Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, April 18

Joey Gallo - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of Top 100 players made solid 2014 debuts after overcoming injury - Diamondbacks right handed pitcher Braden Shipley and Indians center fielder Clint Frazier.

Welcome to the Gameday everyone! A pair of 2013 first round picks and members of the Top 100 prospects made their season debuts. Clint Frazier and his bright red hair debuted with the Lake County Captains. The 5th overall pick last year was 1-5 with a single, run scored, and a run batted in. Diamondbacks righty Braden Shipley made his first appearance with South Bend, throwing five scoreless innings. He allowed six base runners - five on hits and one walk, with four strike outs, five ground outs and one fly out.

The top performances came from the bat of Joey Gallo and the arm of Shipley. Gallo reached base three times, though at one point he just rounded them all at once. He finished 1-3 with a solo home run, two walks, three runs scored, and the obligatory two strike outs. He also made a throwing error with his cannon arm, his third of the season. Red Sox short stop Xander Bogaerts knocked his second career bomb and first of the season.

In an interesting piece by Bill Shaikin for the LA Times, he talks about the return of recently graduated southpaw Tyler Skaggs' velocity. Angels GM Jerry DiPoto noticed a change in Skaggs' delivery. He had shortened his stride in his delivery. Pitching coach Mike Butcher said to Shaikin, "...a choppy stride could minimize the power of the legs in driving toward home plate, alter the spot at which the pitcher releases the ball, and accelerate the [tempo of the] delivery."

Enjoy the rest of the results along with today's match ups.


The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 (1) A+ Byron Buxton, CF MIN - - - - - - Wrist injury
2 (2) MLB Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 3 1 1 1 1 0 HR (1), 2 K
3 (3) AAA Oscar Taveras, RF STL 5 0 1 0 0 0
4 (5) AAA Javier Baez, SS CHC - - - - - - Ankle sprain
6 (7) A+ Carlos Correa, SS HOU 4 1 0 0 0 0 BB, K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) AA Kris Bryant, 3B CHC 3 0 0 0 0 1 DH – SB (3), HBP, 2 BB, 3 K
8 (10) AAA Gregory Polanco, CF PIT 5 1 2 1 0 0 K
9 (13) AA Francisco Lindor, SS CLE 3 1 0 0 0 0 BB
10 (14) AA Addison Russell, SS OAK - - - - - - Right hamstring injury
11 (17) AAA Maikel Franco, 3B PHI 5 0 0 0 0 0 HBP, 3 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
12 (18) MLB George Springer, CF HOU 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 K, E (1 – F)
13 (25) MLB Nick Castellanos, 3B DET 3 0 1 0 0 0 BB, E (1 – F), OF Assist (Home)
14 (27) AA Austin Hedges, C SD 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
15 (29) MLB Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 (34) AAA Joc Pederson, CF LAD 4 1 2 0 0 1 SB (5), BB, 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
17 (35) AA Gary Sanchez, C NYY 4 1 0 0 0 0 PB
18 (36) A+ Albert Almora, CF CHC 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 K
19 (37) A+ Corey Seager, SS LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
20 (38) MLB Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM





DNP
21 (41) AA Jorge Soler, RF CHC - - - - - - Leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) AA Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 2 0 1 0 0 0 BB, SAC
23 (43) MLB Billy Hamilton, CF CIN





DNP
24 (47) A+ Raul Mondesi, SS KC 5 1 1 2 0 0 3B (2), K, E (2 – T)
25 (48) A Clint Frazier, CF CLE 5 1 1 1 0 0
26 (49) A Austin Meadows, CF PIT - - - - - - Hamstring injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
27 (50) MLB Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB, 2 K
28 (54) A+ Jorge Alfaro, C TEX 4 0 1 2 0 0 HBP, K
29 (58) MLB Kolten Wong, 2B STL 6 1 2 1 0 0 2 K
30 (60) A+ Joey Gallo, 3B TEX 3 3 1 1 1 0 HR (6), 2 BB, 2 K, E (3 – T)
31 (61) A Colin Moran, 3B MIA - - - - - - Minor knee injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) MLB Chris Owings, SS AZ





DNP
33 (69) AAA Christian Bethancourt, C ATL 2 0 0 0 0 0 BB
34 (70) AAA Stephen Piscotty, RF STL 3 1 1 1 1 0 HR (1), K
35 (72) AAA Matt Davidson, 3B CWS 4 0 0 0 0 0 K, E (2 – T)
36 (73) AA Blake Swihart, C BOS





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
37 (74) AAA Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS 8 1 3 0 0 0 DH
38 (75) AA Mookie Betts, 2B BOS





PPD
39 (76) AA Alen Hanson, SS PIT 3 0 1 0 0 0 BB, E (2 – T)
40 (78) A JP Crawford, SS PHI 5 0 1 0 0 0 K
41 (79) AAA Jake Marisnick, CF MIA 5 0 1 2 0 0 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
42 (80) A+ Hunter Renfroe, RF SD 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
43 (81) A Reese McGuire, C PIT 4 0 1 0 0 0 PO
44 (82) AAA Jon Singleton, 1B HOU 5 0 0 0 0 0 K
45 (84) AA Devon Travis, 2B DET - - - - - - Right oblique strain
46 (85) A+ DJ Peterson, 3B SEA 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
47 (86) A+ Rosell Herrera, 3B COL 4 1 2 0 0 0 K
48 (90) AA Jorge Bonifacio, RF KC 5 0 1 2 0 0 3B (1), 2 K
49 (91) MLB Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 K
50 (92) A Dominic Smith, 1B NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
51 (93) AAA Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
52 (94) A David Dahl, CF COL 4 0 1 0 0 0 OF Assist (3B)
53 (97) A+ Nick Williams, LF TEX 5 1 2 2 0 0 2B (4),
54 (98) MLB Michael Choice, CF TEX





DNP
55 (100) AAA Arismendy Alcantara, 2B CHC 5 1 1 1 0 0 3B (2), K

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) MLB Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY






2 (9) AAA Archie Bradley, RHP AZ






3 (11) MLB Taijuan Walker, RHP SEA






4 (12) AA Jon Gray, RHP COL






5 (15) MLB Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL - - - - - - TJ recovery
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
6 (16) AAA Noah Syndergaard, RHP NYM






7 (19) AA Robert Stephenson, RHP CIN






8 (20) AAA Kevin Gausman, RHP BAL






9 (21) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS






10 (22) EST Jameson Taillon, RHP PIT - - - - - - TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 (23) AA Kyle Zimmer, RHP KC - - - - - - Will begin 5/20
12 (24) AA Eddie Butler, RHP COL






13 (26) MLB Yordano Ventura, RHP KC






14 (28) AA CJ Edwards, RHP CHC






15 (30) AA Andrew Heaney, LHP MIA






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
16 (31) MLB Carlos Martinez, RHP STL






17 (32) AA Aaron Sanchez, RHP TOR






18 (33) AA Kyle Crick, RHP SF






19 (39) A+ Mark Appel, RHP HOU






20 (40) AA Henry Owens, LHP BOS






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 (44) AA Matt Wisler, RHP SD






22 (45) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN






23 (46) A+ Tyler Glasnow, RHP PIT - - - - - - Back stiffness
24 (51) A+ Julio Urias, LHP LAD






25 (52) A Kohl Stewart, RHP MIN






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
26 (53) EST Max Fried, LHP SD - - - - - - Left forarm soreness
27 (55) AAA Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR






28 (56) AAA Edwin Escobar, LHP SF






29 (57) A+ Lucas Sims, RHP ATL






30 (59) AAA Mike Foltynewicz, RHP HOU






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 (62) A Braden Shipley, RHP AZ 5 5 0 0 1 4 5 GO, 1 FO, W (1-0)
32 (63) MLB Erik Johnson RHP CWS






33 (64) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT 5 5 2 0 3 3 48 S, 35 B, 6 GO, 4 FO, 2 E (2 – T x2), L (1-1)
34 (65) AA Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BAL






35 (67) MLB Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
36 (68) AAA Rafael Montero, RHP NYM






37 (71) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI






38 (77) A+ Lance McCullers, RHP HOU






39 (83) AAA Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE






40 (87) EST Pierce Johnson, RHP CHC - - - - - - Minor leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 (88) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS






42 (89) EST Trey Ball, LHP BOS - - - - - - Awaiting assignment
43 (95) AAA Zach Lee, RHP LAD






44 (96) AAA Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL






45 (99) MLB James Paxton, LHP SEA - - - - - - Left lat strain

Duel of the Day

Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
10 (6) AA Clayton Blackburn, RHP SF 6.1 4 0 0 2 3 47 S, 41 B, 10 GO, 3 FO, W (1-1)
5 (5) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT 5 5 2 0 3 3 48 S, 35 B, 6 GO, 4 FO, 2 E (2 – T x2), L (1-1)

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Brandon Cumpton (RHP - PIT) vs David Holmberg (LHP - CIN) *****Co DotD*****
  • Alex Meyer (RHP - MIN) vs TBD (WAS)
  • Nate Karns (RHP - TB) vs Suk-min Yoon (RHP - BAL)
  • Liam Hendricks (RHP - TOR) vs TBD (BOS)
  • Derek Hankins (RHP - DET) vs Josh Tomlin (RHP - CLE)
  • TBD (ATL) vs Scott Carroll (RHP - CWS)
  • Barry Enright (RHP - PHI) vs TBD (NYY)

AAA - PCL

  • Rafael Montero (RHP - NYM) vs Alex Sanabia (RHP - AZ)
  • Brian Flynn (LHP - MIA) vs Tsuyoshi Wada (LHP - CHC)
  • Boone Whiting (RHP - STL) vs Brad Mills (LHP - MIL)
  • Branch Kloess (RHP - SD) vs Red Patterson (RHP - LAD)
  • Bobby Doran (RHP - HOU) vs Pedro Hernandez (LHP - COL)
  • Justin Germano (RHP - TEX) vs Brett Tomko (RHP - KC)
  • Wade LeBlanc (LHP - SD) vs Chance Ruffin (RHP - SEA)
  • Mike Kickham (LHP - SF) vs TBD (LAA)

AA - EL

  • Aaron Sanchez (RHP - TOR) vs Darin Gorski (LHP - NYM)
  • Robert Gilliam (RHP - WAS) vs Jesse Biddle (LHP - PHI)
  • Adalberto Mejia (LHP - SF) vs Tyler Sample (RHP - PIT)
  • Kyle Ryan (LHP - DET) vs TBD (NYY)
  • Miguel Pena (LHP - BOS) vs Taylor Rogers (LHP - MIN)
  • Kyle Davies (RHP - CLE) vs TBD (BAL)

AA - SL

  • Grayson Garvin (LHP - TB) vs Michael Lorenzen (RHP - CIN) *****Co DotD*****
  • Jose Urena (RHP - MIA) vs Garrett Gould (RHP - LAD)
  • Cam Hobson (LHP - SEA) vs Ivan Pineyro (RHP - CHC)
  • Tyler Cravy (RHP - MIL) vs Gavin Floyd (RHP - ATL)
  • Terry Doyle (RHP - CWS) vs Bryan Woodall (RHP - AZ)


AA - TL

  • Justin Hancock (RHP - SD) vs Raul Alcantara (RHP - OAK)
  • TBD (LAA) vs Sam Gaviglio (RHP - STL)
  • Andy Ferguson (RHP - KC) vs Richard Castillo (RHP - COL)
  • Aaron West (RHP - HOU) vs Alec Asher (RHP - TEX)


A+ - CAL

  • Dylan Unsworth (RHP - SEA) vs Mark Appel (RHP - HOU)
  • TBD (LAD) vs Andrew Barbosa (LHP - AZ)
  • Ben Alsup (RHP - COL) vs Joe Ross (RHP - SD)
  • Pat Young (RHP - SF) vs TBD (CIN)
  • Josh Bowman (RHP - OAK) vs TBD (LAA)


A+ - CAR

  • Christian Binford (RHP - KC) vs Luis Parra (LHP - TEX)
  • Brian Johnson (LHP - BOS) vs Braulio Ortiz (RHP - CWS)
  • Branden Kline (RHP - BAL) vs TBD (CLE)
  • TBD (WAS) vs Andrew Waszak (RHP - ATL)

A+ - FSL

  • Daniel Norris (LHP - TOR) vs Hobbs Johnson (LHP - MIL) *****Co DotD*****
  • Austin Brice (RHP - MIA) vs Jason Creasy (RHP - PIT)
  • Michael Fulmer (RHP - NYM) vs TBD (MIN)
  • Austin Pruitt (RHP - TB) vs Kyle Hald (LHP - STL)
  • Yorfrank Lopez (RHP - DET) vs Colin Kleven (RHP - PHI)
  • TBD (NYY) vs Yao-Lin Wang (RHP - CHC)


A - MWL

  • Buck Farmer (RHP - DET) vs Kohl Stewart (RHP - MIN) *****Co DotD*****
  • Kendall Graveman (RHP - TOR) vs Dylan Covey (RHP - OAK)
  • Juan Paniagua (RHP - CHC) vs Nick Travieso (RHP - CIN)
  • TBD (LAA) vs Mitch Brown (RHP - CLE)
  • Luis Chirinos (RHP - LAD) vs Preston Gainey (RHP - MIL)
  • Blake Perry (RHP - AZ) vs Andrew Thurman (RHP - HOU)
  • TBD (SEA) vs Chris Kirsch (LHP - TB)
  • Silfredo Garcia (RHP - STL) vs Jimmy Brasoban (RHP - SD)


A - SAL

  • Yohander Mendez (LHP - TEX) vs Alex Balog (RHP - COL)
  • TBD (ATL) vs Caleb Smith (LHP - NYY)
  • Mario Alcantara (RHP - BOS) vs John Gant (RHP - NYM)
  • Dovydas Neverauskas (RHP - PIT) vs Andrew Mitchell (RHP - HOU)
  • Ranfi Casimiro (RHP - PHI) vs Dixon Anderson (RHP - WAS)
  • TBD (SF) vs Luke Farrell (RHP - DET)
  • TBD (BAL) vs TBD (MIA)

Duel of the Day

With no real stand out match ups, lets take the shotgun approach and go with one at each level and see if one of these hits.

RHP Brandon Cumpton (PIT - AAA) vs LHP David Holmberg (CIN - AAA)

LHP Grayson Garvin (TB - AA) vs RHP Michael Lorenzen (CIN - AA)

LHP Daniel Norris (TOR - A+) vs LHP Hobbs Johnson (MIL - A+)

RHP Buck Farmer (DET - A) vs Kohl Stewart (MIN - A)

Injuries

  • Cubs SS Javier Baez (7 day DL; left ankle sprain) - 4/11
  • Tigers 2B Devon Travis (7 day DL; right oblique strain) - 4/10
  • Mariners LHP James Paxton (15 day DL; left lat strain) - 4/8
  • Athletics SS Addison Russell (7 day DL; torn right hamstring) - 4/6
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (7 day DL; leg injury) - 4/4
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Marlins 3B Colin Moran (7 day DL: minor knee injury) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Cubs RHP Pierce Johnson (7 day DL; minor leg injury) - 4/3
  • Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24
  • Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (7 day DL; tight lower back) - 3/23
  • Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (15 day DL; right shoulder impingement) - 3/21
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; left wrist sprain) - 3/16
  • Rays 2B Tim Beckham (season; torn right ACL) - 3/30
  • Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/23
  • Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21
  • Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12

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