Every Friday this season I will be putting out a Minor League Update. This will let you know what went on in the minor leagues and how the Dallas Sports Nation Top 20 Prospects faired.
Last night was opening night for 4 of the affiliates. There were a lot of the players on the list who made their debut for 2019. I will list results for DSN Top 20 first, before adding in some names who also had good weeks.
I was covering Brock Burke at Frisco. (More on that later) But, let’s get into the results.
Hickory Crawdads (A) beat Lakewood BlueClaws 9-4
Down East Wood Ducks (High A) beat Carolina Mudcats 6-4
Frisco Roughriders (AA) lost to Midland Rockhounds 3-0
Nashville Sounds (AAA) lost to Iowa Cubs 5-4
1. Hans Crouse- Crouse made his debut at the opening night starter for the Hickory Crawdads against the Lakewood BlueClaws. He went 2.2 innings, allowed 1 hit, 1 run (unearned) with no walks and 2 K’s. But he also hit two batters. He was on a tight pitch count with only 30 thrown.
2. Bubba Thompson- Thompson played left field and batted second for the Down East Wood Ducks, who took on the Carolina Mudcats. He was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk and scored two runs.
3. Anderson Tejada- Tejada played SS for Down East and batted fourth. He was also 1 for 3 with a walk.
4. Julio Pablo Martinez- Martinez lead-off for Hickory and played CF. He was 1 for 4 and scored a run.
5. Joe Palumbo- Did not play (Pitches Sunday for Frisco)
6. Kyle Cody- Injured
7. Tyler Phillips- Phillips started for Down East and went 5 innings. He gave up 1 hit, no runs, no walks, 4 K’s. He threw 57 pitches with 35 for strikes.
8. Cole Winn- Did not play (will not play until Spokane opens up in late June)
9. Cole Ragans- Injured
10. Leody Taveras- Taveras had the best start of any position player. He batted third for Down East and played CF. He was 4 for 4 with a double and triple. He had 4 RBI’s and scored once.
11. Jonathon Hernandez- Did not play (starts for Frisco tonight)
12. Chris Seise- Seise batted second and played SS for Hickory. He was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a triple and scored 3 times. (One was a bloop double he beat out to second)
13. Jonathon Ornelas- Did not play (Is on Hickory roster)
14. Taylor Hearn- Hearn got the opening night nod for Nashville. He took a hard-luck loss. He went 5 innings. He gave up 6 hits and 4 runs that were all earned. But he apparently was the victim of bad luck. Cruising through 4 innings with only giving up a solo HR, he ran into trouble in the fifth. In four pitches the bases were loaded on three bloop hits. Then he gave up a bases-clearing double down the left field line. However, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 9.
15. Alex Speas- Did not play (Is in Hickory’s bullpen)
16. Sherton Apostel- Apostel batted 5th for Hickory and played 3B. He was 1 for 3 with a double but walked twice. He saw 24 pitches himself. With an eye like that he will drive SAL pitchers mad.
17. Yerry Rodriguez- Did not play (Is on Hickory roster)
18. Demarcus Evans- Did not play (Is in Down East bullpen)
19. Brock Burke- Burke was the opening night starter for Frisco. (I was there) He went 5 innings. He gave up 6 hits, 0 earned runs and struck out 4. I can confirm that three hits didn’t travel out of the infield. His defense let him down also. But that happens. He was sharp and touching 90 to 94 with his FB. His changeup was sitting around 80. He got ahead of hitters and it paid off. He threw 84 pitches.
20. Diosbel Arias- Arias batted 6th for Down East and was 1 for 2 with two walks. He played 2B. This is big. Arias played in Spokane last year. He skipped Hickory and moved straight up to High A. He is 22 and from Cuba. Good start for him.
Willie Calhoun- was 1 for 3 with 2 walks at Nashville. The hit was a double
Patrick Wisdom- was 2 for 4 with a walk for Nashville.
Jairo Beras- threw a scoreless frame for Frisco. He is a converted outfielder who was touching 96 with ease. He can reach 100. He struck out 2.
Matt Whatley- was 2 for 4 as Hickory’s catcher with a walk.
Sam Huff- Hickory’s other catcher was 3 for 4 at DH with a double.
Next Friday I will have a similar format with each player’s weekly stats and other notables who had a good week.
I will be in Frisco covering Saturday and Sunday. You can follow live updates on twitter @rangernationpod Palumbo pitches Sunday
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