[Editor's Note: Going forward, the minor-league recaps are going to be a little more streamlined. This is all still new to me, so I'm trying to find the best and most efficient way to get the info to you all. Starting today, I'm going to focus on just one minor-league affiliate's game per night, whichever one I think is the most exciting, and call it the "Spotlight Game". As for the rest of the games, I'll provide the box score, as well as links to both the complete box scores and the game recaps, so you can see what happened AB by AB. Please feel free to call me out on my "Spotlight Game". If you think another game deserved to be in the spotlight, tell us all why!]
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees
In his journey back to the bigs, Cory Rasmus got the start for the Salt Lake Bees last night. I love that they started him, as I've been a big fan of Cory Rasmus the Starter for a while. If he could make the conversion from longman to starter, that would go a long way to helping this team and freeing up some trade assets as the deadline nears. This year is probably a lost cause on the starting rotation front for Cory, as he's yet to even throw one pitch for the Angels, but he could be an intriguing alternative for 2016 and beyond.
So, anyway, back to last night. Rasmus only threw two innings in his "start", but he was perfect, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Very nice. Newly acquired lefty Jo-Jo Reyes didn't fare as well in his outing, going 3.2 innings and giving up four earned runs on six hits. It hasn't been easy for Reyes. Mike Morin made the trip from Tempe to Salt Lake City and threw a perfect frame with two Ks. Vinnie Pestano got the save with a perfect inning of his own.
On the offensive side, shortstop Ryan Jackson had a really nice night, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Alfredo Marte had an even better night, as he went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored and a walk. C.J. Cron was definitely the standout Bee, though, notching three RBI, a run scored and two hits, one of them a monster three-run homer to put the Bees ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Cron is batting a healthy .320 right now. If only he could put it together at the major-league level, he would be such a boon to a struggling Angels offense.
Double-A: Arkansas Travelers
Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers
The California League is on All-Star Break until June 25th.
Class A: Burlington Bees
The Midwest League is on All-Star Break until June 25th.
Rookie: Orem Owlz
Rookie: AZL Angels
Rookie: DSL Angels