Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Jair Jurrjens improved to 7-5 on the season with a nice start in Erie’s 6-3 win over New Britain. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jeff Larish went two for three with a double, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. The homerun was his 21st of the season. Matthew Joyce doubled twice and he drove in two runs and scored once.
Jair Jurrjens improved to 6-5 on the season with one of his best starts of the season in Erie’s 5-0 win. He gave up just three hits and he struck out ten in a complete game shutout.
Steve Torrealba went two for three with a homerun and two RBIs. Michael Hollimon belted a solo homerun to help out the cause.
Erie took care of Harrisburg 7-2 and it was Jair Jurrjens who shut down the opposition for the win. He improved to 5-5 on the season and he gave up one run on four hits with ten strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jackson Melian had a big day at the plate. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and four RBIs. William Rhymes went three for four with a double, an RBI and two runs.
Jackson Melian belted a two run homer in the sixth inning and that was pretty much the extend of the Seawolves offense. Melian was also the only hitter with two hits for Erie.
Jair Jurrjens had a rough start and he fell to 4-5 on the season. He gave up five runs on ten hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Kody Kirkland doubled and drove in three runs to lead the way for the Seawolves in their 10-2 win over Bowie. Erick Almonte also had a nice day at the plate and he went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.
Jair Jurrjens improved to 4-4 on the season with the win. He gave up one run on five hits and three walks with an impressive nine strikeouts in six innings of work.
Steve Torrealba belted two homers and he drove in three runs but it wasn’t enough as Akron beat the Seawolves 7-5. Andres Torres and Michael Hollimon also went yard in the game.
Jair Jurrjens took the loss and he fell to 3-4 on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Jair Jurrjens had a very nice start in Erie’s 2-1 win over Bowie. He improved to 3-3 and he gave up just one run on five hits with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Michael Hollimon was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Jair Jurrjens fell to 2-3 on he season with a rough start in Erie’s 9-6 loss to Trenton. He gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.
Jackson Melian provided most of the offense for the Seawolves in the loss. He homered, drew a walk and drove in four runs. Kody Kirkland singled, drew a walk and scored two runs.
Erie blew out Harrisburg 9-4 and Matthew Joyce played a big part in the win. He went one for three with a homerun and three RBIs. Steve Torrealba went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Jair Jurrjens had a rough start but the hitters picked him up. He gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Jair Jurrjens pitched the Seawolves to a 5-1 win over Akron. He gave up just one unearned run on seven hits and one walks with six strikeouts. The win improves his record to 2-2 on the season. Jurrjens now has 39 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings and he’s given up only two homeruns in a pretty good start to the season.
Jackson Melian was the hitting star in the win. He went three for four with a double and he drove in three of Erie’s five runs.
The Seawolves couldn’t get the bats going and they lost 4-0 to Akron. Clete Thomas was the only Erie hitter with two hits. He finished two for four in the loss.
Jair Jurrjens dropped to 1-2 on the season with a tough start. He gave up four runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeoutsin six innings of work.
It’s never good when you have more errors (3) then you do hits and that was the case in Erie’s 4-3 loss to Akron. What’s probably more amazing was that the game was as close as it was because Erie loss just 4-3.
Pedro Cotto provided most of the offense with a pinch hit, two run double in the eighth inning that actually gave Erie the lead. Jair Jurrjens had a nice start and he gave up just one run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Kevin Adroin took the loss when he gave up the deciding run in the ninth inning.
Michael Holliman singled home Matthew Joyce in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Sea Wolves in a 5-4 come from behind win. Earlier in the inning, Joyce had doubled home Andres Torres to tie the game up. Torres finished the game as the hitting star. He went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Jair Jurrjens threw a nice game but he didn’t pick up the decision. He gave up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in seven solid innings. Matthew Rusch picked up the win with a shutout ninth.
Because of the rainout last night, Erie played two against Akron and each team took a game. Erie won the first one 4-2 with a strong outing by Dallas Trahern. The big right hander improved to an impressive 4-0 on the season and he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings of work. At the plate, Brent Dlugach went two for three and he scored two runs.
Game two didn’t go as well because Akron won 7-3. Jair Jurrjens was hit hard and he lost his first decision of the year. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walk with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Andres Torres went one for three with both one run and one RBI.
Jair Jurrjens picked up his first win of the season with six solid innings against Bowie. He gave up just two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Jeff Larish picked up three RBIs despite going 0 for 4. Both Clete Thomas and Kody Kirkland had two hits and two runs in the 8-4 win.
Jair Jurrjens got off to a nice start in Erie’s 6-4 win over Akron, it’s just unfortunate that he only got to throw two innings because of a rain delay. He didn’t give up a single hit in those two inning and he struck out two. Kyle Sleeth continued his struggles and he gave up four runs in two innings. Matthew Rucsch picked up the win with 3 1/3 shutout innings.
Brent Dlugach led the offensive attack. He went two for five with a double, a run and an RBI.
The Sea Wolves dropped to 1-1 with a twelve inning loss to Binghamton tonight. Erie scored their two runs in the fourth but they didn’t score the rest of the way as they eventually gave up the lead and then lost it in extra frames. Kody Kirkland had two singles and a run while but he made two errors while Brent Dlugach singled and scored the other run.
Jair Jurrjens made his first start of the season and he threw four shutout innings. He gave up four hits, two walks and he struck out four. Andrew Kown gave up the first run to Binghamton but he struck out five in just three innings.
Baseball America caught up with Tigers pitching prospect Jair Jurrjens today in a very interesting interview. They talk about his approach to pitching, what pitches he throws (he has four of them) and his excellent command of the strike zone. There’s a ton of mechanical stuff in here and they mention the fact that he speaks four languages. For even more on him, here’s my Jurrjens profile in my top ten prospect series.
MiLB.com recently took a look at some of the happenings with the Tigers at spring training. They discuss where Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin will eventually end up (which appears to be Lakeland) and there’s also a Q&A with the guy with the super slider himself. It wraps with a discussion on Kyle Sleeth and Jair Jurrjens. Good stuff here so check it out.
Alright, the Tigers made some cuts today and none of them were big surprises. Probably the most optimistic move was announcing that Kyle Sleeth will start at Double A. After a solid spring, the former first round draft pick will get the promotion despite struggling last year in the minors. Having Kyle Sleeth there will make keeping track of Erie a little more interesting.
2006 first round draft pick Andrew Miller will head to Lakeland as expected. Virgil Vazquez and Jordan Tata were both bumped to Triple A Jair Jurrjens, Gabe Johnson and Dusty Ryan will all report to minor league camp and their status in the Tigers’ system is still uncertain.
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