Seattle Mariners Universe – August 23

Mariners had the day off; so really this installment of Seattle Mariners Universe should be called Jabari Henry Universe, Leon Landry Universe, or Steven Proscia Universe the way these three guys played today.

So you do not miss it:

  • Jabari Henry, for this week (with 3 games left), is hitting .692, .764 OBP, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and scored 6 times. #MiLB Player of the Week- All LevelsIs there an award for that? There needs to be!

To the tabs!

Rainiers Rainiers drop the second game of #MegaSeries2012 to the Las Vegas 51’s 6-1.

I feel like I have never posted any positive comments on Hector Noesi, not even after his near no-hitter last outing striking out 11, but unfortunately for him he couldn’t keep the streak going and the positive comments will not start today.

  • Noesi’s line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K, and 1 HR allowed.

I realize that I have praised pitchers on here before for lasting 6 innings and striking out 6 but I hold Noesi into a different light.

First off he is 25 years old; same as Justin Croak Smoak. I give Beavan some slack because he is 23 and seems to understand that you need to get better to stay in the Major Leagues.

Noesi’s peripheral #’s in MLB this season:

  • 0.78 GB/FB ratio – Meaning he allowed more Fly-Balls than Ground-Balls (45.9% to 35.7)
  • 65.7% LOB – Somehow his runners left on base #’s are actually worse in Tacoma (58.7% in AAA)
  • 1.86 HR/9 – It’s common to allow 2 HRs in a game, oh wait, that’s for the entire season…

The only reason I haven’t started is because all Michael Pineda can do this season is drive drunk and Jose Campos was shut-down after 5 outings with ‘Elbow Inflammation’ allowing 8 ERs off 10 base runners in his final start lasting 2.2 innings.

Back to real baseball -

Danny Farquhar (another former Yankee), who has allowed just 1 run in his last 17 outings recording a 0.33 ERA, threw 1 inning of 1 runner baseball striking out 2 to cap the game for Tacoma.

Nick Franklin inches closer to .250 for Tacoma with a 2-5 performance from the lead-off spot. I would like to see him in the lead-off a few more games but understand that Darren Ford has exceptional base running abilities.

Franklin Gutierrez picked up the only RBI for Tacoma.

Luis Antonio Jimenez went under the radar reaching base all 4 times at the plate while going 1-1 recording 3 walks.

Four Tacoma batters struck out 2 times.

Carlos Peguero added an OF assist.

I am trying to create more positives – but they are not there – 11 LOB and 0-8 with RISP.

Tweet @RainiersLand to tell Guti how excited you are to see him reclaim his CF crown in just over a week. He hasn’t played in Seattle without Ichiro on his right.

Generals Taijuan Walker threw another so-so game as the Generals fell to the BayBears 5-2.

Walker’s line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, and 1 HR allowed.

From a fan’s standpoint I am very excited to see Taijuan Walker get the call to Tacoma in 2013 and eventually succeed in the Major Leagues signing a 15-year contract with Seattle for $120 dollars. Yes, dollars, not millions; it’s my blog.

From a blogger’s standpoint I wish ‘SkyWalker’ would lean towards either being a mechanical wreck or being a phenom so he could be easy to write about.

Taijuan Walker – Month by Month:

  • April: 3-0 1.63 ERA
  • May: 1-1 2.85 ERA
  • June: 0-3 9.35 ERA
  • July: 3-2 3.41 ERA
  • August: 0-2 5.06 ERA

All in all this works out to a 7-8 record with a 4.30 ERA in 117.1 innings thrown.

His FIP is a positive 3.86 on the season though many of his peripheral numbers have faded from last season.

His K% is down 12.5% from 2010, HR/9 is almost doubled from 2011 (though still a 0.69), BABIP is .313 and his WHIP is 1.380 compared to a 1.120 in 2010.

I really hope from a fan’s standpoint and from a blogger’s standpoint that Taijuan can finish 2012 in convincing fashion and make a confident jump to AAA in 2013.

Jonathan Arias finished out the game in relief throwing 2.1 innings of baseball allowing just 2 hits.

Denny Almonte hit his 11th HR of the season – just his 2nd since June 6th – while Brad Miller picked up the other RBI of the game on a sac-fly scoring Leury Bonilla.

Rich Poythress and Joe Dunigan added multi-hit games for Jackson with 2 hits a piece.

Almonte’s HR was the only XBH of the game for Jackson who went 0-2 with RISP.

Chih-Hsien Chiang added an OF assist while Mike Zunino added a caught stealing.

Mike Zunino failed to reach base for only the 2nd time this season and 1st time since July 26th. He has reached safely in 34 of 36 ballgames.

Tweet @JacksonGenerals  to get Taijuan Walker and the rest of the gang over 75 wins!

Mavericks High Desert put up 2 or more runs in 7 straight innings in beating Lake Elsinore 18-9 in their series finale; sweeping them 4-0.

Brett Shankin dropped his 2012 ERA 0.86 points in the outing; problem is the number it settled on is 7.03.

  • Shankin’s line: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K.

Shankin moved to 7-2 on the season with the victory. Only in the CAL League can you post a 7.00+ ERA and win 7 of 9 decisions. I bet Hector Noesi is jealous.

I am going to skip over Wes Alsup, who posted a 0.00 ERA in the outing failing to record an out in allowing 6 ERs, and Tyler Blandford.

Carson Smith threw a perfect 1.1 innings in relief of the 9-run 8th inning put up by Lake Elsinore.

Smith has allowed just 2 ERs – in 1 outing – since June 14th – giving him a 0.59 ERA over that time. He has struck out 22 batters since his last run allowed.

All 10 batters for High Desert hit safely in the contest (Carlos Ramirez replacing Mario Martinez).

Mike McGee hit his 3rd home in his past 4 games started going 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. He is hitting .411 in those 4 games.

Leon Landry added to his MiLB XBH title for 2012 with a 3-4 performance crossing the plate 5 times with two walks, a HR, and 2 RBIs.

James Jones, John Hicks and Dennis Raben each added 2 RBIs with Jones adding 2 hits.

Mario Martinez, who left after fouling a ball off his knee, was 3-4 with a double and three runs scored.

All those performances aside – Steven Proscia put up one of the best MiLB games of the year – going 4-5 with a double, 2 HRs, 4 runs, and 6 RBIs.

Proscia is now batting .337 on the season with High Desert with 22 HRs and 90 RBIs. #CalLeagueMVP#1

John Hicks not only threw out a runner on the bases but added a pick-off at 1B for good measure.

Tweet @HDMavs to congratulate these guys on winning both their 1st and 2nd half titles in 2012!

LumberKings Clinton won their extra innings contest with Burlington in the 10th inning 3-1 on Thursday.

Seon Gi-Kim took a tough no decision as Stephen Shackleford allowed his inherited runner to tie the game in the 7th.

  • Kim’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K.

What makes a great pitcher’s line you ask? Allowing less base runners than innings pitched is the key in my opinion. You can strike out 11 and still give up 8 hits but if you only allow 6 runners in 6.1 innings chances be that you are at least in the running to pick up a win 80% of the time.

Kim is 2-1 over his last 4 starts posting a 2.85 ERA.

Outside the inherited runner that scored off Shackleford (who threw 2.2 scoreless innings) the pitching was near flawless. Brazis threw an inning of no run baseball to pick up his 3rd save and drop his ERA to 1.20.

Dillon Hazlett recorded Clinton’s only regulation RBI in the 2nd inning going 1-4 with a double.

Ji-Man Choi, who has been hot, reached base 3 times going 0-2 with 3 walks.

Ramon Morla, posted the only multi-hit game and the game winning 2-run HR in the 10th, going 2-5 with 2 RBIs.

Clinton turned 3 double plays in the game.

Tweet @LumberKings to congratulate the squad on their 38-21 second half (6 games up in their divison).

AquaSox Everett took their 2nd straight against Yakima to kick off their 5 game set 6-1 on Thursday.

Marcos Reyna took the ball for Everett in his 2nd start of the season after 15 relief appearances.

  • Reyna’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Reyna has allowed just 1 run over his 2 starts totaling 9.1 innings striking out 12 and walking 4.

Blake Hauser picked up his 3rd win in relief and Dominic Leone picked up his 5th save.

Leone now has a 1.48 ERA on the season and has gone 30.1 innings since being drafted without allowing a HR.

Jamodrick McGruder added 2 RBIs for Everett going 1-3 from the plate with a walk.

Janelfry Zorrilla went 2-3 scoring twice and hitting a 3-run HR in the 6th inning.

Marcus Littlewood added the other multi-hit game for Everett going 2-3 scoring twice with a walk.

James Zamarripa added an OF assist for Everett.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to wish the boys luck in the playoffs in just under two weeks!

Rookie Pulaski lost their Thursday contest to Elizabethton 6-4.

I will start off by saying that the 1, 2, 3 hitters for Elizabethton read like the future hitters in the Twins organization. Byron Buxton, Candida Pimentel, and Max Kepler. The 3 reached base 8 times but only added 1 RBI in the win.

Jochi Ogando and Isliexel Gonzalez threw 8 innings of ball for Pulaski with Zaragoza and Pereira finishing off the contest.

  • Ogando’s line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K.
  • Gonzalez’s line: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K.

Martin Peguero picked up an RBI going 1-4 from the plate with a double.

Dario Pizzano went 3-4 from the plate with a run scored and a double to raise his 2012 AVG to a league leading .364.

Jabari Henry, who we mentioned before the tabs, went 3-4 scoring twice with a double, a HR, and 3 RBIs.

And because I cannot mention it enough:

  • Jabari Henry, for this week (with 3 games left), is hitting .692, .764 OBP, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and scored 6 times. #MiLB Player of the Week – All levels – Is there an award for that? There should be.

The AZL Mariners beat the AZL Royals 11-7.

Stephen Landazuri, rehabbing with AZL, started his second game on a pretty strict pitch count:

  • Landazuri’s line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Landazuri has walked none over 3 innings of rehab ball tossing 4 Ks.

Jose Flores picked up his 3rd win of the season throwing 4 innings of perfect baseball with 5 Ks.

Cameron Copping picked up his 1st save of the season striking out the final batter of the ballgame.

Joseph DeCarlo reached base 4 times going 1-2 with 3 walks, a run scored, and 2 RBIs.

Nathan Melendres went 4-6 with a double, scoring once, and driving in 2 runs as he continues to rehab with AZL. He is batting .529 there so far. Kristian Brito added 2 RBIs as well.

Luke Guarnaccia went 2-4 with a triple, scoring twice, and knocking in one run.

Cory Scammell went 3-4 from the plate scoring three times and walking once.

Gabriel Guerrero, Vlad’s nephew, went 1-5 from the plate scoring twice and driving in a run.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to keep Dario Pizzano headed towards his 2012 batting title in the Appy League. Tweet @MinorLeagues to congratulate the AZL Mariners on another well earned victory; strong kids on the farm all around!

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