We've written about how just how loaded the Phillies' low Class A Lakewood club is, but one name that we hadn't expected to see there anymore was righthander Trevor May. The 20-year-old was Lakewood's best pitcher down the stretch last year as the BlueClaws won the South Atlantic League title, going 4-1, 2.56 in 77 innings after joining the club last June.
Promoted to high Class A Clearwater to start this year, May's stuff hadn't gone anywhere—led by his 92-94 mph fastball—but his control had. May held opponents to a .212 average and struck out 90 in 70 innings for Clearwater. But he was his own worst enemy, walking 61 batters, beaning five more and throwing nine wild pitches in 16 outings. That wildness contributed to a 5.01 ERA and earned him a ticket back to Lakewood in early July.
May hasn't needed long to get comfortable in his old surroundings, however. He struck out nine hitters in two of his first three outings. Then came his start last night in Delmarva. May fanned seven hitters through the first three innings and went on to strike out 14 over seven shutout innings. He allowed just four hits—all singles, one of them a bunt single—and walked none, the first time all year he hasn't issued a free pass. The 14 punchouts were easily a career high for May (his previous was 10, done twice with Clearwater) and tied Lakewood's single-game franchise record. May improved to 3-1, 3.10 in 29 innings for Lakewood and 8-6, 4.45 in 99 innings for the year overall.
Around The Minors
• Four Altoona pitchers combined to strike out 20 Erie hitters without issuing a single walk in a 13-inning game in the Double-A Eastern League last night. The charge was led by righthander Bryan Morris, who fanned eight over five shutout innings in which he gave up just two hits, lowering his ERA to 4.41 in 63 1/3 Double-A innings. But Morris was matched by Erie righthander Brayan Villarreal, a 23-year-old making just his second Double-A start. Villarreal, a Venezuelan with a low-90s fastball and plus slider, fanned eight over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and no walks. Villarreal was promoted from high Class A Lakeland last week after he'd gone 7-4, 3.47 in 85 2/3 innings. Both starters were long gone by the time the game was decided, as it remained scoreless into the 13th before Cale Iorg's walkoff homer won it for Erie.
• The Marlins promoted Logan Morrison to the majors to replace the injured Chris Coghlan. With Gaby Sanchez ensconced at first base, Morrison had started playing some left field over the last couple weeks for Triple-A New Orleans, and that's where he was deployed last night in his big league debut, going 1-for-4 in San Francisco. Morrison, 22, was hitting .307/.427/.487 in 238 at-bats for New Orleans.
• Kyle Seager made things a little suspenseful, but in the end the Mariners second baseman extended his hitting streak to 32 games. Seager started the night 0-for-2 in high Class A High Desert's game against Inland Empire, but he ended the drama with a double to leadoff the seventh inning. He went on to go 2-for-5 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.
• Martin Perez might want to just burn the video of his start last night with Double-A Frisco. The 19-year-old lefty had the shortest out of his career, recording only one out against Midland before being pulled after giving up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and a walk. The RoughRiders' offense actually came back and got Perez off the hook for the loss, but his ERA still jumped 67 points to 5.70 in 79 innings.
AFL Assignments Announced
Club and coaching assignments for the Arizona Fall League were announced on Tuesday. Where each team's prospects are heading and the field staffs for each club are listed below.
Mesa Solar Sox (Angels, Cubs, Mets, Phillies, Pirates)
Manager: Casey Kopitzke (Cubs)
Hitting Coach: Mark Parent (Phillies)
Pitching Coach: Ricky Bones (Mets)
Phoenix Desert Dogs (Athletics, Braves, Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees)
Manager: Don Mattingly (Dodgers)
Hitting Coach: Jamie Dismuke (Braves)
Pitching Coach: Garvin Alston (Athletics)
Peoria Javelinas (Astros, Blue Jays, Indians, Mariners, Red Sox)
Manager: Mike Sarbaugh (Indians)
Hitting Coach: Stubby Clapp (Astros)
Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker (Red Sox)
Peoria Saguaros (Padres, Rays, Reds, Twins, White Sox)
Manager: Ted Simmons (Padres)
Hitting Coach: Floyd Rayford (Twins)
Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson (White Sox)
Scottsdale Scorpions (Diamondbacks, Giants, Nationals, Orioles, Rockies)
Manager: Randy Knorr (Nationals)
Hitting Coach: Alan Zinter (Diamondbacks)
Pitching Coach: Blaine Beatty (Orioles)
Surprise Rafters (Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers, Royals, Tigers)
Manager: Mike Guerrero (Brewers)
Hitting Coach: Derrick May (Cardinals)
Pitching Coach: Brad Holman (Rangers)