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Rain stopped play in all three east coast games. When play resumed in Florida, Orelvis Martinez hit three home runs and drove in nine. He is on fire this past week, in the five games against Clearwater he has seven home runs and three four hit games. This will immediately lead to calls to send him to Vancouver. We have to wait and see if he does the same next week against Lakeland. But if he has nothing left to prove in low A, then Vancouver could be in for a treat.

The Buffalo game was suspended but New Hampshire and Dunedin managed to complete their games. New Hampshire and Vancouver lost with late bullpen blow ups. Dunedin were the only winners.

Lehigh Valley 7 Buffalo 1 - game suspended in fourth inning

New Hampshire 5 Hartford 7 - 10 innings

Vancouver 3 Hillsboro 4

Dunedin 17 Clearwater 6

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Casey Lawrence and Travis Bergen combined to give up seven runs in three innings including a six run third.

Some hitters had just one at-bat, Alejandro Kirk had two and he singled in both.

New Hampshire scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and another in the tenth to take the lead. But Hartford hit a three run home run in the bottom of the tenth for the walk off win. Johnny Barbato started and pitched into the sixth. He was charged with four runs, of which just one was earned.

Samad Taylor was back with a single and a sac fly. Vinny Capra tripled in the ninth and scored the tying run. He also singled. Others with two hits were Tanner Kirwer, Chris Bec and Kevin Vicuna.

The C's gave up two runs in the eighth to turn around their lead. Alex Nolan, from Ontario, had been pitching well for Vancouver but he took the loss. Adam Kloffenstein had a rough first inning. The lead off hitter homered, he walked two and used 29 pitches. But he settled down after that and just gave up one more hit on his way to 5.2 innings.

Phil Clarke had two hits, drove in a run and scored another. It's a small sample but his bat seems to be waking up. Tanner Morris also had two hits.

Orelvis was once again the star of the show. He was 4-6 with nine RBI. Among his hits were three home runs giving him 15 on the season. Other than that Miguel Hiraldo had three hits. He is hitting over .300 in July. Dasan Brown hit his first home run of the season.

Naswell Paulino started but only pitched one inning because of the rain. Andrew Bash followed and got the win.

Three Stars

Third Star - Adam Kloffenstein

Second Star - Miguel Hiraldo

First Star - Orelvis Martinez


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bpoz - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#402711) #
O Martinez is sizzling hot. Did he hit off a good team and good pitchers? Yes to both. The Threshers are a 500 team and Vargas and Yanez are good pitchers.

Kloff has pitched 3 games in July and all have been good. But the opposition is not that great Spokane and Hillsboro are fairly weak teams. I assume he will face powerhouse Everett soon enough. He did face Everett Jun 17 both teams were 7 games over 500 and Kloff got hammered 4IP, 5ER. A Hernandez shut them out for 5 innings. On June 30 4.2IP 2ER but 5 walks for Adam Kloffenstein. Again A Hernandez shut them out over 2 innings and stranded 2 of Kloffenstein's runners.
scottt - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#402717) #
Now that Hoglund has signed, the top 10 looks more like this:

1. Martin
2. Pearson
3. Groshans
4. Manoah
5. Martinez
6. Moreno
7. Hoglund
8. SWR
9. Hiraldo
10. Lopez

bpoz - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#402718) #
For me Manoah is #1. 10 more IP and he hits 50 and is no longer a prospect.

#2 Moreno is #2. Walks enough, Ks very little and V young.

# 3/4 are Martin and Groshans. Very close IMO.

#5 Pearson. Dropped due to injuries.

#6 Martinez. Penalized because he is in A-.

Cannot really rank the others. And everyone moves up 1 by the end of July if Manoah makes it to 50IP.
Cynicalguy - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#402719) #
My Top Ten now is:

1. Manoah
2. Moreno
3. Pearson
4. Martinez
5. Martin
6. Groshans
7. Hoglund
8. SWR
9. Lopez
10. Hiraldo
hypobole - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#402720) #
Yeah, Manoah and Moreno have surpassed Pearson and Martin for me as well. And IMO, Smith has to be in the top 10 somewhere.
bpoz - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#402723) #
SWR has the command and control or at least he is supposed to. FB, CH & Control 60. 55 for SL & CU. He could be in the Majors in 2022 if he can master AA this year and next and handle AAA. Will need to be protected for Dec 2022 Rule 5 draft. He will have to be very good to pitch for the Jays in 2022 because they should be competing. So a long reliever until something changes.

Hoglund is not in my top 10 because he will start pitching in the 2nd half of 2022 is my guess and probably with innings limitation. Should play in Vancouver while getting used to pro ball. Then he has to dominate AA and AAA to make it to the Jays.

A Kloffenstein and Van Eyk. Kloff is very young 21 on Aug 25/21. He has 5 pitches CH, CU, SL, Sinker and 4 seam FB. That is a lot. Can he get to AA and dominate next year? Van Eyk is older 23 on Sept 15. Should be in AA next year.

PeterG - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#402732) #
Martinez should be no lower than #3

not counting Manoah
uglyone - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 04:06 PM EDT (#402738) #
I would say that given both performance and age SWR is still ahead of Martin and Groshans. The ERA may be a bit ugly at the moment but the underlying numbers are all solid to good, which is very impressive given he's a good 2yrs young for AA.
jerjapan - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#402739) #
I'm also not too worried about SWR, given his age and the jump in levels.
But I don't think it's fair to lump Martin and Groshans in the same category.  Martin debuted at AA, with a year in the development camp.  His rough start lowers his slash line a bit, but he's much higher on my list than Groshans. 
PeterG - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#402741) #
Agree. Martin is keeping his head above water in his first year of pro ball. I think Groshans is overrated and if trading a top 10 prospect, he might be the one I would miss least, especially with the plethora of good IF's in the system.
uglyone - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#402742) #
I guess a lot of that comes down to defensive projection but don't expect either to stick at a prime defensive spot, and Groshans is younger and imo has a more projectable hitting line so far.

uglyone - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#402743) #
That should read "but I don't expect either to stick at a prime defensive position".
greenfrog - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 08:21 PM EDT (#402754) #
Today Kevin Smith was 3/3 with a home run (15), a double (14), two runs and two RBI. Seems like he might have his mojo back. OPS now .959 on the season.
greenfrog - Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 08:26 PM EDT (#402756) #
Also nice to see Samad Taylor resume his fine play this season (2/3 so far today with a double and a SB) and Orelvis Martinez stay warm (1/4 with a double and a walk). Both players have an OPS of .954.
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