Minor League Monday: July 29th

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(AAA) Round Rock Express:

Player of the week: Ben Rowen

After I mentioned him in June 17’s Minor League Monday, Rowen earned a promotion to AAA, and continues shining at the level. He did give up runs in his July 14th outing, but they both were unearned so he still has an ERA of 0.00 since May 7. In 14.1 AAA innings, he’s given up 6 hits (all singles), walked 6 and struck out 17, holding opposing hitters a .122/.218/.122 line.

We’ll probably see this submarine right hander in the bigs in September.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the week: Lisalverto Bonilla

The Rangers’ AA squad is struggling to score runs lately. In the first 6 games last week, they only had 3 runs…. combined. They went 0-6 during the stretch. I think you’ve heard a similar story.

So, player of the week has to be a pitcher.

Lisalverto Bonilla was the other piece in return of the deal that sent Michael Young to Philadelphia. The Venezuelan, flamethrowing right hander started the season at AAA, but posted a 7.89 ERA and coughed up a .299/.385/.517 opposing line in 43.1 innings, yet he struck out 56.

After getting demoted to AA on June 29, he’s been dominating the level.  In 9 AA appearances, he’s holding the opponents a .200/.273/.220 slash line, striking out 19 while walking 4 in 14.1 innings.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Player of the week: Ryan Harvey

Another right handed reliever.

The New Jersey-born, 22-year old was an 18th round pick in the 2012 rule 4 draft. In his first full season in professional ball, Harvey is having a breakout campaign. He’s posted a 2.05 ERA, a .227/.339/.307 opposing line and a 43/22 K/BB ratio, given up only one long ball in 44 innings at Myrtle Beach. He’s currently serving as the team’s closer and has finished 21 games for the Pelicans.

(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads

Player of the week: Jose Leclerc

The 19-year old Dominican right hander is dealing. He’s  struck out 57 batters in 44.2 innings this season. He hasn’t given up a run since June 14 and posted a ridiculous .105/.209/.105 opposing line with a 16/ 5 K/BB ratio during the stretch.

(Short Season A) Spokane Indians

Player of the week: Collin Wiles

Last year’s 53rd overall pick drafted out of a Kansas high school.

He entered his second professional season as the 4th youngest pitcher in the Northwest League. He’s posted an ERA of 3.46, opposing slash of .299/.360/.415, and K/BB of 25/12 in 44 innings.

He’s keeping the opponents from scoring runs, but needs to start striking out more hitters to get a “legit prospect” status.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

Player of the week: Jorge Alfaro

Alfaro broke his wrist in late June. He spent time on a rehab assignment with the Baby Rangers this past week. But rookie league pitchers couldn’t hold down #TheLegend, who had a .429/.500/.810 slash and a couple of dingers in 26 PA during his time in Arizona.

He’s back in Hickory and tonight he singled in 3 at bats in the first game of a double-header.

Bonus

Here’s the latest on 3 new faces in the Cubs organization.

Mike Olt has 2 singles, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in the first 21 PA with Iowa.

Justin Grimm messed up his first start for the Iowa Cubs by giving up 7 runs on 8 hits in 2 innings after making his new club debut as a pinch runner.

C.J. Edwards had a much better first outing for his new club. On Sunday, he tossed 5 shutout innings while giving up a hit, a walk and striking out 8.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter@LaBlynne or at lonestarfastballer@yahoo.com
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Kazuto Yamazaki
Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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