8/18 Minor League Wrap-Up

- Hold up a moment on the Carlos Triunfel promotion: our resident Mavs fan was at the Mavs game last night and says he saw Triunfel sitting on the bench. This is despite Churchill's source telling JC that Triunfel was promoted and due to start for the DIAMOND JAXX last night. The reason for the gap between the received information and last night's circumstance could be anything from a simple circumstancial delay to conflicting information, so keep your eyes peeled.

EDIT:  Jason Churchill received some follow-up information from Mavs play by play man Alex Freedman that comfirms that Triunfel was never called up:

Carlos Triunfel had a pulled groin and sat out to rest it. He's expected to be back in the Mavs' lineup tonight.

The Mariners say this: "We haven't promoted Carlos to this point. We considered it, are still considering, I guess you could say. But we've yet come to that conclusion and it's probably getting late."

- A lot happened at the AZLMs game yesterday. Austin Bibens-Dirkx made another fine rehab outing:

1st: Groundball, bunt pop up, groundball, groundball
2nd: Strikeout (swing), strikeout (swing), groundball

Leury Bonilla had two hits as the team's DH in his 4th rehab game with the AZLMs. Fray Martinez relieved ABD and got his first career win (vs 8 losses) in what's been a tough season for the converted infielder. And a bonus baby who hasn't done much in a while, Robert Rodriguez, came to the plate 5 times and struck out all 5 times for the rare Platinum Sombrero. El Mariachi is 3 for his last 32 with 14 K. 72.2% of his batted balls in play for August have been groundballs.

- He had been moved to the bullpen due to mediocrity-related issues, but the Aquasox needed a starter and thus gave Doug Salinas another shot at it yesterday, where he showed over 4.2 innings... why the Aquasox moved him to the bullpen in the first place. He surrendered three, yes, three home runs and allowed 7 runs in all off 7 hits and 3 walks. He's not absolutely terrible: Salinas has improved his K rate each month (6.75 per 9 in June, 8.27 in July and 10.61 so far in August), had improved his groundball rate some as a reliever (45.5% to 51.9%) and cut down his line drives a bit (18.2% to 13.0%). But Salinas still runs an excessive walk rate (4.98 per 9) that routinely gets him into trouble when hitters do turn around on his stuff.

- Everett's short relief spawn of the devil, Robbie Dominguez, is currently running a 6.66 ERA.

- Joe Woerman has rediscovered success since his return to West Tenn as a starter, but don't be entirely fooled by the headline Jaxx's Woerman two-hits Baybears. The game was called in the top of the 7th inning due to rain, so it was really 6 shutout innings rather than a CG 2 hitter. Still, two hits over 6 shutout innings (the teams got pulled before the bottom 7th), with 11 groundouts to 6 flyouts, is pretty good.

1st: Flyball, groundball, groundball
2nd: Groundball, walk, groundball, groundball
3rd: Groundball, groundball, walk, flyball
4th: Groundball, flyball, groundball
5th: Strikeout (swing), flyball, hit batter, groundball
6th: Groundball, flyball, groundball, popup

Groundballs: 12
Flyballs: 5
Line Drives: 0
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts: 1

After a rocky start with 23.1% line drives in West Tenn, Woerman allowed none yesterday, while only walking two. If Joe Woerman can continue to keep walks and line drives down, he can hopefully rebuild towards a second tour of duty in AAA next season, whether with the M's or another organization.

- Also, with word that Triunfel was on the way, West Tenn SS Erick Monzon made the most of his bonus opportunity to salvage playing time once Triunfel didn't show up. Monzon reached base all three times he came to the plate, including hitting a solo home run. That said, small sample sizes at this point mean nothing to astute coaches and scouts, and Monzon isn't all that great any way you slice it.

- In fact, all four DIAMOND JAXX runs came on solo jacks, and three of them came in the 1st inning, as Monzon and Marshall Hubbard went back to back, and Adam Moore added one with 2 out. Greg Halman piled on with two out in the 6th.

Stats below the jump....

Dominican: Not that they necessarily need it after all the off-time this week, but the DSLMs had a scheduled day off. Four scheduled games left. Three postponed games remain in queue, though no word if they're going to make any of them up.

Rk-AZL: Mariners 9, Royals 6
AZLMs: 9-10... AZL Royals: 7-12
(League: 263/348/374... 4.42 ERA)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Fray Martinez: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch (7 GS +5, 6.84 ERA, 48.2 IP, 5 HR, 25/43 BB/K)
Colin Buckborough: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, hit batter (13 app, 6.35 ERA, 28.1 IP, 1 HR, 22/23 BB/K)
Dustin Birosak: one out, 2 H
Cheyne Hann: 1 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K (7 app, 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 4/20 BB/K)
Cesar Fuentes: 3-4, 2 doubles, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk (267/324/370)
Alfredo Mateo: 1-5, R, 2 RBI (250/348/375)
Jarrett Burgess: 3-5, double, triple, R, 2 RBI (217/282/273)
Randy Molina: 1-4, R, RBI, walk, K, SB (229/303/305)
Robert Rodriguez: 0-5, 5 K: The PLATINUM Sombrero (239/255/329)
Leury Bonilla: 2-4, double, R, K

Rk+: Greeneville 14, Pulaski 7
PMs: 36-23... GRE: 25-34
(League: 264/334/391... 4.21 ERA)

Brooks Mohr: 3 IP, 7 H, (7 R) 6 ER, walk, K, 2 wild pitches, hit batter (12 GS, 3.55 ERA, 58.1 IP, 3 HR, 25/47 BB/K)
Stephen Penney: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K (14 app, 4.97 ERA, 25.1 IP, 2/19 BB/K)
Brandon Pullen: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, 2 K (15 app, 5.06 ERA, 26.2 IP, 4 HR, 4/29 BB/K)
Tommy Johannesen-Ellis: 1 IP, 2 H, (3 R) 0 ER, 2 hit batters (13 app, 12.76 ERA, 18.1 IP, 5 HR, 9/17 BB/K)
Dwight Britton: 2-3, triple, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, K (261/305/420)
Gabriel Noriega: 1-5, RBI (232/260/296)
Mario Martinez: 2-5, double, RBI, 2 K (330/356/484)
Jose Rivero: 0-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (261/339/392)
Kris Sanchez: 2-3, solo HR, 2 R, walk (331/413/620)
Blake Trinkler: 1-4, double, R, RBI, K (228/338/342)

A-: Eugene 7, Everett 4
EVE: 27-34... EUG: 31-30
(League: 256/345/374... 4.20 ERA)

Doug Salinas: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER (3 HR), 3 walks, 5 K (18 app, 4 GS, 5.79 ERA, 46.2 IP, 5 HR, 27/45 BB/K)
Mark Pettis: one out, 1 H, 2 walks (17 app, 3.24 ERA, 25 IP, 21/23 BB/K)
Robbie Dominguez: 2 IP, K, wild pitch (15 app, 6.66 ERA, 24.1 IP, 1 HR, 16/20 BB/K)
Javier Martinez: 2 IP, 2 H, walk, K (18 app, 3.63 ERA, 22.1 IP, 1 HR, 18/19 BB/K)
Tyson Gillies: 1-4, double, R, walk, K (295/392/436)
Brandon Fromm: 2-4, R, RBI, walk (248/312/369)
Travis Howell: 2-5, K (299/413/401)
Welington Dotel: 1-4, 2 RBI, K (271/327/432)
Jharmidy De Jesus: 2-4, double, RBI, K

A: Wisconsin 8, Kane County 7, 13 innings
WIS: 19-38... KC: 27-30
(League: 252/323/373... 3.70 ERA)

Juan Ramirez: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 walks, 2 K (20 GS +3, 4.40 ERA, 110.1 IP, 8 HR, 37/97 BB/K)
Ryan Moorer: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, walk, K, hit batter (40 app, 4.29 ERA, 56.2 IP, 2 HR, 22/41 BB/K)
Jose Escalona: 3.1 IP, 3 H, walk, 2 K (32 app, 4.19 ERA, 43 IP, 6 HR, 21/42 BB/K)
Jeff Dunbar: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K, hit batter (13 app, 3.31 ERA, 16.1 IP, 6/11 BB/K)
Daniel Carroll: 2-6, triple, 3 R, RBI, walk, SB #26 (246/326/318)
Alex Meneses: 2-6, double, R, RBI, walk (231/327/275)
Blake Ochoa: 1-4, R, RBI, walk (244/325/356)
Joe White: 1-5, RBI, walk (281/380/347)
Denny Almonte: 1-5, double, R, RBI, 2 K (251/309/451)
Maximo Mendez: 2-6, RBI, K (239/326/333)

A+: Lancaster 4, High Desert 2
Mavs: 21-36... Jethawks: 32-24
(League: 273/341/412... 4.54 ERA)

Justin Souza: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 walks, 6 K (10 app, 3 GS, 4.40 ERA, 28.2 IP, 3 HR, 10/29 BB/K)
Nick Hill: two outs, 1 H (31 app, 4.74 ERA, 87.1 IP, 10 HR, 30/65 BB/K)
Bryan Harris: 1 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER37 app, 6.75 ERA, 46.2 IP, 13 HR, 9/30 BB/K)
Aaron Cotter: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 K (49 app, 3.52 ERA, 61.1 IP, 6 HR, 15/58 BB/K)
Jamie McOwen: 2-4, R, SB #25 (260/322/394)
Ronnie Prettyman: 0-2, sac fly RBI, walk (288/335/469)
Fernando Encarnacion: 0-2, sac fly RBI
James Davenport: 2-3, K (328/353/453)

AA: West Tenn 4, Mobile 0
WTN: 24-31... MOB: 25-30
(League: 264/342/400... 4.21 ERA)

Joe Woerman: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, K, hit batter
Erick Monzon: 2-2, solo HR, walk (205/276/287)
Marshall Hubbard: 1-3, solo HR (303/408/520)
Adam Moore: 1-3, solo HR (312/389/496)
Greg Halman: 1-3, solo HR, K (286/332/490)

AAA: Sacramento 7, Tacoma 1
TAC: 68-61... SAC: 77-52
(League: 276/347/442... 4.82 ERA)

Rich Dorman: 3 IP, 2 H, (3 R) 1 ER (HR), walk, 2 K (6 GS +3, 4.55 ERA, 29.2 IP, 4 HR, 5/25 BB/K)
Denny Stark: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, 2 K, hit batter (5 app, 2.84 ERA, 12.2 IP, 1 HR, 1/8 BB/K)
Justin Thomas: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, 6 K
Prentice Redman: 1-4, RBI, K (303/378/528)
Rob Johnson: 2-4 (308/368/454)
Jon Nelson: 1-3, double, R, K (328/350/517)
The rest of the Rainiers lineup got shut down by Dana Eveland. Yes, Dana Eveland.

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