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Dominican Summer League All-Stars Announced

These were announced last Wednesday, just before the start of the playoffs:

Catcher: Jaime Del Valle, White Sox
First Base: Reymond Nunez, Yankees 2
Second Base: Carlos Willoughby, Giants
Third Base: Eric Avila, Pirates
Shortstop: Juan Silverio, White Sox
Outfield: Dioris Robles, Indians
Outfield: Rafael Ortega, Rockies
Outfield: Kelvin Duran, Yankees 2
Designated Hitter: Jhonatan Javier, Orioles/Brewers
Right-Handed Pitchers: Pedro Guerra, Twins; Randol Rojas, Rangers 2
Left-Handed Pitcher: Andy Otero, Braves
Relief Pitcher: Miguel De Los Santos, Rangers 2

Player of the Year: Carlos Willoughby, Giants
Pitchers of the Year (tie): Pedro Guerra, Twins; Randol Rojas, Rangers 2
Manager of the Year: Jayce Tingler, Rangers 2

For the record, I’m officially 0-1 on MVP guesses.  I had Reymond Nunez or Alexander Sanchez taking home the award.

Giants Win Dominican Summer League Championship

Earlier today, the DSL Giants beat the DSL Twins, 2-1, to finish off a three game sweep in the Dominican Summer League championship series.

All three games were tightly contested, low-scoring affairs – 4-3, 3-1, 2-1.  In the first, the Giants came from behind to win in extra innings; in the final two, they scored in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

If the box scores are to be believed, all three games also featured a strange occurrence in which the pitcher threw back-to-back wild pitches that allowed a base-runner to advance twice.  It happened for the Twins in Game One and the Giants in Games Two and Three, predictably resulting in a run for the offense each time.

Lorenzo Mendoza, a perfect 8-0 in the regular season, went 2-0 in the postseason, including a complete game four-hitter to clinch the championship.

Dominican Summer League Finals Are Underway

The DSL Giants defeated the DSL Twins last night, 4-3, to take a one game to none lead in the best-of-five championship series.

The Giants held a 2-0 lead until the Twins’ Yancarlo Franco tied it with a two-run homerun in the top of the seventh.  The visitors took the lead the following inning when Romy Trinidad reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third on two consecutive wild pitches, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Manuel Soliman balked in the tying run before intentionally walking Gabriel Cornier to reload ’em up.  Soliman worked his way out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout to preserve the tie.

It ended the next inning with a manufactured run.  Jorge Lopez walked, advanced on a acrifice bunt, and scored on a single to right to give the Giants the advantage.

Game Two was scheduled for this morning at 10 AM Eastern time.

Another No-Hitter From Last Night

Usually, I check minor league box scores at night to see if anything interesting is going on – no-hitters, multi-homerun games, and anything else that catches my eye.  Whatever I miss (the California League usually runs late, for example, so I often don’t see the final scores before heading to bed), I try to look at when I get home from work the next day.

I was so focused on the no-hitters by Jhoulys Chacin et al and Simon Castro last night that my box score viewing stopped short at the Class A level, which is a shame because the Rookie leagues almost always have something interesting going on.  Fortunately, I recently subscribed to, which tracks the best performances each day across all levels.

They alerted me to the phenomenal outing by Daniel De La Cruz of the Dominican Summer League Phillies, who dominated the Mariners with a nine-inning, no walk, twelve strikeout no-hitter.  His game score, according to Minor League Splits, was 99. Just three batters reached, the first on an error leading off the fifth and the other two when they were hit by pitches in the seventh and ninth.

De La Cruz, who turned 19 nine days ago, improved his record to 3-4 with the no-hitter and lowered his ERA to 1.03.

Minor League Bats Are Feeling The Effects Of The Dog Days Of Summer

On Friday, minor league baseball saw three no-hitters and a one-hitter among the 100+ games on the daily schedule.  The pitching dominance continued into Saturday – “only” one no-hitter, but at least three one-hitters and several games in which starters pitched extremely well before the bullpen imploded just enough to knock it down a notch or two on the Awesome Game Scale.

Milciades Santana, DSL Blue Jays: 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 SO
Luis Noel, DSL Orioles: 8 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 9 SO
Jean Tome, Pulaski: 8 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 SO

The crowning achievement came in the Florida State League where four Daytona pitchers combined to no-hit the Dunedin Blue Jays. Remarkably, only two Blue Jays struck out in the entire game.

Craig Muschko: 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 SO
Chris Siegfried: 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 SO
Oswaldo Martinez: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 SO
David Cales: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 SO

Gerson No-Hits DSL Cubs, Strikes Out Eleven

Starlin Gerson has pitched some pretty good games for the Dominican Summer League Reds this season, including an eighteen day stretch in late June and early July where he allowed ten hits in 21.1 innings while striking out 28.

As good as that run was, he managed to outdo it on Monday, completely shutting down the DSL Cubs with a complete game, nine-inning no-hitter. Only three batters reached base against the 20-year-old righty (one on a fifth inning error, two on sixth inning walks), who struck out eleven. His game score was a whopping 96.

A no-hitter is impressive in any league, but it’s an even greater achievement in the DSL, where the age and rawness of the players means that complete games and shutouts are rare commodities. Gerson’s gem was just the 22nd complete game in the league this season, his shutout the ninth.

(Remember Felix Cespedes, the DSL Phillies pitcher who pitched nine perfect innings with fourteen strikeouts and got a no decision? I just stumbled upon him again and couldn’t believe his next game – seven innings, one hit, nine strikeouts. Dude is eighteen-years-old. He is now bookmarked.)

Minor League MVP Candidates, League-By-League

Just for the heck of it, I decided tonight to look at the stats for every league in the minors and see if I could come up with a candidate or two (no more than three) for the Most Valuable Player award.  (I’ll try to do the same for pitchers later this week.)

Some of these are no-brainers (*cough*Chris CarterTexasLeague*cough*), but most had at least a couple guys that should find themselves in the running for some awards.  In most cases, I tried to limit a player’s eligibility to the league they currently play in – Brian Dopirak and Michael Taylor, for example, are still in good shape in the Eastern League, but shouldn’t win any awards there after spending more than a month of the season in Triple A.

If I missed anyone obvious, or if you have a personal favorite, throw it out there. We’ll see how many of these (if any) we actually get right.

Triple A
International League
Andy Marte, Columbus: .963 OPS (1st), 18 HR (t-4th), 66 RBI (4th)
Shelley Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: 25 HR (1st), 76 RBI (1st), 54 BB (t-1st), .899 OPS (5th)

Mexican League
Ruben Rivera, Campeche: 32 HR (1st), 90 RBI (t-4th), 1.130 OPS (2nd), 96 R (2nd)
Saul Soto, Monterrey: 28 HR (2nd), 93 RBI (2nd), 1.095 OPS (3rd)
Dionys Cesar, Vaqueros: .380 BA (1st), 40 SB (1st), 92 R (3rd)

Pacific Coast League
Randy Ruiz, Las Vegas: 25 HR (2nd), 106 RBI (1st), .320 BA (10th), .976 OPS (3rd), 81 R (5th), 148 H (1st), 43 2B (1st)

Double A
Eastern League
Carlos Santana, Akron: 20 HR (4th), 82 RBI (2nd), 71 BB (2nd), .943 OPS (4th), 73 R (2nd)
Ryan Strieby, Erie: .982 OPS (1st), 17 HR (4th), .305 BA (6th)

Southern League
Juan Francisco, Carolina: 22 HR (1st), 74 RBI (1st), .822 OPS (10th), 63 R (8th)
Todd Frazier, Carolina: 124 H (1st), 37 2B (1st), 13 HR (t-6th), 63 RBI (t-5th), .852 OPS (8th)

Texas League
Chris Carter, Midland: .336 BA (1st), 21 HR (1st), 90 RBI (2nd), 101 R (1st), 148 H (1st), 38 2B (1st), 73 BB (t-1st), .433 OBP (1st), .574 SLG (1st), 1.006 OPS (1st)

*Carter has to be a frontrunner not only for Texas League MVP, but Minor League Baseball’s Player of the Year. What an outstanding season thus far.

Class A Advanced
California League
Alex Liddi, High Desert: .356 BA (1st), 1.044 OPS (1st), 21 HR (t-4th), 86 RBI (4th), 85 R (t-2nd)
Jon Gaston, Lancaster: 30 HR (1st), 81 RBI (6th), 1.015 OPS (4th), 15 3B (1st), 100 R (1st)
Koby Clemens, Lancaster: 96 RBI (1st), .343 BA (3rd), 1.023 OPS (2nd)

Carolina League
Cody Johnson, Myrtle Beach: 26 HR (1st), 76 RBI (2nd), .886 OPS (2nd)
Brandon Waring, Frederick: 20 HR (2nd), 74 RBI (3rd), .870 OPS (3rd)

Florida State League
Chris Parmelee, Fort Myers: 14 HR (1st), 64 RBI (1st), .814 OPS (4th)
Ben Revere, Fort Myers: .307 BA (3rd), 36 SB (4th), 60 R (3rd), .368 OBP (t-8th)

Class A
Midwest League
Kyle Russell, Great Lakes: 24 HR (1st), 79 RBI (t-1st), .915 OPS (2nd), 74 R (4th)

South Atlantic League
Derek Norris, Hagerstown: 23 HR (1st), 75 RBI (2nd), 69 R (3rd), .296 BA (10th), .955 OPS (3rd)

Class A Short-Season
New York-Penn League
Leandro Castro, Williamsport: .353 BA (1st), .973 OPS (1st), 37 R (t-1st),
Neil Medchill, Staten Island: 10 HR (1st), 30 RBI (t-5th), .925 OPS (5th), 33 R (4th)

Northwest League
Vincent Belnome, Eugene: 39 R (1st), 8 HR (t-2nd), 37 RBI (2nd), 37 BB (2nd), .952 OPS (4th)

Appalachian League
Jose Altuve, Greeneville: 45 R (1st), 21 SB (1st), .324 BA (7th), .916 OPS (8th), 26 BB (1st)
Richard Racobaldo, Johnson City: 1.077 OPS (1st), 26 RBI (t-9th), .415 BA (1st)
Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, Danville: .383 BA (2nd), 1.032 OPS (2nd), 7 HR (t-3rd), 39 RBI (2nd)

Arizona League
Cody Decker, Padres: 1.127 OPS (1st), .357 BA (3rd), 11 HR (1st), 46 RBI (1st)

Dominican Summer League
Reymond Nunez, Yankees 2: 10 HR (2nd), 57 RBI (1st), .947 OPS (4th)
Alexander Sanchez, Mets: .391 BA (1st), .982 OPS (2nd)

Gulf Coast League
Brett Newsome, Nationals: 1.020 OPS (1st), .304 BA (9th), 25 R (1st), 13 2B (t-3rd)
Layton Hiller, Braves: 6 HR (1st), 34 RBI (1st), .846 OPS (8th)
Marcell Ozuna, Marlins: .928 OPS (2nd), .344 BA (3rd), 24 R (t-2nd), 18 2B (1st), 4 HR (t-7th), 31 RBI (2nd)

Pioneer League
Jerry Sands, Ogden: 14 HR (1st), 39 RBI (4th), .350 BA (4th), 1.114 OPS (1st), 41 R (1st)

Venezuelan Summer League
Roan Salas, Rays: 15 HR (1st), 59 RBI (1st), 49 R (t-3rd), 75 H (t-5th), .338 BA (2nd), 1.063 OPS (1st)