The schedule on Wednesday was a light one, Dunedin, Vancouver and Bluefield all had the day off. Given the lack of games I thought I would try a quiz as part of today's MLU. On the field New Hampshire had a nice come from behind win while the GCL Jays were totally outplayed. Buffalo and Lansing put one in the win column.
The Herd had just four hits but they made them count. Rowdy Tellez doubled, walked and had a run batted in. Teoscar Hernandez drew a walk and stole a base in his organizational debut. Roemon Fields also walked and swiped his 31st base of the year.
T.J. House got the victory by giving up just one run over six innings—scattering eight hits, striking out six and walking one. Taylor Cole struck out three of the five men he faced for 1-2/3 shutout innings. Chris Smith gave up a hit but struck out one for the save.
Conner Greene had one bad inning, the fifth. Through four he had given up a couple of hits but that was it. Then the fifth started with an infield single, another single and then a three run home run. Two more hits followed but Greene left those on base. So that was five hits and three runs in one inning. Greene came back out for the sixth and allowed another ground ball single. So, five good innings and one really bad one. Overall it was a quality start, just about. He walked one and struck-out three.
New Hampshire rallied from 3-0 down with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. In the seventh Lourdes Gurriel doubled in Tim Lopes, who had walked, and Max Ramirez who also had doubled. In the eighth Richard Urena singled in the tying run then Lopes doubled to drive in Urena with the go-ahead run.
The Lugnuts got seven dominant innings from Osman Gutierrez, who struck out 10 while giving up just four hits and a walk for the win. Denis Diaz completed the shutout with two more goose eggs, striking out two.
Edward Olivares had three hits, Rodrigo Orozco was aboard three times with a hit and two walks and Nash Knight had two knocks and a free pass.
The GCL Jays lost and were out hit 12-2. Felipe Castaneda was lucky to only give up one run in three innings. He allowed six hits and walked two. Gaudy Ramirez struck out five in two innings but gave up a run. The run came via a single and three wild pitches.
Dominic Abbadessa has sat out a couple of days so DJ Neal has replaced him as the hot hitter. Today Neal had one of the two hits, he is hitting .338.
Birth Date Quiz Time. It's a simple quiz, who is older among the pair of players listed?
Danny Jansen or Reece McGuire?
Anthony Alford or Rowdy Tellez?
Richard Urena or Edward Olivares?
Sean Reid-Foley or TJ Zeuch?
Conner Greene or Francisco Rios?
Angel Perdomo or Ryan Borucki?
Lourdes Gurriel or Max Pentecost?
Yorman Rodriguez or Ryan Gold?
Jon Harris or Jordan Romano?
Justin Maese or Nate Pearson?
Kevin Smith or Riley Adams?
Teoscar Hernandez or Dwight Smith Jr.?
Samad Taylor or Hagen Danner?
Logan Warmoth or Joch Palacios or Cavan Biggio?
And finally, who is the oldest of these New Hampshire, or likely New Hampshire, pitchers? Conner Greene, Sean Reid-Foley, Francisco Rios, Ryan Borucki or Thomas Pannone?
The Answers are below
Before I get to the answers I think this quiz is interesting because age plays a big part in prospect evaluation. Playing well in a league where you are younger than your competition is a big plus while dominating when you are older means little.
McGuire is older than Jansen but only by a month. McGuire is a March 1995 baby while Jansen is April. I always thought McGuire was older but essentially they are the same age, 22.
Alford is older than Tellez. Alford took time out for football which can make him seem younger. Alford was born in July 1994, he just had his 23rd birthday. Tellez was born in March 1995, he won't turn 23 until spring training next year.
Richard Urena is older than Edward Olivares by 8 days. Urena was born Feb 26, 1996, Olivares on March 6th. Both are 21 years old.
Zeuch is older than Reid-Foley but both were born in the same month, August 1995. Zeuch was born on the 1st, SRF on the 30th. Zeuch was 22 on Tuesday. SRF not until the end of the month.
Conner Greene is a month older than Francisco Rios. They too are 1995 babies, Greene in April and Rios in May.
Borucki is older than Perdomo. Perdomo was born in May 1994, Borucki a month earlier in March. They are both 23. Borucki lost time to injury.
These are two of the older guys in the quiz, both born in 1993. Pentecost is older than Gurriel by seven months. Max was born in March 1993, he is now 24. Lourdes was born in October, he is 23 until then.
The two hot hitting Bluefield catchers are close in age but Yorman is older. Both were born in 1997, Yorman in July, he just turned 20, and Gold in October.
Two more 1993 birthdays. Romano is older than Harris. Romano was born in April 1993, he is 24, Harris in October, he is 23.
Pearson is older than Maese. Pearson went to junior college before being drafted. Pearson was born on the 25th of August 1996, he will be 21 in a few weeks. Maese is another October baby, he is still 20.
Smith and Adams were just drafted. Adams is ten days older than Smith. Adams was born in June 1996, making him 21, the same as Smith.
Both of Dwight Smith and Teoscar Hernandez were born in October 1992. Teoscar is older by 11 days. They are both 24, going on 25.
One of the new Blue Jays, Samad Taylor, was drafted last year, Hagen Danner this year. Despite that Taylor is just two months older than Danner. Taylor is another July baby, he just turned 19. Danner will be 19 in September.
All three of these players were born in 1995. Warmoth was older than most of the Jays other college draftees. Biggio was born in April 1995, Palacios in July and Warmoth in September. Biggio and Palacios are 22, Warmoth will be in a month.
You have the dates for many of these players above. Borucki was born in 94 while Rios, Greene and SRF were born in 1995. The "new guy", Thomas Pannone, was born in April 1994, he is a month younger than Borucki. So Borucki is the oldest of these and the second oldest in the NH rotation after Jon Harris.
3rd star: Oscar Gutierrez
2nd star: Lourdes Gurriel
1st star: Tim Lopes