I really don't know what to make of Dylan Floro at this point. He was a top 30 prospect for the organization entering the year after a really good year for Bowling Green and Charlotte, but the reports did not match the stats with the usual fare for an unheralded guy having success in the lower minors: his stuff is underwhelming his delivery is unconventional, and he relies on his great control.
That could still be true, but he made the leap to Montgomery, and after a rough start, has been really good. He pounds the strike zone, keeps the ball in the park and breezes through a ton of innings. His strikeout rate is still an underwhelming 15.3%, but at what point does he become one of those guys that can stick at the back end of a rotation using guile and hitting his spots? Is he there already?
Triple-A Durham Bulls (48-42)
Durham's offense couldn't gain much traction in their 3-2 loss to Gwinnett. Braves errors contributed to both Bulls runs, although one was earned. Robby Price led off the game with a single, and he moved up a base at a time on three Gwinnett errors. In the fifth, they got their second run to tie the game when Hak-Ju Lee singled to start the inning, moved up to second on an error and eventually came home to score on a Mike Fontenot single. Wilson Betemit had two hits, including a double.
Mike Montgomery was solid after his last turn in the rotation was skipped. Back to back doubles to tie the game greeted him to start the first inning, and it only took two batters to score another run against him in the third inning after a leadoff triple. He finished with two runs allowed on five hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Brandon Gomes was charged with what proved to be the winning run in the seventh, but it was unearned due to a Lee error.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-8)
Dylan Floro threw his second complete game shutout of the season in Montgomery's 3-0 win over Mississippi. As usual, he was efficient pounding the strike zone, only needing 88 pitches to finish the game, 66 of which were strikes. He allowed eight hits and walked none, and any time someone reached it, it seemed like he was able to turn a double play or see a baserunner caught stealing. He struck out three batters.
The Biscuits only had four hits themselves, but they were still able to score three. With one out in the third and two runners in scoring position, a passed ball and wild pitch in the same Jake Hager at-bat put Montgomery up 2-0. Richie Shaffer hit an RBI single in the sixth to add an insurance run. With two singles, Shaffer was the only Biscuit to reach base twice.
Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-13)
A first inning run didn't hold up in Charlotte's 6-1 loss to Fort Myers. The run was unearned because of a J.O. Berrios error, and after that, he shut the Stone Crabs down. In the last eight innings, four players reached scoring position. Maxx Tissenbaum and Granden Goetzman had two hits.
Blake Snell was saddled with the loss, but he was very good for Charlotte. He didn't allow a hit until a one out double in the fifth inning, and that would be when he allowed both of his runs. After a two out walk, Jorge Polanco, fresh off his big league stint with Minnesota, tripled home two runs. Snell finished with two runs allowed on two hits and a walk in five innings with nine strikeouts. Casey Weathers walked three and allowed a grand slam in the eighth.
Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-10)
A three run inning sunk Bowling Green in their 3-2 loss to Dayton. The Dragons opened the top of the third with four straight hits, including three for extra bases. That put them up 3-0, and that was all they needed. Griset would eventually finish with the three runs allowed on seven hits and a walk in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts.
The Hot Rods responded with a run immediately after. With one out, Spencer Edwards doubled, and he came home to score on a Kean Wong single. In the eighth, Wong was thrown out at home with no outs on a Johnny Field double, but Field did come around to score on an Oscar Hernandez single to pull within one. Field had three hits, and Wong and Hernandez each had two.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (14-5)
Hudson Valley needed a late rally, but they came out on top in their 4-1 win over Staten Island. Down 1-0 in the eighth, the Renegades finally came through with a run on Jace Conrad's sac fly. An inning later, after scoring that tying run, Braxton Lee came up with the big hit to go ahead. His two out double cleared the bases and gave Hudson Valley a comfortable lead. Lee had three of their five hits.
It was another solid game from the Hudson Valley pitching staff. Starter Oscar Armenta allowed Staten Island's only run with a two out rally in the third, and he was otherwise able to get out of trouble. He finished with the run allowed on five hits and a walk in five innings. Edgar Gomez was sharp over the final four innings, striking out four and only allowing one hit and one walk.
Princeton's offense fell flat in their 7-0 loss to Johnson City. They only had three hits, and starter Ian McKinney struck out 10 in eight innings. Riley Unroe, Thomas Milone and Hec Montes had the hits. Greg Maisto allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts, and Kyle Bird allowed three runs, including two home runs, in 1.2 innings.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (10-3)
They only had three hits, but the GCL Rays still came out on top with a 2-0 win over the GCL Orioles. Both runs would be unearned thanks to a one out error that allowed one run to score and another runner to move to third base before a sac fly. The Rays had a chance to extend their lead in the eighth when they hit two of their singles, but a double play ended the potential rally. David Rodriguez reached base twice with a pair of walks.
With another solid outing, Junior Feliz has still not allowed an earned run this season. Thecould not even reach scoring position against him, and he exited after 4.2 scoreless innings, having only allowed one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. Alberto Casanas pitched the next four innings, and Trevor Dunlap picked up a one out save.
Star of the day- Floro continues to impress.
Goat of the day- Offense seemed a bit light throughout the organization.
Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
41-47 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 368 R (11th) .714 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 4.15 ERA (9th) 1.44 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Cody Martin (11), 3B (12), OF Joey Terdoslavich (15), OF Todd Cunningham (23), RHP Aaron Northcraft (25), RHP Juan Jaime (27), RHP James Hoyt (30)
10-6 (T-1st in SL South)
Offense: 383 R (3rd) .719 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.59 ERA (4th) 1.27 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP (3), RHP Jason Hursh (4), 2B (6), OF Kyle Wren (18), 3B (22), OF Matt Lipka (24), OF Robby Hefflinger (29)
Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota)
9-5 (3rd in FSL South)
Offense: 424 R (1st) .701 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.10 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: CF Byron Buxton (1), RHP J.O. Berrios (5), 2B (10), OF Max Kepler (11), OF Adam Brett Walker (17), LHP Mason Melotakis (18), 3B (25), SS Niko Goodrum (26), RHP Tyler Jones (27), C (30)
Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati)
7-8 (5th in MWL East)
Offense: 358 R (12th) .681 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.48 ERA (3rd) 1.25 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Phil Ervin (3), RHP Nick Travieso (8), LHP Amir Garrett (18), RHP Jackson Stephens (19), OF Jonathan Reynoso (20), RHP Sal Romano (25), OF Sebastian Elizalde (26), 3B (27), RHP Dan Langfield (30)
11-9 (3rd in McNamara)
Offense: 85 R (9th) .636 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 2.99 ERA (4th) 1.22 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Luis Torrens (19), SS Thairo Estrada (28)
9-5 (1st in APP West)
Offense: 81 R (4th) .734 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.05 ERA (4th) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Oscar Mercado (19)
4-9 (T-3rd in GCL South)
Offense: 34 R (15th) .575 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.79 ERA (7th) 1.28 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Josh Hart (13)