Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42)
Albuquerque 9, El Paso 1
The Isotopes highlighted the importance of defense and timely hitting in a game where, despite getting just one more hit than El Paso, they were able to score eight more runs. It helped that six of Albuquerque's eleven hits were for extra bases, and that they were also able capitalize on four Chihuahua's errors as well as four walks. Dustin Garneau went 2-3 with two walks. Garneau has had a, let's say, uneven year. Here is what Garneau's season has looked like so far: April .316/.409/.579, May .197/.260/.288, June .328/.421/.609. Yeah, I don't know what to make of it either.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (40-33)
Bowie 5, New Britain 4 (11)
W: Rowen (2-0, 2.36); L: House (0-3, 3.81)
Bryan Evans pitched seven innings, allowing two solo home runs and striking out six. The bats were largely silent, as the Rock Cats lost in extra innings. Tommy Murphy hit his 11th home run of the season. Murphy has cooled off from his torrid start, but he still has an .840 OPS against same handed pitching. In a recent poll of MLB general managers, Murphy was mentioned as a top three catcher in MiLB repeatedly. Murphy growing into a star or even just a solid regular would be a great surprise after he lost last season due to injury.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (34-37)
Modesto 5, San Jose 2
W: Musgrave (9-1, 3.01); L: Hanson (1-1, 2.25) ; SV: Carasiti (3)
Harrison Musgrave had yet another strong start and now has a 1.41 ERA in his five home starts this year. Raimel Tapia collected his fifth multi-hit performance in his last eight games. Even when he is slumping the talented Dominican is still able to hit .300. Having multiple sources like Baseball Prospectus give Tapia a 70 grade on his hit tool, or FanGraphs Kiley McDaniels saying "he can really hit," will only make it more disappointing when the Rockies ruin him.
Single-A: Asheville Tourists (32-39)
Kannapolis 9, Asheville 8
W: Cooper (2-0, 1.74); L: Michalec (1-2, 5.10)
Ryan Castellani had his longest outing of the season, working five innings while striking out three and walking one. In his last ten starts Castellani has a 2.56 ERA with 33K to just 11 walks in 38 2/3 innings. Despite getting home runs from rising stars Omar Carrizales, Forrest Wall, and Dom Nunez the Tourists lost in a bottom of the ninth after allowing four runs.
Single-A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (3-5)
Eugene 3, Boise 1
W: Steele (1-0, 0.82); L: Thompson (0-1, 6.14); SV: Wilson (1)
Boise had another silent bat nigh,t managing just one run on four hits and no walks. Kevin Padlo went 1-3 with a double, which served as a reminder that the 18 year old is a talented player, and that it wasn't long ago when he was shredding the Pioneer League.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (5-3)
Orem 15, Grand Junction 11
W: Fernandez, A (1-0, 5.63); L: Talley (0-1, 22.50)
Speaking of youngsters in the Pioneer League, Brendan Rodgers made his organizational debut in style. He flashed a nice glove and finished a triple short of the cycle. He went 4-6 in all. Rodgers is capable of putting up eye popping numbers in the Pioneer League, and it should be a fun summer watching him grow into his power. Grand Junction fell behind early after starter Christian Talley allowed 10 runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work. The GJ Rockies were never able to climb out of that hole.
Rookie: DSL Rockies (10-13)
DSL Twins 4, DSL Rockies 1
W: Herrera, J (1-1, 3.91); L: Eusebio (1-2, 2.25); SV: Perez, R (1)
Pedro Gonzalez logged his fifth multi hit game in his last ten, and his .303/.357/.584 line for the season is crazy good for the DSL. Eighteen year old pitcher Henry Garcia continued his strong start and now has a 0.56 ERA in his first 18 innings of the year.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Jair Jurrjens
Double-A New Britain: Brett Marshall
High-A Modesto: TBD
Single-A Asheville: Grahamm Wiest
Short Season-A Boise: Angel Lezama
DSL Rockies: TBD
Rookie Grand Junction: TBD