Just about every fifth day on the farm this year, we've treated to seeing the awesome prospect triumvirate of Jarrod Parker, Tyler Skaggs, and J.R. Bradley throwing on the same day. Clearly, this is some sort of sinister plot by the organization to kill precisely 1/5 of my social life by having me obsessively following minor-league Gameday and box scores for five hours (due to the time delay from Visalia to South Bend). Thankfully, the ever-dependable South Bend elements forced a cancellation of the second game of South Bend's double-header, so Bradley, who last started on the 21st and seemed set to pitch again tonight - will have to wait until a later date. Still, plenty to ogle at between the top two prospects in the system, particularly in this line:
Snakelet of the Day (Correction: K:BB ratio):
Tyler Skaggs (Hi-A): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 10:1 K:BB, 1 HR, 7:2 GO:FO
Triple-A: Reno 5, Round Rock 6. (28-20) Kevin Mulvey was had a mediocre outing tonight for the Aces, giving up four runs - three earned - in five innings of work with an unfortunate K:BB ratio of 3:4, while also serving up a solo homer in the fourth. The real damage, however, was done in Jordan Norberto's lone inning of work, the sixth, in which he gave up two runs on three hits (including one of two doubles hit by former D-back Matt Kata, who had three hits in the game) while, strangely enough, striking out the side. Andy Tracy did his best to bail out the pitching staff, going 3-3 with a home run and a pair of walks for a marvelous day at the plate, but the rest of the team managed to collect no extra base hits, resulting in the Aces collecting just five runs off of 12 hits.
Double-A: Mobile 3, Jackson 8. (25-21) Parker had a fine start for the BayBears, throwing five innings and surrendering two runs, though just one was earned, while striking out four and walking two. The peripherals aren't particularly strong, but the hits are starting to go down to reasonable levels, so there's reason to be encouraged by Parker's development. The struggles continue for Leyson Septimo, who gave up four runs in his two innings of work to put the game out of reach for the BayBears. Offensively, A.J. Pollock had three hits for Mobile, while Ryan Wheeler's double was the only extra-base hit the team collected. Your Daily Goldschmidt: DH'ing today - I wouldn't read too much into that, though - Goldie had a pretty unproductive day, going 1-4.
Hi-A: Visalia 7, Stockton 5. (22-25) Needless to say, Skaggs was freakin' awesome. The Rawhide were also awesome at the plate, collecting six doubles, with Ryan LaPensee and Chris Owings leading the way by being the only two Rawhide bats to have multi-hit games, each with a double. With this game, Skaggs now has allowed just six earned runs over his last five starts (33 innings of work), a sparkling 1.64 ERA in that span. He's going to be pretty darn good if he manages to stay healthy while climbing through the system.
Low-A: South Bend 5, Lake County 1. (23-24) On the mound for South Bend, Bradin Hagens was effective through five innings of work, though he failed to strike out a single batter, walking one but collecting 12 ground outs. There was a rain delay after five innings, at which point Jeremy Erben took over and threw a pair of scoreless innings, striking out two. Offensively, South Bend only mustered six hits, though four of them were doubles, from Yazy Arbelo, Ramon Castillo, Roberto Rodriguez, and Chris Jarrett.