There was only one team in action last night as the season winds down. The Billings Mustangs played the lone game, while only the Mustangs and the Bakersfield Blaze will be in the playoffs. Today though we are also going to acknowledge the lone player from the system that made their respective leagues postseason All-Star team (one player per position makes the team – 1 LHSP, 1 RHSP, 1 LHRP and 1 RHRP per league).
In the Billings Mustangs win Argenis Aldazoro continued his chase for a Pioneer League MVP with two hits in four at-bats, including a triple. He drove in a run and scored two more. Aldazoro is hitting .327/.357/.582 with 11 home runs on the season.
Also in the MVP race for the league is teammate Aristides Aquino who also had two hits for the Mustangs, both of which were singles. Aquino pushed his seasonal line to .295/.345/.584 and he is still among the league leaders in all three extra-base hit categories (and leading in doubles and extra-base hits) as well as RBI. He also stole his 21st base of the season and threw a runner out at second base. The 21 stolen bases is tied for the league lead.
Left handed reliever Ryan Dennick made his big league debut last night by tossing a perfect inning of relief in Baltimore for the Reds. He was bringing the heat, relatively speaking. I don’t have a bunch of notes on him this season, but the ones I do have all had hi in the 88-90 MPH range. Last night he was 89-92 and was mixing his slider in well at the bottom of the zone.
Marquez Smith, unsurprising to just about anyone, was named to the California League Postseason All-Star team. Counting only his time in the league, the infielder hit .323/.438/.623 with 29 home runs and 126 RBI. He did not win the league MVP Award though, which went to Corey Seager despite playing in just 80 games. Those games were absolutely fantastic (1.044 OPS from a shortstop), but strange to give the MVP to someone who spent half of the season in the league.