Minor League Report
By Dan Strittmatter
LF Doug Deeds – July 6 & July 7 – 5-for-8, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 2:3 K:BB.
Deeds responded well to being named Reno’s replacement for promoted pitcher Jordan Norberto on the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team, going on an offensive binge as the Aces lost a pair of high-scoring games to the Sacramento RiverCats due to some shaky pitching performances. Yesterday’s 4-for-5 explosion drove Deeds’ batting average up to .310 on the year, hitting primarily in the leadoff spot for the Aces.
The Entire Lineup – July 6
Yes, everybody. The BayBears collected 18 hits on Tuesday, easily routing the Jacksonville Suns 9-1. Here are the numbers for batters 1-8, each of whom recorded at least one hit (and Jacob Elmore drew a pinch-hit walk in the nine-hole, so every position in the lineup reached base at least once):
∑ 1 – CF Evan Frey: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 HBP, 1 SB.
∑ 2 – RF Collin Cowgill: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R.
∑ 3 – 3B Kory Casto: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R.
∑ 4 – C Konrad Schmidt: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 K.
∑ 5 – 1B Cyle Hankerd: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K.
∑ 6 – 2B Taylor Harbin: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 2 K.
∑ 7 – SS Jake Wald: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K.
∑ 8 – LF Ollie Linton: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 K.
∑ Overall: 18-37, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SB. BA/OBP/SLG line of .486/.513/.649, OPS of 1.162.
For comparison’s sake: during Todd Helton’s best offensive year in 2000, Helton hit 216-for-580 with 103 walks, 59 2B, 2 3B, and 42 HR. His BA/OBP/SLG line was .372/.463/.698, for an OPS of… 1.162, good for the 38th best single-season number in baseball history. On Tuesday night, every hitter in the BayBears’ lineup was the Southern League equivalent of Todd Helton circa-2000. Now that is impressive.
RHP Josh Collmenter – July 6 – 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5:2 K:BB, 0 HR, 8-8 GO-AO.
But in the midst of such impressive offense, let’s not forget about the once-again dominating work of Josh Collmenter, who lowered his Mobile ERA to a Josh Johnson-ian 1.59. In three starts at Hi-A Visalia, four starts at Triple-A Reno, and now nine starts at Double-A Mobile, Collmenter’s overall ERA is 2.42 in 100.1 innings of work, striking out 95 batters while allowing 30 walks and six home runs. Collmenter threw 102 pitches, 63 of which were for strikes.
1B Paul Goldschmidt – July 6 & July 7 – 4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2:2 K:BB.
Goldschmidt has continued right where the middle of the lineup left off in the last update, and is now 8-for-14 with two doubles, four homers and a 4:3 K:BB ratio, for an OPS of — you might want to sit down — 2.218. Goldschmidt now has a remarkable 26 home runs on the year in the cleanup spot for Visalia. The only downside? All four of his home runs in that four-game span were solo shots.
RHP Charles Brewer – July 7 – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5:1 K:BB, 0 HR, 7-9 GO-AO.
Since his first disastrous start at the Hi-A level, Charles Brewer has rebounded fantastically well in his two appearances since, hurling 15.1 innings and allowing just three runs. What makes Wednesday’s start all the more impressive is the fact that it came at the home of Seattle’s Hi-A affiliate, High Desert, notorious for being one of the most hitter-friendly parks in professional baseball. The fact that Brewer shut down the Mavericks over seven brilliant innings is very impressive.
Low-A South Bend:
2B David Nick – July 6 – 3-for-3, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP.
It hasn’t been a fantastic year for Nick, who is hitting just .243 with a .644 OPS, but Wednesday night he showed a glimpse of his potential at the dish by reaching base five times, highlighted by his second triple of the season.
RHP Andrea Pizziconi – July 6 – 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4:2 K:BB, 0 HR, 3-2 GO-AO.
The Bears were off on Wednesday, but received another promising performance from the 6-foot-2, 18-year-old Italian prospect, making his first start of the season as he starts stretching out his arm and building his innings counts. Pizziconi on the season has now thrown 12.2 innings, struck out 11, walked four, and given up three earned runs with two home runs for a fabulous 2.13 ERA. This is all the more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that Pizziconi is going up against a lot of newly-drafted college players, as evidenced by the fact that the average age of batters in the NWL, according to Baseball-reference.com, is 21.4 years.
RHP Derek Eitel – July 7 – 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 5:2 K:BB, 11-4 GO-AO.
The D-backs’ 17th-round choice in the 2010 draft, and the first player ever taken in a pro sports draft out of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has had quite an impressive start at Missoula, though this is expected from a 22-year-old in the Pioneer League. Nonetheless, Eitel has thrown 20.1 innings, striking out 12 with seven walks, and doing a great job keeping the ball on the ground with a 2.83/1 GO/AO. This has led Eitel to allow just nine runs in his four starts, for a 3.98 ERA.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League:
RHP Jency Solis – July 6 – 3 IP, 1 K, 4-3 GO-AO, the rest zeros.
The 17-year-old Solis has been strong in his last three outings for the DSL D-backs, throwing nine innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned run). In that span, he has struck out six, walked three, and allowed a mere three hits.
Others of note:
∑ After being held hitless on Tuesday, first baseman Brandon Allen responded on Wednesday, going 2-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI, two runs, a walk and a strikeout.
∑ Despite having one of the less-glimmering performances with the bat on Tuesday, Double-A Mobile catcher Konrad Schmidt made up for it with a 1-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 BB performance on Wednesday.
∑ Hi-A Visalia LF Marc Krauss’ hitting streak ended at 16 games on Wednesday, in the hitter-friendly confines of High Desert, of all places.
∑ Speaking of streaks, Low-A South Bend 1B/DH Ramon Castillo‘s hitting streak is still alive, as he has now recorded a hit in each of his first 15 games in 2010.
∑ More streaks: just as we noted Raywilly Gomez‘s streak of 14 games without a strikeout at Short-Season Yakima to begin 2010 on Tuesday, he K’d for the first time this season later that night. However, Gomez also ended another streak by hitting the first home run of his professional baseball career. Something tells us that Raywilly will be perfectly okay with the ending of his streaks.
∑ The D-backs signed 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Yorman Garcia.