It is another busy day of catchup for myworld.
Blake Snell continues to do what he does best. Pitch shutouts. On Monday he tossed another six innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. The six shutout innings by the Rays lefthander extends the shutout streak by Snell to 46 innings in his six starts and eight appearances this year. He also improved his record to 3-0, allowing just 18 hits in his 46 innings. If he continues to toss shutouts myworld will continue to give him minor league player of the day awards until the shutout streak ends.
Down a level below and hibernating in the same dugout as Snell a month ago is Buddy Borden. Buddy had been in the bullpen but with the departure of Snell Charlotte needed a pitcher for their rotation. Buddy threw seven innings of no hit ball in his first start. He didn’t quite top that in his second start, but he threw an additional five shutout innings, giving up three hits while striking out five. Buddy still has a long way to go before reaching the heights of Snell with shutout innings. His 12 shutout innings falls 34 innings short of Snell.
The Reds Tyler Mahle threw seven innings of 4-hit shutout ball. A lot of balls missed bats with his nine whiffs. After struggling a bit in Low A Tyler has only allowed one run to cross the plate in his last 15 innings, showing excellent control with just one walk.
On the hitting side the four hit games were rare. D.J. Davis went 4 for 4. It was a quiet 4 for 4 without any RBIs for the Blue Jays first round pick in 2012. The outfielder raised his average to .265 to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Franklin Barreto pounded two homeruns to drive in five runs in a 3 for 4 day. He is another shortstop the Athletics can trade, acquiring Barreto from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson trade. Barreto is struggling, the three hits raising his average to .233
The minor league player of May 19 goes to Joey Gallo for his two homeruns and six RBIs. Gallo got a late start to the season and did not hit his first homerun until May 6. The two homeruns yesterday give him six for the season. He also added a double to his 3 for 5 day increasing his slugging percentage for the year to .679. An 18/23 walk to whiff ratio in 17 May games has given him a .455 OBA. Expect him to be promoted soon from AA to AAA. Last year he struggled in AA hitting .232 with a .334 OBA and a .524 slugging. Gallo is 100 points better in each of those categories.
It has been awhile since Pete O’Brien went deep. In April seven balls carried over the fence. May only saw one and after a nine day absence he hit another, his ninth of the year. Pete finished the day 2 for 5 with four RBIs, including his third triple of the year. Perhaps the cause of his homerun drought and drop in batting average is the result of his playing a number of games at catcher. He is 8 for 27 with two homeruns in his seven games at catcher.
Another Diamondback, Daniel Palka, playing at the high A level has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. A 3 for 5 day gives him three consecutive games in which he has collected three hits. Two of those three hits went out of the park to give him seven for the year. The third round 2013 pick is 9 for 14 in those three games with five RBIs and seven runs scored. Daniel has extra base hits in four consecutive games.
Jomar Reyes had a perfect 4 for 4 day, driving in five runs with two doubles and a triple. The perfect day raised his average to .311. A five game hitting streak has seen him go 11 for 22 with nine RBIs during that span. The Dominican teenager turned 18 February of this year and is already playing at Low A for the Orioles.
The Rockies 2014 supplemental first round pick Forrest Wall slugged two homeruns in three at bats to double his homerun output for the year. The two taters gave him four RBIs for the game and seven RBIs in his last three games. Forest is known better for his bat than his glove.
One of the better hitters out of the college South Carolina was Joey Pankake, drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Tigers. His .232 April batting average was a disappointment but a 4 for 5 day put his May average at .305 and raised his overall average to .266. Two of his four hits were doubles.
One of myworld’s top Austrailian prospects was Zac Shepherd. Zac is making myworld look good with a 4 for 5 day, giving him a four game hitting streak with three doubles and a triple. Zac is a Tiger teammate of Pankake.
Domingo Santana hit two homeruns yesterday to give him 10 for the year. The 47 whiffs in just 39 games is a testament to his ability to swing and miss. His .320 average is the result of a 15 game hitting streak in which he has gone 22 for 56 for a .393 average. He has hit five homeruns each month, but his batting average is higher in May (.357) rather than April (.276).
The one solid pitching performance myworld could find was performed by Brian Gonzalez of the Orioles Low A farm team. Two back to back poor starts in May (11 runs given up in less than 8 innings) has kept his ERA high (4.08). He threw six plus innings of one hit ball, striking out four to improve his record to 3-1. A less than impressive 22 to 32 walk to whiff ratio should keep the third round 2014 pick in Low A for the full year.