In case you’re wondering, brilliant reader, I am still keeping a log of every minor league start of Valley League alumni. Every once in a while, lightning strikes, and a number of awesome starts happen on the same night.
Last night was one of those nights- out of the seven total starts, five of them were well above average!
So, I need to tell you about them, don’t I?
- Austin Gomber (Luray 2012) threw 9 innings for High-A Palm Beach, allowing only 6 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, and struck out 8. His game score is a huge 87. Almost unbelievably, though, he also lost the game, 1-0. About two weeks ago, Austin made a spot start for Double-A Springfield, and threw quite well. Overall in 2016, Austin is 6-7, 2.79, with a 1.12 WHIP, 27 walks and 97 strikeouts in 106.1 innings.
- James Reeves (Staunton 2013) also had a game score in the 80’s- he ended up at 82. He threw 7 shutout innings with only 2 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts for High-A Tampa. He won his game. James appeared in 4 games for Low-A Charleston, and last night was his 18th appearance for High-A Tampa. Combined, he’s 4-2, 1.74, with a 0.79 WHIP, and 22 walks and 84 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. Move him up!
- It was great to see Hunter Adkins (Staunton 2010) throw a super game for Double-A Jacksonville. Hunter was released by the Oakland A’s back in 2014, and he spent time in two separate Independent Leagues in 2015, before the Miami Marlins signed him in December of that year. Last night, Hunter threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 2. He got the win and a game score of 76. He’s pitched at three different levels in 2016, and has gone a combined 2-6, 6.22, with a 1.50 WHIP, 25 walks and 58 strikeouts in 68 innings.
- The very large Max Povse (Staunton 2013) threw an excellent game for Double-A Mississippi in the Atlanta Braves’ system last night. He allowed 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run against 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. He got the win and a game score of 72. Max had started 15 games for High-A Carolina, and last night was his third in Double-A. Combined, he’s 7-5, 3.66, with only 18 walks against 104 strikeouts in 105.2 innings. Only 18 walks! (Max is listed at 6-foot-8)
- Taylor Hill (Winchester 2008) has the last one. In 7 innings for Triple-A Syracuse, Taylor allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 3. His game score is 64. Taylor has had cups of coffee in the majors in both 2014 and 2015, but he’s spent all of 2016 in Triple-A. For the year, he’s 4-8, 4.25, with 26 walks and 74 strikeouts in 110 innings. Since the 2006 draft, Taylor is tied for 8th with 38 career minor league wins.
All five of these starts happened last night, July 20th!