Bluefield finished their season with a nice win. The GCL Jays will finish their season today, two games early, because of the approaching hurricane. Dunedin start their playoffs next Tuesday, they hope the hurricane will have passed through by then. It looks like Dunedin will be the only playoff team for the Jays. Three teams have a small chance to make the playoffs. Buffalo and Lansing have a tragic number of three, with five games remaining. Vancouver's tragic number is one. Wednesday saw a two pitch inning, that is very unusual. Read below to find out how.
Rochester 10 Buffalo 2
Trenton at New Hampshire - Postponed
Fort Myers 1 Dunedin 2 - Game one
Fort Myers 3 Dunedin 4 - Game two, 9 innings
West Michigan 6 Lansing 8
Tri-City 7 Vancouver 8
Burlington 3 Bluefield 8
GCL Blue Jays 3 GCL Tigers 2
This is what I noted from yesterday's games.
Santiago Espinal was hitless in his first four AAA games. Since then he has hit in 15 out of 18 games and moved his average from zero to .302. Espinal doesn't have a lot of power and he also doesn't walk much but he has taken to AAA well. His OPS in AAA is 763. He should be a Urena alternative.
Sean Reid-Foley had a rough start back in AAA. He just pitched three and a bit innings but gave up five runs. He needed 72 pitches to get through his innings. In addition to two walks, SRF hit three batters.
Conor Fisk followed SRF and he too was hit around. He gave up three runs in four innings. Fisk had a hot streak at the start of August but has been more hit and miss recently.
Josh Winkowski has had a few rough starts recently but on Wednesday he was one out short of a complete game. Winkowski went 6.2 innings in the first game of a doubleheader and only allowed one run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out three. Maximo Castillo and Winkowski should feature next week in the playoffs.
Samad Taylor hit his seventh home run.
Ryan Noda had three hits in game two of the DH. Noda's average is just .237 but his OPS is 787. Assuming Noda heads to AA next season, his walks will likely decline but can he retain his power?
The second game of the doubleheader went to extra innings. In extras a runner starts the inning on second base. Kyle Weatherley, pitching for the Jays, got a ground ball and a double play on consecutive pitches for a rare two pitch inning.
Adam Kloffenstein went six innings for the C's. He racked up eight K's, with one walk, and was charged with two earned runs. His ERA is 2.24.
McGregory Contreras hit a home run, his third, but is hitting .214 coming to the end of the season. Contreras was a marginal top 30 prospect a few years ago but he has topped out. Luis De Los Santos is similar. He too was a possible top 30 prospect but he is hitting .212, even with three hits on Wednesday.
Leonardo Jimenez went 3-4 in Bluefield's win. Jimenez has finished the season strongly with eleven hits in his last five games. Jimenez finished with a .754 OPS, good for an 18 year old.
Yhon Perez has gone unnoticed so far this season. Perez is a 19 year old who played in the DSL two years ago but didn't play last season due to a drug suspension. After his off year he started slowly. He hit just .196 in July. But he has hit consistently in August, his average is .435 with an OPS over 1100. He could be one to watch in 2020.
Michael Dominguez pitched three innings allowing one unearned run. He has had a good first season.
Third Star - Adam Kloffenstein
Second Star - Josh Winkowski
First Star - Yhon Perez