Minor League Roundup: Ties—Not For Father’s Day, And Not For Joey Gallo

Today’s roundup features Joey Gallo homering again, Peter O’Brien doing the same, Jose Ramirez trying a new position, Mitch Haniger exploding, Daniel Bard imploding and Tim Anderson staying hot.

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You’ll read more about him later, but here’s Joey Gallo’s 23rd home run of the year.

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Mookie Meter

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Betts was 1-for-5 on Tuesday, thus the meter is at one.

International League

Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez, of, Columbus (Indians): An infielder by trade, there’s simply very little chance he’d crack the Indians any of those positions in the near future. Francisco Lindor is the future at shortstop. Jason Kipnis is entrenched at second. Lonnie Chisenhall seems to have found it at third. With that in mind, Ramirez finds himself in the outfield. In his first game in left field, Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs, an RBI and two walks. If he’s going to stick there, he’ll have to have plenty more nights like this one, but at this point outfield seems like the only option to help him crack the Indians for the long term.

Pacific Coast League

Travis d’Arnaud, c, Las Vegas (Mets): Yep, he’s back in the minors. He wasn’t hitting in the majors (and had been unfortunately snakebitten when it came to injuries), so the Mets moved him back to Las Vegas. In his second game, he collected two hits—both singles—scored twice and drew a walk. Reports from Mets media suggested that this might be a long-term demotion for d’Arnaud, once and still considered the team’s catcher of the future. Now, though, unless he starts hitting and brings it to the major leagues, he’ll hear footsteps from Kevin Plawecki in Double-A.

Eastern League

Peter O’Brien, c, Trenton (Yankees): He hasn’t hit much lately, (.184/.225/.368 in his past 10 games), but he’s still in the thick of the Great Minor League Home Run Chase. He popped No. 22 last night and is now tied with Kris Bryant for second place behind Joey Gallo, who is unstoppable at this point. More notably for O’Brien, he’s started playing first base. Over his past four games, he’s played two at designated hitter and two at first base. It’s unclear if he’s done with catching and right field, but the move to first base is not insignificant and bears watching.

Southern League

Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger, of, Huntsville (Brewers): There was only one game on the SL docket last night, but Haniger might have taken this spot even with a full slate. He went 2-for-3 with two homers, four RBIs and a walk and racked up the highest wRC+ (as tracked by our Matt Eddy) of the evening in the minor leagues. He’s a powerful hitter whom the Brewers think will hit for average because of his approach at the plate. He had a horrid April, then got better in May while lacking power, and has put it all together so far in June.

Texas League

Joey Gallo, 3b, Frisco (Rangers): You’ll never guess what Joey Gallo did last night. Actually, you probably will. Yep, he homered. Again. This time it was a fly ball that just kept carrying out to right field fueled by Gallo’s brute strength. He’s up to 23 longballs this season through 60 games and is homering once every 8.5 at-bats. As a bit of an exercise in the hypothetical, please take a moment to imagine what kind of monster Gallo could be if he sticks at third base long term. What does that monster look like? Tell me in the comments.

Florida State League

Josh Bell

Josh Bell, of, Bradenton (Pirates): The fine year continues for the $5 million bonus baby. He was 1-for-3 on Tuesday with his seventh home run of the year and an outfield assist thrown in for good measure. He’s up to .306/.358/.477 with seven homers. He’s earned that Florida State League all-star game berth, but will have to work very hard to crack Pittsburgh’s outfield in a couple of years. Mssrs. Marte, McCutchen and Polanco seem to be the outfield of the future there for quite some time.

Carolina League

Tim Anderson, ss, Winston-Salem (White Sox): Preface this with the fact that he’s still not walking, but Anderson is positively molten right now. He collected three hits in Tuesday’s doubleheader with Wilmington and is now 11 for his last 21 over the course of a seven-game hitting streak. He’s 33 for his last 79 dating back to May 24 with, of course, just two walks in that span. He was rightfully named a recent addition to the Carolina League all-star team.

California League

Scheduled off-day

South Atlantic League

Daniel Bard, rhp, Hickory (Rangers): Oh, Daniel Bard, what has happened to you? Just two years ago you were a member of Boston’s starting rotation and just last year you were in the major leagues. Now you’re in low Class A and failing to get outs. On Tuesday, you lasted just two three hitters and 12 pitches. You threw just three strikes, issued two walks and hit a batter. You’ve pitched three times this year, allowed nine runs (all earned) on no hits and seven walks. You’ve struck out one. Let’s remember the good times.

Midwest League

Daniel Palka, 1b, South Bend (Diamondbacks): The former ACC home run champion hit like it on Tuesday, socking two homers in a win over Lake County. He’s got nine longballs this year to go with 13 doubles, which fits in the power profile Arizona was looking for when they popped him with their third-round pick last year. He’s not hitting for a particularly high average (.251) or on-base percentage (.337), however, so he’ll need to up those numbers if he hopes to ascend the ladder as any sort of prospect.