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6/4 Minor League Wrap-Up, Belated Edition

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Normally I've written these the night of.  To make statistical compilation easier, I'm going to go back to writing them the day after for the time being.

Some consolation after the disappointment of today's draft:

The Mariners strength in player development IMO is in their international scouting.  Felix, Lopez, and Yuni alone are simple examples of talented players the M's plucked from Latin America and Europe, and developed through their system.  And plenty more are on the way and already in the system, working their way up.  These are talented players not subject to the draft, ripe for the picking if you take the initiative to find and recruit them.  The ammy draft is important, sure, but it's only one side of the player development coin.

Also, some of the better players in the system were picks made later in the draft over the preceding years.  Johan Limonta was a 20th rounder in 2006.  Kyle Parker might actually have a future as an SP, and he was a 24th rounder that year.  One of the pieces of trade bait in the Bedard deal, reliever Kam Mickolio, was an 18th rounder.  Bob Fontaine is getting acquainted with the coals on our behalf, but let's not forget his strength lies in finding hidden value in the later rounds.  And in fact, today itself may not be a total loss: Dave Cameron pointed out the value in the M's selection of Brett Lorin today.  Lorin's got the tools and could well be a few adjustments from being a key piece of the Mariners future.

And, of course, we've got some talent in the M's system right now, and some of it actually isn't bad.  So give yesterday's results a look, and hopefully, by the time I post tonight's results sometime tomorrow, there's a bit more value added to the system.

On to the wrap-up.

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 5, VSL Rays 3
VSLMs:  9-10... VSL Rays:  7-12
(League:  259/348/362... 3.79 ERA)

Leonardo Rodriguez:  5 IP, 3 H, 2 walks, 3 K (4 GS +1, 0.00 ERA, 20.2 IP, 6/16 BB/K)
Angel Raga:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, walk, K (5 app, 3.18 ERA, 11.1 IP, 13/6 BB/K)
Yoervis Medina:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (6 app, 2.16 ERA, 16.2 IP, 3/11 BB/K)
Nolan Diaz:  1.1 IP, 2 K (6 app, 1.98 ERA, 13.2 IP, 1/13 BB/K)
Jorge Agudelo:  1-3, R, RBI (349/461/413)
Mario Yepez:  2-4, double, triple, R, 3 RBI, K (358/416/552)
rest of VSLMs lineup:  0-23, 3 R, 3 walks, 6 K

The VSLMs had all 5 of their runs by the 5th inning, and only a 3 run rally in the 7th by Los Rayos made this game look at all close.  Los Rayos also committed 4 errors in the field.

Dominican:  The DSLMs game with the A's was postponed by rain.

A:  Wisconsin 6, Peoria 1
WIS:  24-30... PEO:  24-35
(League:  246/319/365... 3.54 ERA)

Donnie Hume:  5 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 2 walks, 2 K (8 GS, 2.33 ERA, 38.2 IP, 3 HR, 14/43 BB/K)
Jose Escalona:  1 IP, 2 H, walk, K (8 app, 1.13 ERA, 8 IP, 3/9 BB/K)
Michael Pineda:  2 IP, 2 H, walk, K (10 app, 6 GS, 1.50 ERA, 42 IP, 2 HR, 12/33 BB/K)
Justin Souza:  1 IP, 1 H, walk (19 app, 3.65 ERA, 24.2 IP, 2 HR, 7/22 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez:  2-4, walk (279/376/390)
Edilio Colina:  1-3, R, RBI, 2 walks (301/364/404)
Gavin Dickey:  1-4, R, RBI (286/340/376)
Joe Dunigan:  1-4, R, RBI, K (230/312/415)
Denny Almonte:  3-4, double, triple, R, 2 RBI, K (246/275/415)
Blake Ochoa:  2-4, double, R, K (269/345/321)

Two out walks from (Midwest League All Star) Edilio Colina and Ronald Garth in the 1st set up runs from a Gavin Dickey single, a Joe Dunigan single and a Denny Almonte double to make it 4-0, and the T-Rats piled up to 6-0 by the 3rd without so much as a peep from the league average but situationally unlucky Chiefs.  They took advantage of an error from (Midwest League All Star?!) Juan Diaz to force in a run in the 5th, but that was all they managed against Donnie Hume.

Groundballs:  7
Flyballs:  4
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  3
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  2

A+:  Modesto 6, High Desert 5, 11 innings
Mavs:  26-34... DEEZ NUTS:  29-31
(League:  264/336/395... 4.31 ERA)

Anthony Varvaro:  4.1 IP, 6 H, (5 R) 3 ER, 2 walks, 7 K, wild pitch (10 GS +2, 5.56 ERA, 56.2 IP, 7 HR, 38/58 BB/K)
Bryan Harris:  1.2 IP, 2 H, K (10 app, 8.25 ERA, 12 IP, 3 HR, 1/9 BB/K)
Steve Uhlmansiek:  1 IP, 2 H, balk (8 app, 0.84 ERA, 10.2 IP, 1 HR, 6/11 BB/K)
Shawn Kelley:  2 IP, 2 H, (intentional) walk, 3 K (11 app, 0.00 ERA, 11 IP, 3/12 BB/K)
David Asher:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, (intentional) walk, K (24 app, 4.79 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR, 9/16 BB/K)
Erick Monzon:  1-6, double, R, K (170/223/205)
Chris Minaker:  1-4, double, R, walk (276/317/436)
Carlos Peguero:  3-3, solo HR, 3 RBI (293/314/459)
Leury Bonilla:  2-2, walk (275/362/389)
Greg Halman:  2-5, double, R, K (275/325/577)
Travis Scott:  1-5, RBI, 2 K (270/320/409)
Gerardo Avila:  2-4, walk

Tyson Gillies led off the game with a single but got his dumb ass doubled off at 1st after Erick Monzon flied right to Victor Ferrante in RF and Gillies didn't stay near the bag.  However, Chris Minaker doubled right after and Carlos Peguero's single cashed him in to make it 1-0.

Gillies got on again with one out in the 3rd after getting plunked, which knocked some sense into him as he stole 2nd for his 1st swipe of the season.  Erick Monzon grounded to short but SS Geoff Strickland muffed the potential DP ball to put runners at the corners.  Monzon, however, failed to take advantage, getting caught off the bag on a pickoff throw and then trying in vain to steal 2nd for the 2nd out.  However, pitcher Simon Ferrer (11 GS, 6.08 ERA, 53.1 IP, 1 HR, 34/26 BB/K) uncorked a wild pitch to let Gillies in and make it 2-0.  There was not a single base hit in that frame.

Carlos Peguero, however, led off the 4th with his 8th home run of the season to make it 3-0.  Greg Halman singled after that, then swiped his 21st stolen base of the year, allowing him to score on a Travis Scott single to make it 4-0.

The Nuts finally scored in the bottom 4th when a (269/352/370) Mike Paulk double led to a score on a single from Matt Repec (282/324/371).  But the Mavs got it back in the 5th off relever Brandon Durden (12 app, 5.40 ERA, 21.2 IP, 10/9 BB/K) to make it 5-1 as it looked like the Nuts just didn't have an answer.

Oh, they had one.  Carlos Peguero took a curious seat before the bottom 5th for Leury Bonilla in RF, and Nelson Robledo (134/242/171) walked.  Then Travis Becktel (238/247/350) doubled him to 3rd and a misplay by 3B Erick Monzon on a (269/354/356) Daniel Mayora liner allowed Robledo to score, 5-2.  Then Travis Scott passed a ball to move runners back into scoring position before Paulk doubled them both in to make it 5-4.  Victor Ferrante walked and Anthony Varvaro, after a promising (though flyball-heavy) start, got the hook with one out in the 4th.

Groundballs:  3
Flyballs:  8
Line Drives:  2
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  7

Jay Cox (232/297/331) got a single off reliever Bryan Harris.  Paulk turned 3rd and went for home, but Leury threw him out at the plate for the 2nd out!  Ferrante took 3rd, and scored on a Matt Repec single to tie the ballgame, but Repec got greedy and, though Leury couldn't throw out Ferrante at the plate, catcher Travis Scott threw out Repec at 2nd for the 3rd out!

Gerardo Avila singled to lead of the 6th.  Jamie McOwen bunted him over, then reached when Durden threw YIKES AND AWAY.  Catcher Nelson Robledo caught McOwen off the bag, but threw YIKES AND AWAY, giving the runners 2nd and 3rd.  Ogui Diaz's groundout to 2nd could not move the runner home.  Tyson Gillies tapped back to the mound and Durden threw to Repec at 3B, catching Avila in a pickle and running him down for two outs.  McOwen took 3rd, Gillies took 2nd... and Erick Monzon struck out to end the threat.  Nice work, pal.

Mayora singled with one out in the bottom 7th, took 2nd on a Steve Uhlmansiek balk, got to 3rd on a Mike Paulk single... and got stranded.  Whew.

Shawn Kelley had a chance to give it away in the bottom 9th.  Nick Haley singled with one out.  Daniel Mayora singled to put runners at the corners with one out.  Kelley intentionally walked Mike Paulk, and got Victor Ferrante to ground into the 6-3 inning ending double play to send it to extras.

In the top 11th, Ogui Diaz led off with a single, and Tyson Gillies bunted him over to 2nd.  Monzon's groundout moved Diaz over to 3rd.  Then Chris Minaker and Leury Bonilla drew back to back walks and Greg Halman lined a shot... right to SS Daniel Mayora for the 3rd out.

Travis Becktel led off the 11th with a double, Nick Haley bunted him over (and reached on a YIKES AND AWAY throw from Monzon at 3B), then, after David Asher intentionally walked Daniel Mayora, Mike Paulk flew out... and Victor Ferrante lined a single to center to cash in the winning run for Modesto.

AA:  West Tenn 10, Tennessee 6

WTN:  36-24... TEN:  25-35
(League:  263/341/397... 4.22 ERA)

Denny Stark:  3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, K (5 GS, 4.97 ERA, 25.1 IP, 1 HR, 14/14 BB/K)
Brodie Downs:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 walks, K (20 app, 5.70 ERA, 30 IP, 3 HR, 15/22 BB/K)
Jason Mackintosh:  1.2 IP, 1 H, K (22 app, 3.71 ERA, 26.2 IP, 1 HR, 6/14 BB/K)
Marwin Vega:  1 IP, 2 H (18 app, 5.63 ERA, 32 IP, 2 HR, 26/18 BB/K)
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K (22 app, 2.63 ERA, 24 IP, 1 HR, 8/27 BB/K)
Brent Johnson:  2-3, double, 3 R, 2 walks (281/343/516)
Johan Limonta:  2-3, double, triple, 2 R, 4 RBI (316/415/595)
Mark Kiger:  3-5, double, R, 4 RBI, K (217/351/307)
Adam Moore:  1-4, double, walk, K (292/376/427)
Mike Wilson:  1-3, solo HR, 2 walks, K (248/337/510)

Denny Stark did not survive the 4th, and Brodie Downs continues his descent from hope, as the DIAMOND JAXX fell behind 5-2 to the Smokies in the 6th.

But down 5-3, Kevin Reynolds singled with one out in the 7th, Brent Johnson walked, and Johan Limonta tripled both of them in to TIE THE BALLGAME at 5.  Then Mark Kiger doubled him in to give the DIAMOND JAXX a 6-5 lead!

In the bottom 8th, Luis Oliveros got plunked, then took 2nd on a Mangini 4-3 groundout.  Kevin Reynolds grounded to short and SS Matt Camp candyarsed it to put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Brent Johnson was intentionally walked to put the force at any base, and Johan Limonta doubled to cash in two runs and make it 8-5.  Mark Kiger lined a single to center to cash in Brent and Limonta to make it 10-5, and that was more than enough.

AAA:  The Rainiers had Wednesday off.