If like me you remember Reggie Jackson as a Yankee and Nolan Ryan as an Astro than you probably share my disbelief at seeing guys born in 1990 succeeding in pro baseball, but that’s exactly what we saw on Monday, as it was a day for the youngsters.
Angel Villalona may still be 16 years old, but he hit his third pro home run yesterday. Carlos Triunfel went 6-for-6 while playing in the California League.
Jeff Niemann left Monday’s game after only five pitches because of a sore right shoulder, but Durham went on to win without him, beating Indianapolis 6-3. New acquisition Calvin Medlock allowed only one hit in three innings to pick up the win.
Dane Sardinha can credit his glovework for his seven-year minor league career as hitting has always been a struggle for the former second-round pick. But for one night Sardinha was a slugger. The catcher hit three home runs and drove in seven as Toledo beat Richmond. The power outburst raised Sardinha’s numbers for the season to .210/.272/.331. Brent Lillibridge hit his sixth home run for Richmond.
It would be fair to wonder why Justin Christian was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A after hitting only .235/.283/.325 for Trenton, but the change of scenery has done wonders. Christian went 2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen bases in Scranton’s 3-2 loss to Rochester, raising his Triple-A stats to .343/.383/.471 in 140 at-bats. Christian has stolen 15 bases with only one caught stealing since the promotion. Joba Chamberlain made his bullpen debut and as you would expect it went quite well. The righthander struck out all three batters he faced, hit 100 mph on the radar gun and sat at 99 in an absolutely dominating performance. He’ll take today off then pitch again tomorrow.
It’s been a brutal season for New Orleans Adam Bostick but the last couple of weeks have gone quite well. Bostick struck out 10 in six scoreless innings. He hasn’t given up a run in 13 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list on July 19. He had missed time with a sore shoulder.
Nashville’s Adam Pettyjohn threw a complete-game shutout against Sacramento.
Rick Ankiel hit his 31st home run of the season, drawing within one of minor league leader Craig Brazell. Teammate Tag Bozied hit a pair of home runs as well as Memphis beat Fresno.
Andy LaRoche is going to hate to see August arrive. LaRoche hit his 12th home run of the month in Las Vegas’ 11-5 loss to Round Rock. LaRoche is slugging .943 for the month.
Evan Longoria’s 10th inning grand slam led Montgomery to a 9-3 win over Birmingham. Longoria has three hits and four RBIs for the night.
Carlos Gonzalez is another player who will hate to see July end. Gonzalez went 3-for-4 in Mobile’s 7-5 loss to Mississippi. Gonzalez is hitting .344/.410/.622 in July. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Braves.
High Class A
Cameron Maybin hit two doubles and a triple, made an outstanding catch and also committed an error in his return after missing three weeks with a sore shoulder.
A.J. Van Slyke hit three triples in Palm Beach’s 6-5 win over Daytona.
Brad Corley homered for a second consecutive game as Lynchburg fell to Frederick 6-4.
Shawn Hill threw three scoreless innings in a rehab appearance with Potomac.
San Jose’s Antoan Richardson had four hits and his 42nd stolen base in a 7-2 win over San Jose.
High Desert’s Carlos Triunfel went 6-for-6 in High Desert’s 20-7 win over Inland Empire. The 17-year-old shortstop is now hitting .340/.366/.402 in 97 at-bats since being promoted to high Class A.
Low Class A
Clayton Kershaw only pitched one inning on Monday, but don’t worry Dodger fans he’s not injured. The lefthander was scheduled to only throw one inning, but is expected to make a normal start on Saturday.
Travis Jones had three home runs for Rome. The seventh-round pick this season out of South Carolina is now hitting .313/.493/.583 in 48 at-bats.
Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs in five innings as he picked up his ninth win.
James Still hit his 20th home run and Josh Reddick hit his 14th as Greenville beat Lake County 5-1.
Jamestown’s Hector Correa had one of the most bizarre pitching lines you’ll see. Correa struck out 10 while walking one in 5 2/3 innings, which sounds pretty good. But Correa also gave up nine hits and five runs so he was both dominating and extremely hittable at the same time.
Ryan Pope allowed only one hit while striking out six in four innings. Pope was the Yankees’ third-round pick out of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The best pitching performance of the day award goes to Danville’s Jeff Locke. Locke threw five perfect innings while striking out 10. He did walk the only batter he faced in the sixth inning before being lifted. That runner scored which was the first run he had given up in three starts.
Helena’s Matt Laporta homered in his pro debut. It was actually LaPorta’s first swing of the bat as he cranked a home run in the second inning.
Luis Montano picked up his seventh win in eight starts as Billings beat Great Falls. The 22-year-old is 5-1, 1.54 in six July outings.
Simon Castro, a 19-year-old righthander from the Dominican Republic, struck out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Arizona League Padres.
Angel Villalona hit his third pro home run in the AZL Giants loss to the Mariners. The 16-year-old is hitting .264/.352/.462.