On today's Ian Furness show on KJR, I discussed with Ian the lack of big time power bats in the farm system. The Rainiers don't really have one. Greg Halman has power, but his ability to make contact leaves a little something to be desired. He's on pace to strike out 288 times this season, which of course won't happen. But he's struggling a little, as is Ezequiel Carrera and Matt Mangini, who are all in their first year of Triple A.
If you look down through the ranks there are only a handful of power guys. Outfielder Carlos Pegeuro hit 31 home runs at Class A High Desert, but also struck out 172 times. But that's a hitters league. First baseman Joe Dunigan hit 30 homers at High Desert as well, while Alex Liddi hit 23 homers for the Mavericks. All three are at Double A West Tenn. So we will see a better understanding of them as players this season. Pegeuro did hit two homers yesterday in a game for the Jaxx. Thus far, Dunigan hasn't really been considered a top prospect. But Liddi could really be a good player.
At the lower levels, first baseman Rich Poythress and oufielder Johermyn Chavez are supposed to have power. Poythress hit just one homer in 26 games at West Tenn last season. Chavez, who was acquired in the Brandon Morrow trade, hit 21 homers last season in Class A. But it was second season at the Low A League. Both are at High Desert this year, so they should put up numbers, albeit somewhat inflated.
But there is no immediate power help for the M's this season from the organization.
A quick note from last night's Rainiers game, reliever Chad Cordero threw in games on consecutive for the first time since shoulder surgery. He looked good again. Working 1 1/3 innings without allowing a hit. It's another milestone in his recovery.
AAA Tacoma Rainiers (PCL)
at Tacoma 2, Sacramento 1
- Sacramento 1 run, 7 hits, 1 error
- Tacoma 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error
- RH Steven Shell 4.0,4,1,1,3,5,HB
- RH Steve Bray (W, 1-1) 3.0,1,0,0,1,3
- RH Mike Koplove 0.2,1,0,0,1,1,HB
- RH Chad Cordero (S, 2) 1.1,2,0,0,0,0
- CF Ezequiel Carrera 1x3
- C Josh Bard 1x3
- SS Josh Wilson 1x3
- 2B Chris Woodward 1x3, R
Steve Bray allowed 1 hit in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and the Rainiers scored the go-ahead run on an error to beat Sacramento 2-1 on Thursday night. Starter Steven Shell left after 4.0 innings trailing 1-0. Bray pitched through the 7th to earn the victory. Mike Koplove got 2 outs in the 8th, and Chad Cordero got the final 4 outs for his 2nd save. Both Tacoma runs came in the 5th, on a fielder's choice and an infield throwing error. Josh Wilson has hit safely in his last 4 consecutive games, batting .385 (5x13) with 1 double and 2 RBI. Chad Cordero has not allowed a run in 5.1 innings (4 G) this season.
Today’s probable starter: LH Chris Seddon (1-0, 3.38) at Salt Lake City
AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
Mississippi 10, at West Tennessee 7
- Mississippi 7 runs, 13 hits, 1 error
- West Tennessee 7 runs, 8 hits, 3 errors
- LH Nick Hill (L, 0-1) 4.0,6,7,4,0,4,HB
- LH Wes Littleton 2.0,5,3,3,0,1,HR
- RH Aaron Jensen 1.1,1,0,0,1,2,HB
- RH Mumba Rivera 0.2,0,0,0,0,1
- RH Anthony Varvaro 1.0,1,0,0,0,3
- RF Carlos Peguero 2x4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- 1B Johan Limonta 2x4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- DH Mike Wilson 1x4, R, HR, RBI
- LF Joe Dunigan 1x4, R, HR, RBI
- C Guillermo Quiroz 1x4, 2B
- 2B Dustin Ackley 1x4, BB
The Diamond Jaxx hit 5 home runs on Thursday night, but lost to the Braves, 10-7. The loss is the 3rd
straight for the Diamond Jaxx. Carlos Peguero hit 2 home runs and drove in 3, while Mike Wilson, Johan Limonta and Joe Dunigan each blasted one long ball. Carlos Peguero recorded his 4th multi-hit game of the season and has hit safely in 5 of 7 games this season. He is currently batting .385 (10x26) with 8 runs scored, 2 double, 3 home runs and 7 RBI. Peguero leads the league in slugging percentage (.808) and extra-base his (5), while also ranking T1st in home runs (3), T2nd in runs scored (8), 3rd in on-base percentage (.467) and 5th in average (.385). Aaron Jensen tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and extended his streak to 5.0 innings without allowing an earned run this season.
Today’s probable starter: LH Mauricio Robles (0-0, 0.00) vs. Mississippi
A High Desert (California League)
Lake Elsinore 6, at High Desert 5
- Lake Elsinore 6 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors
- High Desert 5 runs, 12 hits, 2 errors
- RH Maikel Cleto 3.2,6,3,1,2,2,HR,HB
- RH Ryan Moorer 2.1,2,1,1,4,1,WP
- RH Blake Nation 2.0,1,1,0,1,3
- RH Stephen Penney 2.0,4,1,1,0,3,HR
- RF Johermyn Chavez 3x5, R, 2B
- 1B Rich Poythress 2x5, R, HR, RBI
- 3B Nate Tenbrink 2x4, 2B, BB
- DH Jacob Shaffer 2x4, 2B
- 2B Kyle Seager 1x4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
- C Travis Scott 1x5, R, HR, 2 RBI
- SS Juan Diaz 1x4, RBI
For the 2nd straight night, the Mavs ended up losing a 1-run game in 10 innings, falling 6-5 to Lake Elsinore on Thursday night. Daniel Robertson hit a homer off Stephen Penney in the top of the 10th to give the Storm the lead. The Mavs had the tying run at 2nd with 2 outs in the bottom of the inning, but Storm closer Brad Brach struck out Johermyn Chavez to end the game. The Mavs pitching staff induced a California League record-tying 6 double plays. Lake Elsinore was the 4th team in league history to earn the dubious honor and the first since 1993. Kyle Seager has hit safely in 7 of the first 8 games this season, batting .344 (11x32) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 4 walks.
Today’s probable starter: RH Andrew Carraway (0-0, 3.60) vs. Lake Elsinore
A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest Lg.)
Quad Cities 16, at Clinton 6
- Quad Cities 16 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors
- Clinton 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors
- RH Tyler Blandford (L, 0-1) 2.0,6,8,5,4,3,2HR
- RH John Housey 2.1,5,6,4,5,4
- RH Daniel Cooper 3.1,5,2,2,1,0
- RH Brandon Josselyn 1.1,1,0,0,0,0
- 2B Shaver Hansen 3x4, R, 3 2B, RBI
- SS Nick Franklin 2x4, RBI, BB
- CF Daniel Carroll 1x2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
- 1B Dennis Raben 1x5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
- RF James Jones 1x4, R, 3B
- 3B Mario Martinez 1x3, R
- C Steven Baron 1x2, 2B
Quad Cities RF Devin Shepherd went 4x5 with a home run and 5 RBI to power the River Bandits to a 16-6 win over Clinton on Thursday night. The 16 runs on 17 hits were the most allowed by the LumberKings since 8/16/09 against Cedar Rapids, when Clinton lost 18-3 to the Kernels at Alliant Energy Field. Vinnie Catricala went 0x4 with a sacrifice fly and his 6th RBI, but failed to hit in a game for the first time all season. Catricala had gone 10x26 (.385) over that span with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Shaver Hansen went 3x4 with 3 doubles and 1 RBI. It marked his 1st-career 3-hit game and 1st multi-double game.
Today’s probable starter: LH Jon Hesketh (0-1, 9.54) vs. Quad Cities