Over the last two days of minor league round-up we've seen what Archie Bradley and David Holmberg can do when they're "On" and we've got them penciled into the rotation for the rest of this decade. Tyler Skaggs went out last night and reminded us that he can't easily be forgotten in that group and just because he had a couple of sub-par major league starts doesn't mean he doesn't have what it takes to be near the top of that list. He was simply dominant again last night taking a shutout into the 9th inning with 13 strikeouts. So allow me to restate my position yesterday. How many teams can say they have 4 pieces of their rotation set for the next 6-7 years? Corbin, Bradley, Holmberg and Skaggs, in no particular order should rate as good as any four starters out there come 2015 and beyond. And that's not counting guys like Delgado, Miley, Spruill, Anderson, Shipley, Blair, etc. This is a dead horse I don't mind beating on a daily basis.
3 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 13 K, 0 ER, W (6-6)
2 Stars: Bradin Hagens, Mobile 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 ER
1 Star: Jordan Parr, Hillsboro 3 for 4, 1 DBL, 2 RBI, 1 SB
0 Stars: Joe Munoz, Missoula 0 for 5, 4 K
Triple A: Reno 1 @ Sacramento 0. Tyler Skaggs took a shutout into the 9th inning as he overwhelmed the Sacramento lineup and he needed every bit of it as the offense gave him just one run to work with. Skaggs hit the wall a bit in the 9th walking 2 batters and being relieved by Chaz Roe with two on and one out. Roe came on and struck out both hitters he faced to close it out. Juan Rivera drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double in the 6th that scored Tyler Bortnick. Chris Owings added 2 more hits.
Double A: Mobile 5 @ Mississippi 3. Bradin Hagens was solid again allowing just 1 run in 6 innings of work. The bullpen and defense got a little shaky in the 7th allowing the Braves to score the tying runs. But Mobile scored the game-winners in the top of the 9th on a couple of sacrifice flies. Garrett Webber went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and Dustin Martin went 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and a double.
High A: Visalia 6 Bakersfield 11. Newly acquired minor league free agent Eddie McKeirnan started and got knocked around for 5 runs in 6 innings. The bullpen wasn't much better allowing 6 runs of their own though the defense contributed to the problem. Tom Belza was the best offensive player of the night going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Adam Eaton continued his rehab assignment for Visalia as the DH going 1 for 3 with 2 walks, an RBI and 2 stolen bases.
Low A: South Bend - Rained Out
Short Season A: Hillsboro 2 Salem-Keizer 7.Jonathan Pulley got roughed up for 7 runs (5 earned) in 5+ innings and the offense wasn't up to that task. Jordan Parr had a nice game going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Leadoff hitter Taylor Ratliff went 3 for 5 and stole a base.
Rookie: Missoula 4 Helena 8. It was another bullpen meltdown for the Osprey who took a 4-0 lead into the 8th only to surrender 3 runs in the 8th and 5 more in the 9th. This time it was Francisco Guzman and Eric Meyerchick taking the beating. Carlos Hernandez started and pitched into the 5th without allowing a run. Robbie Buller followed with 2.2 innings of shutout ball with 4 strikeouts. Chuck Taylor got bumped up to the leadoff spot due to his hot start and went 1 for 3 with 2 walks. He's hitting .364 on the season and an OBP of .500 with 8 stolen bases in 8 games. Stryker Trahan went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.