MiLM for 4/28/22: Someone help Jackson Kowar

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Elijah Green is the best prep power hitters to enter the MLB Draft since Bobby Witt Jr. in 2019. He’s got legitimately 60-grade raw power right now and could easily grow into 70-grade raw power before he reaches the big leagues, and an outside chance to reach that rare Seuly Matias range of 80-grade raw power.

AAA Omaha (9-11): L 0-14

Yesterday was an unmitigated disaster for Omaha. Jackson Kowar gave up a grand slam in the fourth inning to make it 8-0 before they could get him out of there. At the plate, the Storm Chasers mustered just five hits and did not work a single walk in the loss. Luckily for them, MiLB plays every night it doesn’t rain so they’ll get another go at Toledo tonight at 6:35.

Box Score:
– Clay Dungan: 0-4, 2 K
– Nick Pratto: 0-4, 3 K
– MJ Melendez: 0-4
– Brewer Hicklen: 0-4, 3 K
– Vinnie Pasquantino: 1-3, 2B
– Jackson Kowar: 4 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 8 ER
– Josh Dye: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 ER
– Colten Brewer: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 5 ER

AA Northwest Arkansas (8-9): W 12-6

The Naturals have now won five of their last seven games as the starting rotation and offense are starting to click at the same time. Maikel Garcia, Nick Loftin, Seuly Matias, Sebastian Rivero, and Nate Eaton all tallied multiple hits in last night’s victory over Arizon’a Slade Cecconi, who had been pretty dominant up until this point. Angel Zerpa takes the mound for NWA tonight at 7:05.

Box Score:
– Maikel Garcia: 2-4, 2B, BB
– Nick Loftin: 2-3, 2B, K
– Michael Massey: 0-4, K
– Seuly Matias: 3-4, HR, BB, K
– John Rave: 0-4, K
– Sebastian Rivero: 3-5, 2 HR
– Nate Eaton: 3-4, 2B, SB, K
– Tucker Bradley: 1-4, K
– Anthony Veneziano: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 ER

A+ Quad Cities (6-11): W 7-5

The River Bandits offense has been pretty good of late and stayed hot last night getting 19 runners on base in their victory over South Bend. The bullpen allowed just one run in five innings while striking out seven. They’re back at it tonight with Tyson Guerrero on the mound at 6:30.

Box Score:
– Tyler Tolbert: 3-5, 3B, 2B, SB, K
– Peyton Wilson: 2-5, 3B, 2 K
– Herard Gonzalez: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K
– Luca Tresh: 1-4, BB, 3 K
– Kale Emshoff: 2-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 K
– Noah Murdock: 4 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 ER
– Kasey Kalich: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 R

A- Columbia (6-11): L 4-5. L 1-3

After being rained out on Tuesday, Columbia dropped both games of a double header on Wednesday. The offense wasn’t particularly good in either game, but the pitching staff couldn’t hold down Myrtle Beach in game one either. They’re back at it tonight at 6:05 with hard-throwing Samuel Valerio on the mound.

Box Score:
– Carter Jensen: 0-3, K
– Darryl Collins: 0-6, 2 K
– River Town: 1-5, SB, BB, K
– Omar Hernandez: 1-6, 2B, 3 K
– Erick Pena: 1-2, K
– Wilmin Candelario: 0-2, BB, SB
– Luinder Avila: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 ER
– John McMillon: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 ER
– Delvin Capellan: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 R

Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann (@minda33)

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