Minor League Report

By Dan Strittmatter

Triple-A Reno:


Jeff Bailey
– Aug. 11 – 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1:1 K:BB, 1

Despite facing off against Memphis
right-hander Kyle Lohse, on a rehab
assignment for the St. Louis Cardinals after posting a 3.78 ERA in 2008 and a
4.74 ERA in 2009, Bailey had no problems at the plate. He reached base three
times and whacked a double off of Lohse, bringing his batting average up to
.306 and OBP/SLG/OPS line up to .399/.494/.892 for the 2010 season.



Double-A Mobile:


Kyler Newby
– Aug. 9 – 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 10:1
K:BB, 2 HR, 5/2 GO/FO.

This was a dominant start for Newby
that was skewed by a pair of solo home runs. Half of the balls put in the air
against Newby went out of the yard, which may be as much a factor of bad luck
as Newby making a pair of mistake pitches, and those two home runs were in fact
the only two hits Newby allowed in his start. He missed a ton of bats, striking
out 10, which made him the second BayBear to record double-digit strikeouts in a
start in 2010 (the other being Josh Collmenter). As a starter in 2010, Newby
has posted a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings of work, striking out 36 and walking just nine, with a phenomenal 1.93/1 GO/FO ratio.



Hi-A Visalia:


Yonata Ortega
– Aug. 10 – 1 IP, 3 K, the rest

While it is unusual to see a relief
pitcher headlining a team’s report, not to mention a reliever who has made just
three appearances with his current affiliate, Ortega has simply been that
dominant for Visalia. Yesterday’s three-up, three-strikeout performance
provides a good indication of how phenomenal he has been. In a mere 3 2/3
innings, Ortega has allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out nine and recording a win and two saves.
There have only been two batters who Ortega has retired without striking them
out, both via flyout in his first Visalia appearance.



Low-A South Bend:


Ramon Castillo
– Aug.  10 – 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1:0 K:BB.

Amidst a poor overall offensive
performance for the SilverHawks on Tuesday was Castillo’s impressive day, in
which he drove in runs both with a solo home run in the fifth inning and an RBI
single in the seventh to score David
. While Castillo has cooled down a bit from his scorching start to the
season, his line still stands at an impressive .348/.485/.833 on the year, good
for the team’s second-best OPS.



Short-Season-A Yakima:


Michael Freeman
– Aug. 9 – 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB.

The Bears had an off-day yesterday, and
Monday’s game was a 6-1 loss to Spokane, but Freeman’s performance was
nonetheless impressive. The 23-year-old shortstop has hit .333 for Yakima with
a .407 OBP after signing as an 11th-round pick in the 2010 draft out of
Clemson. Aside from his strong contact skills, Freeman has also put his speed
on display for Yakima, successful stealing 11 bases in 12 attempts.



Rookie-level Missoula:


David Holmberg
– Aug. 9 – 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 6:2 K:BB,
7/4 GO/FO.

Holmberg, newly acquired from the
Chicago White Sox organization in the Edwin Jackson trade, was much better in
his second start for Missoula. Coincidentally, this start, just like his first
as a member of the Osprey, happened to be against his former team, the Great
Falls Voyagers. After being hit around a bit in his first outing against his
former mates, Holmberg struck back with six strikeouts in six shutout innings. The
lefty has now allowed just three earned runs through 11 innings of work for



Rookie-level Dominican Summer League:


Jose Jose –
Aug. 9 – 4 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3:2
K:BB, 2/6 GO/FO.

While “Jose Squared” was never quite
able to harness his tremendous raw power at the plate for the DSL D-backs due
to the length of his swing, his power left arm is being put to good use on the
pitcher’s mound. Through 34 2/3 innings, “Jose x2” now has struck out 31
batters, and owns an impressive 2.86 ERA. Control is obviously an issue, as his
breaking-ball command is a work-in-progress, but there is certainly the
potential for a big-league reliever here.


of note:

  • Right-hander Kevin Mulvey had a solid outing for the Aces yesterday, though he
    earned the loss as he was out-dueled by Lohse. Mulvey threw seven innings,
    allowing five hits, two runs (both earned) and four walks while striking out
    three. He recorded twelve groundball outs to keep Memphis under control.
    Double-A outfielder Ollie Linton has begun appearing fairly
    regularly in reports. In his last two games, Linton has reached base four times
    and swiped a bag, and is also consistently being slotted at the top of the
    lineup for the BayBears.
    Charles Brewer was
    phenomenal for Visalia once again yesterday, allowing just one run through six
    innings of work. He surrendered five hits and a walk while striking out five
    and recording eight groundball outs.
    Yesterday’s game featured a couple of
    offensive standouts for Visalia as well. Catcher Rossmel Perez reached base three times, and Ryan Wheeler drove in a pair of runs with a two-out double.
    South Bend 3B/DH Matt Davidson connected for his fifteenth home run of the 2010
    season on Monday against Lake County.
    Henry Zabala
    also reached base for Yakima three times on Monday, and recorded an outfield
    assist by throwing out Spokane first baseman Clark Murphy at third base from
    right field.
    Outfielder Javan Williams was impressive for Missoula, pacing the offensive
    with a pair of hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning.
    Right-hander Frank Santana recorded the save in the winning half of the
    doubleheader between the DSL D-backs and DSL Reds, and did so in dominating
    fashion by striking out all three batters he faced. Third baseman Jesus Abreu was also impressive in that
    game, going 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, a run and a walk.

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