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Dodgers minor league report June 29: John Richy, A.J. Vanegas make professional debuts

2014 3rd round pick John Richy and 2014 11th round pick A.J. Vanegas had very different results in their professional debuts on Sunday

John Richy while at UNLV
John Richy while at UNLV

Minor League Player of the DayGreg Harris (LoA) - 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 5 K's.  For the second time in three starts Harris allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings.  While a couple of rough outings have left his ERA at just below 5, the 19 year old is having a very solid year in his first full season and has struck out over a batter per inning.

AAA – The Aces (Dbacks) doubled up on the Isotopes 8 to 4 on Sunday.  The recently promoted Nick Struck allowed 12 hits and 6 runs over 6 innings of work, including a pair of homers to Alfredo Marte.  Reliever Juan Abreu permitted two more runs out of the bullpen and at that point the game was out of reach.  Albuquerque didn't produce a whole lot on offense outside of big day from Jeremy Hazelbaker who went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer.  Jamie Romak went 1 for 5 with an RBI double in his return to the Isotopes.

AA – The game between the Lookouts and Barons (White Sox) was suspended due to rain.  By the time the rain set in after the 3rd inning, Birmingham had a one run lead after scoring 3 times off of Garrett Gould.  On offense Scott Schebler had already connected on his 16th homer while Darnell Sweeney and Chris O'Brien had doubles.

HiA – The Quakes used a couple of big offensive days at the plate and solid relief work to down the 66ers (Angels) 6 to 3.  DH Aaron Miller went 3 for 5 and fell a homer shy of a cycle while both Brandon Dixon and Chris Jacobs had the long ball that Miller was missing.  Steven Proscia doubled and drove in 3 while Jeremy Rathjen was a perfect 3 for 3 in his return to Rancho.  On the mound starter Fabio Martinez was his usual self as he struck out 6 in 4.1 innings of work but also walked 7 and allowed 3 runs.  A trio of relievers gave up just 1 hit over the final 4.2 frames, including a perfect 9th from Daniel Coulombe who recorded his 3rd save of the year.

LoA – The Loons withstood a late rally by the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) to pull out a 3 - 2 victory.  After starter Greg Harris tossed 5 shutout innings while allowing just 2 hits, reliever Victor Arano got through the next two frames without any issues.  Arano did allow a run in the 8th, however, then his counterpart with a very similar name, Victor Araujo, gave up 3 consecutive singles and a run to start the 9th.  Luckily Araujo settled down after that to retire the next 3 batters which saved the game and gave Harris his 6th win of the season.  At the dish Jesmuel Valentin continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 4 with his 5th homer of the season.  Valentin now has multi-hit games in each of his last 3 contests.  Malcolm Holland had the only other notable performance as he doubled in a run and stole his 30th base of the season.

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors had just 1 extra base hit on Sunday as Ogden fell to Orem (Angels) 7 to 1.  Catcher Julio Leon doubled and Austin Cowen drove in the Raptors only run, but that was it for the Ogden offense.  On the mound starter Bernardo Reyes permitted just 3 hits over 6 innings of work, however he still gave up 3 runs and took the loss.  2014 3rd round pick John Richy made his professional debut in relief and got rocked to the tune of 4 hits and 4 runs (2 earned), while 2014 11th rounder A.J. Vanegas had much better results in his debut as he tossed a perfect frame.

Rookie Arizona – Off day

DSL – Off day

Coming up – The Quakes take Monday off, but everyone else will be in action including the Lookouts who will finish their suspended game from Sunday and then send Matt Shelton to the mound for their regularly scheduled contest.  The other announced starters are Zach Lee for the Isotopes, Jonathan Martinez for the Loons, and Victor Gonzalez for the Raptors.

Minor League Transactions – AAA: Nick Struck was promoted to Albuquerque while Carlos Frias was sent back to Chattanooga.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap