Minor League Report
By Dan Strittmatter
OF/1B Jeff Bailey – July 28 & 29 – 5-for-10, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1:0 K:BB
Bailey continues to be a force in the cleanup hole, and has taken advantage of the lineup protection afforded him by an absurd streak of power from Brandon Allen in the five spot to go on a tear of his own. Bailey has been hitting the seams off of the ball in July, with an even 1.000 OPS in 25 games, and now has 65 RBIs in 2010 with an .899 season OPS.
RHP Bryan Henry – July 28 – 8 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3:0 K:BB, 0 HR, 7/11 GO/AO
LHP Wade Miley – July 29 – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5:1 K:BB, 0 HR, 7/3 GO/AO
The BayBears received some fantastic starting pitching over the last couple of days, beginning with Henry’s absolutely dominant outing on Wednesday. He worked into the ninth, facing a mere 30 Montgomery batters, with Dan Stange coming on in relief to record a quick double-play to end a ninth-inning threat.
Miley then picked up right where Henry left off, although he was on an innings limit and couldn’t go as deep into the game. He needed just 63 pitches to get through five quick innings, and allowed just three baserunners, wiping away one of them with a double play. A scoreless inning of work from Jeff Dietz, two scoreless innings from Bryan Woodall, and a scoreless save from Stange closed up the 1-0 win.
CF Alfredo Marte – July 28 – 3-for-6, 3 R
1B Paul Goldschmidt – July 28 – 4-for-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
Marte has had a great July, with a .365/.516/.882 OBP/SLG/OPS line in 24 games. He tacked on a three-hit night on Wednesday to break out of a two-game hitless slump in which he went 0-for-8.
And Goldschmidt… what else can be said, really? He hit a three-run home run, his 29th of the season, which was his third in four games. He drove in four more runs, scored two more runs, collecting four more hits to bring up his average to .313 on the season with a .979 OPS and remarkable .609 slugging percentage. He’s just an unbelievable power hitter who is absolutely dominating the Cal League.
Low-A South Bend:
Not much to cover from South Bend. The Wednesday game was early, so it was covered in that Farm Report. Then, the SilverHawks were handed a 6-1 loss on Thursday while recording just six hits, all of which were singles. Keon Broxton and Ender Inciarte stole bases, Inciarte and Errol Hollinger reached base twice, and Scottie Allen struck out four in three innings of work, though he also walked four and surrendered a pair of runs.
3B Raoul Torrez – July 28 & 29 – 5-for-7, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1:1 K:BB
Torrez has been one of the best bats in Yakima’s lineup since signing after the D-backs took him in the 2010 Draft. His OBP is a nice .359, and his .761 OPS has been steadily climbing over the past few games, particularly his last two, in which he has been seemingly impossible to keep off of the basepaths.
OF Adam Eaton – July 29 – 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1:1 K:BB
Eaton had a spectacular game for the Osprey yesterday, though in a losing effort. He hit his fourth home run of the season and also had an outfield assist from center field, nailing Billings Mustangs third baseman Cristobal Rodriguez at home. Eaton raised his batting average to a fantastic .381 on the season, with a .523 OBP and 1.107 OPS.
Rookie-level Dominican Summer League:
1B Jonathan Perez – Last Four Games – 5-for-8, 1 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0:6 K:BB
Perez has been impossible to keep off of the bases lately, and despite his batting average of .228 on the year, his on-base percentage is .441 on the season, and he has an OBP/SLG/OPS line of .514/.409/.923 in his last ten games.
Others of note:
· Kris Benson is scheduled to make his first start Friday since June 8 for Triple-A Reno, trying again to rehab from an injury that sidelined him in the middle of May.
· Despite being hitless in his last two games (0-for-4), Reno first baseman Brandon Allen has reached base five times, collecting three walks and getting hit by a pitch twice.
· Mobile right-handed pitcher Bryan Woodall has been superb since being called up to Double-A Mobile. In four games, he has thrown 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight, giving up just six hits with no walks or homers and allowing just two unearned runs.
· Catcher Rossmel Perez also added a three-hit game to Visalia’s lineup on Wednesday in their 14-10 victory.
· Hi-A Visalia Shortstop and 2010 draft pick Niko Gallego collected the first extra-base hit of his career on Wednesday, a two-RBI triple.
· Lefty Patrick Corbin is scheduled to make his first start tonight for Hi-A Visalia after being acquired in the Dan Haren trade.
· Yakima catcher Raywilly Gomez hit his third home run of the season on Wednesday, and his second in the last week. This was after hitting no homers in his first two seasons as a pro, in which he played 122 games.
· Italian right-hander Andrea Pizziconi threw three scoreless innings of relief for Yakima on Thursday, lowering his season ERA to 2.02.
· DSL D-backs LHP Johan Jaime has been superb in his last three starts, giving up just one earned run in each of those appearances, throwing 15 2/3 innings with 18 strikeouts, 11 walks and no home runs allowed.