The Tri-City Dust Devils (Low-A) had their home opener, Adrian Morejon and Luis Urías set career highs in strikeouts, and the catchers in the system combined to throw out four base runners. Thanks again for checking out MadFriars.com, your go-to for the latest coverage of the number one farm system in baseball.
Nashville Sounds 8 – Chihuahuas 6 (10 innings)
Key Stats: DH Franchy Cordero 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K, R; RF Wil Myers 1-4, 2 K; SS Luis Urías 0-4, RBI, 3 K; 1B Allen Craig 3-5, HR (9), RBI, R, K; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, 2B, BB; SP Dillon Overton 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 7 K; RP Robert Stock 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K
Prospect Watch: Luis Urías struck out three times last night, all three were on called third strikes. This was the first 3-strikeout game of his career. After walking more than he has struck out in all of his professional seasons, his strikeout-to-walk ratio this season is 52:39, with his K rate at 19.3%, an all-time high. … Coming off a pair of promising starts, Dillon Overton had the makings of a solid outing until he got to the fifth inning, where he allowed four doubles, leading to three Nashville runs. A one-time second-round pick by Oakland, the 26-year-old lefty sports a 2.96 ERA in eight PCL starts. … Both Franchy Cordero and Wil Myers looked pretty rusty at he plate, taking some big swings and coming up empty against some breaking balls and changeups. Myers’ lone hit was a dribbler to third with the infield playing back. Cordero also hit a ball sharply in the third inning that the first baseman made a good play on to retire him. … The Chihuahuas rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, using a single, a pair of walks, a fielding error, and a Urías sac fly to tie the game at six runs apiece. In the tenth, Sounds shortstop (and A’s no.4 prospect) Jorge Mateo hit a 2-run homer to lead off the inning against Colten Brewer.
Frisco RoughRiders 4 – Missions 2
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 2-4, 2B, R, K; LF Josh Naylor 0-4, K; 3B Ty France 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, K; C Austin Allen 1-4, RBI, K; SP Jacob Nix 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K; RP Phil Maton 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: The story of the night was the pitching on both sides. While Frisco starter Tyler Davis held the Missions to just three baserunners in the first five innings (lowering his ERA to a still very high 8.51), Jacob Nix put on a show of his own. After letting a fastball catch too much of the plate and paying the price on a first inning 2-run homer, he retired the next 12 hitters in a row. Though he only struck out a pair of hitters, he recorded 12 ground ball outs, throwing 83 pitches with an 82% strike rate. He’s now allowed three earned runs in four starts and 21.1 innings since coming off the disabled list. … Austin Allen threw out his 23rd runner of the season, raising his caught stealing percentage to 34.8%. It was 20.6% for Lake Elsinore last season. Runners have attempted 66 stolen bases against him, nine more than any other catcher in the Texas League. … Josh Naylor is 1-for-13 in this series, dropping his batting average ten points to .308. Though he has an impressive 9.5% walk rate, he hasn’t earned a walk in his last 12 games. … The Missions two runs came in the sixth, on doubles by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ty France, and an RBI single from Allen. … With the game tied at two in the bottom of the ninth, the RoughRiders walked it off on a 2-run homer off of Erik Johnson by the Rangers no.26 prospect Josh Morgan.
Missions Notes: Due to the promotion of another member of the Texas League South All-Star team, Michael Gettys became the tenth Mission named to the squad (a league high), joining Cal Quantrill, Logan Allen, Rowan Wick, Brad Wieck, River Stevens, Tatis Jr., Naylor, Allen, and France.
Lancaster JetHawks 3 – Storm 1
Key Stats: CF Edward Olivares 0-4, BB, SB; C Austin Hedges 0-4; 3B-1B Hudson Potts 1-5, R, K, SB; DH Luis Torrens 2-4, 2B, RBI; PH-RF Buddy Reed 0-1, BB; SP Adrian Morejon (L, 4-4) 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 12 K
Prospect Watch: Though he took the tough-luck loss on Friday night, Adrian Morejon had a stellar outing, setting a career high with 12 strikeouts. In the first inning, a leadoff walk and a double set the table for a wild pitch strike three to score a run, but he then retired the next 14 hitters in order. He ran into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases on a pair of singles and a hit batter, but escaped with just a lone run scored on a sacrifice fly. Morejon’s K/9 rate is up to 10.3, with his ERA down to 3.59 on the year (though it’s 2.80 his last six starts). … Austin Hedges is 4-12 with a walk and a strikeout in his first four rehab games with Lake Elsinore, and he threw out a runner trying to steal second. … The Storm’s lone run came on an RBI double by Luis Torrens, his 18th double of the season. Though his OPS is just .772 on the season, it’s 1.009 in June (13 games, 57 plate appearances).
TinCaps 5 – Great Lake Loons 2
Key Stats: LF Robbie Podorsky 5-5, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-5, 4 K; CF Jeisson Rosario 0-3, RBI, BB, K; DH Luis Campusano 2-3, RBI; 3B Luis Almanzar 0-4, 2 K; SP Luis Patiño 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4 – Dust Devils 3
Key Stats: SS Owen Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 0-4; DH Michael Curry 3-4, 2B, R; C Blake Hunt 0-3, BB, K; CF Tre Carter 1-4, HR, RBI, R, K; LF Mason House 0-3, BB, 2 K; SP Henry Henry 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K; RP Carter Capps (L, 0-1) 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K; RP Andres Munoz 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: In the season opener, the Dust Devils sent Henry Henry to the mound, who was a Northwest League All-Star for them last year. After a rough go in Fort Wayne to start the season (a 19.89 ERA in five relief appearances totaling 6.1 innings), the 19-year-old was able to work out of trouble, scattering seven hits, including a double and a solo home run. He walked almost two batters an inning for the TinCaps, but issued just one free pass on the night. … Tri-City’s 1-through-4 batters were all college players from the 2018 MLB Draft class: 2B Luke Becker (9th round, Kentucky), SS Owen Miller (3rd round, Illinois State), Dwanya Williams-Sutton (5th round, East Carolina), and DH Michael Curry (16th round, Georgia). The Becker-Miller infield duo turned a pair of double plays on the night, while Curry had a three-hit night. … The Volcanoes stole a pair of bases off Henry and catcher Blake Hunt, but Hunt threw out a pair of runners on his own once Carter Capps (on a rehab assignment with Tri-City) and Andres Muñoz entered the game. … Capps has been working on making his unorthodox delivery adhere to the rules of the game, and though he wasn’t called for any balks in the game, Tri-City announcer Chris King described it as “very similar” to what he has used in the past, and that it was pretty borderline in his opinion. Against Low-A competition, he allowed four hits and a run in his inning of work, which broke the 2-2- tie. … Muñoz allowed a leadoff walk, which was erased by a caught stealing, and then struck out the next two hitters he faced. … Tre Carter, who hit .192 in 31 games for Fort Wayne this season, homered in his first at-bat of the season. The speedy center fielder upped his walk-rate to 14.7% in a small sample size with Fort Wayne, though the 21-year-old still struck out 31% of the time.
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