Strasburg yesterday was a complete bummer for me, but we press on with the minors report. I'm as bummed about the lack of high quality close to the majors prospects to help pick up the slack after him as I am bummed about a potential injury. Interestingly, I read this on a minors thread for those looking for sunshine: "Felix [Hernandez, Seattle ace] strained his flexor in his rookie year."
The Tyler Moore Show is rocking the system right now; the other guys are just the supporting case. He had some video game numbers last night: 4-4, 3R, double, 2HR, 5RBI. Frankly, if this were the majors I'd expect there to be a one pitch or four pitch walk somewhere in there. He's got 28HR and 102 RBI in just 115 games with an .864 OPS overall. Apparently, he didn't care for the Justin Bloxom as OPS leader in the system and decided to lap the field with that line last night. He'd have 39HR and 144 RBI projected out to 162 games. He's been ridiculous since the All-Star break. Over his last 50 games and 191 at bats he's hitting .356/.403/.764/1.167OPS after having just a .638 OPS before the break. That's otherworldly and might have earned a callup to a higher level if conditions were different. More highly rated (and far bigger signing bonus) Chris Marrero in Harrisburg is blocking him at 1B and Michael Burgess' promotion might be blocking him from an Arizona Fall League spot. Well done, Tyler Moore, and I hope this will get him some recognition on Nationals prospects lists going forward.
Your game summaries, minors links, and prospect performances after the jump:
Last year's fans might recognize this song. Jason Bergmann gave up a two run home run in the 8th inning to get the loss in a Chiefs 4-3 defeat to Yankees affiliate Scranton-Wilksbury. Even worse, that wasted seven dominant shutout innings from starter Erik Arnesen. The catching/DH prospect who was going to be the center of the Cliff Lee deal, Jesus Montero, hit the HR and ended up with three of the Yankees 4 RBI. Harrisburg was rained out. They're playing two 7 inning games in a doubleheader today. Tyler Moore's 5RBI and Derek Norris' 3-4 with a 2R HR led the way in a Potomac bounce back 9-2 win over Winston-Salem. Hagerstown fell 5-1 to twenty year old to Lakewood's Jon Pettibone, a twenty year old prospect in their system. Only catcher Sandy Leone's second HR of the season averted the shutout.
Sue Dinem at Nationalsprospects.com writes last night's gamer in Potomac, focusing on Derek Norris' redemption in his HR at bat and the playoff implications of last night's win. Yuniesky Maya makes his debut for Potomac today.
- April Whitzman writes the complete organizational summary and focuses on how Hagerstown loser Mitchell Clegg's performance was out of character for him.
- The Hagerstown Herald-Mail gamer gives more details on Clegg's night and his struggles in a three-run 2nd inning.
- Fan Fav Boomer Whiting, CF: 0-3, R, BB, K
- Fan Fav Michael Martinez, SS: 1-3, CS
- Danny Espinosa, SS: 1-4, R, RBI, 2B Now .250/.299/.517/.815 in fifteen games for Syracuse.
- Wilson Ramos, C: 1-4, RBI
- Erik Arnesen, RSP: 7IP, 3H, 2BB, 9K, HBP
AA Harrisburg: Rained Out
High A Potomac:
- Derek Norris, C: 3-4, 4R, 2RBI, 2B, 2R HR, BB
- Tyler Moore, 1B: 4-4, 3R, 5RBI, 2B, 2 2R HR
- Adrian Alaniz, RSP: (W, 7-4) 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR, HBP
Low A Hagerstown:
Rick Hague, SS: 0-4, 2K, 2 throwing errors
- Adrian Sanchez, 2B: 0-4, 2K,
JP Ramirez, LF: 0-4, K, fielding error
Destin Hood, RF: 0-3, K, fielding error, outfield assist
- Eury Perez, CF: 1-3, 2B,