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Daily Farm Report: Gorman, Nootbar power Palm Beach

Recapping Wednesday’s minor league action

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Sounds 17 @ Memphis Redbirds 11

Harold Arauz (SP) - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Andrew Knizner (C) - 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, K

Irving Lopez (2B) - 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 K

Kramer Robertson (3B) - 1-4, HR, 3 RBI

Tyler O’Neill (DH) - 2-5, 2B, 2 K

The promotion of Tommy Edman has inserted Irving Lopez into the AAA infield mix, at least for the time being. It’s been quite the rise, really, considering he was a 17th rounder in 2017 and has vaulted two levels a year since hitting full-season ball last year. In that time he’s never posted below a 117 wRC+ at a stop while proving he has the game to stick at second base. He’s squeezed more game power out of his frame this season, putting nine balls over the fence to last year’s six in just over half the games.

Meanwhile, Tyler O’Neill has been resurgent in June after tanking post-demotion. Since June 1, he’s slashing .326/.392/.543 with a 130 wRC+. Now he’s still striking out at an alarming rate (31.4%), but the walks (9.8%) and the power (.217 ISO) make up for the difference. On the down side, a portion of the production is definitely BABIP driven, with O’Neill running a .464 mark.

After the loss, Memphis sits at 33-46.

Palm Beach Cardinals 8 @ Florida Fire Frogs 3

Perry DellaValle (SP) - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Lars Nootbaar (RF) - 2-4, RBI, BB, K

Nolan Gorman (3B) - 1-4, 3B, 2 K

Nick Dunn (2B) - 3-5, 2B, RBI

Remember the early portion of the season, when Nolan Gorman was the straw the stirred the drink in the Peoria Chiefs offense and Lars Nootbaar played a strong supporting man? Nootbaar moved up and Gorman cooled off, but fate has conspired to bring the pair together again.

While there’s nothing to seriously glean from Gorman’s 5 game stint (other than, “great start”, I guess), Nootbaar has a healthy 133 PA sample to bite into. On the surface, Nootbaar is running a .281/.346/.355 line which translates to a 112 wRC+ in the Florida State League. It’s underpinned by an excellent approach (9.0% BB%, 12.0% K%) and a sustainable .311 BABIP, but the power has drained out. This was generally expected - he was a guy trying to put the ball in the air more moving into Roger Dean, after all - but it hasn’t happened the way we predicted. He’s not getting squeezed on fly balls, he’s actually refusing to hit fly balls at all. His fly ball rate at Palm Beach has dipped 8.3%, to levels below what he ran at State College. Most of that contact has gone to the ground, with his ground ball rate up to a career high 55.8%.

Palm Beach improves to 38-34 with the victory.

Clinton LumberKings 5, Peoria Chiefs 4

Colin Schmid (SP) - 2.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Parker Kelly (RP) - 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Brendan Donovan (2B) - 1-1, 2B, RBI, BB, K

Yeesh, not a whole lot to pull from this game. It did go extra innings, but the action was light on names. Parker Kelly (brother of Carson) has pitched to a 0.69 ERA out of the bullpen this year, which is worth noting, largely on the back of a strong ground ball rate and a complete refusal to walk anyone.

Delvin Perez wen 2 for 5 on the day, notching a pair of singles. That’s really the best day you’re bound to get out of Perez these days, barring any real physical development. His ISO is at it’s lowest ever mark, .028, and his walk rate has gone in the wrong direction at the same time.

The extra innings loss drops Peoria to 32-43.

State College Spikes 8, Mahoning Valley 4

Michael Baird (SP) - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Brylie Ware (1B) - 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, K

Jonatan Machado (CF) - 2-5, 2B, RBI

Moises Castillo (SS) - 2-4, 2B

State College is off to a strong 8-4 start to 2019 campaign.

Greeneville Reds 6, Johnson City Cardinals 2

Francisco Justo (SP) - 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Michael YaSenka (RP) - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Victor Garcia (RF) - 1-4, RBI

Todd Lott (1B) - 3-4, RBI, K

The loss moves Johnson City to 4-3.

DSL Phillies White 9, DSL Cardinals Red 6

Miguel Yedis (SP) - 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Bryan Matute (SS) - 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Diowill Burgos (DH) - 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

DSL Nationals 9 @ DSL Cardinals Blue 5

Engels Martines (SP) - 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Carlos Arcia (SS) - 1-4, 2 RBI, BB

Gustavo A. Rodriguez (RF) - 1-3, RBI, BB


Thursday’s Probables

MEM: Genesis Cabrera


PMB: Diego Cordero

PEO: Michael Brettell

SC: Enmanuel Solano

JC: Julio Puello