Minor League Player of the Day: Chris Anderson takes the honors with his six innings of solid work in his sixth professional start. Other notables were Aaron Miller and Victor Gonzalez.
Triple-A: Stephen Fife pitched his rehab game, going four innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk, and six strikeouts. Isotopes lost 6-5, with Alex Castellanos leading the offense, as he slugged a double and home run. Alex is having an excellent July as he tries to make himself relevant again, posting a 1.100 OPS this month.
Double-A: The Lookouts couldn't find their offense if they were on top of Lookout mountain. They lost again, this time 7-0 managing one hit, by Matt Wallach with one out in the ninth inning. As everyone has been debating if Joc Pederson is top 20, or top 50, or top 100 prospect he's in the midst of the biggest slump he's had since he was force fed the MWL in 2011. In his last ten games Pederson is 4-for-33 with his OPS dropping as fast as Puigs. Might be something about July. Jonathan Garcia got of to a good start in Double-A but in his last ten games, Mr. Garcia is 6-for-33. The young outfielders are a combined 10 for 66 in their last ten games. If you want some positives out of AA, Gould was better than Ross Stripling, but only because Stripling was what one might call ineffective . As Dodger fans debate if Ross Stripling is a top 50, or top 100 prospect he has given up seven runs along with twelve hits in his last four innings over three games. I'm sure this just means that Stripling is working on something as a relief pitcher and is not indicative of the outstanding skills he displayed as a starter, that no one wants to trade away for an actual major league baseball player.
High Class-A: The Quakes won a laugher 9-2, and the only surprise was that Scott Schebler did not hit a home run. Cotton started the game but went only three innings even though he was unscored upon. Eric Eadington got the win by going the next three innings. The offense was led by Darnell Sweeney who drove in three runs with a double and triple.
Low Class-A: Number one pick Chris Anderson pitched the Loons to a 7-1 victory going six strong innings. Anderson only gave up four hits. Nice to see the innings get extended as he has gone from two innings to three to four to five, and now to six. So far he's doing what number one picks out of college are supposed to do. Converted outfielder Aaron Miller was the hitting star with four hits including his fifth home run along with a walk giving him a perfect day at the plate. Maybe Miller is starting to adapt to his full time outfielder role.
Rookie (Ogden):Raptors lose 8-3 as three pitchers you don't need to ever pay attention to got hit fairly hard. 19-year-old Justin Chigbogu continues to lead the Raptor offense with two more hits. I kind of love stuff like this, over his last ten games Justin has 43 at bats, 15 hits, 3 walks, and 14 K's leaving him with only 11 at-bats where he has made an out when hitting the ball.
Rookie (Arizona): Dodgers won 9-1, led by 21-year-old Michael Ahmed who banged out two doubles. 17-year-old Victor Gonzalez from Mexico combined with Abdiel Velazquez to hold the opponents to one run. Guess I need to start paying attention to Gonzalez, who is only 17, and has had a great short season so far. He has not been allowed to pitch more than five innings yet but in seven games he has notched 39 K's in only 32 innings, but best of all only eight walks and four of them came in one game.
Roster moves: Right-handed pitcher Luis Meza was placed on the disabled list by Great Lakes, and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez was re-added to the Loons roster from rookie level Ogden.
Coming up: Jonathan Sanchez starts for the Isotopes in Nashville. Andres Santiago starts for Double-A Chattanooga, who returns home to battle Jackson. Jon Michael Redding starts for the Quakes, back home to host Inland Empire. Great Lakes is off Tuesday.