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There were six games on the schedule Sunday. New Hampshire won, Buffalo lost, Dunedin split a doubleheader. But Vancouver were the best on the day, winning both ends of a doubleheader. Cade Doughty had six hits.

I also did a deep dive into how I see Orelvis Martinez's season so far.

Buffalo 3 Lehigh Valley 7

New Hampshire 10 Portland 8

Vancouver 19 Spokane 2 - game one

Vancouver 4 Spokane 2 - game two

Fort Myers 1 Dunedin 7 - game one

Fort Myers 6 Dunedin 4 - game two

Three Stars

Third Star - Leo Jimenez

Second Star - Ryan Jennings

First Star - Cade Doughty



There has been a lot written in the last few days about Orelvis Martinez and his improvements at the plate. I see Orelvis's season so far in three stages. There was the first month and more with Orelvis bottoming out on May 4th. On that date he was hitting .079. He had three home runs, five total hits, 5 walks and 16 strikeouts.

In the second game on May 4th Orelvis tripled and homered. But he was hitless in the next four games. However he walked three times. Over the next 9 games, through May 19th, Orelvis went 10-35, hitting .286. Seven of those ten hits were home runs. He did not walk at all and struck out ten times. So, act one was basically hopeless Orelvis. Act two was home run hitting Orelvis.

Act three goes from May 21 to today. On May 21 he homered but he also walked twice. Orelvis has walked in all seven games since that date. In his last eight games Orelvis is 7-23, a .304 average. In addition he has walked 12 times to give him an OBP of .515. He also has two home runs and a double giving him a slugging percentage of .608.

Now eight games is an awfully small sample. But you would hope that is shows Orelvis what is possible, and it might show that Orelvis has learned a new approach. On Around the Nest podcast, NH broadcaster Gareth Kwok, noted that pitchers were continuing to tease Orelvis with breaking balls away. It looks like he has learned not to swing at them. I should note that Hypobole has pointed out yesterday that Orelvis has fared better against left handed pitchers. But small steps, and it looks like Orelvis might have taken one.

Buffalo scored three runs with three hits in the first inning. The rest of the way they were shutout on four hits. Davis Schneider and Wynton Bernard had two hits each.

Drew Hutchison started. He was a bit wild, he walked five in five innings. Add in four hits and he was charged with three runs. Jay Jackson has had a tough time since he returned from the majors. He gave up a couple of runs.

Sixteen hits for the Fisher Cats. Leo Jimenez hit his first home run of the season, and added a single and a double. He has his average back up to .294. Zac Cook hit his third home run and Orelvis his 13th. Phil Clarke had three hits. Cook and Steward Berroa each stole home, and those two runs were the margin of victory. It should also be noted that the Fisher Cats had only one walk in this game, and that was by Orelvis. When was the last time you could say that?

Adam Kloffenstein did not have a good start, six runs allowed on eight hits in five innings. he did strikeout eight though. six of the eight hits off Kloff were to right field. I didn't check to see if it was a lot of left handed hitters or if they were just going the other way.

In game one of their doubleheader the C's bats were on fire putting up 13 runs in the third inning. There were five walks, a hit batter and seven hits, the last hit being a grand slam by Cade Doughty. His bat seems to be warming up, he was 3-5 with six RBI.

Devereaux Harrison started, coming off his excellent first start. He was fine through two innings but gave up two runs in the third. That was it for him.

Cade Doughty stayed hot in game two. As a reminder he had three hits yesterday, three in game one and he went 3-4 in game two.

Eric Pardinho got the spot start and went three innings and only allowed an unearned run. But he didn't strike out anyone. Garrett Spain who had homered in game one, had two hits in game two. Rainer Nunez also had two hits.

Dunedin won the first game of their DH behind Ryan Jennings who pitched a complete game, seven innings. The only run off him came in his last inning. He struck out six. Peyton Williams hit two home runs and drove in three.

Irv Carter got off to a rough start in their second game, conceding four runs in the first inning. After the walk he retired seven in a row before walking a hitter. He then got the next out to finish his day with three innings. We saw something similar from carter last season before he found a groove. Carter threw 60% fastballs with an average velocity of 92 mph. Ryan McCarty his his second home run in as many days. Manuel Beltre had two hits.

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hypobole - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#429407) #
Saturday morning Doughty was 189/310/358. Sunday night 246/348/441.
Kelekin - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 11:32 PM EDT (#429411) #
The hitters in Vancouver have been on fire in May:


Roden - .333/.446/.946
Turconi - .319/.418/.886 (not as good as his April)
Spain - .380/.407/1.127
Nunez - .368/.445/.971
Kasevich - .352/.397/.777

Not including Tirotta who was just promoted.

Unless he goes on a cold streak, I could see Roden getting promoted soon. His advanced approach is ready for a challenge. Kasevich isn't far behind, but I think they want him to play SS as much as possible and there are a lot of people vying for SS reps in AA.
bpoz - Monday, May 29 2023 @ 07:56 AM EDT (#429414) #
I am very pleased with the pitching on the farm this year. We have some decent quality SPs in AAA/AA and a lot of relievers doing well in AAA/AA.

I don't know what to get excited about regarding our position players. We have elite power in Orelvis, Barger, Palmegiani and R Nunez which is useful in the majors. The speed and D of C Eden and Dasan Brown can also be useful.

C Doughty will probably develop power and have other O skills and his D may be decent. Kasevich shows great Avg ability, V good bb/k rate and good D but no power at all. They are progressing well but are not elite prospects IMO.

There is a lot of time for more development this year.

Ducey - Monday, May 29 2023 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#429419) #
2022 draft picks (hitters)

Kasevich 319/399/345 - 14BB/16K
Toman 235/364/353 age 19 in A-
Doughty 246/348/441 Hot for 3 games - maybe has his mojo now
Roden 316/438/474 22BB/17K
Williams 273/362/480 17BB/36K
Rock 293/357/507 AA signed for $22,500 (-151,000 under slot)
S Hernandez 193/227/313 19 yr old C in A-
Turconi 321/418/531 age 24 in A
chris_jays - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 07:45 AM EDT (#429447) #
bpoz, who do you feel are decent quality SP's in AAA? All anyone talks about these days is we have no starting pitch depth and can't send Manoah down because literally all starters in Buffalo are struggling.
Hutchison, Lawrence, Thompson and White have had rough years so really your only option is Francis who just came back.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 07:58 AM EDT (#429449) #
My mistake chris. There are no AAA SPs that are good. I must have got carried away by the AA SPs progressing well. Still counts as a mistake.
chris_jays - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 08:03 AM EDT (#429450) #
Totally fair! I've always been a big Lawrence guy and wish they'd try a combo of him and Richards to give Manoah a breather.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 09:03 AM EDT (#429452) #
D Santos is the 4th SP in a row to win pitcher of the week for the NW league. C Dallas, T Wallace and D Harrison before him.
hypobole - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#429459) #
Any updates on Tiedemann and Barger?
Gerry - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 02:03 PM EDT (#429461) #
Hagen Danner has been promoted to Buffalo.

There was a report about Barger last week. he had been to see Dr. James Andrews, I believe, and he has been cleared to resume baseball activities. I would expect to see him, probably in Dunedin, by next week.
hypobole - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#429462) #
Thanks, Gerry.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#429463) #
Sean Mellen was released today.
Kelekin - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#429464) #
A bit surprised on Mellen. The peripherals aren't great this year, but he's been a steady performer through the minors.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#429465) #
Niall on C's plus is reporting that Rainer Nunez and TJ Brock are off to New Hampshire. Peyton Williams is up to Vancouver.
Nigel - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#429466) #
Brock is definitely an interesting relief arm. He's listed at 6'1" but I don't think he's close to that. He's short and on the stockier side and has a bit of a wild delivery (arms and legs everywhere) which is something you generally associate with taller pitchers. I've seen him hit 98 with his FB but sits 94-96 with some good life. His breaking ball (slider/sweeper) is very inconsistent but has good break and velocity when he's throwing it well. The big question is whether he can throw enough strikes as he moves up.
bpoz - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 06:14 PM EDT (#429468) #
Great to see the promotions.
Kelekin - Tuesday, May 30 2023 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#429472) #
Burnette got absolutely lit up - 5 ER without recording an out.

Pop started his rehab in Dunedin. 1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K.
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