Many players went deep in this week's MiLB action, including Robbie Glendinning with five home runs in four games, Curtis Mead's first in Triple A for 2022, and Liam Spence breaking his hitless streak with a bomb off a fellow Aussie.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
ROOKIE LEAGUES - ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE
KAI WYNYARD - ACL RANGERS
Queenslander Kai Wynyard appeared in one game in the past week for the ACL Rangers, the rookie affiliate of the Texas Rangers, pitching three innings and earning the win - his fourth on the year.
On June 30, in a 9-1 victory over the ACL Diamondbacks Red, Wynyard came into the game as a relief pitcher for D.J. McCarty at the top of the fifth inning.
While Wynyard gave up a lead-off double, he found three outs within the next four batters up to get out of the innings. It was a three-up, three-down top half of the sixth inning which ended with a swinging strikeout, and was a similar scenario in the seventh inning. He was replaced by Adrian Rodriguez heading into the eighth inning.
LIAM SPENCE - ACL CUBS
Victorian Liam Spence appeared in five games for the ACL Cubs, the rookie affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, which included hitting his first Minor League home run - against a fellow Aussie.
Spence entered the game on June 27 in a pinch-runner situation, and stayed in the game to go zero for one in the 8-7 10-inning loss against the ACL Diamondbacks Red at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
On June 28, in a 10-2 loss against the ACL Rockies at Sloan Park, Spence went zero for two with a eighth-inning base on balls, though he was forced out at second base. He was also hit by a pitch in the sixth inning though ended up at second as the inning came to a close.
Against the ACL Royals on June 30 at Surprise Stadium, Spence was entered into the game at the bottom of the 10th inning to play first base as the home side won in a walk-off 7-6 victory.
Spence went one for three on July 1 against the ACL Padres in a 9-8 loss at Sloan Park. It included two runs, two RBIs and a base on balls in the fourth inning and a fielder's choice in the second inning. However, he hit a two-run home run off of fellow Aussie Riley Yeatman - in the sixth inning that tied the scores at six-all.
Spence went zero for three with two runs on July 2, a 9-2 win over the ACL Athletics at Hohokam Stadium. He reached base on a throwing error in the second inning, and was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, scoring on a Christian More single. He again reached base on a throwing error in the seventh inning which scored Miguel Pabon, as he scored once again after Frank Hernandez was hit by a pitch while the bases were loaded.
BEN WALMSLEY - ACL REDS
Queenslander Ben Walmsley appeared in one game for the ACL Reds, the rookie affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, getting the starting duties in a home fixture against the ACL Giants Orange and pitching two innings.
On June 30, in an seven-inning 8-7 win at Goodyear Ballpark, Walmsley started on the mound, and hit the first batter he faced. While he claimed the first out, he gave up back-to-back singles which resulted in one run scoring, before finding the final two outs.
To begin the second innings, he gave up a triple and an RBI single, before a strikeout and double play ended the innings. He was replaced ahead of the third innings by Nestor Lorant.
CALLUM WALLACE - ACL DODGERS
After making his Minor League Baseball debut last week, Callum Wallace appeared in one game this week for the ACL Dodgers, the rookie affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching one inning in relief, giving up zero runs, zero hits, and having two strikeouts.
In a June 30 matchup against the ACL Giants Black at Papago Sports Complex, Wallace entered the game at the bottom of the eighth inning, replacing Fran Castro, and although the first batter he faced drew a walk, the next three batters all were sent back to the dugout in succession, an effort that included two swinging strikeouts.
RILEY YEATMAN - ACL PADRES
South Australian Riley Yeatman appeared in one game for the ACL Padres, the rookie affiliate of the San Diego Padres, pitching two innings against the ACL Cubs in a 9-8 win on July 1 at Sloan Park.
Yeatman entered the game as relief for starter Javier Chacon at the bottom of the fifth inning, seeing a three-up, three-down effort. However, Yeatman gave up a lead-off solo home run to begin the bottom half of the seventh inning, followed by a single and a ground-rule double before the first out (that still saw a run score).
Yeatman then gave up a two-run home run to fellow Aussie Liam Spence and after the second out, gave up another solo home run before claiming the final out via a swinging strikeout. He was replaced by Evan Sweeting for the eighth inning.
ROOKIE LEAGUES - FLORIDA COMPLEX LEAGUE
SOLOMON MAGUIRE - FCL PIRATES
New South Welshman Solomon Maguire this week appeared in four games for the FCL Pirates, the rookie affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On June 27, in a 4-2 loss to the FCL Twins at Pirate City Complex, Maguire went zero for four.
Heading to JetBlue Park on June 28 for a 3-0 loss to the FCL Red Sox, Maguire came into the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning to replace Omar Alfonzo, making his way to third before the inning was over. He was subbed out ahead of the defensive half of the innings.
In the return fixture, on June 30 at Pirate City Complex, Maguire went zero for three in a 7-1 win against the FCL Red Sox, though did earn an eighth-inning base on balls, making his way to third base before the inning was over.
Maguire went zero for three with an RBI and a base on balls in a 4-0 win on July 1 against the FCL Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. He reached base on a fielder's choice at the top of the first inning which saw Emmanuel Terrero score the game's first run. Maguire was forced out at second base. Maguire was walked to begin the top of the fifth inning, and scored on a two-out two-run home run by Esmerlyn Valdez.
CLAYTON CAMPBELL - FCL TIGERS
New South Welshman Clayton Campbell appeared in two games throughout the week for the FCL Tigers, the rookie affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
On June 27, in a 3-0 win against the FCL Blue Jays at Bobby Mattick Complex, Campbell went zero for four. On July 1, in a 9-8 loss to the FCL Yankees at Yankee Complex, he finished zero for six.
BLAKE TOWNSEND - MODESTO NUTS
Victorian Blake Townsend was assigned to the Seattle Mariners' Single A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts and appeared in two games during the team's away series to the San Jose Giants at Excite Ballpark, earning the win in one of the two games.
On June 29, in a 3-1 win, Townsend earned the win after he came into the game as relief for starter Bryan Woo in the bottom of the third innings and began with a swinging strikeout before retiring the next two batters too. The fourth inning began with a hit by pitch where he also gave up a single around the other batters all being sent back to the dugout.
On July 3, in an 8-5 win, Townsend replaced starting pitcher Yeury Tatiz in the bottom of the sixth inning and took 10 pitches to get the three consecutive batters out. He continued in the seventh inning for another three-up, three-down before being replaced by Kelvin Nunez ahead of the eighth inning.
JOSH GESSNER - DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS
New South Welshman Josh Gessner appeared in one game this week for the Down East Wood Ducks, the Single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, pitching four innings to pick up a save - his first of the season.
On June 30, in a 4-2 victory over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, Gessner was entered into the game at the top of the sixth inning to replace Nick Lockhart on the mound.
Despite giving up a walk to the second batter he faced - who made his way to third on a steal and a wild pitch, Gessner got out of the inning without any damage. It was a three-up, three-down effort for Gessner through the seventh and eighth innings.
The ninth inning saw some action on the bases too with Gessner giving up a lead-off single, and giving up a run on a two-out single that cut the team's lead to two runs, ahead of back-to-back walks that loaded the bases, before the getting the final out.
JAKE BURNS - PALM BEACH CARDINALS
New South Welshman Jake Burns appeared in two games for the Palm Beach Cardinals, the Single A affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals in a home series to the Daytona Tortugas at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
In his first game for the week, on June 30, Burns went zero for three with a fourth-inning base on balls in a 3-2 extra-innings win. On July 2, in 5-4 loss, Burns went zero for three with a fourth-inning base on balls, the result of which he was caught trying to steal second base.
CHRIS BURKE - CLEARWATER THRESHERS
Victorian Chris Burke appeared in two games this week for the Clearwater Threshers, the Single A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in a home series at BayCare Park hosting the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Burke went zero for two in a five-inning 5-4 loss on June 28, and the following day, on June 29, he went zero for two in the 3-1 loss after coming into the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning where he stayed in the game.
JACK O'LOUGHLIN - WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS
South Australian Jack O'Loughlin appeared in two games for the week with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the High A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in a home series at LMCU Ballpark against the Fort Wayne TinCaps, earning the win in one of the two fixtures.
In a 8-4 win on June 30, O'Loughlin came into the game as relief for starting pitcher Carlos Guzman during the top of the fourth inning with two down. O'Loughlin needed four pitches to end the inning with a groundout.
The fifth and sixth innings were both three-up, three-down efforts that included seeing fellow Australian Jarryd Dale grounding into a double play. O'Loughlin was replaced in the seventh inning by Jared Tobey, and picked up the win for his outing.
On July 3, in a 13-4 victory, O'Loughlin was entered into the game in the sixth inning to replace starter Keider Montero. He saw each batter groundout in the sixth inning, and got out of the seventh inning only giving up a base on balls - to Dale. He was replaced by Ted Stuka for the eighth inning.
JARRYD DALE - FORT WAYNE TINCAPS
Victorian Jarryd Dale appeared in all six games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the San Diego Padres' High A affiliate, in an away series to the West Michigan Whitecaps at LMCU Ballpark.
On June 28, in a 8-3 win, Dale went two for five with a run and an RBI. He hit a lead-off solo home run into left centrefield at the top of the second inning, and hit a two-out single into right field in the sixth inning.
On June 29, in a 14-4 loss, Dale went zero for one with a run and a base on balls. In the fourth inning, after he reached first base, Dale scored on a Anthony Vilar double and earned a lead-off walk in the sixth inning but was forced out at third base.
Dale went one for four on June 30, hitting an infield single in the ninth inning of an eventual 8-4 loss. He went zero for two on July 3, a 4-0 loss, with a third-inning walk - where he was caught stealing second base - and another walk in the seventh inning.
Dale went one for four with an RBI in the 4-2 win on July 2 with a two-out single into left field that scored Cole Cummings. He went zero for two with two walks - in the fourth inning and seventh inning - in the final game of the series on July 3, a 13-4 loss.
RIXON WINGROVE - JERSEY SHORE BLUECLAWS
West Australian Rixon Wingrove appeared in three games for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the High A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in an away series to the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium.
On June 28, in a 4-2 defeat, Wingrove went one for three with a base on balls. He drew a lead-off walk to begin the sixth inning though was forced out at second base, before hitting a lead-off single into right field at the top of the ninth inning though was stuck there as the inning ended.
In a 3-1 win on July 1, Wingrove went zero for three with a first-inning base on balls, ending up at second as the inning came to a close. He ended the week with a two for four showing with a run and an RBI in a 4-3 loss on July 3. He first hit an infield single at the top of the fourth inning, though was forced out at second, before launching a lead-off solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the ballgame at three-all.
ALEX HALL - WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS
West Australian Alex Hall appeared in two games for the Wisconsin TImber Rattlers, the Milwaukee Brewers' Hihg A affiliate, in a home series at Fox Cities Stadium hosting the Cedar Rapids Kernals.
On June 29, in a 3-1 win, Hall went zero for two in the seven-inning game. On July 2, in a 7-6 extra-innings walk-off victory, Hall went one for two with a run and three walks. He earned a walk in the second, fourth, and fifth innings, with neither going anywhere, before a lead-off single into right field in the eighth inning, scoring when Tyler Black hit a double.
ROBBIE GLENDINNING - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS
West Australian Robbie Glendinning appeared in all six games for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in an away series to the Amarillo Sod Poodles at Hodgetown.
On June 28, in a 20-6 win, Glendinning went two for five with three runs, one RBI and a base on balls. He was first walked in the first inning to load the bases before scoring via a John Rave grand slam.
He hit a double into left field in the second inning that scored Maikel Garcia, before scoring again courtesy of a Seuly Matias single. He hit a two-out double into left field in the ninth inning and scored on a Rave single.
Glendinning went one for three in a 10-4 loss on June 29. He was hit by a pitch in the first inning, while a lead-off single was his only hit of the game where he ended up at second base before the inning ended.
On June 30, in a 5-4 defeat, Glendinning went one for four with a run and an RBI, courtesy of a third-inning solo home run over the left centrefield fence.
In an 11-10 loss on July 1, Glendinning went two for four with a run, three RBIs and a base on balls. He was walked at the top of the first inning, and made his way to third base via a steal though wasn't able to get home.
Glendinning hit a single into centrefield in the third inning but as caught trying to steal second base before he hit a three-run home run over the fence in right centrefield that scored Nick Loftin and Tyler Gentry also.
Glendinning went two for six in a 13-12 loss on July 2, along with a run and two RBIs. He hit a double into left field in the first inning before hitting a two-run home run over the left centrefield fence to also score Gentry.
In the final game of the series on July 3, Glendinning went three for five with three runs and three RBIs in the 10-4 victory. He first hit a two-run home run over the fence in left centrefield to score Tucker Bradley also.
He grounded into a double play in the fifth inning but Bradley was able to score on the contact while Glendinning singled into right field to lead-off the seventh inning. He scored on a Rave home run. Glendinning then hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot into left centrefield, in the ninth inning.
CAMERON GIBBENS - TULSA DRILLERS
Victorian Cameron Gibbens appeared in two games for the Tulsa Drillers, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Double A affiliate, in a home series at ONEOK Field against the Arkansas Travelers.
On June 28, in a 14-5 loss, Gibbens pitched 0.1 innings of relief at the top of the ninth inning. His outing consisted of five walks, one hit by pitch and a strikeout as he gave up four runs before being replaced by Abiatel Avelino.
On July 3, Gibbens pitched 0.0 innings in a 14-4 loss, replacing Keegan Curtis with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, after giving up three walks, hitting two batters, and a single for four runs, he was replaced by Kevin Malisheski.
At the end of the week, Gibbens was placed on the Development List.
CURTIS MEAD - MONTGOMERY BISCUITS
South Australian Curtis Mead was promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays' Triple A affiliate, the Durham Bulls this week, and appeared in five games for the team in an away series to the Charlotte Knights at Truist Field.
On June 28, in a 6-2 win, Mead went one for four, with a single into centrefield in the third inning being his only hit of the game, forced out a second base.
In a 9-8 loss on June 29, Mead went two for four with two RBIs and a base on balls. He hit a single into centrefield in the fourth inning that scored Xavier Edwards for the first run of the game, and he himself was tagged out trying for home on a Grant Witherspoon hit.
He hit a double into left field in the fifth inning that scored Edwards and earned a walk in the seventh inning, but in neither instance went past second base.
On June 30, in a 6-5 win, Mead went one for four with a run, an RBI and a base on balls. He hit a lead-off solo home run into right field to begin the second inning before being walked in the fourth inning, only to be out at second base.
Mead went one for four in a 9-8 win on July 1, with a run and a base on balls. In the sixth inning, he hit a double into centrefield and scored on a Jim Haley single.
In the same inning, he reached first base on a throwing error that loaded the bases, but no more damage was done. He was also walked in the ninth inning, but couldn't advance home as he got to third base throughout the dig.
In the final game of the series on July 3, Mead went zero for four with two walks - in the seventh inning, and the 11th inning - in a 9-8 loss.