Over the last two seasons, Josh Fleming has been one of the better starters in the organization. The 23 year old pitched for three affiliates in that span, and while his strikeout rate hasn’t been high — 18.5% — the results have been good. His ERA is 2.90, and he’s only allowed 12 home runs in 226 2⁄3 innings.
Triple-A Durham Bulls (61-46)
Durham was shut out by Buffalo, 4-0. Sam McWilliams was charged with all four runs in 5 1⁄3 innings.
3B Daniel Robertson: 0-for-3, 1 BB
CF Joe McCarthy: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.714)
RF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.582)
DH Brendan McKay: 0-for-4, 3 K (.859)
SS Lucius Fox: 0-for-3, 2 K (.426)
C Mac James: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.599)
RHP Sam McWilliams: 5 1⁄3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (7.91)
Durham’s site offers this recap.
Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (26-11)
Josh Fleming dominated again in Montgomery’s 2-0 win over Birmingham. This time, he struck out six, gave up just three hits and a walk, and faced just one batter over the minimum, thanks to a double play and runner caught stealing. Tristan Gray hit a home run.
2B Vidal Brujan: 0-for-4, 2 K (.816)
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 R (.743)
RF Josh Lowe: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K (.746)
3B Tristan Gray: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K (.671)
LHP Josh Fleming: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (3.25)
Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (28-11)
Charlotte came up short in a 2-1 pitchers’ duel against Clearwater. The Stone Crabs had just five hits, all of which were singles. In the sixth, Michael Smith’s RBI single cut their deficit in half, but Kevin Kiermaier was thrown out at home trying to score on a groundball the following at-bat. Tommy Romero allowed two runs in five innings.
CF Kevin Kiermaier: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 2-for-4 (.737)
RF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 2 K (.742)
PH Wander Franco: 0-for-1 (.956)
PH Moises Gomez: 0-for-1 (.685)
2B Connor Hollis: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K (.755)
RHP Tommy Romero: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.87)
LHP Cristopher Sanchez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (3.21)
Charlotte’s site offers this recap.
Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-13)
Bowling Green fell to Lake County, 8-4. Erik Ostberg’s homer in the fourth got the Hot Rods on the board, but they were already trailing by five. Easton McGee allowed five runs in four innings.
DH Erik Ostberg: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB (.984)
RHP Easton McGee: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.75)
Bowling Green’s site offers this recap.
Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (24-17)
Hudson Valley shut out Aberdeen, 3-0. After Ben Brecht threw two innings, Christopher Gau worked the bulk of the game, striking out a pair in five frames. Jose Roca earned the save. Pedro Diaz singled in two in the fifth to start the scoring, and Ben Troike singled in an insurance run in the ninth.
SS Greg Jones: 1-for-4, 1 K, 1 CS (.879)
LHP Ben Brecht: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (1.17)
RHP Christopher Gau: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (4.40)
Rookie Princeton Rays (18-20)
Nick Schnell homered, but it wasn’t enough in Princeton’s 3-2 loss to Burlington. Schnell drove in both runs, first with an RBI single in the first and then his second homer in the third. The Royals only had three hits, but two of them were home runs. Christian Fernandez allowed two runs in four innings.
CF Nick Schnell: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K (.768)
RHP Christian Fernandez: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (6.43)
Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (13-13)
The GCL Rays were off.
Monday’s games (probables courtesy of milb.com)
Durham @ Gwinnett 7:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA vs. TBA
Montgomery vs. Birmingham 7:35 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Paul Campbell (6-2, 2.72) vs. John Parke (2-1, 3.09)
Charlotte is off.
Bowling Green vs. Lake County 1:05 p.m. ET (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Caleb Sampen (7-4, 2.97) vs. Eli Lingos (2-1, 3.68)
Hudson Valley is off.
Princeton is off.
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 p.m.
*Listed as TBA on milb.com
Scouting the opposition
Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta)
63-43 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 588 R (1st) .826 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 4.23 ERA (1st) 1.34 WHIP (1st)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Kyle Wright (4), RHP Bryse Wilson (6), LHP Luiz Gohara (10), LHP Kolby Allard (12), RHP Patrick Weigel (13), C Alex Jackson (14), RHP Huascar Ynoa (19), RHP Wes Parsons (23), OF Travis Demeritte (24), SS Riley Unroe
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
20-14 (2nd in SL North)
Offense: 379 R (7th) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.10 ERA (8th) 1.37 WHIP (8th)
Top-30 prospects: 2B Nick Madrigal (5), OF Micker Aldofo (6), OF Blake Rutherford (8), OF Luis Gonzalez (9), 1B Gavin Sheets (14), SS Laz Rivera (16), RHP Alec Hansen (17), RHP Zack Burdi (18), RHP Codi Heuer (26), OF Joel Booker (27), RHP Tyler Johnson (29), LHP Kodi Medeiros (30)
Lake County Captains (Cleveland)
Offense: 462 R (2nd) .715 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.62 ERA (7th) 1.32 WHIP (10th)
Top-30 prospects: C Bo Naylor (4), RHP Luis Oviedo (8), OF Quentin Holmes (27)
12-14 (4th in GCL South)
Offense: 93 R (14th) .626 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (4th) 1.20 WHIP (3rd)
Top-30 prospects: RHP Landon Leach (25), IF Keoni Cavaco, RHP Matt Canterino
Daily news and links
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