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Hitter of the Day:

Gavin LaValley, 1B, Cincinnati Reds (High-A, Daytona): 4-5, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K
Once a prominent football recruit, LaValley instead followed the diamond where he was a fourth-rounder in 2014. Featuring more hit than power, LaValley has good bat speed and an all-fields approach. The over the fence power is playing more than it has before, which is good. He will need that as he is confined to the cold-corner.

Pitcher of the Day:

Myles Jaye, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Double-A, Erie): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K
Known more for his pitchability than his stuff, Jaye can throw all his pitches for strikes in any count. While nothing in his arsenal stands out, he looks the part of an innings-munching back-end starting pitcher that major league clubs always need.

Other Notable Performances:

Ozhaino Albies, SS, Atlanta Braves (Triple-A, Gwinnett): 4-5, R, 2B, SB
Thank you for showing us that you will be fine.

Randy Arozarena, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (High-A, Palm Beach): 4-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Another 4-hit game? Good thing I remembered to include you yesterday. A drink to you sir.

Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves (High-A, Florida): 2-5, 3 R, HR, RBI, 3 BB
I talked about before the season about how excited I was about Austin Riley. While I haven’t seen him yet, it has been so far so good.

Shedric Long, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (High-A, Daytona): 3-5, 2 R, HR, RBI
Spark-plug is the perfect word to describe Shed. He has quality bat speed and average power, more than you would expect considering his size (5-foot-8, 180 lbs.). His defense at the keystone is still a work in progress, but he has the tools and ability to stick there, which would make him an average regular. Not bad for the 12th round.

Anfernee Grier, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (Low-A, Kane County): 3-4, R, 2 2B, RBI, 2 SB
Taken with the D-backs first pick in the 2016 draft, Grier has tantalizing tools for a center fielder. He is a plus runner who makes plays in center look easy, strokes line drives all over the field, and is a plus athlete. Unfortunately he lacks much power, limiting his overall potential and confining him in the “leadoff hitter” box.

Nick Pivetta, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A, Lehigh Valley): 7 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 9 K
After a few…not so pleasant big league starts Pivetta went back down to iron some things out. Mainly his command, as the lack of it showed in his big league trial. His plus fastball/curveball combination might end up in the bullpen before you know it.

Zack Littell, RHP, New York Yankees (High-A, Tampa): 7 IP, 6 H, R, ER, BB, 8 K
Javier Barragan will have more to report soon, but from talking to him today it sounds like Littell can throw all his pitches for strikes; and could have plus to better control.

Nick Neidert, RHP, Seattle Mariners (High-A, Modesto): 5 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Neidert isn’t cut from the traditional high school pitcher cloth. His changeup is better than his breaking ball, he has advanced command, and he pitches with relatively low velocity. Putting all that aside, Neidert is a PITCHER and knows how to work with what he’s got. An impressive performance in the Cal league notwithstanding, he still needs to prove it in Double-A.

Tanner Scott, LHP, Baltimore Orioles (Double-A, Bowie): 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Because it still applies, I will C+P my comment from Tanner Scott before he pitched in the fall league last season. “You could probably count on one hand the amount of lefties that throw harder than Scott. Unfortunately you would need 100 people’s hands to count how many lefties have better control than Scott.”

Anthony Banda, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Triple-A, Reno): 6 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Given the rash of injuries at the big league level, Banda might find himself in Phoenix before you, or even he(!) knows it.

Fight Another Day:

Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves (Triple-A, Gwinnett): 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, HRA
I know Jeffrey Paternostro is still on the Newcomb train, and while I am not off it yet, I am looking to jump off as soon as we stop riding over this cliff.

Jose Pujols, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (High-A, Lakewood): 0-5, 4 K
Long tantalizing with size, tools, and athletic ability, at some point Pujols needs to start making contact, as his 45 percent K rate in High-A won’t buy him much time.

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bigchiefbc
5/24
Logan Allen had another good start. I think it may be time to let him get a taste of the Cal league. 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0BB, 6K
SansRig
5/24
A lot of postponed games today:

California League
Pedro Avilia: 7 IP, 4 H, 8 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER
Angel Duno: 5 IP, 9 H, 7 SO, 1 BB, 2 ER
Bo Takahashi: 7 IP, 5 H, 8 SO, 0 BB, 3 ER
Auston Bousfield: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Sergio Alcantara: 3-3, 1 BB
Brian Mundell: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B
Logan Taylor: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 SO

Carolina League
Shao-Ching Chiang: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Cristian Castillo: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 SO, 0 BB , 0 ER
Chris DeVito: 2-4, 2 2B
Roman Collins: 2-4, 1 3B

Florida State League
Franklyn Kilome: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER
Drew Harrington: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 4 ER
Zac Gallen: 4 IP, 8 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER (4 R)
Ricardo Sanchez: 6 IP, 5 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 2 HR, 2 ER (3R)
Jesus Reyes: 7 IP, 8 H, 5 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Dario Agrazal: 7 IP, 4 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER
Jorge Mateo: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 2B, 1 SO
Mitchell Tolman: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 3B
Casey Turgeon: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO
Damek Tomscha: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB

Midwest League
Logan Allen: 6 IP, 5 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Cody Reed: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 HR, 4 ER
Gabriel Valdez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 7 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Eudis Idrogo: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER
Danny Garcia: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Duncan Robinson: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 SO, 0 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER
Jahmai Jones: 2-4, 2 2B
Bryson Brigman: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 2B
Jaylin Davis: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 SO
Rayder Ascanio: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 2B, 1 So

South Atlantic League (Pretty much everything was postponed)
Riley Pint: 3 IP, 6 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 5 ER
Jojo Romero: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER
Dustin Beggs: 7 IP, 5 H, 6 S0, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2 ER
Boo Vasquez: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO
Brett Barbier: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 SO

Thanks!
ChristianGregory
5/24
I'm not here to scout box scores
MatternK
5/24
Then why are you looking at this page? The whole page is from box scores...
SansRig
5/24
Sometimes I miss humor on here. If that’s the case, I enjoyed the comment. Otherwise, I would clarify that I understand that these simple lines are nearly as important as the content in the actual article.
SansRig
5/24
not* nearly
j1vrieze
5/24
Another entry for 'Fight Another Day,' Devers went 0-8 in a doubleheader last night. #sadfaceemoji
newsense
5/24
Re; Shedric Long - 180 lbs. is pretty heavy for 5'8". If that's muscle, I don't see why it couldn't translate into power. Mobility could be a different matter.
MaineSkin
5/28
The kid looks like a RB. Was a C and moved out to the keystone and said his legs are stronger. He Ks, but also walks and hits seeds.
I'll say anything to get this kid a bandwagon. Seems like a great makeup kid who's going to get better and better.
MaineSkin
5/28
I read a beyond the boxscore series that determined at which level by age a player has a real chance to get to the show.
This was when the Crawdads had that epic Gallo, Odor, Williams, Alfaro, Guzman, Mazara, Rua...wow.
Beyond the boxscore showed that at LoA, as long as the player is 20&U, he still has a shot at being a MLB with a K% lower than his current at the LoA level.
This has come true with all those guys and the only reason I stuck by all of them the past 3 years.
I saw Pujols and thought of this