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texasdave
07-25-2012, 09:37 PM
Brett Tomko made the start for Louisville with mixed results. He went three innings, giving up four hits, two walks and three runs. The Bats have been pretty much silent on offense so far. Costanzo with a single and a double. Gregorius, Valaika and Felix Perez with singles. Perez now hitting .280 on the season. Louisville trails 4 zip in the 8th.

texasdave
07-25-2012, 09:41 PM
Top of the fifth and Hunstville leads Pensacola by a score of 5-1. Billy Hamilton walked, stole second and scored on a single by Bryson Smith in the first. Ryan LaMarre and David Vidal both have singled as well. Kyle Lotzkar was stung by the long ball tonight, giving up three of them. 4IP 6H 4R 3ER 3BB 5K. Wilkin De La Rosa has pitched and inning and has given up a tater too.

texasdave
07-25-2012, 09:47 PM
Dayton and Great Lakes in a brouhaha, tied at 7 in the eight inning. Three Dragons have left the park, O'Shea, Waldrop and Buckley. Sammy Diaz, recently called up from Billings, is 1 for 2 with a walk. He replaced Jefry Sierra who was 1 for 1. Juan Perez is 2 for 4. Jacob Johnson with another rough start. He worked 5.2 innings but did not receive much help from his defense. He gave up 7 runs but only 4 were earned. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six. El'Hajj Muhammad pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.

texasdave
07-25-2012, 09:54 PM
Billings outlasted Grand Junction by a score of 12-11 in 10 innings. Maddox and Mejias-Brean left the stadium.

Beau Amaral three doubles and a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 driven in.
Jesse Winker 1 for 5 with a walk, 1 run scored and 1 driven in.
Mejias-Brean 3 for 5 with a walk, a double and a home run, 2 runs scored, 2 driven in. He is now hitting .406.
Maddox 2 for 6, 1 run scored, 3 driven in.
Zach Vincej 2 for 5, 1 run scored, 2 driven in.
Fray Sosa 1 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs scored.
Carlos Sanchez and Taylor Wrenn with singles.

ucnum1
07-25-2012, 09:55 PM
I am not sure the why or hype about Lotkzar.I have yet to see this kid have his control under control this season.He generally gets behind in the count and throws his fastball high and gets hit.General rule of thumb for his season so far.

dougdirt
07-25-2012, 10:03 PM
I am not sure the why or hype about Lotkzar.I have yet to see this kid have his control under control this season.He generally gets behind in the count and throws his fastball high and gets hit.General rule of thumb for his season so far.


His stuff is very good. His control has seemingly gotten worse as the season has gone on. Still, patience needs to be preached with him. Coming into the season he had 180 innings pitched in 5 years since being drafted. He is incredibly young in terms of experience despite being 22. Toss in that he has completely overhauled his mechanics, he had 110 innings with those mechanics coming into the year. Still, above-average fastball velocity and a plus breaking ball.

bellhead
07-25-2012, 10:22 PM
I am not sure the why or hype about Lotkzar.I have yet to see this kid have his control under control this season.He generally gets behind in the count and throws his fastball high and gets hit.General rule of thumb for his season so far.

Don't look at his stats right now...

1.) He is at a career high in innings, so he is tired...
2.) 22 and at AA, most guys his age are now just graduating college and beginning Low A or Rookie ball...

dougdirt
07-25-2012, 10:26 PM
Josh Ravin showing off why he has one of the best arms in the system just now. Faced 4 batters, struck out three and walked one. Throwing up to 97 with that breaking ball.... just unfair when he can throw strikes.

dougdirt
07-25-2012, 10:26 PM
And Didi Gregorius just hit a walk off solo home run, Bats win 5-4.

batsfan
07-25-2012, 10:29 PM
Didi has shown suprising power, especially with the long right field at Louisville Slugger Field.

dougdirt
07-25-2012, 10:34 PM
Didi has shown suprising power, especially with the long right field at Louisville Slugger Field.

I have been saying for the last two years that he has the bat speed and swing for power when he wants to use it, but that he has seemed to be more concentrated on just making contact and trying to slap at the ball a little too often. It seems that he really has started trying to hit for a little more power over the last 6 weeks or so. I missed his home run tonight, so hopefully the milb.tv archive goes up before I wind up in bed tonight.

bellhead
07-25-2012, 11:38 PM
I have been saying for the last two years that he has the bat speed and swing for power when he wants to use it, but that he has seemed to be more concentrated on just making contact and trying to slap at the ball a little too often. It seems that he really has started trying to hit for a little more power over the last 6 weeks or so. I missed his home run tonight, so hopefully the milb.tv archive goes up before I wind up in bed tonight.

If Didi hits more 15 HR power does he move into elite status??

dougdirt
07-25-2012, 11:39 PM
If Didi hits more 15 HR power does he move into elite status??

This season? Yeah, that would be 15 home runs in about half of a season from a slick fielding, high contact rate hitting shortstop. I just don't think he has that in him. If he hits say 15 home runs next year in a full season, it probably pushes him into the Top 100 prospects in the game unless the other parts of his offense fall apart in the process.

mace
07-25-2012, 11:52 PM
Bryson Smith had two hits in Pensacola's 6-2 loss. A year after being drafted in the 34th round, he's now hitting .333 in Double-A. Cool.

mace
07-25-2012, 11:57 PM
The AZL Reds are having 'em some fun tonight. They're up 8-0 after six. That's with just one extra-base hit, a triple by recently signed catcher Jose Ortiz.

Jose Guzman started and pitched just 1/3 of an inning. Mike Saunders and Michael Salter have done the good work since.

mace
07-25-2012, 11:58 PM
The AZL Reds are having 'em some fun tonight. They're up 8-0 after six. That's with just one extra-base hit, a triple by recently signed catcher Jose Ortiz.

Jose Guzman started and pitched just 1/3 of an inning. Mike Saunders and Michael Salter have done the good work since.

dougdirt
07-26-2012, 12:06 AM
Just saw Didi's walk off. That thing went at least 425 feet. Went over the 375 sign at the wall, then over the patio deck beyond the wall there.

bellhead
07-26-2012, 12:22 AM
Just saw Didi's walk off. That thing went at least 425 feet. Went over the 375 sign at the wall, then over the patio deck beyond the wall there.

All he needed to do was face pitchers who threw harder...:D

dougdirt
07-26-2012, 12:35 AM
All he needed to do was face pitchers who threw harder...:D

Guys in AA probably throw harder in general than the guys at AAA where you have more 'veteran' types than the 'raw armed' types. HR tonight was showing 93 MPH on the stadium gun, so probably a little more like 91 if that gun is like it has been in the past on the hot side. But the pitcher supplying the power is a myth. For every 5 MPH added to a fastball, it only adds about 5 feet in distance to the ball hit. But for every 1 MPH added to the bat speed, it adds 5 feet to the distance of the ball. Bat speed is what makes the power, not so much the pitch speed.

j_m_t_us
07-26-2012, 01:16 AM
His stuff is very good. His control has seemingly gotten worse as the season has gone on. Still, patience needs to be preached with him. Coming into the season he had 180 innings pitched in 5 years since being drafted. He is incredibly young in terms of experience despite being 22. Toss in that he has completely overhauled his mechanics, he had 110 innings with those mechanics coming into the year. Still, above-average fastball velocity and a plus breaking ball.

I have seen him pitch a couple times and am not very impressed so far! Here is a guy who should have probably stayed in Bakersfield longer as he looks over matched in double-A. Not saying he wont be a good pitcher but he is really struggling right now!

corkedbat
07-26-2012, 01:19 AM
If Didi could continue his "power surge" it might push them toward moving Hamilton to CF. I'd like to see an infield of Votto, Phillips, Cozart, Frazier, Gregorious and HRod next year`(mybe an addition at 3B with Frazier playing both IF & OF).

19braves77
07-26-2012, 01:26 AM
Two terrible games in a row.

All the players seem to be pressing with the big wigs in house and both starters look fatigued. One scout said leading the Minors in K's will do that do a staff. He suggested a piggyback system to get everyone in the rotation a extra day off and to spread out the innings.

Blitz Dorsey
07-26-2012, 03:35 AM
Don't look at his stats right now...

1.) He is at a career high in innings, so he is tired...
2.) 22 and at AA, most guys his age are now just graduating college and beginning Low A or Rookie ball...

I'm going to look at his stats. Guy is not getting it done. We can make excuses all day as to why he's not getting it done. Baseball is a bottom-line business. He's not getting it done.

bubbachunk
07-26-2012, 08:37 AM
I'm going to look at his stats. Guy is not getting it done. We can make excuses all day as to why he's not getting it done. Baseball is a bottom-line business. He's not getting it done.

Minor league baseball is not a bottom line business, period.

dougdirt
07-26-2012, 11:20 AM
I'm going to look at his stats. Guy is not getting it done. We can make excuses all day as to why he's not getting it done. Baseball is a bottom-line business. He's not getting it done.

Major League Baseball is a bottom-line business. Minor League Baseball is a learning your skills business. There is a reason that these guys are in the minor leagues. They are still learning. They are still developing.

bellhead
07-26-2012, 07:00 PM
I'm going to look at his stats. Guy is not getting it done. We can make excuses all day as to why he's not getting it done. Baseball is a bottom-line business. He's not getting it done.

If he was 24 and not getting it done things would be different. He is 22, has had major injury problems during his career which has not let him build innings. Right not he is at his career high of innings pitched and is showing major fatigue.

Things which he has going for him..

1.) Mid 90's fast ball with movement late in the zone.
2.) Plus change up with excellent arm action.

He has the potential to be a 1 to 3 type pitcher in the rotation and is extremely raw despite being 22. I think next year is critical for him and we'll see if he progresses in May and June next year.