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July 11, 2014

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, July 10

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Night: Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Cubs (Kane County, A-): 3-4, R, 2 2B, HR.
After a solid season of holding his own against older competition last year, Candelario struggled mightily this year in the Florida State League and hasn’t returned to form upon a return to Low-A ball. His big Thursday night helps.

Pitcher of the Night: Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates (Indianapolis, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K.
Whether it’s as an audition for a rotation spot in Pittsburgh or in order to increase his trade value, Kingham continues to make his case for being major league ready despite just six starts in Triple-A. It’s not the sexiest ceiling, but Kingham should be a major league starter for a long time.

Best of the Rest

A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros (Tri-City, SS): 3-4, R, HR, SB. Reed hasn’t dominated pro ball the way guys like Kyle Schwarber have, but he’s done more than hold his own and has controlled the strike zone like an advanced hitter. Being a guy who spent a large portion of his college career on the mound, his production should only improve the longer he dedicates himself to hitting full time.

Jefry Marte, 3B, Athletics (Midland, AA): 3-5, R, 2B, HR, K. Once a highly regarded prospect, Marte serves as a cautionary tale about poor plate discipline, the difficulties of developing power, and the risks being taken on the international market.

Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs (Tennessee, AA): 2-4, R, HR, BB, K. There are still a number of questions surrounding Soler, but he’s doing his best to prove that whether he can hit Double-A pitching isn’t one of them. He’s off to a hot start in Tennessee after missing the start of the season with a hamstring injury, clouding the Cubs future in the outfield corners even further, and not in a bad way.

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RatedRookie

I thought Kingham's opponent (Salazar) might show up here. What's your take on his 6BB, 9K performance? Maybe that stat line enough of a comment.

Jul 11, 2014 04:55 AM
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Gumby

Three of the walks (and three of the K's) came in the final inning. It was a doubleheader and the team probably wanted a complete (7 inning) game out of him, but he was tired.

Still, he only threw 109 pitches on the night. That may be a lot for six innings of work (7th inning didn't happen as it was a road loss), but for a wannabe major leaguer, it's too bad he couldn't stay strong through the end.

Jul 11, 2014 07:46 AM
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Jimbailey82

And Kris Bryant homered...

Jul 11, 2014 05:17 AM
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bigchiefbc

Peter O'Brien also homered again, his 29th. He's only 2 behind Bryant and Gallo.

Jul 11, 2014 05:48 AM
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danteswitness

I know it's not indicative of much other than a fun footnote, but South Bend's Blayne Weller not only threw a no-hitter against Dayton, but one of the fun, non-shutout kinds as well.

Jul 11, 2014 06:00 AM
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username49

Didn't Randy Johnson throw a no hitter one time and lose the game?

Jul 11, 2014 07:34 AM
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Nojsztat

I remember watching Andy Hawkins throw a no-hitter and take the loss back in the day.

Jul 11, 2014 08:49 AM
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BillJohnson

The Hawkins game doesn't count as an "official" no-hitter, since he was pitching for the visiting team and didn't have to come back out for the 9th inning, the opposing White Sox having already salted the game away. Hawkins somehow managed to give up 4 runs while accomplishing his "feat".

I've long thought the current major-league scoring rule, that denies a visiting team's pitcher a no-hitter if he keeps the home team hitless through 8 but gives up a decisive run so that the home team doesn't bat in the 9th, is a little unfair. This wasn't the only time it happened.

Jul 11, 2014 12:44 PM
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Nojsztat

It was counted as a no-hitter at the time. MLB changed its official definition of a no-hitter after the fact, to say that a pitcher has to throw nine innings.

Jul 11, 2014 14:01 PM
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BillJohnson

Right idea, wrong Johnson: it was Ken Johnson, not Randy, pitching for Houston in 1964.

Jul 11, 2014 12:36 PM
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Nojsztat

Luis Torrens is a beast: 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI. One of the doubles nearly cleared the fence.

Jul 11, 2014 08:48 AM
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