Here's a look at a couple of the stars from this weekend's action around the minor leagues.
Mike Minor, lhp, Braves: Atlanta didn't add any starting pitching at the trade deadline because they didn't need to. The rotation has been pretty solid, especially since Kris Medlen moved to the rotation from the pen. But if Atlanta does need help in the rotation, Minor is making a pretty clear case that he could help out.
The lefthander has ranked among the minors' strikeout leaders all season, but his time in Double-A Mississippi was marked by plenty of inconsistency. He'd have a dominating outing followed by one where he struggled to get out of the third. Despite that, Minor was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett County at the end of June, and since then he's found the consistency that he was lacking.
Minor has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five Triple-A starts, and he's worked at least five innings in all five outings. Friday he was at his best–he allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings while striking out eight.
“I thought he pitched really efficiently,” manager Dave Brundage told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “He was working with all three pitches, and that is something I have been looking for.”
Yonder Alonso, 1b, Reds: The trade deadline came and went, and Alonso, one of the Reds' best trade chips, is still a Red. Cincinnati ended up deciding to stand pat, which meant that Alonso and other potential trade targets are still playing for Triple-A Louisville.
In the long run, it's still hard to figure out how Alonso will start for the Reds–his position is very well filled at the big league level by Joey Votto, but if nothing else, holding on to Alonso a while longer may help his trade value, because the first baseman is starting to hit like the Reds' have always expected.
Alonso's numbers for the season still aren't spectacular, but he hit .366/.423/.663 in July and has started August by going 2-for-3 with a double on Sunday (he had doubled twice and homered on Saturday). Alonso's hot streak is a big reason that Louisville has won 10 in a row.
Aroldis Chapman, lhp, Reds: Alonso's teammate Chapman also played a part in the continuation of the Bats' winning streak. Chapman entered Sunday's game with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th. He managed to pitch out of the jam by getting a strikeout and a groundout before pitching a scoreless 11th to pick up the win.
Chapman seems to be getting more comfortable with working out of the pen. Sunday's win was the first outing where Louisville manager Rick Sweet had brought him into a game in the middle of an inning with runners on base. Chapman hasn't allowed an earned run in his last nine outings, and over those 10 1/3 innings, he's allowed six hits and four walks while striking out 15.
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