River Bandits trounce Lugnuts in 20-3 blowout at MWP

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Ronnie Dawson went 3-for-4 with two homers and a triple in the Quad Cities River Bandits’ 20-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Wednesday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Six homers and a nine-run inning were part of the Quad Cities offensive onslaught as the River Bandits trounced the visiting Lansing Lugnuts 20-3 at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday.

The River Bandits were led by a pair of players who each homered twice. Leadoff hitter Ronnie Dawson went 3-for-4 with a triple, a two-run homer, and a three-run homer. Cleanup hitter Josh Rojas went 4-for-5 with two two-run homers, a double, an RBI single, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

Daz Cameron went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, and three RBI. Troy Sieber went 2-for-4 with a home run, two walks, and four RBI.

Quad Cities had an 18-0 lead before Lansing scored its first run in the top of the 6th inning. The River Bandits scored four runs in the 1st inning, nine runs in the 2nd, two runs in the 3rd, three runs in the 5th, and two runs in the 8th.

River Bandits starter Carson LaRue got the easy win, improving to 10-3 with a 2.68 ERA after limiting the Lugnuts to two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings. He struck out two batters.

The first-place River Bandits are 18-8 in the second half, with a three-game lead over the Peoria Chiefs in the Western Division standings. The Lugnuts and the Dayton Dragons are tied for last place in the Eastern Division, as both teams have 9-17 records in the second half.

Siri extends streak to 25 games

Dragons outfielder Jose Siri collected two hits Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. It is the longest hitting streak in the Midwest League since Robert Fick hit safely in 32 straight games for the 1997 West Michigan Whitecaps.

The Midwest League record for longest hitting streak was set by Tony Toups, who got a hit in 35 consecutive games for the 1977 Waterloo Indians.

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Angels promote Jahmai Jones to High-A

The Los Angeles Angels promoted their top prospect, outfielder Jahmai Jones, to High-A after Wednesday night’s Burlington Bees game. (Photo by Steve Cirinna)

The Los Angeles Angels promoted their top prospect, outfielder Jahmai Jones, from the Burlington Bees to the High-A Inland Empire 66ers late Wednesday night.

Jones batted .272 with 9 HR, 30 RBI and 18 SB in 86 games with the Bees this season. Four of his homers came in his last 10 games. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo homer in his last Midwest League game.

Jones also played with the Bees at the end of last season, batting .242 with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 16 games.

Stephenson out for season

Dayton Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.

The Cincinnati Reds prospect batted .278 with 6 HR and 50 RBI in 80 games with the Dragons this season. He also played for Dayton in 2016, which was an injury-plagued year for him. He batted .216 with 3 HR and 16 RBI in 39 games with the Dragons last season.

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Dayton Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson played in this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Hiura, Sogard to join Timber Rattlers on Wednesday

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are getting two new players Wednesday: a top Milwaukee Brewers draft pick and a rehabbing major-leaguer.

Keston Hiura, Milwaukee’s top draft pick this year (No. 9 overall), joins the Timber Rattlers after starting his pro career with a 15-game stint in the rookie-level Arizona League. As the designated hitter in all 15 of those games, he batted .435 (27-for-62) with four homers, five triples, three doubles, six walks, 18 runs batted in, and 18 runs scored.

The Timber Rattlers also get infielder Eric Sogard, who is coming back from a left ankle injury. Prior to getting hurt, he batted .331 with three homers, 12 doubles and 14 RBI in 43 MLB games this season. He is expected to play with the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sogard previously played in the Midwest League as a San Diego Padres prospect in 2007. He batted .253 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 22 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards.

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Ex-MWLers Frazier, Clippard included in seven-player trade

The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees completed a seven-player trade Tuesday that includes two former Midwest Leaguers and a top prospect.

The White Sox sent third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo and pitchers Tyler Clippard and Ian Clarkin. Rutherford was New York’s first-round draft pick in 2016.

Frazier and Clippard are Midwest League alumni. Frazier played 36 games with the 2007-08 Dayton Dragons, batting .321 with 9 HR and 25 RBI. Clippard pitched for the Battle Creek Yankees in 2004, going 10-10 with a 3.44 ERA, 145 strikeouts and 32 walks in 149 innings (26 games/25 starts).

Earlier on Tuesday, another trade involving two former Midwest Leaguers was completed. You can read about that in my previous post here.

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J.D. Martinez trade includes two ex-Midwest Leaguers

Dawel Lugo played in the Midwest League in 2014 and 2015. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Detroit Tigers traded outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, getting a trio of minor-league infielders in return.

Two of those infielders — Dawel Lugo and Sergio Alcantara — are former Midwest Leaguers. The third one, middle infielder Jose King, is in rookie league.

Lugo played in the Midwest League in 2014 and 2015, with the Lansing Lugnuts and the Kane County Cougars. In 2014 he batted .259 with 4 HR and 53 RBI in 117 games with the Lugnuts. He played 53 MWL games in 2015, cumulatively batting .335 with 2 HR and 26 RBI for the Lugnuts and the Cougars. In Double-A this season, the third baseman/shortstop batted .282 with 7 HR and 43 RBI in 88 games with the Jackson Generals.

Alcantara, a shortstop who also can play second base, suited up for the Cougars in 2015 and 2016. In 73 MWL games, he batted .223 with 1 HR and 21 RBI. In High-A this season, he batted .279 with 3 HR, 28 RBI and 11 SB in 86 games with the Visalia Rawhide.

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