Minor League Monday: June 24th

(AAA) Round Rock Express

Player of the week: Leury Garcia

Earlier in the season, Garcia failed to prove he can hit major league pitchers and was optioned to Round Rock on June 15. After 8 AAA games, he’s hitting .293/.310/.512 with 2 HR in 42 PA. What do these numbers mean? There are many factors.  Maybe it’s small sample size. Maybe it’s super hitter-friendly PCL. Maybe Garcia can actually rake at the AAA level. We don’t know. But it’s worth giving a shot to see if he can continue to hit AAA pitching.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the week: Tomas Telis

After hitting a mediocre .242/.269/.298 in the first 2 months of the season, the 22-year old Venezuelan catcher is having a hot June. He’s hitting .350/.381/.550 with 3 HR, 11 RBI in the 3rd month of the season alone so far. He’s getting some help from an unsustainable .400 BABIP.

He made MiLB.com’s post-season organizational all star team as a catcher in 2011. I think he has a shot in this catching-shallow system.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach played only 3 games in the past week. So, instead, I’ll write about the Carolina League-California League all-star game took place on Tuesday night.

The game is played between Carolina and California league’s representatives every year. Five Pelicans played in this year’s 12-2 blowout where the Car League defeated  the Cal League.

Rougned Odor started at 2B and played the entire game, went 1 for 5 with a couple of runs, and turned 2 double plays. Luis Sardinas replaced Indians’ phenom prospect Francisco Lindor at SS, went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI.

Luke Jackson started for the Carolina League, tossed a shutdown 1st  inning while struck out 1, walked 1. Nick Martinez tossed a scoreless 5th and notched the same line as Jackson. Alec Asher pitched in the 7th inning, gave up a run on a couple of hits while striking out 1.

(Class-A) Hickory Crawdads

Like the Carolina League, the South Atlantic League’s all-star game also took place on Tuesday night.

4 position players and a pitching prospect from Hickory played in the 7-inning game.  SAL North Division beat the SAL South Division 2-1.

Joey Gallo started at 3B for SAL North Division and went 1 for 3 with a strikeout. Lewis Brinson, the starting CF for SAL North Division team, went 0 for 2 with a walk, a K, and a run. Both Gallo and Brinson played the entire, while Ryan Rua pinch hit in the the inning and popped out to 3B.  Jorge Alfaro struck out in his lone at bat.

LHP Alexander Claudio, who recently got called up to Frisco, tossed a scoreless 7th while giving up 2 base hits and striking out one, to notch the save for SAL North Division.

Oh, and surprisingly, Gallo won the HR derby before the game. You can see his interview after the derby here.

(Short Season A) Spokane Indians

Player of the week: Evan Van Hoosier

The 2013 8th rounder’s 1st 6 pro games have been successful. The speedy second baseman has 6 hits, 5 runs, walked 4 times while he’s struck out only 2 times in his first 24 PA.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

The baby Rangers squad kicked off their season this past week. Among them, 2013 1st rounder Travis Demeritte is off to a great start of his pro career. He crushed one out of the park in his 1st pro at bat, and is hitting .286/.444/.500 in his first 18 PA.

Unlike Demeritte, 2nd rounder RHP Akeem Bostick’s first pro appearance was a forgettable one. In his lone start, he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and lasted only 0.2 innings. But he has a long way to go.

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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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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