One prospect that we've really been taking for granted is Jonathan Griffin, who has been mashing the ball for Visalia all year. He was drafted in the 21st round in 2011 out of Central Florida, signed immediately, and headed to Missoula where he had a very good first season with 18 home runs and an .887 OPS. He skipped over Low A and went directly to High A where he has started at 1B all year. In 487 AB he has 26 home runs, 98 RBI, an .874 OPS, a tolerable K rate of 20%, a decent BB rate of 9.2% and a .300 BA. Those are not numbers to sneeze at. He's a big guy at 6-7 and 250 lbs so naturally it's convenient to compare him with Goldie. His numbers don't quite stack up to Goldie's but they're not all that far off either. Next year Griffin will be heading to Mobile and that's where we'll find out if he's really in Goldie's realm or not. The bigger problem is his way his obviously blocked by Goldie. So if he keeps progressing it won't be long before he becomes trade bait. And by the way, all he did last night was hit 2 more home runs in a big Visalia win.
3 Stars: Jonathan Griffin, Visalia 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR (26), 5 RBI (98)
2 Stars: Ross Gerdeman, Missoula 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (4-4)
1 Star: Alexander Careras, Yakima 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 R, 0 ER
0 Stars: Yazy Arbelo, Visalia 0 for 5, 3 K
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 3 Fresno 6. Reno was beat last night by none other than Yusmeiro Petit, who has actually pitched pretty well all year in AAA. He hasn't seen the majors since playing for the Dbacks in 2009, but he's trying to get back there. Zach Kroenke had his typical poor start giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. The offense was pretty meager though Konrad Schmidt had a nice game going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. Adam Eaton has missed the last 3 games for Reno. If anyone knows why feel free to chime in.
Double A: Mobile 3 @ Tennessee 4. David Holmberg started and had a pretty good game but it wasn't a special outing. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings while striking out 3. He left with the game tied at 3 but Evan Marshall gave up a run in his 2 innings of work and the offense couldn't make up the difference. Alfredo Marte was the main offensive highlight going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
High A: Visalia 11 Stockton 6. The offense got it done this night particularly Jonathan Griffin who hit two home runs for 5 RBI as he continues his terrific season. Taylor Siemens started and got the win but he was far from special allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings. Gerson Montilla had a 3-hit night with a double and Keon Broxton clubbed his 18th home run in a 2-hit effort. Carter Bell hit a 2-run homer his 3rd in 3 days. Kyle Winkler had one of his better relief appearances pitching 3 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.
Low A: South Bend 4 Bowling Green 10. Tyler Green got roughed up a little giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks in 4+ innings. The offense couldn't handle that deficit though they got within 2 in the 7th. But the bullpen gave up 4 in the 9th to remove any thought of a comeback. Sean Jamieson went 2 for 5 with a 2-run homer in the 7th, and Matt Helm hit his 10th home run.
Short Season A: Yakima 2 @ Everett 5. Alexander Careras had an outstanding start as he went 5 innings allowing just an unearned run on 3 hits and a walk. But Blake Forslund gave up 2 in the 6th and Will Locante gave up 2 more in the 8th. The Bears managed just 3 hits with 2 coming from Yogey Perez-Ramos including his 1st home run of the year.
Rookie: Missoula 9 @ Idaho Falls 0. A complete victory from the Osprey last night as Ross Gerdeman had one of his best starts of the year and the offense was in full support. Gerdeman pitched 6 shutout innings on 5 hits and 2 walks to even his record at 4-4. Seven Osprey hitters had at least 2 hits in the 15-hit attack with 3 coming from Michael Perez including 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Tyler Bream's 2 hits included his 3rd homer of the season.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 4 @ Giants 5. Luis Hernandez had a good start allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Tanner Hamilton didn't fare so well giving up 3 runs in his 1 inning of work and even 3 late runs by the offense wasn't enough. Stryker Trahan hit his 5th home run of the year to go along with 2 walks. Chuck Taylor and Jose Munoz also had a pair of hits each.