Minor League Player of the Day: James Baldwin got on base four times, with three hits and a walk, and stole four bases for Single-A Great Lakes. It is a shame Baldwin can't make contact because when he does he's quite the player. Baldwin has 286 at-bats, 118 strikeouts, and 34 walks. That K rate is whack. But take away the strikeouts, and you get 71 hits in 168 at-bats, including 26 extra base hits. Now take a look at the 36 stolen bases with only eight times caught. He'd be such a weapon if he could reduce those Ks. Baldwin has a .952 OPS in his last 10 games.
Triple-A: The Isotopes lost 3-2 but Stephen Fife pitched a masterful game, getting eighteen outs, giving up only three hits, and zero earned runs. Dee Gordon didn't play, and no one offensively did anything of significance.
Double-A: This is a joke right? The Lookouts were shutout 3-0. They managed eight singles, including one by Joc Pederson. Andres Santiago started for the Lookouts and took the loss (3-10). I've done four minor league reports in the past week, and the Lookouts have been shutout in three of them. Remember when Angelo Songco was only 22, and blasted 29 home runs for the Quakes in 2011? A terrible injury ruined his 2012 season and we had high hopes for him getting back on track in 2013 but so far he has yet to adjust to Double-A pitching. The local kid from Loyola needs to get it going, hopefully he can get a streak going before 2013 ends.
High Class-A: Pedro Guerrero's two run single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Quakes a hard fought 11-10 victory. The two-run rally was started with two outs. In the five run fifth inning, outfielder Noel Cuevas (11th) and Scott Schebler (22nd) went back to back. Chris Jacobs reached base four times, three via the walk and now sports a .463 OBP in his last 10 games. The anemic hitting Guerrero drove in five runs, which I'd bet on being a career high. Jon Michael Redding started and got 18 outs giving up four runs. The Quakes used four pitchers and each one gave up one less run then the previous pitcher. 4-3-2-1, with Jarrett Martin pitching last, and the getting the victory.
Low Class-A: The Loons go down 5-4, number one pick Chris Anderson was not at his best. He did not give up any earned runs in his four innings of work but did allow six hits and two walks. Third baseman Brandon Dixon made two errors giving him fifteen in only 32 games. The 21-year-old Dixon might be that rare breed, an infielder who not only can't hit (.596 OPS) but can't field. The offense was led by James Baldwin who had three hits, one walk, and four stolen bases (36/8). Corey Seager was 1-for-5.
Rookie (Ogden): Did not play
Rookie (Arizona): The AZL Dodgers won 10-7 behind two home runs from Josmar Cordero. The 21-year-old Venezuelan catcher also drove in four runs. Twenty-three-year-old Adam Law had four singles. Law is leading the Arizona league in hits. He's a singles machine with only seven extra-base hits. Why a 23-year-old is in the Arizona League you will need to ask DeJon Watson.
Rookie (Dominican): Off day
Transactions: Great Lakes placed relief pitcher Scott Griggs on the seven-day disabled list and activated right-handed pitcher Luis Meza from the DL.
Coming up: In an 11 a.m. PT start in Albuquerque, Jonathan Sanchez makes his eighth start with the Isotopes on Monday. Duke von Schamann starts for Chattanooga at Jacksonville. Tom Windle, the Dodgers' 2013 second round pick, starts for Great Lakes. The Raptors return home, with Scott Barlow starting against Grand Junction. The Quakes are off.