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A clean sweep on the farm. Two of the wins came in extra innings. New Hampshire scored two in the ninth and eight in the tenth. Several hitters had big nights. Dunedin got a triple in the tenth from Mac Mueller to win. Buffalo won from the front with Thomas Hatch and Nick Allgeyer pitching. Vancouver got ahead early and cruised, Adam Kloffenstein pitched well.

Scranton 2 Buffalo 4

New Hampshire 14 Portland 6 - 10 innings

Vancouver 9 Spokane 4

Dunedin 8 Lakeland 7 - 10 innings

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

It took Thomas Hatch 51 pitches to get through two scoreless innings. He was on a 50 pitch limit. Nick Allgeyer came on in relief and pitched four innings. He was just tagged for one run but he had nine baserunners, seven hits and two walks.

Cullen Large stayed hot with three hits and two RBI. Kevin Smith had a double and a walk.

Gabriel Moreno was 4-5 with a home run and two doubles. He scored three runs and drove in three. LJ Talley was 4-6 with two doubles and two RBI. Kevin Vicuna was also 4-6.

Portland took the wood to Zach Logue, nine hits and six runs allowed.

Adam Kloffenstein is back on track, five innings with just one run scored off him. He struck out six while allowing three hits and three walks.

Cameron Eden hit a three run home run in the first inning, he drove in four runs. Justin Maese was uncharacteristically tagged for three runs in one inning.

For the second night in a row Orelvis Martinez hit a three run home run. And for the second night in a row, too, Leo Jimenez had a multi-hit night. He had four hits on Friday, his average has jumped from .182 to .275 in a week. Mac Mueller tripled in the tenth inning to deliver the win.

Lazaro Estrada started and struck out five in four innings. Rafael Ohashi followed and was victimised by some bad defense. Only one of his five runs was earned. The last batter he faced hit a home run.

Three Stars

Third Star - LJ Talley

Second Star - Leo Jimenez

First Star - Gabriel Moreno


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Mike Green - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#399799) #
My additional input on Gabriel Moreno:

1. His batted ball line tells a story- 15.5% line drive rate, 44% ground ball rate but 27% HR/FB and only 4% IFFB. His current BABIP is .457 which is obviously not sustainable. He hits the ball very hard and with a level swing.  You really like to see that in a 21 year old hitter.

2.  He's picked up a lot of weight in his legs- guessing that it's muscle mass.  He looks to be quite a bit slower than he was 2 years ago.

3.  The Fisher Cat pitchers have not done well when he's catching.  I suspect that his arm is fine, but that the other elements of catching are still very much a work-in-progress. 

I wonder if the Donaldson/Lawrie move from behind the plate to third base would benefit him in the long run.  The Cats could use Groshans mainly at shortstop (with Martin occasionally subbing in); Martin mainly in centerfield and Lopez/Taylor in 2B/LF (and occasionally CF). 
scottt - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 03:50 PM EDT (#399802) #
It's mostly the Fisher Cats relievers who haven't done well.
If Adams and Kirk are managing with their unconventional body types, I don't think Moreno will have any problem long term.

Gerry - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 06:56 PM EDT (#399818) #
Zach Logue, who just had his worst start of the season, has been promoted to Buffalo to replace Saucedo.
hypobole - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 07:51 PM EDT (#399831) #
Checked Kevin Smith on FG this morning and I noticed ex-Jay Andy Burns was still around on the Dodgers AAA team. Here's why I noticed:

Burns 330/.427/.598. 152 wRC+
Smith .275/.385/.569. 152 wRC+

Anyway, Burns is no longer in AAA, Dodgers just promoted him today.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 07:58 PM EDT (#399834) #
Excerpt from BA's (somewhat dated?) scouting report on Moreno's defense:

"Moreno jumps out for his athleticism and elite hand-eye coordination....Moreno has a slightly above-average arm, a quick release and his athleticism is an asset behind the plate, but his blocking and receiving still need improvement."

And here is Fangraphs:

"Defensively, he catches on one knee until there are runners on or there are two strikes, then sets up really wide in his crouch regardless of the pitch coming, which prevents runners from being able to signal pitch type to the hitter. He can sometimes be preoccupied with framing and whiff on a pitch he should be able to handle, but hes a capable if unspectacular defender and framer."
hypobole - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#399836) #
Moreno hasn't made an error or allowed a passed ball in 174.0 innings this season.

461.1 innings at Lansing, he had 11 passed balls and 3 errors.

So those older scouting reports seemed accurate, but we might need new scouting reports.
greenfrog - Saturday, June 12 2021 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#399843) #
Came across this on FG (June 11 chat):

Charley: Your thoughts in Austin Martin? Long term outlook? Position? And power potential?

Eric A Longenhagen: Same as always: OBP and contact, plays all over the place. Think the power potential is lacking but still a really good player
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