Minor League Recap: April 21-April 27

The Bowie Baysox AVERAGED over 7 runs a game last week, yet only won 4 of their 7 games. How’d they do that? I’m not even mad, that’s amazing. I don’t really have anything else to add in this week’s introduction to the Minor League Recap. So let’s get right to it.

Weekly Summary

Norfolk (AAA): 2-4 (W-L), 26 RS, 30 RA

Bowie (AA): 4-3, 52 RS, 34 RA

Frederick (High-A): 3-4, 31 RS, 42 RA

The Good:


Norfolk (AAA): 2B Cord Phelps – 6/17 (H/AB), 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 BB’s, 3 SO’s

If you remember from last week (and you should since I only posted it a half hour ago), Phelps had one of the worst weeks you could imagine. I think it’s safe to say that he rebounded very nicely, getting on base 12 times in 23 plate appearances.

Bowie (AA): 1B Christian Walker – 12/30, 1 2B, 3 HR’s, 5 BB’s, 9 SO’s

Bowie scored 52 runs this past week, so it’s pretty safe to say that there were a lot of good candidates to pick for this spot. In a minimum of 14 AB’s, 8 Bowie hitters had a batting average OVER .350. Despite the high number of strikeouts, Walker gets the nod over Buck Britton due to accumulating 2 more walks and one additional home run.

Frederick (High-A): OF Michael Burgess – 10/29, 3 2B’s, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO’s

There’s no doubt that Burgess had a good week at the dish. However, there was a guy who began playing for the Keys this past week named Manny Machado (maybe you’ve heard of him?). Well, he had a pretty good week too, but I’m excluding him from this prestigious honor due to obvious reasons.


Norfolk (AAA): RHP Kevin Gausman – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 SO’s, 1 BB

Another Gausman outing that lasts less than 5 innings. Just more proof that the organization’s plan for him is a restricted workload in the minors so he can pitch some meaningful innings later this year on the major league squad.

Bowie (AA): RHP Tyler Wilson – 12 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 18 SO’s, 4 BB’s

Tyler Wilson finally takes down the mighty Tim Berry, who has owned this spot during the first 3 weeks of the season (Berry finally threw a clunker and was in serious consideration for the “bad” Bowie category). Wilson was spectacular with a whopping 18 K’s in 12 innings. In the “this is where I validate myself” department, I’m not the only one who thought Wilson had a good week.

Frederick (High-A): RHP Branden Kline – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 SO’s, 2 BB’s

Kline has been putting together a pretty good season so far in 2014, and it will be interesting to see how the scouting reports match up with the outstanding results (to date). Personally I’d like to see a couple more strikeouts, but it’s still early.

The Bad:


Norfolk (AAA): 3B David Adams – 3/18, 9 SO’s

Bowie (AA): C Michael Ohlman – 3/25, 1 2B, 3 BB’s, 5 SO’s

Ohlman makes an appearance here in this spot for the second straight week. There are real questions among evaluators as to whether or not he’ll be able to stay behind the plate. If he can’t, that bat is going to have to do all the work.

Frederick (High-A): 3B Joel Hutter – 1/9, 1 BB, 3 SO’s

I hate to give a guy who only had 9 AB’s during the week the “booby prize” (seriously, that’s a thing), but no one else was as bad. Although, Tucker Nathans (who also went 1 for 9 at the plate) came in a close second, only to dodge the distinction by striking out one less time.


Norfolk (AAA): LHP Anthony Vasquez – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 HR’s, 3 SO’s, 2 BB’s

Bowie (AA): LHP Jake Pettit – 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 HR’s, 2 SO’s, 1 BB

Pettit normally doesn’t walk many hitters, but he doesn’t normally strike them out either and this week was no different. This wasn’t a good week, as it looks like he got hit pretty hard in his one outing, giving up 9 hits, with 2 of them being home runs.

Frederick (High-A): RHP Brady Wager – 2 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 1 HR, 0 SO’s, 1 BB

Woof. Leave that week behind you Brady and get ‘em next time out.

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