August 20, 2017 at 9:04 am #31127
I’m wondering if Herget will be used in Weaver’s spot and who will take Lucas’ closer role in Memphis. Last night’s agme against the New Orleans Baby Cakes drew 10,532 ( capacity listed at 10,000). Nice start for Gant takes the Redbirds up to 83-44 (ties team record) and puts them up 22.5 games. Wisdom is now t-3rd place in the PCL in HRS.(28). Despite their success Bader (.103 in last 10 games) and Diaz .158 in last 10, are struggling this Aug. On the other side, Mejia (.422 in last 10) and Ravelo .395 in last 10 are hot. Ravelo left last night’s game after being hit by a pitch in the 1st inning. Crossed fingers.
Zac Gallen suffered through another rough start last night. He hasn’t been able to match his July effectiveness in Aug. Hot… Anthony Garcia, .429 in last 10 Cold… Arozarena .107 last 10.
If Johnson City fails to make the play-offs, (they’re up by 1 game over the Greenville Astros for a spot) their season will end on Aug 31st, just 12 games to go.August 21, 2017 at 9:40 am #31224
Two of our affiliates have home day games today, and plan to celebrate “Eclipse Day” in opposite fashion. Memphis will be hosting the New Orleans Baby Cakes (MIA) and will play through the darkness. Peoria will be hosting the Clinton Lumber Kings (SEA) at Dozer Park and will halt the game during the darkness “for the players’ safety”. The Chiefs had planned to pass out special eclipse viewing glasses but they were lost in transit. I wonder what will happen if the show up one day in the future??? It’s certainly a PR nightmare. OUCH!
As already mentioned in Erin’s Johnson City Notebook, the mountain birds are in a close play-off race. The 8-2 victory last night over Elizabethton surely helped their cause. Edwar Ramirez picked a good time to pitch his best game of the season (GS=60) He went 6.0 innings for only the second time this season in 10 starts. Ramirez made an emergency appearance in last Monday’s 2:37 rain delayed loss to Elizabethton. Evan Guillory had pitched 2.0 innings before the game was holted. Due to the lengthy stoppage the Cards brought in Ramirez to “relieve”. He was ineffective in that game but turned it around on Sunday.
With Wadye Ynfante’s injury sidelining him, Walker Robbins will be getting more OF playing time and perhaps a chance to reclaim the ’17 season which has been very disappointing to date. Starlin Balbuena who finished strong last season for the GCL-Cards has been a no-show this season batting well below .150. You can also throw in the names J.D. Murders, Franyel Casadilla, Paul Salazar and Brady Whalen onto the list of disappointments.
On the plus side Julio Rodriguez, Luis Bandes (a viable candidate for comeback player of the year), Irving Lopez and Chase Pinder have had remarkable hitting seasons. On the mound Jacob Patterson, Brett Seeeburger, Jake Walsh, Evan Guillory and Jacob Schlesener have pitched very well this season and are names to keep in mind.August 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm #31269
Scott Hurst is 11-12 starting with his last two AB’s on 8/18. That has raised his BA about 40 points in 4 days.August 22, 2017 at 12:06 am #31278
In case you missed the news…
Batting .500, State College Spikes outfielder Scott Hurst was named the top hitter in the New York-Penn League for the August 14-20 period.August 26, 2017 at 10:35 am #31688
As with the Cards, our affiliates have fallen into mini-slumps. Memphis has lost 4 of 5, Springfield lost last 3, PB lost last two (after winning 5 of 6.), Peoria has lost 4 of 5, State College has bucked the trend winning 3 of 4, JC has lost 3 of 5, GCL-Cards have lost 6 in a row. It has been a tough week.
It’s disappointing that Harrison Bader has been hitting so poorly after being sent back down to Memphis. I’m thinking that Jack Flaherty might be challenging AlReyes for the #1 prospect. Matt Pearce continues to stuggle at AAA. Gomber is certainly the front runner for Aug. POtM (GS= 81-73-65-61)
Springfield’s Andrew Knizner has put himself in the running for the system’s POtY award. Certainly the front-runner for position player of the year.
RHP Derian Gonzales is back from the DL for Palm Beach. He may get a short-stint start or two before the season ends…. With Sosa being placed at PB, they will be going with 12 pitchers and the rehabbing Siegrist.Ramon Santos has been very good (GS = 60-85-33-71-61) since entering the Palm Beach’s rotation. He started the season at Peoria. Evan Mendoza is having a rough time adjusting for the PEO Chiefs after a stellar season at State College.
The Peoria starters have had the best month of all the affiliates. Evan Kruczynski is a candidate for POtM… Warner and Shew have been very consistent in August, Parra had only one super-blip, on the flip side, Oxnevad has had a poor month as he continues a very up and down season.
Andy Summerville (candidate for POtM) and Danny Castano have been holding up the SC Spikes rotation, both having solid months. And Johan Oviedo has recently put together a couple of strong starts. Scott Hurst and Yariel Gonzalez are finishing up attention grabbing seasons.
Chase Pinder has been extraordinary all season for Johnson City while others have had disappointing years… Balbuena, Murders, Whalen and Robbins. Newcomers Evan Guillory and Zach Prenergast have tightened up the JC rotation and Seijas has put together a string of 6 effective starts.
Noel DeJesus has been the only solid and consistent starter for the GCL-Cards. Rain and off days have continued to hound the team all month. Jonathan Machado has been far and away the team’s best hitter all season. He’ll certainly find himself moving up in the prospect rankings.August 26, 2017 at 10:59 am #31692
Are Knizner and Pinder potential big bats?August 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm #31694
It would be a stretch to call Knizer or Pinder potential big bats at this pointAugust 27, 2017 at 8:59 am #31742
CC… pretty much a stretch.
Knizner C 520AB 32-2B 2-3B 18-HR .310BA .478SLG 22y.o Springfield 6’1″-200
Pinder OF 166AB 9-2B 1-3B 3-HR .319BA .440SLG 21y.o. Johnson City 6’1″-190August 27, 2017 at 9:10 am #31743
Can Knizner and Pinder be true contributors some day at the major league level, when what we really need are middle of the order bats – or two or three? Or are they just average guys like many others in the system?August 27, 2017 at 9:30 am #31745
Chase Pinder was drafted in the 7th rd. of the ’17 draft. He is having a very good rookie season… has stayed in the .320 range all season. He’s a speedy CF with above average defense. At this point, IMO he should make the top-50 in the 40-50 range, possibly higher.
Andy Knizner was drafted in the 7th rd. of the ’16 draft. He started the season at Peoria (low-A) and was promoted to AA early on. He continued to maintain his BA at SPRF and is a solid defender. There has been mentioned that Kelly is trade chip now because Knizner fits into the Molina exit schedule better… ETA=’19. If I had to pick between the two, Knizner is not a bad option. He has climber rapidly on TCN prospect list and could be top-10 material soon.
Neither are just average prospects by no means. Pinder will have to show how he can do for a full-season team next year. Being an OF he could advance quickly because there is an OF window after AA, Carlson being the only serious prospect at Peoria and the PB OF is very ordinary.August 27, 2017 at 9:43 am #31746
As Brian has said, we need impact (“big”) bats. That requires some prospects who are really outstanding. Is Pinder a better prospect than Bader, Sierra, A.Garcia, Arozarena, etc? If not, he’s totally blocked. Knizner may qualify if he can match Kelly defensively. Can he do that?August 27, 2017 at 9:53 am #31748
Ramon Santos(PB) has had a great Aug. except for one dip on the 14th… 5.0 inn. GS=33. Kruczynski(PEO) is another having a great AUG…. avr GS=62.8. State College’s Andy Summerville has been lights out in 5 starts GS avr=66.6. Seijas has really turned it around at Johnson City and has had his best month of his young pro career.
But Gomber’s Aug. has been extraordinary…. an avg GS of 72 in 5 starts has him quieting some of his detractors because of some very average months early on. He’s back, baby. Go Lefty.August 27, 2017 at 9:59 am #31749
bc… this is my opinion, Knizner is better than Kelly was at age 22 both offensively and defensively (Kelly was converting to catching). He has really come on strong in both of his pro seasons.
Pinder’s future is to early to tell. You put up some pretty good names there to match and they are way further advanced. Pinder is standing out at his level.August 27, 2017 at 10:15 am #31751
If you all want to know more about Knizner read this:August 29, 2017 at 11:31 am #31857
No pitcher in the system has had a better month than Austin Gomber’s August.
W/L=5-0 ERA=0.80 IP= 33.2 K=33 BA=.117 WHIP= 0.68 GS avg 5 starts= 72.0
I wonder what those #s would look like at Memphis.
Peoria’s Evan Kuczynski and Anthony Shew, State College’s Andy Summerville and Johnson City’s Alvaro Seijas also had great month’s.
Shew’s achievement comes after being promoted from State College (short-season A) where he made 4 starts from June 22nd to July 11th. He’s made 8 starts for Peoria and his GS avg for the 6 games he started in August= 66.2.August 29, 2017 at 11:39 am #31858
I am going to have a harder time this year ranking the 2017 draftees. I think it is because so many unheralded guys are having good seasons (especially pitchers).August 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm #31862
CC – it has become a lot more challenging for me with all the guys coming up from the Academies through the DSL. Plus a few free agent signings. Need to do some homework once I do the annual end of season stats for all players (on a spreadsheet – old fashioned). I don’t know a number of players in the GCL and at Johnson City and State College. Used to know almost everyone on those rosters in years past.August 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm #31863
Carson kelly just turned 23… He was 22 for most of the year.
Saying knizner is better at that age is a stretch. Maybe not much of one given that average and more catching experience but it is pushing it a bit.
August 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm #31866
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It should also be said here… Kelly and knizner are neither one of them that “big bat”… However given their position that doesnt make them less valuable.
Especially since we already have them.
Johnny bench… Molina… Neither were what I would call a “big bat” in a playoff lineup.
Both were hall of fame quality bats at their position and good bats in playoff lineups. The difference is maybe one of semantics but it is there.
Only catcher I’ve ever seen with the “big bat” moniker is piazza and the guy sucked as a catcher.
Knizner and kelly are incredibly valuable due to position. They will not fill our big bat hole.
Not sure what to do about it at this pointAugust 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm #31869
Johnny Bench? He led the league in homeruns multiple times….
Kelly has always been thought of highly by scouts and scouting services and he’s been pushed by the Cardinals’ brass. I assume he will be a much more likely major league catcher than Knizner.
Kelly is about 7 months older than Knizner, but has already been through AAA, the AFL, the September call-up period (in 2016) and is on the ML roster now. That’s some lofty aspirations for Knizner for the next year, but the path is there if he’s up to it.
He is about 3 months in development time behind Kelly for now. Kelly started at AA last year, finishing in AAA with almost 400 PAs for the year, while Knizner has about that many split between Peoria and Springfield.
Knizner crushing it in the AFL this fall and in AAA early next year would make a Kelly trade much more palatable, given Molina’s 3-year contract.August 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm #31874
Kelly has won the Gold Glove for the best defensive catcher in all the minors. He’s special defensively. And he has as pretty high ceiling offensively too. Was drafted as a power hitting third baseman.August 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm #31911
Believe that O’Neill and Adolis Garcia are the best potential big bats. Wisdom would be except for the K’s and low average. He is a good defender. Probably AAAA but he has the power.
DeJong, Bader and Carlson probably the next best possibilities.August 30, 2017 at 6:08 am #31924
DeJong is probably more of a reality than a possibility.August 31, 2017 at 9:37 am #32079
Does anyone know the extent of Chase Pinder’s injury?… it’s nearly impossible to get any info.August 31, 2017 at 9:39 am #32081
Is Gomber going to MEM? He’s scheduled to pitch on Friday. It’s almost too good to be true.
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