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4/8 Minors Report: Slade Heathcott Goes Deep Twice; Abraham Almonte Goes Yard in 9th

Scranton was rained out tonight.
We’ll start off a bit different tonight – we will go to Charleston, where Slade Heathcott matched his entire home run output from 2010. Heathcott went 3-for-4 with two home runs and two runs scored…but it wasn’t enough as Charleston lost to Lexington, 11-7.

JR Murphy went 1-for-5 with a home run of his own, while Gary Sanchez and Rob Segedin each added a double to the mix. Sanchez also had two passed balls in the game.

20-year old outfielder Kelvin DeLeon added a home run of his own. DeLeon has good talent, but struggled in Staten Island last year (.236/.288/.359).

A nice first Tampa start for Sean Black, who went five innings of one-run, five hit ball in a thrilling back-and-forth 7-6 victory against Lakeland. Tampa’s bullpen blew a 4-2 lead in the 9th, by giving up four runs. However, Abraham Almonte belted a 2-run home run in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 6. They ultimately won the game on a Kyle Higashioka RBI single in the 10th inning. Almonte also added a double and stolen base to his boxscore.

DeAngelo Mack added a few hits (.252/.333/.408 in Charleston last year for the 24-year old left-handed hitting outfielder). Black, a 22-year old right-hander out of Seton Hall University, walked two and struck out three. Last year for Charleston & Tampa, he went 8-8 with a 3.68 ERA (127.1 IP, 127 H, 41 BB, 104 K, 6 HR, 1.47 GB/FB)

Robert Lylerly (23/1B-3B) went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs batted in. He has five hits in his first two games. He was a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft and had a respectable season for Charleston in 2010 (.312/.352/.425; 36 doubles)


Corban Joseph went 3-for-5 with two doubles and and two runs batted in but it wasn’t enough as Trenton lost a 8-7 slugfest to New Hampshire. One of the goats of the game was shortstop Jose Pirella, who committed three throwing errors in the field. He now has four errors in two games.

22-year old left-handed power hitter Cody Johnson, acquired from the Braves for cash considerations, went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in the loss. Johnson has a history of good power in the minors – coupled with extreme strikeout rates. Last year, he hit .212 with 18 home runs in 344 at-bats…but he also struck out 151 times. That is NOT a typo or a misprint. He has also had a 177 strikeout season…and that wasn’t even his worst. His worst was a 180 K season in 2009. He also hit 32 home runs that year. If he had Mark Reynolds’ ability to take some walks, he may be a more viable prospect than he is. Of course, if he had plate discipline, he wouldn’t have been put up for auction.

Austin Romine added a hit and two runs scored in the loss.

On the hill, Shaeffer Hall allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings in the loss. Pat Venditte made his first Trenton appearance, and gave up the winning run in the 9th inning.


Scott Ham

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