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As Kyle Seager continues his rehab stint in Triple-A, his teammates continue to hit around him, namely Tim Lopes, Braden Bishop and Shed Long.

Jarred Kelenic is back to his hitting ways, too, and Joe Rizzo had another multi-hit night.

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
FRI: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA

Sheffield struggled again with command, but not as bad as in many of his other starts. Reno’s home park is as unforgiving as almost any in the PCL (which is full of them). The lefty sat 92-94 mph most of the start, tagged 95 a small handful of times and flashed an above-average slider.

But still, not everything’s syncing for Sheffield in 2019. Not yet, anyway.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
FRI: 1-4, RBI, BB
2019: .293/.365/.526, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 31 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
FRI: 2-5, SO
2019: .287/.371/.528, 8-2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 14 BB, 27 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
FRI: Called Up 5/17/2019
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
FRI: 3-4, RBI, BB
2019: .323/.378/.543, 11-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 12 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB

Lopes is 18 for his last 41 with four homers, four walks and five strikeouts. He has six multi-hit efforts in his last nine starts and looks terrific and second and third base and passable at shortstop.

Lopez is batting .339/.406/.644 in May with 10 extra-base hits. The pitching in the PCL is down, yes, but Lopes is hitting a lot of balls hard. He’s making loud outs, too, and nothing seems to phase him.

He’s not dripping with tools, but there’s no reason Lopes can’t help a big-league club as a 25th man that can manage at several positions. Learning the outfield might be a good idea for Lopes while in Tacoma.


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
FRI: 1-4, 2 SO, SB
2019: .263/.340/.397, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 33 SO, 11 SB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — 1-5

Seager DH’s in this one and his two line drives for outs to go with his ground ball single.

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Seager’s three games on rehab have shown his new stance, which includes holding his hands in a different spot.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
FRI: 0-4, RBI, SO
2019: .235/.342/.371, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 BB, 45 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
FRI: 1-5, SO
2019: .253/.320/.368, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 24 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
FRI: 1-5, 3B, SO
2019: .286/.374/.492, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 37 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
FRI: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO, SB
2019: .292/.370/.474, 6-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 36 SO, 9 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
FRI: 
1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 7 GS, 4.19 ERA, 38.2 IP, 44 H, 2 BB, 34 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
FRI: 1-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .210/.288/.413, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 37 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA

5.16.2019 — Newsome was brilliant Thursday, tossing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, displaying plus fastball command, per a scout in attendance. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw a solid-average curveball and changeup, he touched 93 and pitched most of the game 90-92,” the scout said. “He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Of Newsome’s 55 strikes, 10 were put in play — three of them hits, four flyouts and a ground ball double-play. Of the remaining 45 strikes, 16 were foul balls, 15 were called strikes and 14 were of the swing-and-moss variety.

I asked the scout if Newsome was getting the swings and misses off one particular pitch: “It was a mix, including a few fastballs. He may have been cutting the fastball some (he was). The curveball got a few down and out of the zone and some called strikes through the back door. The changeup was probably the best pitch tonight, though.”

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Newsome’s changeup is indeed his best pitch and is getting 60 or better grades from most scouts I ask. The video I’ve seen more than backs it up, too.

Newsome is ready for Double-A and is a legitimate prospect. He’s completelt remade himself the past few years.

Like I said to a scout buddy the other day: Player Development is a hell of a (legal) drug. And Newsome’s been on it for some time now.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 11 G, 16 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 26 SO, 2.81 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
FRI: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
FRI: 1 IP, 2 SO
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP

After a scoreless inning Thursday where he walked two and struck out three, Bautista returned for his first back-to-back Friday night and pitched a clean eighth inning in the Nuts’ 10-3 win at Rancho.

He struck out two and threw 12 of his 15 pitches for strikes.


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
FRI: 0-2, 2 BB, SO
2019: .297/.373/.473, 5-2B, 7 HR, 18 BB, 33 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
FRI: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SO
2019: .320/.382/.412, 9-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 15 BB, 28 SO


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
FRI: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


UR J.T. Salter
FRI: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
FRI: 2-5, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .315/.400/.537, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 38 SO, 6 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
FRI: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
FRI: 1-5, 3 SO
2019: .246/.373/.325, 4-2B, 2 HR, 21 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
FRI: 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, SO
2019: .255/.333/.588, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO

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