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It hasn't been a good year for New Hampshire and Thursday's game was not great in all aspects. But Addison Barger had four hits and Cam Eden hit a three run home run in the eleventh inning for the win. Buffalo had some big hits and good pitching from four pitchers who have pitched in the majors for a win. Dunedin had a walk off win, just like New Hampshire. Vancouver played a day after clinching a playoff spot and lost.

Gwynett 2 Buffalo 6

New Hampshire 11 Reading 7 - 11 innings

Eugene 10 Vancouver 3

Palm Beach 3 Dunedin 4 - 10 innings

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a three run home run in the sixth inning to put this game to bed. Steve Berman had hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game. Buffalo scored six runs with six hits. Rafael Lantigua was 2-4. Vinny Capra doubled and walked twice.

Casey Lawrence went five innings with a solo home run allowed. Nate Pearson threw a nine pitch sixth. Thomas Hatch now is out of the bullpen it seems and he pitched the seventh and eighth. Matt Gage finished up.

I don't know if you could call the New Hampshire game a well played game but it was a game. Tied at four, New Hampshire scored two runs in the eighth with a double by Will Robertson. In the bottom of the eighth Juan Nunez walked two, threw a wild pitch, then hit a batter, then struck out the next hitter on a wild pitch letting a run score and making it a one run game. In the ninth a lead off walk by Andrew Bash was followed by a double and we were tied. Addison Barger doubled in the ghost runner in the tenth but Bash gave up a lead off single to old friend Kevin Vicuna in the bottom of the inning and we were tied yet again.

In the eleventh a bunt, a walk and a wild pitch let NH take the lead again. After another walk, Cam Eden had enough of small ball and deposited the pitch over the fence for a three run home run and a four run lead.

Addison Barger was 4-5 with three doubles for a total of seven bases. Sebastian Espino homered, his 14th. He is also hitting .191 for a feast or famine approach. Luis Quinones started and did have seven K's in five innings but he also gave up four runs on six hits.

In a game that didn't mean much, the C's lost heavily to their playoff opponents, Eugene. Chad Dallas did OK through three innings but was hit around for five runs in the fourth before being removed. The relivers didn't do much better as Eugene built a 10-0 lead.

The C's had just four hits, Garrett Spain had two.

The D Jays scored in the eighth, ninth and tenth innings for the win. It was a welcome win for the Jays as they chase a playoff spot. Devonte Brown had the winning hit, a single to centre field.

Palm Beach had three big hits, a lead off triple in the first inning which led to a 1-0 lead, a solo home run in the seventh to make it 2-0. And after the Jays tied the game, another triple in the ninth gave Palm Beach the lead. In the bottom of the ninth Dylan Rock singled and Ryan McCarty doubled with two outs to move Rock to third. A passed ball tied the game.

Manuel Beltre and Cade Doughty had two hits each.

Three Stars

Third Star - Yoshi Tsutsugo

Second Star - Cam Eden

First Star - Addison Barger


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Mike Green - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 07:49 AM EDT (#421806) #
Manuel Beltre just turned 18 and is getting his first taste of full-season ball. He's liking it- with 7 hits, including a homer and a double, in 18 PAs. Only 3 Ks too.
jerjapan - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#421830) #
mike, Iíve asked if barber and eden were Ďprospectsí and you were sure they werenít, based on age and k%, which are red flags no doubt.

I am wondering how you and other prospect watchers adjust for defence / positional value. On D, I donít watch a lot of minor league video, so Iím going on anecdote and observation from fans and insiders.

With positional value, I look at games started at the position. It can be clear that a Ss

jerjapan - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#421831) #
Whoops, sorry, mangled that. It just looks to me that if either eden or barger can stick at a premium position, that might change things. More like how we give a pass for a weak bat with good d at catcher?
Mike Green - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#421833) #
Barger wasn't much of a prospect at the start of the year, but he's advanced two levels and knocked his K rate down.  He's definitely one now.  Cameron Eden hasn't made the same progress and he's older.

If you're wondering whether Barger has received a lift as a left-handed hitter in New Hampshire from the short right-field fence there, the answer is no.  He's had most of his double A PAs on the road, and hit all 8 of his homers there.  He's slashing .280/.346/.537 on the road. 
jerjapan - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 12:46 PM EDT (#421835) #
Thatís another good sign right there. How do you factor in positional value if he can stick at ss?
Mike Green - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 03:18 PM EDT (#421837) #
Eric Longerhangen saw Beltre earlier this year and didn't think much of his tools

Here's a shot of Beltre at 14 years old. 
85bluejay - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#421838) #
A reminder how things can change quickly - Going into 2022 the discussion was whether Groshans or Orelvis Martinez would likely replace Chapman after 2023 - Now there's Addison Barger, Davis Schneider and even Tanner Morris (missing most of the 2nd half has hurt) - Groshans is gone and Martinez is likely to start 2023 in AA and have to prove himself. And for an organization lacking LHB, it's nice to see Barger, Morris and Horwitz take a step forward.
Nigel - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#421839) #
It pains me to say this because he is one of my favourite (fringe) prospects, but there is zero chance that Schneider is a real alternative to replace Chapman. He doesn't have the arm or the athleticism to play 3B at the major league level. In fact, one of Schneider's problems is that he doesn't really have a defensive position at all. His best shot at fighting a defensive position to a draw would likely be in LF, although they have always held out hope for him at 2B.
Mike Green - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#421842) #
Thanks, Nigel.  You mean that my laminated Davis Schneider card that I picked up in Bluefield a few years ago isn't going to help me much in my retirement.  Disappointed.

Do you have any opinions about Addison Barger's defence?  He's supposed to have a good arm, but everything else is a mystery. 
Mike Green - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 05:20 PM EDT (#421844) #
Jeff Passan reports on twitter that MLB will voluntarily recognize minor league players unionizing with MLBPA per Manfred.  Big step. 
Nigel - Friday, September 09 2022 @ 06:05 PM EDT (#421847) #
I wouldn't give up on your Schneider card funding your retirement just yet:) I've always thought that his bat was interesting (just not enough power to go along with his too high k%). I just think its clear he's not a 3B. He's short and a little stocky. I get a bit of a RH Matt Stairs vibe from him. His upside is probably something like a Stairs type career.

As for Barger, I didn't get to many games earlier this year at the Nat so I've only had limited viewings. Frankly, I didn't think that he was much of a prospect at the time so I didn't pay a great deal of attention to him. Nothing about his defence stood out, which is actually a semi good thing.
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