Isiah Gilliam crushed the ball while in Chattanooga with the Lookouts, smacking 14 doubles, a triple, and 12 home runs in 62 games. Since being promoted to Triple-A he hasn’t gotten regular playing time, playing in just 10 games since joining the team on June 28th. On Sunday he made sure to announce his presence with authority, hitting a baseball over the scoreboard in right field and out of the stadium. It was estimated at 477 feet. That would make it the furthest Trackman estimated home run of the year on the farm that I’m aware of (though I will fight about it until the day that I die that Jose Torres hit a home run over 500 feet that Trackman somehow said was only 427 feet).
Jay Allen II
Sunday also saw the return of Jay Allen II down in Daytona. The outfielder had been on the injured list for nearly a month with a strained oblique. He was activated on Friday as the team returned from the All-Star break, but didn’t play that night or on Saturday. Here’s his first hit in nearly a month.
We’ve got a bunch of video out of Daytona for today. In this one we get a look at a perfect inning thrown by Jayvien Sandridge. The 23-year-old reliever has been dominant for the Tortugas this season. His ERA is currently sitting at 1.50 through 16 games and 24.0 innings where he’s allowed 12 hits, no home runs, struck out 42 batters, and he’s walked 17. The walks are higher than you want to see, but everything else is near the top of the charts.
Sunday afternoon saw Chase Petty take the mound for Daytona as their starter and he combined with Dennis Boatman and Owen Holt for a shutout in the Tortugas win. Petty, the 19-year-old who was acquired this spring from Minnesota in the Sonny Gray trade, lowered his ERA on the year to 3.18 in his 65.0 innings pitched. He’s given up 55 hits, just 5 home runs, walked 23 batters, and he’s picked up 60 strikeouts.
Last year’s 17th round pick, Dennis Boatman has been in Daytona all season. He’s found success in the bullpen with the Tortugas and was a part of their shutout on Sunday, which you can see some of below. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.67 in his 27.0 innings where he’s picked up 42 strikeouts with 13 walks.
Taken a round before Boatman, Owen Holt has also spent the entire season in Daytona this year. He’s been outstanding for the Tortugas and picked up his 3rd save of the season on Sunday as he completed the shutout. His ERA on the year is down to 1.71 in 31.2 innings where he’s allowed just one homer all year, walked 11 batters, and struck out 37.