Happy Friday everyone. Due to a cancellation, all minor league affiliates except for Palm Beach were in action last night. As far as today goes, State College will open up their 2019 season with a tilt against Williamsport.
Salt Lake Bees 13 @ Memphis Redbirds 11
Alex Reyes (SP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, HR
Kramer Robertson (SS) - 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
Randy Arozarena (RF) - 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
Adolis Garcia (CF) - 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, K
Alex Reyes’s long road continues. The right hander has struggled just as much with command in his return bid as he did while briefly working out of the major league bullpen. In ten minor league appearances, seven of them being starts, Reyes has walked an alarming 16.4% of the batters he’s faced. Any hope of him riding in as a rotation reinforcement seems firmly out of reach at the moment.
Randy Arozarena has been making up for lost time. Since getting a late start due to a spring training injury, Arozarena has set fire to opposing pitching staffs. In 28 games at Double-A, he slashed .309/.422/.515 en route to a speedy promotion. He returned to Triple-A on Wednesday and has gone 3-8 with a home run thus far.
The loss drops Memphis to 28-39. The series against Salt Lake continues tonight at 7:05pm CDT.
Springfield Cardinals 9, Midland RockHounds 8
Johan Oviedo (SP) - 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K
Junior Fernandez (RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Conner Capel (LF) - 2-5, 2B, RBI, K
Jose Godoy (C) - 1-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K
Watching Giovanny Gallegos mow down three Mets in 1.2 innings of work last night got me thinking about the bullpen. Bullpens are largely a crapshoot, yes, but for the first time in a while it feels like there’s a collection of controllable pieces to get excited about. Junior Fernandez is trying to make his case to join that group. His fastball-changeup combo has found success out of the pen this year, striking out 31.2% of batters while running a 1.67 ERA and a 2.50 FIP. It wasn’t too long ago that Fernandez seemed joined at the hip with Sandy Alcantara as the next wave of Cardinals pitching. Reality has laughed in our face since then, but the relief move seems to have breathed new life into Fernandez’s prospect status.
After the win, Springfield sits at 26-40. They open a series against Corpus Christi tonight at 7:10pm CDT.
Clinton LumberKings 3, Peoria Chiefs 1
Diego Cordero (SP) - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
Nolan Gorman (3B) - 1-4, 2B, BB, K
Brendan Donovan (2B) - 2-3, 2 BB
Nolan Gorman is gaining steam nationally, moving up to #43 in Fangraphs’ latest ranking update. That’s in spite of a miserable June, however, in which we’ve seen him hit his first real capital-S Slump. Here are his wRC+’s by moth:
June looks to be dragged down partially by a suppressed .222 BABIP, with his walk rate holding steady and his strikeout rate only slightly creeping upwards. More alarming is his ISO since May 1: a pedestrian .161.
The loss leaves Peoria with a 28-38 record. They will begin a series with Burlington tonight at 6:35pm CDT.
DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Mets 2
Angel Cuenca (SP) - 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Albert Inoa (2B) - 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
Sander Mora (SS) - 2-4, 2B, K
DSL Cardinals Blue 5 @ DSL Angels 4
Gustavo Rodriguez (SP) - 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Erik Pena (2B) - 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Fernando Diaz (DH) - 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
MEM: Anthony Shew
PEO: Colin Schmid