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Farmers Only: Phillip Ervin is Officially a Prospect

Amir Garrett pitches well, Nick Travieso doesn't, and other stories.

Welcome to Billings, son
Welcome to Billings, son
  • Louisville was a hard-luck loser (I feel like I've written that a million times) to Durham, falling 2-1. Neftali Soto had two of Louisville's 5 hits, as the Bulls put the kibbosh on the bats of the Bats. The pitchers formerly known as big leaguers (Armando Galarraga, Logan Ondrusek) kept the game close, but unfortunately, the offense. Up next: Greg Reynolds (8-0, 2.45) looks to keep up his Max Scherzer-esque start against cRochester at 7:05.
  • Pensacola lost to the Biscuits 3-1. In other news, the Farmers Only Pun Cabinet is fresh out of Biscuit jokes. Anyway, the Wahoos managed only 3 hits, including a solo pillsbury from Theo Bowe. Yorman Rodriguez was 1-3 with a walk (yay!) and a strikeout (oh), dropping his AA average all the way from .750 to .571. FARR YORMAN. Just kidding. Ryan "AA Greg Reynolds" Dennick pitched admirably, surrendering 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. Up next: Daniel Renken (1-5, 3.88) against the Biscuits at 8:05.
  • Bakersfield beat High Desert 3-2, thanks in part to Kyle Waldrop's 11th blazegobbler of the year. So Kyle Waldrop has quietly hit 11 homers already this season, which is cool, despite an atrocious 65:18 K:BB ratio. Great, another power bat that has no idea what a strike zone is! Those are few and far between in the Reds' system. Sorry, I'm cynical tonight. Shane "High-A Ryan Dennick" Dyer was awesome again, going 7 innings and allowing nary a walk nor a run, striking out 5 and allowing 4 hits. Kyle Lotzkar struck out 2 of the 4 batters he faced to get his first save. Up next: Jon Moscot (1-10, 5.37) squares off against the Mavericks at 10:45.
  • Dayton got whupped 11-3, as Nick Travieso didn't have his best stuff. He was knocked around for 6 runs in 2 innings, including 3 long balls, to put Dayton in a 6-0 hole from the get-go. Junior "Mint" Arias was the offensive standout, going 2-4 with his 8th ding-dong of the year. Up next: 2012 18th-rounder Jackson "President of the Confederacy" Stephens (I had forgotten he existed too) makes his Low-A debut against the Captains at 7.
  • Billings had a very solid start to their season, beating Great Falls 7-1. Amir Garrett was great, allowing just an unearned run and 3 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6 and walking one. He also induced 7 groundouts to just 2 fly outs, which is cool. You know what's not cool, Amir? Basketball. It was a pretty solid team effort on offense, as 5 different Mustangs drove in the 7 runs. 2013 first-round pick Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with an RBI single, a walk, a HBP, and a stolen base in his professional debut, and much ballyhooed mystery-prospect Jonathan Reynoso did the same without the plunking. The Reds' 8th round pick from 2011, Jon "Cory" Matthews, walked thrice and smacked a triple as well. His career OPS is .596, so yeah. Up next: The undefeated Mustangs take on Great Falls again, sending the recently-demoted Pedro Diaz to the hill at 7:05 mountain time.