Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-13-13

Albuquerque Isotopes 1 @ Iowa Cubs 6

Logan Watkins had a great day. He collected another 2 walks and a HR en route to a 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI day. Watkins WAS caught stealing, though. Brett Jackson 2: Whiff Harder went 1-4 with a triple a walk and 2 strikeouts. He looks really bad at the plate. Darwin Barney had his first rehab start and went 1-4 with a pair of strikeouts also. Ryan Sweeney continued to push for a shot in the majors with a 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO performance. His one hit was a double.

Barret Loux got the start and pitched 5 pretty strong innings. He allowed 6 hits and 2 walks en route to surrendering a single earned run. He also punched 5. His ERA is now 10.50. Yoanner Negrin came in relief and was absolutely nuts. He allowed 2 hits over 3 innings and struck out 8. I actually watched this game on and he looked legit. I could imagine he finds a way onto the 40-man this year if there is room. Blake Parker pitched a nondescript ninth inning.

Chattanooga Lookouts 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 8 

Arismendy Alcantara got back into the swing of things with a 2-5 performance with a 3 run blast.  He needed it. Ronald Torreyes also had a nice time, reaching base on a walk and 2 singles. Christian Villanueva drew a walk but had no hits otherwise. He'd come around to score. The other impressive offensive performance belonged to Rubi Silva; he was a HR short of the cycle and ended up with 2 RBI.

Kyle Hendricks put together a decent start. He went 6 innings and allowed 5 hits and 3 walks; that ended up costing him a single unearned run. He only struck out 1. The Lookouts did almost the entirety of their damage against AJ Morris, who allowed 5 earned in 1.1 innings of work. The main culprit was a 3-run bomb by Yasiel Puig…so, that's going to happen from time to time. Frank Batista closed it out with 1.2 innings of nondescript ball.

Daytona Cubs 4 @ Tampa Yankees 9

Javier Baez finally had a decent day. He went 2-4 with a double and a triple, pushing that slugging percentage ever higher. No walks or strikeouts; he did score twice. Zeke DeVoss celebrated his inclusion on the Prospect Watch with a 0-3 performance and a strikeout. Stephen Bruno had a pair of singles that drove in 2 to go along with a strikeout; Dustin Geiger drove in 2, both off of a double (his only hit). Only John Andreoli had a walk for the D-Cubs today, but basically everyone except Baez had at least one strikeout.

PJ Francescon sacrificed the wrong kitten to the pitching gods, and as such went 5 IP of 8 hit, 6 ER ball. He was pretty unlucky; he didn't walk anyone and struck out 5, but gave up two home runs to Gary Sanchez, a great prospect for the Yankees. Eduardo Figueroa came in relief and allowed 3 runs over 3 innings on the strength of 4 walks, no strikeouts, and 2 hits. All 3 runs were unearned.

Kane County Cougars 6 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8

Kane County Cougars 3 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1 (11 inn.)

Over the 2 games, Daniel Vogelbach went 1-6 with a HR and 2 walks. I'll take it. Gioskar Amaya had a rough day, going 1-8 with a run scored and a walk. He's down to just .211 on the season. Jeimer Candelario had a great day, all told. He went 3 for 5 with a double and 4 walks. That's an awesome performance. Wilson Contreras had an awful first game (0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO) and a great second one (2-2, 2-run HR).

In game 1, Ian Dickson went 5 innings and surrendered all 7 runs earned. He allowed a home run, 8 hits, and no walks. He also fanned 1. Brian Smith had a nondescript inning of work. In game 2, Felix Pena, Justin Amlung, and Eduardo Orozco combined for a nice outing of 11 innings of 8-hit ball. Pena allowed an unearned run in 6 innings of work.