Today was the final day of the regular season for the minor leagues. Nashville and Frisco are done for the year, while Spokane, Hickory and Down East head for the playoffs. The AZL Rangers have already won the AZL Championship, and several of their players have been sent to one of the other affiliates for the final stretch and the playoffs.
Frisco’s Demarcus Evans finished the season on a high note, striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in a scoreless inning of work. He has a 0.96 ERA in AA, will be added to the 40 man roster this offseason, and could end up in Arlington at some point in September. Leody Taveras had a hit, finishing the season in Frisco with a 695 OPS, and Michael De Leon had 4 hits.
Nashville needed 13 innings to finish off its season. This, despite their opponents using a position player on the mound in the final three innings, before the Sounds walked it off. Yohander Mendez and Kyle Bird each threw scoreless innings. Joe Barlow, who has battled command issues since moving up to Nashville, walked 3 in 0.2 IP while allowing a run, ending his 2019 PCL stint with an 8.83 ERA. Like Evans, Barlow will be added to the 40 man roster this offseason, and could possibly get a look in Arlington in September.
Hickory had Cole Winn throw a scoreless inning in a tune up outing prior to the playoffs. Winn finishes the regular season with a 4.46 ERA in the Sally League, and a 2.81 ERA over his final 12 outings.
Down East saw Cole Uvila, one of the unheralded breakout guys from the lower minors this year, strike out 2 and walk 1 in a scoreless inning of work. J.P. Martinez and Curtis Terry each had hits.
Spokane had Davis Wendzel, Osleivis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez and Randy Florentino, all of whom were part of the group that won the AZL Championship a few days ago, in the lineup tonight. Hernandez and Wendzel each had a hit and a walk, and Basabe and Florentino each had a hit.