BAPR Plus: Aug. 24

Laynce Nix keeps on hitting home runs; Geovany Soto’s hitting for power while leading the minors in hitting and Jeff Karstens is getting the chance to see the country on the Yankees’ dime.

Triple-A

It’s been a disappointing season for Adam Lind. His first significant stint in the majors didn’t go as planned (.230/.274/.383) and it’s filtered over into his performance with Syracuse. But Lind did have a great night on Thursday going 3-for-4 with a home run.

Evan Longoria hit his fourth Triple-A home run but Richmond edge Durham 9-8 in a battle for an International League playoff spot.

Recently traded Matt Maloney picked up a loss in his first Triple-A start. The Reds prospect allowed two runs in six innings, but Columbus’ Jason Bergman combined with two relievers on a shutout. Bernie Castro stole four bases for the Clippers.

Hopefully Jeff Karstens has some good luggage. The Yankees prospect has pitched at six different levels of the Yankees system this year, making appearances everywhere from the Gulf Coast League to the majors. The only U.S. affiliate he’s skipped is low Class A Charleston. Karstens allowed two runs in six innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he outdueled Nick Blackburn on Thursday.

Geovany Soto’s amazing season got a little more impressive last night. Soto hit a pair of home runs, his 22nd and 23rd, as part of a three-hit night for Iowa.

There have been a lot of great performances in the minors this season, but Laynce Nix might have the most impressive run. Nix hit his eighth home run in nine games for Nashville on Thursday as the Sounds beat Oklahoma.

Val Pascucci hit his 34th home run of the season, bringing him to within three of minor league leader Craig Brazell to help Albuquerque beat Memphis. The Redbirds gave Chris Lambert another start after trying the former first-round pick in the bullpen. Neither role has worked out. Lambert gave up four runs in three innings to raise his ERA to 8.20 in 52 2/3 innings.

Chin-Lung Hu had four more hits, raising his average to .341, in Las Vegas’ 17-12 loss to Tucson.

Double-A

Mike Costanzo hit his 24th home run in Reading’s loss to Akron. Michael Aubrey hit a pair of home runs for the Aeros.

New Hampshire’s David Smith is going to hate to see the season end. Smith hit home runs in four straight games earlier this week and added another home run, his 21st, on Thursday as the Fisher Cats beat Portland.

Chris Davis hit his 33rd home run of the season and Taylor Teagarden and German Duran also homered as Frisco beat San Antonio and Will Inman.

High Class A

Jesse English is finding the California League no more difficult than the Northwest League. In his third appearance with San Jose, English threw two scoreless innings as the Giants beat Visalia.

Brevard County’s David Welch struck out nine in five innings while allowing one run, but on Thursday that was enough to pick up a loss. Joel Santo threw six shutout innings for Daytona allowing one hit and Ryan Harvey and Brian Dopirak homered as Daytona split the double header with Brevard County.

Mitch Einerston homered for a second consecutive day and Christopher Johnson hit a pair of home runs in Salem’s 19-6 blowout win over Frederick.

Lorenzo Scott’s single proved to be Jupiter’s only hit as Palm Beach’s Eddie Degerman carried a no-hitter into the seventh.

Daniel Cortes is having an outstanding August. Cortes didn’t allow a run in seven innings, lowering his ERA this month to 0.93 in five starts.

Matt Mangini tripled and hit his first home run since being promoted to High Desert. The supplemental first-round pick from Oklahoma State is hitting .257 between three levels in his pro debut.

Chris Nelson homered for a third consecutive game for Modesto.

Low Class A

Tyler Robertson allowed two unearned runs in seven innings while striking out 11 but he picked up the loss as Travis Barnwart was even better–he threw six shutout innings for Kane County to pick out the win as the Cougars swept Beloit.

Josh Reddick hit his 17th home run for Greenville.

Catcher Chris Hatcher’s pair of home runs helped Greensboro beat Hickory.

Kasey Kiker gave up two runs in three innings in a short outing with Clinton.

West Michigan’s Duane Bello and Casey Fein combined to shut out Great Lakes.

Kannapolis John Shelby hit his eight home run of the month (and his 14th of the season) as the Intimidators shellacked Asheville 10-1.

West Virginia’s Jeremy Jeffress had a bizarre line. Jeffress allowed no hits but two runs thanks to four walks in four innings. He also struck out eight.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

Damon Sublett doubled and homered for Oklahoma State. Sublett is now hitting .307/.415/.513 in 199 at-bats.

Joe Savery made have the credentials but he was outdone by Marc Rzepczynski. Rzepczynski’s gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 12. It was Rzepcynski’s second double-digit strikeout game in the past three starts.

Greg Hallman hit his 14th home run. Hallman is now one home run off the Northwest League lead held by Ian Gac.

Balbino Fuenmayor’s introduction to the U.S. has not gone as planned. Fuenmayor went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts on Thursday dropping his overall average to .178. He’s 0 for his last 21 with 11 strikeouts and has one extra base hit this month.

Ramon Benjamin threw six no-hit innings for the GCL Marlins.

Daigoro Rondon struck out 10 in six innings for the GCL Dodgers. Rondon now has a 59-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Daniel Haigwood threw five scoreless innings in a rehab start with the GCL Red Sox.

Cody Johnson has run away with the Appalachian League home run title. Johnson hit his 15th home run on Thursday, six more than anyone else in the league.

Andy D’Allessio is doing the same thing in the Arizona League. He hit his 13th home run for the AZL Giants, six more than anyone else in the league. But in D’Allessio’s case the question is why is he in the AZL–he had a four-year career at Clemson and is more polished than your average AZL player.

Jose Mayi hit for the cycle for the AZL Padres. Mayi doubled in the third inning, tripled in the sixth and singled in the eighth. If not for a ninth-inning rally, his day would have ended there. But a ninth-inning rally gave Mayi one more chance and he homered to finish off the cycle. It was an unlikely feat as the 20-year-old first baseman from the Dominican Republic is hitting only .217/.338/.358 this season and he had only six extra-base hits in 32 games before Thursday.

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