Down on the Farm: High A Report
Kevin Slowey made a rehab start with the Miracle this week, going 3.0 innings and giving up an earned run on a hit and a walk while striking out five. If I'm not mistaken, he's scheduled to make one more start with the Miracle before moving up for a start in Rochester. Alex Burnett also had a reasonable, albeit short, start -- he went 4.2 innings, allowing just an unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks while picking up 2 K's. Burnett's season ERA now sits at 3.60.
The other three starts this week were all very similar. Cole Devries, Jeff Manship, and Tyler Robertson all gave up 2 runs and lasted between 5.0 and 5.2 innings, and each of them gave up 6 hits. Robertson has the best ERA of the bunch at 2.79, but he also has a surprisingly high WHIP of 1.60. Manship (4.12/1.53) and Devries (6.00/1.56) are struggling a bit in both categories.
Regular starter Deolis Guerra pitched in relief of Kevin Slowey this week, picking up the win after going 4.0 innings and giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 K's. His season ERA of 1.42 and WHIP of 1.21 are solid enough to put him at the top of the line of usual starters. Anthony Slama and Robert Delaney retained their membership in the 0.00 ERA club, with an 0.80 and 0.71 WHIP respectively. Meanwhile, Tim Lahey rejoined the team after his journey as a Rule 5 draft pick and went 3.0 scoreless innings in two games, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out 2 batters.
Elsewhere, Danny Vais got into two ballgames and won both of them, going 3.1 innings and giving up a run on 1 hit while striking out three. His season ERA now sits at 0.69, with a remarkable 0.46 WHIP. Matthew Fox, meanwhile, went 2.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3, bringing his season ERA to 4.76 and his WHIP to 1.50. Julio Lugo pitched 1.2 innings in 2 games, giving up a run on 2 hits with a K. Unfortunately, his season ERA still sits at 7.88, with a WHIP of 1.50. Finally, Danny Graves got into a couple of games before his promotion, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up just a hit while striking out two.
Wilson Ramos continued to struggle this week, going 3-for-17 to drop his average to .189 on the season. He struck out 6 times in those 17 AB's, while doubling and driving in 4 runs. Of course, backup Allan de San Miguel continues to make Ramos look like Babe Ruth, as he went 0-for-6 in his two starts to drop his batting average all the way down to .105 on the year. Why is it that so many catchers in the organization, including some very good ones, can't hit this season? On the plus side, third stringer Rodolfo Palacios started a couple games as the DH, getting his first hits of the season after going 3-for-9 to bring his season average to .214.
I'm starting to think that I'll have to apologize to Johnny Woodard for all the bad things I've said about him over the years (alright, I haven't said anything all that bad). Woodard went 7-for-16 on the week to bring his average to .317. He also doubled twice, knocked a ball out of the park, and drove in 5 runs (all in one game).
At second, Brian Dinkelman continued an impressive run by going 7-for-18 on the week to bring his season average to .338. All of his hits this week were singles, but scored 6 runs and drew five walks against just 2 K's in his five starts at second.
Third base was split between Whit Robbins (who also got a start at 1B) and Danny Valencia (who also started a game as the DH). Robbins went 3-for-10, raising his average slightly to .235. Valencia, meanwhile, went 6-for-18 with a homerun and a double, bringing his season average to .273.
Finally, Toby Gardenhire and Yancarlos Ortiz split time at short. As expected, Gardenhire's average continued to plunge after he went 1-for-8 on the week (he's now hitting .250). Yancarlos Ortiz has been worse so far this year -- his 2-for-8 performance this week brought him to .179 on the season.
Juan Portes started 4 games in left field and put together a great week, going 8-for-16 with a double and a dinger. He also didn't strike out a single time while drawing 2 walks. His season average now sits at .302.
In center, Danny Santiesteban and Edward Ovalle each got a start, with Santiesteban also starting a game in right and Ovalle starting a game in left. Santiesteban went 5-for-10 on the week to raise his average to .298 on the season. His hits included a couple of doubles and a homer, and he also both scored and drove in 4 runs. Ovalle, meanwhile, went 4-for-13 on the season, bringing his average to .239.
Rene Tosoni started 3 games in right and one in center, going 6-for-16 on the week to bring his average to .352 on the season. All of his hits were singles and he struck out 6 times, but he did score 4 runs on the week.