Minor League Player of the Day – Josmar Cordero - 4 for 5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI's, 3 Runs. This is just getting ridiculous. 16 games into the season and Cordero is hitting .515 with a 1.357 OPS. He has also been playing more catcher of late which is only increasing his value. Given that the Arizona Rookie League starts today, I expect him to be on a plane any day now to Phoenix.
AAA – The Isotopes were down for most of the game, but a 4-run 8th inning propelled them to a 6 - 4 victory over the Zephyrs (Marlins). Jerry Sands got things going in the 6th with a two-run homer, his 9th of the year, then in the pivotal 8th Albuquerque strung together 4 singles to tie the game. The final two runs were actually a gift as a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by the catcher on the same play allowed a pair of runners to score. Outside of Sands' homer the only other extra base hit was a triple by Josh Fields, although 5 different players had multi-hit games including Alex Castellanos. Will Savage started this game and did OK as he gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs over 5.1 innings. Cole St. Clair provided 1.1 frames of hitless relief, while Angel Guzman got the win despite allowing a run. Josh Wall got the final 3 outs for his 15th save, which ranks 2nd in the Pacific Coast League.
AA – All Star Break
HiA – All Star Break
LoA – All Star Break
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors continued the hot start to their season as they swept the Rockies with a convincing 13 to 4 win. The three players in the lineup from the 2012 draft all contributed in some way , starting with 11th rounder Jeremy Rathjen who went 2 for 3 in this professional debut with 2 walks and a team high 4 RBI's. 18th round selection Eric Smith went 3 for 5 with a triple and a run batted in, while 13th rounder Darnell Sweeney also had a three-bagger and drove in 2. Other offensive suppliers were Devin Shines, who hit his 2nd homer of the year, and Jesus Valdez who continued his hot start with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Carlos Frias started this game and threw pretty well, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 frames while punching out 4. Three more 2012 draftees appeared in this game as they pitched out of the pen and all made their professional debuts, throwing a scoreless frame each. Daniel Coulombe (25th) was the most impressive of the bunch as he struck out the side in a perfect 5th, while Owen Jones (19th) was also impressive with 2 K's in a hitless inning. Duke von Schamann (15th) was the final member of trio to throw and he allowed just 1 hit during his inning of work.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers put on a show on Wednesday with a 19 to 9 blasting of the Royals. As mentioned above Josmar Cordero led the way again with 4 hits and 4 RBI's, including a double and another homer. Gerson Nelson also went 4 for 5 and drove in 3 with a double and a triple, while 6 other players in the lineup had exactly 2 hits The pitching didn't shine as brightly in the win as starter Luis Silverio gave up 5 runs in 3.2 innings and Daniel Lantigua got crushed for 4 scores in just 1.2 frames. Willie Canelo was pretty good in between, however, as he threw 3.1 innings of 1-hit ball.
Coming up – The Arizona Dodger open their season tomorrow, but their roster hasn't been finalized yet so I won't have their team preview ready for another day or two. All the other teams return from their All Star Breaks except for the Loons, who have one extra day off. Allen Webster should be the highlight as he throws for the Lookouts, while Stephen Fife will take the mound for the Isotopes. The Raptors will send out Carlos De Aza, while the Quakes' pitcher is TBD at this point.