Minor League Monday Week 16

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It’s Monday and that can only mean one thing. That’s right, everyone’s favorite – Minor League Monday. The fine folks here at Shutdown Inning will continue to be the only team around that will provide you with a weekly recap of all the Rangers affiliates while keeping you up to date with the current stats and standings. This is your one stop shop for all things Minor Leagues in the Texas Rangers organization.

Minor League Coordinator Brice Paterik will be covering the short season Spokane Indians, the High A High Desert Mavericks and the AAA Round Rock Express. Minor league writer Austin Dietz will be covering the AA Frisco RoughRiders, and prospect guru Grant Schiller will be your go to guy for the Low A Hickory Crawdads.

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Spokane Indians

Northwest League

Short Season Class A

19-19 (3rd – 3 GB)

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The Spokane pitching struggled over the past seven days, allowing opponents to cross seven or more four times. Somehow the team still managed to hold with a 4-3 week. This wasn’t enough as Spokane finished the first half 19-19, which left them in third place and four games back of the Tri-City Dust Devils. The second half of the season starts today.

Hitter of the Week:

This is getting to be tedious. Outfielder Ledarious Clark had another big week yadda yadda yadda. This time the numbers were *yawn* 8-24 with deuces being wild as he had a pair of home runs, doubles and triples. This year’s 12th rounder out of West Florida, which you all should have memorized by now, is slashing .360/.413/.655. It is abnormal for players to reach full-season level ball in the year they are drafted, but at this point Short-Season A isn’t a challenge for the 21-year-old. It will be interesting to see if Clark gets bumped up a level at some point.

Pitcher of the Week:

Blake Bass had another good outing, putting in five innings of work without allowing a run. The first baseman turned pitcher now has a 3.78 ERA on the young season. Luke Lanphere turned it a better performance, coming in as a reliever and going seven scoreless. Only two batters reached base while six went down on three. Despite being a 2013 draft pick, Lanphere is still just 19 years of age.

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Hickory Crawdads

Carolina League

Class Low A

16-14 (T 3rd – 4 GB)

First Half Division Champions

Hickory managed a 4-2 week despite dropping their first two. The bats broke out in a big way to the tune of 32 runs over the last four games. This brings the Crawdads to 16-14 on the second half, placing them four games out of first.

Hitter of the Week:

Catcher Jose Trevino put up big numbers this week. The 2014 6th rounder collected eight hits in 20 at-bats, two of which left the yard for his 11th and 12th home runs of the year. The 22-year-old out of Corpus Christi has a feel for contact and some pop. I can’t speak to his approach (4.7% BB-rate) or defense behind the plate, where the numbers are positive (four PBs, throwing out 35% of stealers). However, a catcher who can slug .441 while spraying the ball to all fields intrigues me. Here is Trevino’s heat map courtesy of MLBfarm.com:

Jose Trevino heat map

Pitcher of the Week:

In general, Hickory provides me with a dominant starter performance or two to choose between. This week that was not the case, but reliever Joe Filomeno shredded his way through six innings while King seven and allowing only two on base across his two outings. The 5’11” lefthander out of Louisville has managed impressive numbers this season as he sports a 2.12 ERA with a 37:7 K:BB ratio over 34 innings. Filomeno was drafted as a 15th rounder a year ago, throws with his left, has groundball tendencies and is left-handed.

 

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High Desert Mavericks

California League

Class High A (Advanced)

13-13 (T 1st – 0 GB)

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It was a peculiar week for the Mavericks who went winless in three home games (including a double header Tuesday) and won all four games on the road. What was most impressive about the week was that the team scored 25 runs in the four games played in the rare pitcher friendly California League park of Lake Elsinore.

Some standouts from this week include Ronald “Condor” Guzman who went 7-22 with a pair of doubles. Tripp Martin also clubbed a couple of homers this week to bring his season total up to 14 between Hickory and High Desert.
Hitter of the Week:
Lewis Brinson doesn’t have much left to prove in High A but a crowded Frisco outfield leaves little room for a Brinson promotion. This week Brinson completely desecrated everything he saw going 13-25 with seven extra-base hits, three walks, and also three stolen bases. Brinson’s line now stands at .327/.411/.588 good for an OPS 2 points short of 1.000. A Nick Williams promotion would likely be necessary for Brinson to see a promotion unless he keeps putting up numbers like he did this week.
Pitcher of the Week:
Any time a pitcher throws more than five shutout innings he is likely to get a tip of the cap from me. That is exactly what Trey Lambert did in Saturday’s game. Lambert pitched six shutout innings allowing only four hits and no walks to go along with three strikeouts.

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Frisco Roughriders

Texas League

Class AA

17-12 (2nd – 1.5 GB)

roughridersFrisco started the week off on fire winning their first four games only to drop the following three contests. Nomar Mazara snapped a seven game hit streak with an 0-4 last night. During the streak Magic Maz was 10-23 with a pair of home runs and a double.

Bishop Lynch product Preston Beck has been putting together some solid at bats and has looked much more comfortable at the plate lately. Beck went 7-27 this past week while blasting his third Texas League homer.

Jake Thompson had a bit of a rough first outing back after his stint at the Pan American games. Thompson was touched for five earned runs in as many innings on eight hits. On the night Thompson walked as many batters as he struck out: one.

Victor Payano pitched admirably this week throwing five shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Corpus Christi Hooks. In his start Payano also struck out four while walking three.

Hitter of the Week:

I keep trying to give this award to someone besides Nick Williams, but Williams simply keeps mashing. Williams is currently on a seven game hit streak. Four of those games were of the multi-hit variety. This week Nick Williams put up a line of .400/.455/.733. One of his key hits this week was a go ahead opposite field solo shot in the top of the ninth inning in Monday’s game. The improvements Williams has made this year might be enough for him to become a key piece in a possible trade for Cole Hammels. Only speculation though.

Pitcher of the Week:

The big lefty Andrew Faulkner was dominant out of the pen this week. In his three appearances Faulkner combined for four innings, six strikeouts, and a whopping one baserunner on a single. Faulkner also completed his first save on the year in Thursday’s performance.

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Round Rock Express

Pacific Coast League

Class AAA

57-43 (1st – +4 GB)

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This week was another winning one for the Express. Round Rock is in the middle of a 12 game stretch in which they only play two different opponents: Iowa and Oklahoma City. Chi Chi Gonzalez had a bit of a rough couple of starts this week. Between the two Gonzalez threw 10 innings, allowed 10 runs, 13 hits, two walks, and two hit batters. Gonzalez also only struck out six. The main thing I’m looking for improvement on from him is the strikeout numbers. Gonzalez lost the swing and miss stuff in an extreme devotion to inducing weak contact. While weak contact is great, sometimes you need a strikeout.

For those of you who see Joey Gallo‘s batting average at .173 and freak out don’t. Gallo has an active 10 game on base streak. His OBP is sitting at .295 while his slugging percentage is .413. His 14.8% walk rate is fantastic but he is striking out too often (37.5%). The homers are still there (3 in his last 10 games) because with Gallo they always will be.

Hitter of the Week:

Ryan Strausborger has been as hot as my mixtape this week meaning he has been straight fire. Strausborger has an active 11 game on base streak with a pair of multi-hit games and homers over the weekend. During that streak Strausborger has also stolen five bases along with five extra base hits.

Pitcher of the Week:

Ross Wolf pitched an excellent six shutout inning in Wednesday’s contest against the Iowa Cubs. Wolf allowed six baserunners to go along with four strikeouts. In his last two starts Wolf has pitched a combined 12 innings while allowing only one run.

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SDI Minor Leagues
The SDI Minor League Staff is led by Minor League Coordinator Grant Schiller who covers Spokane, High Desert, and Frisco. Minor league enthusiast Travis Smith covers the Hickory Crawdads and Round Rock Express. Occasional contributions are courtesy of Billy Casey.

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