First off, I recognize it's not exactly headline stuff that one of our better prospects homers. It's just that the publishing software doesn't allow for very long headlines, so that's all I could come up with. The point being I wanted to highlight what Drury has been up to and since he went 3 for 3 with a walk and a home run I figured that was a good impetus. Drury is having a very fine season and there's been talk about who is the better prospect, Jake Lamb or Brandon Drury. Drury is hitting .292 with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and 58 RBI.
Drury has yet to turn 22 so he's playing in Visalia a year younger than Lamb, which is a factor in rating the two. He's not having quite the season Lamb did last year but I'm sure if he repeated the level he would. Drury had actually cooled off some of late and that was his first home run since May, though he did have 9 doubles in June. He's probably hitting the wall a little being just 21 and playing nearly every day. It's a really close call who has the brighter future. I lean a little towards Lamb because he's doing it in AA and we don't yet know if Drury will pass that test.
3 Stars: Breland Almadova, South Bend 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR, 4 RBI
2 Stars: Brandon Drury, Visalia 3 for 3, 1 BB, 1 HR (13), 2 RBI
1 Star: Andrew Velazquez, South Bend 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 RBI, 2 SB (40)
0 stars: Danny Dorn, Reno 0 for 5, 5 K
AAA: Reno, 3 @ Sacramento 6. Lucas Harrell left in the second inning for reasons unknown. That forced Reno to turn to relievers early on and Jess Todd took the ball first allowing 3 runs in 3.2 innings. That earned him the loss when the offense could only manage 3 runs due to leaving 13 men on base. Argenis Diaz had 3 hits. Andy Marte, Garrett Webber, and Bobby Wilson each had 2 hits, all singles.
AA: Mobile 0 Mississippi 2. The Bay Bears were dominated by Atlanta Braves farmhand Greg Ross who shut them out for 7 innings on just 2 hits. Bradin Hagens was good in his own right allowing 2 runs in the first and then nothing for the next 5 innings. The bullpen added 2 more shutout innings. Jake Lamb had 2 of the team's 3 hits and also walked.
A+: Visalia 5 Inland Empire 7. Spencer Arroyo had a pretty solid outing but 3 errors left him with 5 runs allowed (just 2 earned) over 7 innings while he was fanning 9. Ketih Hessler let in 2 more and that was that. Brandon Drury led the offense with 3 hits, a walk and a solo home run, his 13th. Fidel Pena went 2 for 4.
A: South Bend 9 @ Fort Wayne 2. Sean Furney was very good allowing 2 runs over 7 innings. The offense was even better scoring 5 runs in the second in route to a 9-2 whitewashing. Breland Almadova had a huge game going 3 for 5 with a double, a homer and 4 RBI. Andrew Velazquez was his usual self going 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and 2 stolen bases, giving him 40 on the year. His on-base streak is up to 70 games. Marty Herum also went 3 for 5.
A-: Hillsboro 7 Salem-Keizer 4. Austin Platt pitched 5 solid innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits. Nick Baker followed allowing 1 run on 6 hits over 3 innings and he got the win when the offense scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to overcome a 4-3 deficit. It was a balanced offense with every starter getting at least 1 hit while Elvin Soto and George Roberts each had 2. Zac Curtis pitched a perfect 9th with a strikeout for his 7th save.
R: Missoula 5 @ Grand Junction 8. Starter Tyler Bolton wasn't very sharp allowing 6 runs over 4+ innings. The offense never headed that number in spite of 2-run homers by both Dane McFarland and Yosbel Gutierrez. Justin Williams went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles. Nice to see some extra base hits coming his way.
AZL: Dbacks 7 @ Rangers 11. Rodrigo Takahasho got knocked around pretty good allowing 8 runs (7 earned) in just 3.1 innings. The offense got within 2 runs in the 5th but that was as close as they got. The team had 12 hits but just one was for extra bases. Gerard Hernandez went 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Marcus Wilson went 2 for 3 with a walk and 3 RBI. The young athletic outfielder is starting to show some signs of progress and has his average up to .261 with an OPS of .708 after a very slow start.