Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (48-58)
Salt Lake 9, Albuquerque 6
W: Reyes, Jo (3-2, 5.98) ; L: Owens (0-3, 4.73) ; SV: Bedrosian (2)
The Isotopes managed to spoil the org debut of of Miguel Castro, and despite a late rally never quite overcame a rough start from Rudy Owens who was appearing in his third game for the organization. The game did feature a ground rule by Trevor Story, home runs by Tommy Murphy, Roger Bernadina and Wilin Rosario. The homerun by Murphy was the first of his AAA career, and brought his line there to .348/.375/.522. Murphy was drafted in 2012, and while injuries have limited him to a little over a season and a half worth of games, his minor league career numbers work out to a .271/.349/.502 with 28HR and 40-2B over a full season, the 24 year old catcher is still more than a full year younger than more heralded Travis D'Arnaud was when he debuted in MLB. Castro worked a clean eighth inning collecting three ground outs in his debut.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (50-54)
New Britain 9, Erie 4
W: Carle (11-6, 3.70) ; L: Collier (3-1, 3.23)
Jordan Patterson doesn't give a damn about your top 100 prospect lists, the 23yo outfielder is shutting up anyone who thought his .304/.378/.568 line in Modesto was just another old for level college hitter obliterating the Cal league by treating the AA eastern league like batting practice. Patterson has a .364/.420/.636 since being promoted, and had another double in this contest. Patterson was part of a hit parade as New Britain pushed across nine runs on fourteen hits in route to their 50th win of the season. I'm not saying David Dahl is magic, but the Rock Cats are 36-24 with him in the lineup, and 14-30 without him, the top positional PuRP went 2-5 with a double in this game.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (56-47)
Visalia 7, Modesto 1
W: Doran (6-1, 2.86) ; L: Balog (1-4, 4.22)
Alex Balog is nine starts into the 2015 season, and this start included has given up at least three earned runs in six of them. Visalia jumped all over the Modesto starter, plating six runs(four earned) one nine hits in his five innings of work. Modesto's offense was uncharacteristically anemic without the scorching hot Ryan McMahon or Dillon Thomas playing as they collected one run on just three hits. The one run was on Raimel Tapia's ninth home run of the season, Tapia also walked once as the lone bright spot on offense.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (52-50)
Savannah 3, Asheville 2
W: Villasmil (2-0, 5.40) ; L: Lomangino (2-2, 4.42) ; SV: Peterson, T (1)
Dom Nunez went hitless for just the second time since June 19th, the 20yo catcher has hit .375 over that stretch with 21 walks to just nine strikeouts. Nunez is a guy who's ceiling and skills could easily have him climbing in the PuRP ranks even as the system becomes more stacked. The Tourists were unable to capitalize on another decent start by the 19yo Ryan Castellani, the young right hander used 71 pitches through four innings striking out three and walking none allowing two runs in the process. The Rockies obviously have a very specific plan for the 19 year old as evidenced by both his aggressive promotion schedule, and tight pitch count.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (15-27)
Vancouver 6, Boise 4
W: Hollon (2-2, 3.18) ; L: Sawyer (2-3, 4.46) ; SV: DeGraaf (1)
Starter Logan Sawyer's fifth inning blowup was just too much for the Hawks to come back from, the 22yo allowed six runs overall and four in just the fifth inning to take the loss. Carlos Herrera had a hit and an RBI, but his 1-5 night dropped his July line in the NWL to .330/.385/.450.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (22-19)
Grand Junction 9, Orem 7
W: McMahon (2-2, 8.49) ; L: Gatto (0-3, 5.03) ; SV: Thoele (4)
Brendan Rodgers collected his first two hits since returning from illness that had knocked him out between July 21st and 27th, the talented youngster has been battling illness and it has been obvious in his stat line after he jumped out to a .367/.441/.600 line on July 12th, his cold wave of plate appearances has knocked him down to a .242/.333/.379 line total. Peter Lambert got the start in this one and despite walking three did something almost no high school kid does in the Pioneer League, he held his opponents scoreless. Lambert has now made three starts in pro ball, and due to heavy restrictions has pitched just 10 2/3 innings in those games, that he has allowed just one run in his three starts is incredibly encouraging. As obviously talented the high school crop is this year in Grand Junction, this year's crop of college hitters that made up the #3-#6 hitters in the lineup 1B Collin Ferguson(.350/.475/.713 season), RF Sam Hilliard (.345/.438/.603), CF Jensen Park (.372/.392/.617), 3B Chris Keck(.319/.405/.609) has done everything asked of them, and while many will write them off as beating up on inferior competition this is where the Corey Dickersons of the world also make their first mark. Sure most of those guys are likely to end up as org filler, but some(for me it is Park) have a real chance of breaking through.
Rookie: DSL Rockies (22-30)
DSL Rockies 5, DSL Orioles 3
W: Oviedo (2-2, 3.27) ; L: Bonilla (1-1, 4.29) ; SV: Garcia, H (4)
18-year-old C Hidekel Gonzalez continues to impress, going 2-3 in this one with two walks, obviously as with all catchers his future value lies in his defense but his .328/.384/.402 line speaks well of his contact tools if nothing else. SS Pedro Gonzalez went 1-4 with a double, and 17yo 2B/SS Franklin Garcia's two hit night brought his line to .290/.341/.347 the notoriously pitcher friendly league.
NBR: Flemer (5-7, 3.12)
MOD: Jemiola (4-2, 4.72)
ASH: Wiest (3-1, 2.45)
BOI: Palacios, J (1-2, 4.15)
GJ: Killian (1-1, 4.84)