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Two Games, Two Minor Leaguers, Six Homeruns

Going into last night’s game against the Binghamton Mets, Erie catcher Alex Avila was mired in a deep slump: 1-for 19 with two walks over his previous five games.

Avila took a liking to Binghamton starter Eric Brown, however, hitting three-run homers in the first and second innings as the SeaWolves jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two.  He later added a solo shot in the eighth to bring his totals for the day to three homeruns and seven RBI.

A fifth-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2008, Avila hit for some power in college, slugging 14 and 17 homeruns in his last two seasons at Alabama.  He struggled to put the ball out of the park last year in the Midwest League, homering just once in 213 at-bats (although he did hit .305), but is back on track this season with eleven round trippers in about 300 at-bats for Erie.

Avila is the second Tigers minor leaguer in as many days to hit three homeruns.  On Thursday, Toledo’s Brent Clevlen went deep three times in an 18-1 win over Syracuse.  Clevlen may not have had the best offensive performance in that game, however; teammate Jeff Frazier was 4-5 with a homerun and six RBI.

So…which Tiger is gonna hit three homeruns today?

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Top Performers: Saturday, July 18, 2009

Class AAA
Jon Niese, Buffalo (International): 7 IP, 2 H
Daniel Descalso, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 3-5, HR, 5 RBI
Mitchell Boggs, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 7 IP, 2 H
John Lindsey, New Orleans (Pacific Coast): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class AA
Joe Savery, Reading (Eastern): first loss after twelve straight wins
Samuel Deduno, Tulsa (Texas): 7 IP, 3 H

Class A-Advanced
Cory Riordan, Modesto (California): 8 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 9 SO
Ian Gac, Bakersfield (California): 2-4, walk-off HR
Danny Duffy, Wilmington (Carolina): 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 7 SO
Michael Bertram, Lakeland (Florida State): 4-5, 4 RS, 2B, 3B, HR (cycle)
Christopher Carpenter, Daytona (Florida State): 5 IP, 1 H, 9 SO

Class A
Mark Sorensen, West Michigan (Midwest): 8 IP, 2 H
Stiven Osuna, Fort Wayne (Midwest): 6 IP, 1 H, 10 SO
Eric Beaulac, Savannah (South Atlantic): 5.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 7 SO
Kiel Roling, Asheville (South Atlantic): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Class A-Short Season
J.D. Martinez, Tri-City (New York-Penn): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
John Servidio, Brooklyn (New York-Penn): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class Rookie
Gerlis Rodriguez, Pirates (Gulf Coast): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Ogden (Pioneer): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jose Colmenares, Rays (Venezuelan Summer): 2-2, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Top Performers: Friday, July 17, 2009

Slightly abbreviated this morning – all levels are represented except the Rookie class.

Class AAA
JD Closser, Albuquerque (Pacific Coast): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI
J.P. Arencibia, Las Vegas (Pacific Coast): 4-4, HR, 2 RS

Class AA
Kevin Randel, Jacksonville (Southern): 2-4, walk-off HR
John Ely, Birmingham (Southern): 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H
Chris Nowak, Montgomery (Southern): 2-3, 5 RBI
Graham Godfrey, Midland (Texas): 6.1 IP, 1 H, 8 SO
Jhoulys Chacin, Tulsa (Texas): 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H

Class A-Advanced
Scott Beerer, Modesto (California): 2-4, 2 HR
Skyler Stromsmoe, San Jose (California): 4-5, HR, 4 RBI
Joseph Dunigan, High Desert (California): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Steven Hensley, High Desert (California): 7 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 10 SO
Jeremy Hefner, Lake Elsinore (California): 6 IP, 1 H
Zelous Wheeler, Brevard County (Florida State): 2-2, 5 RBI
Steve Susdorf, Clearwater (Florida State): 2-4, HR, 5 RBI

Class A
Osvaldo Morales, Quad Cities (Midwest): 1-4, HR, 5 RBI
Matt Shoemaker, Cedar Rapids (Midwest): 7 IP, 1 H
John Anderson, Lansing (Midwest): 6 IP, 1 H
Hassan Pena, Hagerstown (South Atlantic): 6 IP, 2 H

Class A-Short Season
Adam Warren, Staten Island (New York-Penn): 6 IP, 0 H

Top Performers: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Class AAA
Yurendell de Caster, Pawtucket (International): 2-4, walk-off HR
Brian Barden, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 4-5, 4 RBI
Kevin Richardson, Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast): 3-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class AA
Dave Krynzel, Bowie (Eastern): 4-6, 2 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI
Joseph Nowicki, Bowie (Eastern): 4-5, 4 RBI
Jared Goedert, Akron (Eastern): 3-6, HR, 6 RBI
Madison Bumgarner, Connecticut (Eastern): 5.1 IP, 1 H

Class A-Advanced
Bryan Shaw, Visalia (California): 5 IP, 3 H, 8 SO
Paolo Espino, Kinston (Carolina): 8 IP, R, 3 H, 8 SO
Yamaico Navarro, Salem (Carolina): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI, walk-off grand slam

Class A
Kenny Smalley, Kane County (Midwest): 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H
Ethan Hollingsworth, Asheville (South Atlantic): 5.2 IP, 10 SO
Dexter Carter, Kannapolis (South Atlantic): 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 9 SO
Isaias Velasquez, Bowling Green (South Atlantic): 4-4, 4 RS
Ryan Lavarnway, Greenville (South Atlantic): 2-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Class A-Short Season
Robert Taylor, Jamestown (New York-Penn): 2-4, walk-off HR
Logan Watkins, Boise (Northwest): 5-6, 3 RS
Ryan Ortiz, Vancouver (Northwest): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class Rookie
Audry Perez, Johnson City (Appalachian): 1-1, pinch-hit walk-off HR
Geoffrey Baldwin, Royals (Arizona): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 RS
Pedro Pena, Cardinals (Dominican): 8.1 IP, 10 SO
Cesar Ciurcina, Twins (Dominican): 7 IP, R, 3 H, 8 SO
Adan Velazquez, Padres (Dominican): 2-5, 2 HR
Brent Weaver, Marlins (Gulf Coast): 2-5, HR, 5 RBI
Michael Tonkin, Twins (Gulf Coast): 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 15 SO
Matt Kramer, Braves (Gulf Coast): 2-2, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Eliezer Mesa, Casper (Pioneer): 4-5, 4 RBI

Top Performers: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Class AAA

International League
Erik Kratz, Indianapolis: 2-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS

Pacific Coast League
Esteban German, Oklahoma City: 3-4, HR, 4 RBI

Class AA

Southern League
James Adduci, Tennessee: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 RS
J.D. Durbin, Chattanooga: 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H
Johan Limonta, West Tenn: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 RS
Desmond Jennings, Montgomery: 2-2, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB

Class A-Advanced

California League
Jacob Wild, High Desert: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 8 SO
Efren Navarro, Rancho Cucamonga: 4-4, 3 RBI
Engel Beltre, Bakersfield: 4-5, 3B, 2 RS

Carolina League
Lastings Milledge, Lynchburg: 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS

Florida State League
Francisco Pena, St. Lucie: 3-5, HR, 4 RBI
Tim Stronach, St. Lucie: 8.1 IP, 1 H (lost no-hitter with one out in ninth)
Steven Hirschfeld, Fort Myers: 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H
Starlin Castro, Daytona: 4-4, 2 RS

Class A

Midwest League
A.J. Pollock, South Bend: 2-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Taylor Sinclair, South Bend: 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 SO

South Atlantic League
Braeden Schlehuber, Rome: 2-6, HR, 4 RBI (walkoff two-run HR in 11th)
Scott Robinson, Asheville: 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RS
Kiel Roling, Asheville: 3-4, HR, 4 RBI

Class A-Short Season

New York-Penn League
Ryde Rodriguez, Batavia: 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Brandon Moore, Brooklyn: 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 9 SO

Northwest League
Logan Watkins, Boise: 4-5, 2 RS

Rookie

Appalachian League
Vincent Catricala, Pulaski: 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Gabriel Noriega, Pulaski: 5-5, 2 2B, 2 RS
Cody Rogers, Princeton: 4-4, 2 RBI, 2 RS

Arizona League
Carlos Quintana, Giants: 4-4, 2 RS
Jonathan Hesketh, Mariners: 2.2 IP, 7 SO
Jesus Aguilar, Indians: 4-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 RS

Pioneer League
Michael Wing, Orem: 4-5, 3B, RS, RBI
Nicholas Bucci, Helena: 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 9 SO

Minor League Morning Recap: A-Levels

Class A-Advanced
California League
Scores
Rancho Cucamonga 2, Lake Elsinore 1
Lancaster 15, Inland Empire 1
Stockton 9, Bakersfield 7
Modesto 8, High Desert 3
San Jose 17, Visalia 1

Top Performers
Jack Shuck, Lancaster: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, RBI
Koby Clemens, Lancaster: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Steve Kleen, Stockton: 4-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Thomas Neal: 3-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 RS

Carolina League
Scores
Kinston 4, Frederick 3 (10 innings)
Potomac 7, Lynchburg 3
Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 2 (13 innings)

Top Performers
Mike Moustakas, Wilmington: 2-6, HR, 2 RBI

Florida State League
Scores
Charlotte 7, Sarasota 4
Dunedin 5, Tampa 2
Brevard County 7, Lakeland 0
Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 0
Jupiter 5, St. Lucie 1

Top Performers
Bradley McElroy, Dunedin: 3-3, 3 RBI
Robert Bell, Dunedin: 4 IP, 0 H, 6 SO
Evan Anundsen, Brevard County: 6 IP, 1 H, 5 SO

Class A
Midwest League
Scores
Peoria 5, Fort Wayne 2
Great Lakes 8, Kane County 0
Cedar Rapids 6, Dayton 2
Wisconsin 5, South Bend 2
Quad Cities 5, Clinton 4 (12 innings)
Burlington 7, Lansing 4
West Michigan 7, Beloit 3

Top Performers
Nick Bus, Great Lakes: 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Scott Savastano, Clinton: 4-5
Kris Sanchez, Clinton: 4-6, RS

South Atlantic League
Scores
Asheville 1, Lake County 0
Greensboro 2, Rome 1
Kannapolis 3, Savannah 2
Lakewood 9, Bowling Green 4
Greenville 5, Hagerstown 4
Charleston 7, Hickory 3
Delmarva 19, Lexington 0
Augusta 3, West Virginia 2

Top Performers
Parker Frazier, Asheville: 8 IP, 2 H
Greg Miclat, Delmarva: 5-6, 3 RS
Kyle Hudson, Delmarva: 4-4, 5 RS
Rodolfo Cardona, 2-6, 6 RBI

Class A-Short Season
Northwest League
Scores
Eugene 7, Spokane 5 (Game 1)
Eugene 5, Spokane 0 (Game 2)
Boise 6, Vancouver 3
Yakima 8, Salem-Keizer 2
Tri-City 2, Everett 1

The Minor Links

More good stuff about the world of minor league baseball. If you read something that belongs in The Minor Links, please do pass it along to onemoredyingquail@gmail.com.

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John Sickels breaks down the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Minor League Ball)

Nick Hill may be a darkhorse candidate to help out the Mariners bullpen within the next year or two (U.S.S. Mariner)

Rhett Barber must have broken a mirror during his senior year of high school; fortunately, his seven years of bad luck appear to be over and he is pitching well for the Alexandria Aces (The Town Talk)

“Sugar” is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray (Baseball Musings)

Marty Popham, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians Short Season affiliate in Mahoning Valley, pitched seven no-hit innings on Wednesday before being pulled; Austin Adams gave up an infield single with two outs in the ninth to end the no-no (Indians Prospect Insider)

Cooper Brannan lost part of his left hand in Iraq about 3 1/2 years ago; he was just released by the Padres, then caught on with the American Defenders of New Hampshire (Nashua Telegraph)