Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, May 18

Chris Owings getting some air time. - Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to a slimmer, sleak, possibly anorexic version of the Gameday!

There's a bit of a new look today for the Gameday. It involves one extra click but should help with the recent complaints of crashing mobile browsers. Now with that out of the way, lets get to the good stuff.

Arizona short stop Chris Owings was the man yesterday, coming up a single short of the cycle in the Diamondbacks blowout of the Dodgers. The 86th ranked prospect in the game, Owings tallied home run number two, his second triple and ninth double of the year, coming around to score four times with two runs driven in. He also walked and struck out, reaching base four of six times and every time he reached base. The 22 year old is hitting 277/324/423 so far with a 103 wRC+, 105 OPS+ and has been good for 0.4 fWAR and 1.2 rWAR. Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon also had a three hit day for Asheville, driving in four and picking up his 13th double of the year. He came around to score once and also struck out. McMahon is now running a 277/362/582 slash line to the plate with 10 homers, 37 RBI, and has scored 29 runs. The former second round pick has also walked 20 times to 44 punch outs with a 161 wRC+ and .419 wOBA.

Gregory Polanco continues to do things that other front offices wish was happening in their major league outfields. He picked up two more doubles last night, giving him 13 on the year with a single added on. He scored once and drove in one in the game. Javier Baez showed signs of life, reaching base twice in four tries last night with a walk and home run. It was his fourth long ball of the year, and he also scored twice, knocked in two, and had the obligatory strike out. Another short stop coming back from a slow start is the Pirates Alen Hanson. The switch-hitting Dominican was 3-4 with his fourth home run, his ninth and 10th stolen bases, and he also scored twice. In his last 10 games he's hitting 286/289/595 with three of his four homers, two doubles, one triple, and three steals. He's also struck out nine times without walking in that span, but has also upped his wRC+ to 107 for the year.

Other 'spects that did their thing were Carlos Correa (2-5, 2 2B, R, RBI), George Springer (2-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 2 R), David Dahl (2-4, 2B, SB, 2 RBI, R, BB), Joey Gallo (1-5, HR, 3 BB, 2 RBI), Arismendy Alcantara (1-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI, SB), Rio Ruiz (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB), Matt Davidson (2-6, 2B, 2 RBI), and Aaron Judge (3-4, 2B, RBI, R)

On the mound Andrew Heaney continued to be as steady as they come, giving his team a really good chance at winnings every time he takes the ball. He went a season high 7.2 innings for Jacksonville in one of the Duels of the Day, scattering eight hits and a walk with eight strike outs. Heaney served up a gopher ball to Devin Lohman and uncorked a wild pitch, but he got five ground outs to seven fly outs and walked away with the win. His ERA now sits at 2.35 with a 1.08 WHIP and a 4-2 record. The opposition is only hitting .223 against the lefty and he's striking out 23.9% of batters while only walking 6% with a 4.0 K/BB ratio. His FIP is also hanging out at a nice 2.31. It bears mentioning his dueling partner for the day, Jon Moscot of the Reds. He was tagged with the loss after giving up a pair of runs in five innings. On the year he's sporting a 2.11 ERA and 1.07 WHIP which caught my eye. Upon further review I found he's rocking a 3.15 FIP while limiting the opposing hitters to a .201 average. He's striking out 19% while walking 8% of batters with a 2.4 K/BB.

Nats righty AJ Cole was excellent once again for AA Harrisburg. He went a season high seven scoreless innings with four hits allowed, no walks, and eight punch outs. Three batters went down on ground outs while five flew out. His ERA rests at a sparkling 2.25 with a 2.33 FIP as well. Hitters are going down swinging nearly 20% of the time with only 4.1% getting a free pass and Cole has a 4.86 K/BB ratio. Another pitcher to post a scoreless start was Sleeper Alert! Dylan Floro of the Rays. The right handed control and ground ball artist went seven frames with six hits and two walks scattered. He struck out seven with 11 ground outs to only one fly out, and won his fourth game of the season. After some early struggles (6.41 ERA, 1.54 WHIP in April), Floro has settled in with a 4.50 ERA but 2.25 FIP. He's only walking 3.5% of batters while getting an insane 3.7 ground outs for every fly out. He's only striking out 15% of hitters but has a tasty 4.25 K/BB ratio.

A few other starters turned in notable performances like Lance McCullers (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K), Lucas Sims (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K), Brandon Workman (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K), Luke Jackson (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K), and Marco Gonzales making his AA debut (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

Make sure you give the link below a click to check out the daily stats for the Top 150 and the Sleeper Alerts! Enjoy everyone!

The Top 150 and Sleeper Alerts!

In an effort to streamline the look of the Gameday, I'm trying something new. Instead of bogging down the article with tables, I will link to a Google Drive spreadsheet for all the stats from the previous day. On the bottom there are tabs for the Top 150 Hitters (Top 150 H), Pitchers (Top 150 P), the Duels of the Day (DotD) and Sleeper Alerts! Check it out and let me know what you think.

Top 150 and Sleeper Alert! Stats

Probable Starters


  • Zach Nuding - NYY vs Rubby De La Rosa - BOS
  • Tim Crabbe - CIN vs Mike Montgomery - TB
  • David Buchanan - PHI vs Shawn Hill - TOR
  • Duke von Schamann - CLE vs Aaron Laffey - WAS
  • Kyle Lobstein - DET vs Kris Johnson - MIN
  • Felipe Paulino - CWS vs Eddie Gamboa - BAL



  • Cody Anderson - CLE vs Wilsen Palacios - DET
  • Taylor Rogers - MIN vs Matt Purke - WAS
  • Jack Snodgrass - SF vs Zack Dodson - PIT
  • Tyler Wilson - BAL vs Hoby Milner - PHI
  • Jeremy Bleich - NYY vs Mike Aguilera - BOS
  • Tyler Pill - NYM vs Casey Lawrence - TOR



A+ - CAL

  • Michael Clevinger - LAA vs Tyler Pike - SEA
  • Andrew Brown - OAK vs Zach Eflin - SD
  • Chris Devenski - HOU vs Tom Windle - LAD
  • Joe Kurrasch - SF vs TBD - AZ
  • TBD - CIN vs TBD - OAK

A+ - CAR

  • Simon Mercedes - BOS vs Shawn Morimando - CLE
  • Branden Kline - BAL vs Tyler Danish - CWS
  • Jonathan Dziedzic - KC vs Lay Batista - ATL
  • TBD - WAS vs Luis Parra - TEX

A+ - FSL

  • Gabriel Ynoa - NYM vs Kevin Eichhorn - DET
  • John Kuchno - PIT vs Taylor Cole - TOR
  • Mike Mayers - STL vs Eric Wooten - NYY
  • Tayler Scott - CHC vs Brett Lee - MIN
  • Tyler Wagner - MIL vs Josh Hodges - MIA
  • Brody Colvin - PHI vs Austin Pruitt - TB


  • Jacob Faria - TB vs Zachary Bird - LAD *****Co DotD*****
  • Jandel Gustave - HOU vs Daury Torrez - CHC
  • Taylor Williams - MIL vs Arturo Reyes - STL
  • Jordan Milbrath - CLE vs Buck Farmer - DET
  • Bobby Wahl - OAK vs Carlos Misell - SEA
  • Sal Romano - CIN vs Matt Dermody - TOR
  • Payton Baskette - SD vs Sean Furney - AZ
  • Ethan Mildren - MIN vs Garrett Nuss - LAA


  • Hunter Harvey - BAL vs Dovydas Neverauskas - PIT
  • Luis Severino - NYY vs Chris Flexen - NYM
  • Ryan Newell - MIA vs Chris Johnson - SF
  • Akeem Bostick - TEX vs Robinson Leyer - CWS
  • Austin Voth - WAS vs Jake Junis - KC
  • Yean Carlos Gil - ATL vs Ranfi Casimiro - PHI
  • Ty Buttrey - BOS vs Konner Wade - COL

Duels of the Day


via wiki.teamfortress.com

May 17

Rank (Ovr) Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K GO FO ERA WHIP Notes
1 (20) Andrew Heaney LHP MIA AA 7.2 8 2 2 1 8 5 7 2.35 1.08 HR (Devin Lohman), WP, 77 S, 31 B, W (4-2)
10 (-) Jon Moscot RHP CIN AA 5 4 2 2 3 5 3 5 2.11 1.07 55 S, 38 B, L (3-3)
Rank (Ovr) Name Pos Team Level IP H R ER BB K GO FO ERA WHIP Notes
4 (53) Miguel Almonte RHP KC A+ 6 6 5 5 4 7 3 3 5.52 1.20 WP, HBP, L (2-2)
1 (77) Lucas Sims RHP ATL A+ 6 5 1 1 2 4 4 6 4.07 1.19 HBP, W (4-3)

May 18

RHP Mike Foltynewicz (HOU - AAA) vs RHP Jimmy Nelson (MIL - AAA)

RHP Zach Lee (LAD - AAA) vs LHP Edwin Escobar (SF - AAA)

RHP Jacob Faria (TB - A) vs RHP Zachary Bird (LAD - A)


  • White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (15 day DL; left ankle tendinitis) - 5/17
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (day-to-day; hamstring tightness) - 5/15
  • Astros RHP Vince Velasquez (7 day DL; groin injury) - 5/11
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton (day-to-day; left wrist sprain) - 5/9
  • Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley (7 day DL; minor right elbow flexor strain) - 4/29
  • Cubs RHP CJ Edwards (7 day DL; right shoulder tightness) - 4/24
  • Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7 day DL; left knee sprain) - 4/21
  • Pirates RHP Luis Heredia (7 day DL; right shoulder discomfort) - 4/12
  • 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
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Rays RHP Taylor Guerrieri (7 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (15 day DL; right shoulder impingement) - 3/21
  • 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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