Minor League Notes, 2011-08-30

Nashville Sounds (AAA) 68-69
Lost 8-5 at Iowa Cubs (CHC) (box / pbp)

Huntsville Stars (AA) 62-71
Won 6-4 at Jackson Generals (SEA) (box / pbp)

Brevard County Manatees (High A) 56-75
Won 13-3 (6 inn.) at Tampa Yankees (NYY) (box / pbp)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A) 66-67
Lost 6-4 vs Cedar Rapids Kernels (LAA) (box / pbp)

AZL Brewers (Rookie) 17-39
Lost 4-3 (10 inn.) at AZL Indians (CLE) (box / pbp)

I was in attendance at Nashville's game at Iowa tonight. Amaury Rivas was not locating his pitches very well. Admittedly the umpire was not calling the low strike for any pitchers--starters, relievers, Sounds or Cubs--tonight. Mike McClendon was much better at getting his pitches in the strike zone but they were all of the hittable variety leading to an offensive explosion for the I-Cubs. There were other sorts of explosions. Rivas didn't appear to be listening to what Martin Maldonado had to say to him. He walked away from his catcher a few times, to the point that Mat Gamel came out to the mound to talk his pitcher through a tough spot. Gamel is showing some leadership ability on the field. His throwing ability from 3rd base is essentially unchanged. It's not that he's not trying.... I was also very impressed with Caleb Gindl's hitting. As for his error in the 5th, that was a team effort compounded by Rivas not being where he was supposed to be, namely backing up home plate.

The Arizona Rookie League is now over for 2011. Highlights from that game and from the others after the jump.

Player/Pitcher Points of Interest

Batter Team Pos AB R H RBI BB SO E AVG Notes
Eric Farris Nashville 2B 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 .272 2B
Martin Maldonado Nashville C 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .323 HR
Caleb Gindl Nashville RF 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 .315
Brandon Boggs Nashville LF 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 .220 HR
Zelous Wheeler Huntsville 3B 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 .263 HR
Brock Kjeldgaard Huntsville RF 4 3 4 2 0 0 0 .269 2B, HR (2)
Sergio Miranda Huntsville DH 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .267
Scooter Gennett Brevard County 2B 5 2 2 0 0 2 0 .300
Shea Vucinich Brevard County SS 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 .261 3B
D'Vontrey Richardson Brevard County CF 4 2 3 1 1 0 0 .278
Scott Krieger Brevard County LF 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 .278
Mike Roberts Brevard County C 4 0 2 2 0 1 0 .240 2B
Carlos Gomez Wisconsin CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 SB
TJ Mittelstaedt Wisconsin 2B 5 0 2 0 0 2 0 .292 SB
Cody Hawn Wisconsin 1B 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 .296
Nick Ramirez Wisconsin DH 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 .197 2B (2)
Reggie Keen Wisconsin RF-CF 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .260 2B
Kevin Berard AZL CF 5 0 2 1 0 1 0 .293 2B
Andres Martinez AZL 3B 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 .232 HR
Pitcher Team IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Dec Notes
Amaury Rivas Nashville 5.2 6 3 1 4 3 0 4.88
Dan Merklinger Huntsville 6.0 6 4 3 3 6 0 3.97 W, 9-8 HBP
Darren Byrd Huntsville 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.10
Evan Anundsen Brevard County 5.0 6 3 3 2 2 1 3.97 W, 5-2
Eric Arnett Wisconsin 4.2 8 3 3 4 4 1 4.70
Casey Medlen Wisconsin 2.1 2 1 1 0 4 0 2.22 L, 1-1
Jorge Lopez AZL 5.0 4 1 1 2 5 0 2.25
Mike Francisco AZL 3.0 1 1 1 0 4 0 2.82
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