Triple-A New Orleans: From April 21 to 27, the Zephyrs won three games and lost three. Over that time period, Jacob Turner turned in a decent start, his first quality start of the year. Facing Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt, and the Round Rock Express, Turner went six innings, allowing only three earned runs and striking out four. In one particularly impressive at-bat, Turner needed only three pitches to strike Jurickson Profar out swinging. Elih Villanueva had a downright dominant start against Round Rock, pitching 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Brad Hand also pitched six shutout innings in his one start. On the offense side, New Orleans got big weeks from Matt Diaz and Ed Lucas.
Double-A Jacksonville: Brian Flynn started the week with a quality start, going six innings with two earned runs, six strikeouts, and no walks. After the game, he was promoted to New Orleans. Overall, the Suns got some big names back in their lineup this last week, meaning that no nothing should be in the way of them winning the majority of their games. Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich raked at the plate, while Jacob Realmuto continued to struggle. Christian Yelich went 7-for-29 with four doubles, hitting in the leadoff spot for the Suns. Adam Conley and Jay Jackson both had pretty impressive outings on the mound. As a whole, Jacksonville finished the week winning four out of seven games.
High-A Jupiter: Jupiter went 2-4 in the last week. Austin Barnes, Isaac Galloway, and Noah Perio all continued their hot starts to the season at the plate. Justin Nicolino threw five scoreless innings in his first start, despite striking out only one and allowing six hits. In his second start of the week, Nicolino allowed nine hits and four earned runs in five innings, with only one strikeout. The bottom line is, Nicolino needs to start striking out some people in order to be successful. Jose Urena had yet another impressive start, this time against Stephen Piscotty and Palm Beach.
Low-A Greensboro: The Grasshoppers lost five out of the six games they played in the last week. Looking on the bright side, Viosergy Rosa went 9 for 18 with 3 HR and four walks. Rosa, 23, is old for this level, but he has been hitting better so far this season than any other time in his professional career. On the pitching side, Austin Brice struck out six in five innings, but he allowed three earned runs in the process. Mason Hope struck out seven in five innings, but he walked three and gave up a homer to Nomar Mazara. Hopefully, Greensboro will be able to turn things around in the upcoming week.