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The affiliates nearly had a perfect night, winning three out of four Thursday.

Buffalo 9 Lehigh Valley 7

The Herd scored four times in the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and break the spirits of the Phillies affiliate. Langley, BC native Kellin Deglan enjoyed a great organizational debut with a two-run home run and an RBI single. Otto Lopez singled, walked three times and scored three times while Tyler White reached base ... wait for it ... three times with two doubles and a walk while driving in a run. Richard Ureña doubled home and singled home a run. Cullen Large belted his 5th homer of the year and walked and Christian Colón was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Juan Graterol singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. Forrest Wall was 0-for-6 but stole his 15th base of the year. Logan Warmoth was hitless in four at-bats.

Nick Allgeyer was ripped for three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two and picking off a runner over 3-1/3 innings. Jeremy Beasley gave up a run in 1-2/3 innings and struck out three. Tommy Milone was nicked for an unearned run over two innings. Hobie Harris struck out two in a one-hit eighth to get the win. Travis Bergen gave up two runs in the ninth.

New Hampshire 6 Reading 2

The Fisher Cats rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to knock off the Fightin' Phils. Vinny Capra got New Hampshire FC on the board with an RBI single in the fifth before singling home two more in the ninth to punctuate a four-hit night. Demi Orimoloye went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Jordan Groshans had an RBI double in a 2-for-4 night. Tanner Kirwer walked, stole his 11th base of the year and scored New Hampshire's first run in the fifth but was replaced by Chavez Young defensively in the top of the sixth and he finished 1-for-2.

Casey Lawrence went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking nobody. He hit a batter and divided his eight outs in play among the infield and outfield. Fitz Stadler pitched one-hit ball for two frames and struck out two to pick up the win. Kyle Johnston walked one in a shutout ninth.

Hillsboro 5 Vancouver 1

Orelvis Martinez got Vancouver on the board with a home run in the first. That's his second homer in three games with Monty's Mounties. He's hitting .167 with an OPS of .833. Will Robertson and Philip Clarke had the other hits with Clarke getting beaned by a pitch. Tanner Morris and Andres Guerra worked the count to ball four. Luis De Los Santos got nailed with the rawhide.

Alex Nolan took the loss after yielding two runs on eight hits over five innings but struck out five with zero walks. Brian Rapp gave up the other two runs in the sixth. Hayden Juenger made an impressive debut with two strikeouts in a perfect inning for his professional debut. Justin Maese surrendered an unearned run but struck out five in two frames.

Dunedin 8 Fort Myers 0

The D-Jays scored in five different innings to blank the Twins affiliate. Riley Tirotta singled home the winning run in the second inning, drew a walk and took one for the team. Miguel Hiraldo had two run-scoring knocks. Steward Berroa doubled, walked three times and stole his 35th base. Hugo Cardona swiped three bases after getting a single and getting plunked. Harrison Ray was 2-for-5 and Dasan Brown had a double.

Sem Robberse was sensational, allowing just one hit and one walk over five scoreless frames. He struck out four in his 62-pitch outing, getting five groundball outs. Elixon Caballero retired all six men he faced on five fly outs and one line out. Rafael Monsion allowed just the second Fort Myers hit of the night and issued a walk but struck out one to give him two goose eggs.

FCL Tigers West 5 FCL Blue Jays 5 - Game Suspended

Josh Palacios drew three walks in four plate appearances, his last came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was halted. Gabriel Martinez was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Amell Brazoban had a double. Rikelbin De Castro and Victor Mesia heard ball four once.

Jonatan Bernal gave up four runs, all unearned because of his own throwing error, three coming on a home run. He gave up two hits and two walks and struck out two over two innings. Edgar Castro allowed a unearned run in 2-1/3 innings. Geison Urbaez stranded a runner for Castro, walking two but whiffing three in 1-2/3 innings.

This game will be completed August 11. Save the date for more baseball excitement.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Sem Robberse, Dunedin

2. Kellin Deglan, Buffalo

1. Vinny Capra, New Hampshire
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scottt - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 07:57 AM EDT (#404348) #
Deglan was acquired for cash from the Yankees to fill the void left by Adams.
scottt - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 08:44 AM EDT (#404349) #
Has Jeremy Beasley changed his name to Aaron?
bpoz - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#404351) #
Nice prospects on our FCL team.
greenfrog - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#404355) #
Somewhat off-topic, but it will be interesting to see how Austin Martin does compared to Zac Veen, who was selected 9th overall in the same draft (BA ranked him #7). 19-year-old Veen is hitting .290/.394/.503 in A ball this year. His OPS by month: 704, 864, 992, 1.454. He looks like a potential monster.

Incidentally, Martin has been terrific since the trade, hitting .444/.667/.556 (1 SB) in 15 PA for Minnesota's AA affiliate.
uglyone - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#404361) #
.500babip and 26.7bb% for Martin in those 3gms. Still no power.
bpoz - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#404363) #
Good luck to Martin. Hope he succeeds. Earlier this year he had a hand injury. His power can still develop.
greenfrog - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#404364) #
That seems a bit harsh. Since the trade, Martin is 4/9 with a double, 4 walks, 2 HBP, 1 SB (0 CS), and 1 K. The low strikeout rate (1 K in 15 PA) is notable, since his high K rate early on in 2021 is one reason people viewed his performance as subpar.

In any event, it's obviously a very small sample. Also, power is usually the last aspect of a prospect's hitting to develop. And even if it doesn't develop, a player who can play CF/2B/3B adequately, while maintaining a very high OBP with decent speed, will have significant value.
hypobole - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#404370) #
Martin has also committed 2 errors in the 3 games. There is very much a question on how adequate he will be defensively.
#2JBrumfield - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#404372) #
Has Jeremy Beasley changed his name to Aaron?

Noted and corrected. There was an NFLer by the same name back in the mid-90's so that must be where I got that from. has a story about reliever Bryan Baker whose middle name is Aaron actually. No, it's Scott!

Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#404373) #
The thing about Martin that most concerns me is actually the HBPs.  He has 16 for the year so far, and let me guess that the hand injury has something to do with that.  If he's going to attempt to be Ron Hunt or Craig Biggio, he'd better have the finest protective gear.
Glevin - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#404383) #
Martin is still a very good prospect just not elite like he was last year. He's gone from a potential middle of the order hitter playing a premium defensive position to an OBP-only guy playing 2B or LF. There's still a ton of value in that but it's more of a Dexter Fowler ceiling when it was a Andrew McCutchen sort before which is a huge difference.
Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#404384) #
I think that Martin is going to hit for a very high average, in addition to drawing a lot of walks, by the time he makes it.  Assuming that he stays healthy.
uglyone - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 05:12 PM EDT (#404385) #
Austin's needed a .375babip to post a decent .288avg so far.

Something will have to change if he's going to be a high average guy in MLB.
Dr B - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 05:48 PM EDT (#404389) #
Something will have to change if he's going to be a high average guy in MLB.

Maybe, Maybe not. He’s had about 250 professional plate appearances. As far as we know he is still the terrific prospect  the Jays drafted. Time will tell.
Shoeless Joe - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#404391) #
Martin has looked more like Dansby Swanson than Alex Bregman. I was excited at the draft, but I'm not sure the power was there.
hypobole - Friday, August 06 2021 @ 06:43 PM EDT (#404392) #
With the college guys filtering in, Ronny Brito and D J Neal are the first couple of releases announced.

Also noticed High A Clearwater put 12 guys on the IL on Tuesday. Mystery why a Florida based team would have to do that.
scottt - Saturday, August 07 2021 @ 06:37 AM EDT (#404424) #
I think it's more likely that they flip Martin for a piece within the next 12 months than that they keep him.
It was said that they will continue to play him at shortstop and centerfield.

bpoz - Saturday, August 07 2021 @ 07:48 AM EDT (#404426) #
Good point scottt about Martin being flipped. We need to see more moves by Minnesota to know if they are going into a rebuild or not.
scottt - Saturday, August 07 2021 @ 08:40 AM EDT (#404429) #
Florida had almost 23K new cases on Friday, over 13K hospitalizations and 199 deaths.
That's a state that is known for under reporting and that has a fully vaccinated rate below 50%.

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