K
  • Alex Mejia - 4-5, 2B, RBI
  • Harrison Bader - 2-5, RBI, K
  • Aledmys Diaz - 0-4
  • Patrick Wisdom - 0-4, 2 K
  • John Gant - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Mark Montgomery - (W 4-1) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K

Memphis won on a walk-off by Harrison Bader. Hate to see those strikeouts for Tyler O’Neill but at this point it’s just a part of his game. He’s going to have to make some adjustments if he wants to be able to consistently hit big league pitching. Alex Mejia has seriously surprised me this year. I’m not sure if he’s breaking out, if it’s a mirage, if he’s changed his approach—but this kid has put together a spectacular season offensively and is quite the defender to boot. He might be pushing for a bench role come next spring. Aledmys Diaz isn’t doing a whole lot in Memphis. His wRC+ is at 94 and that’s nothing to write home about, especially for a player that carved up the National League in the second half of 2016. I honestly do not have high hopes for Diaz. I believe that at his best we are looking at a potential utility infielder, but nothing more than that. On the plus side, Diaz’s LD% is up about 10% from his rate in the majors this year, so he is making harder/better contact.

Springfield 2, San Antonio 0

  • Magneuris Sierra - 0-4, K
  • Oscar Mercado - 0-4, R, K
  • Darren Seferina - 0-4, K
  • Eliezer Alvarez - 1-3, BB, K
  • Anthony Garcia - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • Andrew Knizner - 0-4, K
  • Tommy Edman - 1-4, 2B
  • Austin Gomber - (W 7-7) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Austin Gomber was the star of the game today and he has now tossed 17 straight scoreless innings. Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick both pitched clean innings to preserve the shutout. Magneuris Sierra’s batting average is down to .276 with just a .309 on-base. As exciting as the kid is—he obviously still has a lot to work on.

Fort Myers 5, Palm Beach 2

  • Casey Grayson - 3-3, R, RBI, BB
  • Chris Chinea - 1-4, 2 K
  • Leobaldo Pina - 0-4, K
  • Luke Dykstra - 0-4, K
  • Jeremy Martinez - 1-3, BB
  • Connor Jones - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Connor Jones turned in another solid start. He’s walking entirely too many batters (3.87 BB/9) and he’s not striking a lot of people out either (5.85 K/9). Strikeouts are a pretty nice indicator of future success. It’s pretty sustainable throughout the Minor Leagues. However, that is not always the case with everyone. Jones does a pretty decent job of keeping the ball on the ground (about 69%) and if he wants to make it to the show, he’ll certainly need ground balls to be a big part of his game.

Hudson Valley 3, State College 1

  • Zach Kirtley - 1-4
  • Scott Hurst - 1-3, R, BB, 2 K
  • Evan Mendoza - 1-3, BB, K
  • Joshua Lopez - 0-4, 2 K
  • Bryce Denton - 0-3
  • Wood Myers - 0-4, K
  • Daniel Castano - 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, K

All of State College’s 4 hits were singles. Daniel Castano pitched outstanding ball tonight. Luckily he was not the losing pitcher in a game where he did not allow an earned run and logged 7 13 innings on just 82 pitches. Castano kept the ball on the ground as he recorded 16 ground outs versus just 3 fly outs.

Johnson City 7, Bristol 6

  • Irving Lopez - 1-4, R
  • Chase Pinder - 3-4, R, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB, K
  • Wadye Ynfante - 0-4, R, BB, 2 K
  • Luis Bandes - 2-5, R, 2B (11), HR (8), 3 RBI, K
  • Brady Whalen - 1-3, R, 2 BB
  • Imeldo Diaz - 0-5, R, 3 K
  • Brett Seeburger - 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K

GCL Cardinals 12, GCL Marlins 3

  • Jonathan Machado - 2-5, 3 R, BB, SB
  • Luis Flores - 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • Taylor Bryant - 2-4, 5 RBI, 2 BB
  • TERRY FULLER - 0-5, 3 K
  • Sean Gilmartin - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (Rehab)

Peoria had the night off. Here are Thursday’s probables:

Memphis: Dakota Hudson

Springfield: Zac Gallen

Palm Beach: Mike O’Reilly

Peoria: Evan Kruczynski

State College: Johan Oviedo

Johnson City: Alvaro Seijas