Last year's 1st round draft pick Stryker Trahan got off to a somewhat tepid start to his season playing for Missoula in the Pioneer League. The 19-year-old catcher hit .229 in June with 1 home run and a .661 OPS. But July has been another matter hitting .324 with 2 homers, 12 RBI and a .973 OPS. Overall in 27 games he's hitting .294 with an .874 OPS. He's still playing catcher full-time as the team clearly wants him to develop there. Some of the numbers still flash on the negative side with 7 errors in 24 games behind the plate and 8 passed balls. Those are mostly throwing errors, and on the bright side he's seen an uptick in the numbers of runners caught stealing, from 24% last year to 35% this year. All small sample sizes for sure so it's hard to tell how things are really going. But he's hitting enough, the K rate is still more than manageable and his future remains bright no matter how you slice it.
3 Stars: Alfredo Marte, Reno 3 for 6, 1 R, 2 DBL, 1 HR (3), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Alex Glenn, South Bend 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Stryker Trahan, Missoula 3 for 6, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Daniel Watts, Visalia 3.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 9 R, L (0-2)
Triple A: Reno 7 Tacoma 9. Brandon McCarthy made his second rehab start and was much better than his first time out. He got through 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and1 walk while striking out 3. The Reno bullpen was bad allowing a run in the 8th, another in the 9th that tied the game, 2 in the 10th, and 2 more in the 12th. The offense had their chances and did well to tie it in the bottom of the 10th, but ultimately came up short. Alfredo Marte went 3 for 6 with 2 doubles and his 3rd home run. Juan Rivera also had 3 hits and is hitting .441 in his 10 games.
Double A: Mobile 2 @ Birmingham 8. After blasting Birmingham the day before the Barons turned the tables on the BayBears as Bradin Hagens didn't have one of his better starts. He surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings to take the loss. Nick Ahmed went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and his 16th stolen base. Newly signed first baseman Sawyer Carroll also went 2 for 4 with a double, and Ender Inciarte had 2 hits and collected his 33rd stolen base.
High A: Visalia 7 Modesto 11. Daniel Watts made his second start since his promotion from South Bend and it did not go well at all. We excused his first start due to it being in hitter's paradise High Desert, but no such excuse was available this go around. He didn't get out of the 4th innings before allowing 9 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. I'm beginning to think the biggest minor league jump for pitcher's isn't to AA it's getting past the High A California League. In any case, Sean Jamieson continues to put up good offensive numbers going 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Tom Belza hit his 7th home run and Kevin Medrano went 2 for 5.
Low A: South Bend 7 Lake County 4. Starter Robert Coe wasn't all that great allowing 4 runs in 4 innings. But the bullpen was terrific led by Henry Garcia's 3 shutout innings that earned him the win and lowered his ERA to 1.33. Jose Jose pitched a clean 9th for his 3rd save. Alex Glenn led the offense going 3 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Fidel Pena also had 3 hits with a triple and an RBI. Pena is having a big July with a .926 OPS and 15 extra base hits.
Short Season A: Hillsboro 4 Everett 3.Supplemental 1st rounder Aaron Blair continues to increase his workload and he had a nice 5-inning start yesterday allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. He has 17 Ks in 18 innings and a 3.50 ERA to start his professional career. The Hops won in walk-off style in the 11th on an RBI single from Yogey Perez-Ramos. Ramos and Brian Billgen each had 3 hits at the top of the order, while Zach Esquerra and Cesar Carrasco each had 2 hits in the middle of the lineup.
Rookie: Missoula 5 Great Falls 6. Starter Carlos Hernandez was wild but effective in allowing 2 runs in 5+ innings on 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 5. The game went into extra innings where the defense faltered in the 12th allowing 3 unearned runs that led to the loss. Stryker Trahan went 3 for 6 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Jake Mayers and Jose Queliz each hit their first home runs.