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06.09.14 Mariners Minor League Report

06.09.14 Mariners Minor League Report

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SEATTLE MARINERS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Games of June 8, 2014
LAST NIGHT’S RESULT
 STANDINGS FIRST HALF WINNER/LOSER/SAVE
 Albuquerque
 
3,
 at Tacoma 2
 25-37, 4th, -11.5 L-Gillheeney (1-6)
Jackson 8
, at Birmingham 6
 
28-35, 3rd, -12.0 W-Sanchez (2-2)/S-Guaipe (4)
at High Desert 4
, at Stockton 3 32-33, 3rd, -9.0 W-Shankin (3-1)/S-Wood (3) G1: Wiscinson 4,
at Clinton 1
 L-Campbell (4-4) G2: Wiscinson 8,
at Clinton 5
 29-32, 6th, -12.0 L-Valenza (0-1)
DSL Mariners
 2-5, T8th, -4.0 OFF DAY at VSL Cubs 7,
 VSL Mariners 4
 9-13, T3rd, -8.0 L-Marruffo (1-1)
LEAGUE STANDINGS
Pacific Coast League Standings (Northern Division): W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak L10
Reno Aces 37 26 .587 - 20-16 17-10 14-6 L1 6-4 Sacramento River Cats 37 26 .587 - 24-8 13-18 11-8 L1 5-5 Fresno Grizzlies 33 31 .516 4.5 13-15 20-16 6-14 L1 6-4
Tacoma Rainiers 25 37 .403 11.5 14-20 11-17 8-11 L2 3-7 Southern League Standings (Northern Division): W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak L10
* Huntsville Stars 40 23 .635 - 18-10 22-13 21-9 L3 4-6 Tennessee Smokies 30 33 .476 10.0 16-14 14-19 24-20 L1 4-6
Jackson Generals 28 35 .444 12.0 13-16 15-19 16-17 W1 6-4
Birmingham Barons 27 37 .422 13.5 13-16 14-21 13-21 L1 4-6 Chattanooga Lookouts 25 39 .391 15.5 15-20 10-19 14-21 L2 5-5
California League Standings (Southern Division): W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak L10
Lancaster JetHawks 41 24 .631 - 21-10 20-14 31-19 L1 8-2 Lake Elsinore Storm 38 27 .585 3.0 18-16 20-11 25-18 L1 6-4
High Desert Mavericks 32 33 .492 9.0 20-11 12-22 26-16 W1 3-7
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 30 35 .462 11.0 17-17 13-18 16-26 W1 6-4 Inland Empire 66ers 22 43 .338 19.0 13-18 9-25 13-32 W1 2-8
Midwest League Standings (Western Division): W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak L10
Kane County Cougars 42 21 .667 - 27-7 15-14 33-18 L1 6-4 Quad Cities River Bandits 33 29 .532 8.5 19-12 14-17 28-22 W3 7-3 Burlington Bees 32 29 .525 9.0 19-13 13-16 25-25 W1 6-4 Peoria Chiefs 32 30 .516 9.5 16-11 16-19 26-25 L2 4-6 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 31 31 .500 10.5 17-14 14-17 24-27 W6 7-3
Clinton LumberKings 29 32 .475 12.0 12-17 17-15 23-27 L5 3-7
Cedar Rapids Kernels 28 35 .444 14.0 14-16 14-19 21-30 W1 3-7 Beloit Snappers 26 36 .419 15.5 16-16 10-20 22-28 L2 3-7
Dominican Summer League Standings: W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak L10
DSL Yankees1 6 1 .857 - 2-1 4-0 6-1 W5 6-1 DSL Nationals 5 2 .714 1.0 4-0 1-2 5-2 W2 5-2 DSL Orioles2 5 2 .714 1.0 4-0 1-2 5-2 W3 5-2 DSL Giants 4 3 .571 2.0 2-1 2-2 4-3 W1 4-3 DSL Red Sox 4 3 .571 2.0 2-1 2-2 4-3 L1 4-3 DSL Cardinals 3 4 .429 3.0 2-2 1-2 3-4 L3 3-4 DSL Rockies 3 4 .429 3.0 1-2 2-2 3-4 L1 3-4
DSL Mariners 2 5 .286 4.0 1-2 1-3 2-5 W1 2-5
DSL Mets1 2 5 .286 4.0 1-3 1-2 2-5 L2 2-5 DSL Rojos 1 6 .143 5.0 1-3 0-3 1-6 L6 1-6
Venezuelan Summer League Standings: W L PCT GB Home Away Streak L 10
VSL Tigers 17 5 .773 - 8-3 9-2 W1 8-2 VSL Phillies 12 10 .545 5.0 6-5 6-5 W1 4-6
VSL Mariners 9 13 .409 8.0 4-7 5-6 L2 3-7
VSL Rays 9 13 .409 8.0 4-8 5-5 L1 5-5 VSL Cubs 8 14 .364 9.0 3-7 5-7 W1 5-5
 
MARINERS MINOR LEAUGE AFFILIATES TEAM RECAPS
 AAA Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League
 
2014 RECORD:
25-37
4th place
 
STREAK:
L2
AFFILIATE YEAR: 20th Year STADIUM: Cheney Stadium MANAGER: Roy Howell (1st year) PITCHING COACH: Jaime Navarro COACH: Cory Snyder TRAINERS: Tom Newberg/BJ Downie PERFORMANCE COACH: Gabe Bourland
 
TODAY
’S GAME:
Tacoma at Memphis
| PROBABLE STARTER
: RH
Taijuan Walker 
 (0-1, 9.00)
 Albuquerque 3 runs, 7 hits, 1 error Tacoma 2 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors
RECAP:
 OF
Abraham Almonte
 led off the game with a home run, but the Rainers rally fell short in the 9th with 1 run as Tacoma lost to  Albuquerque 2-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Almonte
 (3x5, R, HR, RBI) and 1B
Logan Morrison
 (2x3, 2 BB), the Rainiers first 2 batters in the lineup combined to record 5 hit
s of the team’s 9 hits. Starter
James Gillheeney
 (5.1,4,3,3,2,8,HR) recorded his 6th loss, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 5.1 innings. RH
Logan Kensing
 (1.2,2,0,0,0,3), RH
Todd Coffey
 (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) and
Logan Bawcom
 (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) combined to hold the Isotopes scoreless over the final 3.2 innings in relief.
OF NOTE:
 
Ty Kelly
 is batting .321 (18x56) with 9 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI and 5 walks in his last 14 games. RH
Jordan Pries
 is 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA (14 ER, 47.2 IP) in his last 8 starts (since 4/30/14). During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .212 average (32x151) with 17 walks and 35 strikeouts. OF
Xavier Avery
 has hit safely in 6 of his last 8 games, batting .385 (10x26) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base.
MORRISON ON REHAB ASSIGNMENT
: OF
Logan Morrison
 began his rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma on May 23. In 16 games with the Rainiers he is batting .298 (17x57) with 12 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 8 walks and 2 stolen bases. Morrison was pulled from the series opener vs. the Rangers prior to the bottom of the 1st inning (in starting lineup in right field) with a strained right hamstring on April 14. In 8 games with Seattle this season he is batting .150 (3x20).
 
WALKER ON REHAB ASSIGNMENT
: RHP
Taijuan Walker 
 has made 2 rehab starts with Tacoma, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (5 ER, 5.0 IP): June 3 at El Paso (2.0,1,1,1,4,4,HB) and May 28 vs. Salt Lake (L, 3.0,5,4,4,0,3,2HR). Walker was originally set to start at Tacoma on  April 15, but was scratched due to shoulder tightness. Walker previously made a rehab start with Jackson on April 9 vs. Mississippi (W-5.0,3,0,0,1,10,BK) and High Desert on April 4 vs. Inland Empire (4.1,4,2,1,1,7). Overall he is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA (5 ER, 12.1 IP) in 3 rehab starts. He was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement on March 29. He pitched in minor league intrasquad games, but did not
appear in an “A” game this spring. Walker made his Major League debut with Seattle on Aug.
 30 at Houston (5.0,2,1,0,1,2), recording the win. He was the 5th-youngest starting pitcher to make his MLB debut in Mariners club history (21 years, 17 days). Overall he went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (6 ER, 15.0 IP) in 3 starts with Seattle in 2013. He was also named the Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 9-10 with a 2.93 ERA (46 ER, 141.1 IP) in 25 starts combined between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma.
COACHING STAFF
:
Roy Howell
 is the 29th manager in Tacoma franchise history. Howell is in his third season coaching in the Mariners organization after two seasons as the hitting coach at Class-A Advanced High Desert. His managerial resume includes 3 seasons at short-season Eugene (2003-05), 3 seasons with San Luis of the California Collegiate League (2007-10) and one season leading the field staff for the Road Warriors of the independent Atlantic League (2011). A former first-round selection by Texas in the 1972 draft, Howell logged time in the PCL as a player with Spokane (1974) and Portland (1985), as well as three seasons as a hitting coach with Portland (2000-02).
 
Pitching coach
Jaime Navarro
, who is entering his 6th season with the Mariners organization, returns to the Rainiers after spending the last 3 seasons as the Mariners bullpen coach.
Cory Snyder 
, who spent the last 3 seasons with Jackson, will serve as hitting coach.
Tom Newberg
and
BJ Downie
 each return to Tacoma as part of the training staff, while
Gabe Bourland
 
will be the team’s performance coach.
 
 AA Jackson Generals Southern League
 
2014 RECORD:
28-35
3rd Place
 
STREAK:
W1
AFFILIATE YEAR: 8th Year STADIUM: The Ballpark at Jackson MANAGER: James Horner (1st year) PITCHING COACH: Lance Painter COACH: Mike Kinkade TRAINER: Eduardo Tamez PERFORMANCE COACH: Ryan White
 
TODAY
’S
GAME
: Jackson at Birmingham
| PROBABLE STARTER
: RH
Trevor Miller
(4-6, 4.50)
Jackson 8 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors Birmingham 6 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
RECAP:
 3B
Patrick Kivlehan
 and LF
Dario Pizzano
 combined to drive in 3 of the Generals 8 runs as Jackson defeated Birmingham 8-6 on Sunday afternoon. The Generals recorded 17 hits including multi-hit efforts by CF
Jamal Austin
 (3x5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, 3 SB), DH
John Hicks
 (3x5, R, 2B, RBI), SS
Nate Melendres
 (3x4),
 Kivlehan
 (2x4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB), C
Mike Dowd
 (2x5) and RF
Leon Landry
 (2x5, R, 2B).
Pizzano
(1x3, R, HR, 3 RBI, HBP) recorded his 3rd AA home run with a 2-run blast in the 3rd inning. After recording only 2 RBI in 15 games from May 13-31, Pizzano has recorded 12 RBI in 7 games in June. Starter
Victor Sanchez
 (6.2,5,2,2,1,5,HR) recorded his 2nd win of the season, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 6.2 innings. RH
Stephen Kohlscheen
 (2.0,6,4,4,0,1,HR) allowed 4 runs over the final 2.0 innings, while RH
Mayckol Guaipe
 (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) earned his 4th save of the season, after recording the final out in the 9th inning.
OF NOTE:
 SS
Ketel Marte
 currently has a 13-game hit streak, batting .333 (19x57) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 8 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen base. C
Mike Dowd
 has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games with 4 multi-hit contests, batting .327 (18x55) with 7 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 4 walks and 1 stolen base. OF
Daniel Paolini
 hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, batting .338 (27x80) with 10 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 8 walks. C
Manny Pina
 has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .400 (16x40) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI and 6 walks. OF
Jamal Austin
 currently has an 8-game hit steak, batting .432 (16x37) with 10 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI and 5 stolen bases. INF
Jack Marder 
 has recorded 6 multi-hit efforts in his last 13 games, batting .367 (18x49) with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 7 RBI and 5 walks. C
John Hicks
 currently has a 6-game hit streak, batting .400 (10x25) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 RBI and 4 SB. Since May 6, Hicks is batting .354 (28x79) with 15 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 5 walks and 4 stolen bases in 21 games. During this stretch he has raised his season average from .219 to .294.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
: The Southern League announced that Jackson Generals SS
Ketel Marte
 and RHP
Stephen Kohlscheen
 have been announced to the North Division All-Star team. Each will represent Jackson at the All-Star Game in Chattanooga at AT&T Field on June 17. Kohlscheen and Marte will be making their first All-Star appearance in any level of their professional career.
COACHING STAFF
: After managing High Desert in 2013,
James Horner 
 will take over as manager of the Mariners affiliate in the Southern League, the Jackson Generals. Horner enters his 8th season with the Mariners (2005-10, 2013-current), but second as manager since returning to the organization prior to last season. Pitching coach
Lance Painter 
 returns to Jackson after spending the 2013 season with the High Desert Mavericks. Painter enters his 9th season with the Mariners, including his 4th with Jackson (2010-12). Entering his 4th season with the Mariners organization,
Mike Kinkade
 will serve as the Generals hitting coach. The rest of his staff will include athletic trainer
Eduardo Tamaz
 and performance coach
Ryan White
.
 
 
 A High Desert Maverics California League
 
2014 RECORD:
32-33
3rd Place
 
STREAK:
W1
AFFILIATE YEAR: 8th Year STADIUM: Stater Bros Stadium MANAGER: Eddie Menchaca (1st year) PITCHING COACH: Andrew Lorraine COACH: Max Venable TRAINER: Tyler Moos PERFORMANCE COACH: Cory Ritter 
 
TODAY
’S GAME:
High Desert at Stockton
| PROBABLE STARTER:
LH
Scott DeCecco
(2-5, 6.88)
 
High Desert 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 error Stockton 3 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors
RECAP
: DH
Tim Lopes
drove in 2 runs, including a solo home run in the 6th inning as High Desert snapped their 6-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Stockton on Sunday afternoon. Lopes (2x4, R, HR, 2 RBI), CF
Travis Witherspoon
 (2x4, BB, SB), RF
Gabriel Guerrero
 (2x5, 2 R, RBI) and C
Tyler Marlette
 
(2x4, RBI, SB) each recorded 2 of the team’s 9 hits.
Starter
Min-Sih Chen
 (2.1,4,2,2,4,4) allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 2.1 innings, but did not factor into the decision. RH
Brett Shankin
 (3.2,1,0,0,2,3) recorded his 3rd win, allowing only 1 hit in 3.2 scoreless innings in relief. RH
Grady Wood
 (3.0,4,1,1,0,4) earned his 3rd save of the season, after allowing only 1 run over the final 3.0 innings to close out the game.
OF NOTE
: 3B
D.J. Peterson
has hit 10 of his 12 home runs this season in his last 27 games (since 5/11). Peterson has hit safely 12 of his last 14 games, batting .386 (22x57) with 12 runs scored, 7 doubles, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 7 walks and 1 stolen base. Since May 8, he is batting .336 (42x125) with 25 runs scored, 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 35 RBI, 12 walks and 2 stolen bases. During this stretch he has raised his season batting average from .267 to .304. OF
Travis Witherspoon
 has hit safely in all 8 games he has appeared in June, batting .438 (14x32) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 3 walks and 3 stolen bases. OF
Gabriel Guerrero
 has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 games, batting .343 (36x105) with 21 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 18 RBI, 7 walks and 7 stolen base. INF
Jordy Lara
 has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games, batting .359 (23x64) with 10 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 13 RBI and 4 walks.
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
: INF
D.J. Peterson
was named California League Player of the Week, while LHP
Tyler Pike
 
earned the league’s Pitcher of the Week award, for May 26
-June 1.
Peterson
 hit safely in all 7 of the Mavericks games last week, batting .467 (14x30) with 7 runs scored, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 3 walks. He recorded at least 2 hits in each game from May 29-June 1, his longest consecutive multi-hit game stretch in his career. Peterson finished 4th in the league in average, T6th in runs scored and T7th in home runs.
Pike
 along with relievers Mark Bordonaro and Blake Hauser combined on a no-hitter as High Desert defeated Rancho Cucamonga 5-0 on May 28. It marked the 2nd no-hitter in club history (also: 8/21/2006 at Inland Empire; also combined) and first at Mavericks Stadium (also first affiliated with the Mariners organization). Pike (6.0,0,0,0,2,8) tied his career-high with 8 strikeouts (last: 8/26/12 at AZL Brewers), but did not factor into the decision after leaving the game after 6.0 innings with the score tied 0-0.
COACHING STAFF
: The Mariners California League affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks, will be managed by
Eddie Menchaca
, who spent the previous 3 seasons with Clinton. He enters his 6th season in the Mariners organization, including 4 as manager. Menchaca has led his squad to the postseason in each of the last 4 seasons, accumulating a 238-243 (.495) record. Pitching coach
Andrew Lorraine
 enters his 1st season with High Desert after spending the last 2 seasons with Clinton. Hitting coach
Max Venable
 begins his 1st season as coach in the Mariners organization. Venable appeared parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder, including stints with the Giants (1979-83), the Expos (1984), the Reds (1985-87), and the Angels (1989-91). Overall he batted .241 (337x1397) with 176 runs scored, 57 doubles, 17 triples, 18 home runs and 128 RBI in 727 career games in the Major Leagues. His son, Will, is currently an outfielder with the San Diego Padres.
Tyler Moos
begins his 2nd season with Mavericks as trainer and first-year performance coach
Cory Ritter 
 round out the Mavericks staff.

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