Here’s the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Saturday, August 12th, 2017. Below are the normal links that help you get through the night.
****Yesterday’s Highlights can be found in the Friday discussion thread.
It is good to be back home and finally getting into a normal schedule. My son is recovering from his intestinal blockage and I’m busy re-familiarizing myself with the world of baseball.
COOL STUFF THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
****Chicago White Sox rookie Reynaldo Lopez made his 2017 debut against the Kansas City Royals, fanning six in six innings, allowing four hits, three walks, and two runs. With a solid year in Triple-A under his belt (3.79, 131/49 K/BB in 121 innings, 101 hits), there’s nothing left to learn in the minors and they just need to let him pitch in my view.
****San Diego Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr continues his march through the Midwest League, going 2-for-3 with a home run for South Bend. He’s now hitting .270/.374/.501 (in a pitcher’s league) with 20 homers and 28 steals; he doesn’t turn 19 until January.
****Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Jose Rodriguez whiffed 13 batters over six innings in High-A California League action, the Inland Empire right-hander allowing one run, three hits, and zero walks against Rancho Cucamonga.
****Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Duane Underwood threw seven shutout innings for Tennessee against Biloxi in Southern League Double-A action, giving up only one hit, no runs, and no walks. He fanned six.