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Down on the farm May 3: Markel's struggles continue

The top 30 pitching prospect has allowed seven runs in two straight starts

What some hoped would be a breakout season for Parker Markel has been anything but
What some hoped would be a breakout season for Parker Markel has been anything but
Jim Donten

Meanwhile, weather continued to wreak havoc on the Midwest League schedule.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (18-9)

Durham was thoroughly dominated in their 10-1 loss to Pawtucket. Alfredo Aceves threw six scoreless innings despite walking four and only throwing 57 strikes in 101 pitches. Alex Torres struggled throwing strikes too, finishing with 56 in 95 pitches. He lasted just five innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Down 6-0 in the eighth, Chris Gimenez hit a single that scored Wil Myers. Jim Paduch continued to get hit hard though and couldn't get the shutdown inning. He was charged with six runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings of work. Myers and Rich Thompson each had a pair of hits, and Myers struck out once.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (15-12)

After a lengthy rain delay, Matt Buschmann shut down Pensacola in Montgomery's 6-1 win. The game started nearly an hour and a half late, but Buschmann was unaffected, allowing just one run in eight innings while striking out eight and only needing 88 pitches. Both offenses were silent through the first three innings, but Todd Glaesmann broke the ice with a three run homer, his fifth of the season. Although that would prove to be the only offense the Biscuits would need, Mikie Mahtook added a two run home run the next inning for good measure. It was Mahtook's third home run of the season, and he reached base three times during the game.

Class-A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (8-18)

If you take out a seven run inning from Jupiter, Charlotte won last night, but that's not how baseball works as the Stone Crabs suffered a 10-6 loss. After Parker Markel gave the Hammerheads a quick 2-0 lead in the first, the Stone Crabs came back with four runs in their half of the inning, in large part thanks to a two run double by Richie Shaffer. Markel would soon blow that lead though, and Jupiter piled up seven runs in the fourth inning on eight hits against Markel and reliever Bruedlin Suero. They were also aided by Drew Vettleson's sixth error of the season, already surpassing the total he had in 117 games in right field for Bowling Green last year. Vettleson did reach base three times though to lead the Charlotte offense.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-7)

Bowling Green was rained out.


Star of the day- Buschmann had a great outing after the rain delay.

Goat of the day- It's only been a month, but it's not unreasonable to be losing faith in Markel.

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Pawtucket 6:15 PM (MiLB.TV)
Alex Colome (1-3, 2.28) v. Allen Webster (0-0, 3.21)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 8 PM (MiLB.TV)
Merrill Kelly (2-2, 3.65) v. Daniel Renken (1-2, 3.47)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 6:30 PM
Felipe Rivero* (1-3, 4.50) v. Justin Nicolino* (0-1, 3.60)

Bowling Green @ Kane County 5 PM DOUBLEHEADER
Dylan Floro (2-0, 1.35) v. Tayler Scott (1-1, 4.05)
Reinaldo Lopez* (1-0, 0.51) v. Ian Dickson* (1-1, 9.00)

Both games will be seven innings

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Pawtucket Red Sox
16-11 (2nd in IL North)
Offense: 150 R (2nd) .757 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (8th) 1.47 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (2), RHP Allen Webster (4), OF Bryce Brentz (8), SS Jose Iglesias (9), 2B Brock Holt (22)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati)
10-15 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 72 R (10th) .593 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Kyle Lotzkar (12), OF Ryan LaMarre (21), C Tucker Barnhart (23), SS Devin Lohman (25), RHP Chad Rogers (28), RHP Josh Ravin (31)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami)
10-16 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 94 R (9th) .665 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (2nd) 1.28 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Justin Nicolino (6), RHP Jose Urena (8), RHP Jake Esch (23), C Austin Barnes (29), 2B Noah Perio (34)

Kane County Cougars (Cubs)
10-13 (6th in MWL West)
Offense: 118 R (10th) .766 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.85 ERA (15th) 1.46 WHIP (12th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Pierce Johnson (6), 1B Dan Vogelbach (7), 3B Jeimer Candelario (8), SS Marco Hernandez (20), 2B Gioskar Amaya (21), RHP Lendy Castillo (28), OF Trey Martin (30)