Hello everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Sunday, May 14th, 2017. Let’s get started.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****Jose Berrios returned to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins yesterday and shut down the Cleveland Indians, going 7.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, fanning four. While more whiffs would be nice to see, the fact is that he pitched well and looked much more confident than he did last year. He needs to get some momentum but coming off his excellent spring in Triple-A, it looks like he may have that. The next step is seeing how he responds when he has an inevitable bad start.
****Washington Nationals outfield prospect Victor Robles went 4-for-7 in a double-header for High-A Potomac. He’s now hitting .260/.337/.468 in 77 at-bats, very credible for a 19-year-old in the Carolina League, while stealing seven bases in eight attempts.
****Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel performed well in his Triple-A debut for Gwinnett, giving up three runs in seven innings against Columbus, on seven hits and one walk, fanning five.
****Another excellent outing from St. Louis Cardinals prospect Luke Weaver, who gave up one run in seven innings for Triple-A Memphis against El Paso, on six hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts. That’s the first run he’s given up all year, leading to an 0.41 ERA in 22 innings.
****Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Christian Walker hit for the cycle for Triple-A Reno, going 4-for-6 with five RBI against New Orleans. He’s hitting .299/.378/.612 on the season. He already has two full seasons of Triple-A on his resume but has been stuck behind other players as as a first baseman/DH in the Orioles and Braves systems. In Arizona he’s still stuck behind Paul Goldschmidt.
****This article on the horrendous MLB “special occasion” uniforms at TwinkieTown ran back in April but it is timely for the Mother’s Day holiday.