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This Week in the Minors: Omaha wins division, Manaea dominates, most teams head home

Omaha wins a 4th consecutive division title; Idaho Falls gets knocked out with a few days to go; everyone else is finished

The Storm Chasers celebrate their division title, for the fourth year in a row
The Storm Chasers celebrate their division title, for the fourth year in a row
Minda Haas

This is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. Idaho Falls has a few games left, and Omaha is headed to the playoffs, but everyone else is done for the year.

The Chukars were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, but continue their regular season through Thursday.

Kyle Zimmer continued his comeback from injury, with two more one-inning outings. Both were hitless, and he struck out 2 and walked 1 total.

Pioneer League MVP Ryan O'Hearn ended his season with another solid week, including a home run in the final regular season game.

Corey Toups had a solid week, with a couple of multi hit games. He added 10 total hits, 2 doubles, 4 walks, and just 2 Ks. Toups has put together a nice year in his first professional year, with a line of.333/.453/.513 in 53 games. On defense, he has played exclusively at shortstop, with 15 errors on the season.

Corey Ray pitched a nice game on Friday, putting up 5.1  innings and striking out 7. He was a 5th round pick this year out of Texas A&M, and ended up pitching 44.1 innings in 11 games (9 starts) with a 3.05 ERA and just 10 walks against 36 Ks.

We have looked at Marten Gasparini in this space a few times before. His final line on the season for Burlington was.225/.250/.475 in 19 games. It is important to remember that Gasparini is not just young,  he is practically an infant at 3.2 years younger than average players in the Appy league.

Logan Moon wrapped up a fantastic season with a final line of .332/.357/.447, good for the Appalachian League's batting title.


Kenny Diekroeger finished his season on a hit streak, which stretched back to August 23. The streak was mostly comprised of singles, which is right in line with his season line of.204/.262/300.

Mauricio Ramos finished with a strong week, adding 10 hits including a 4-hit performance in the season's final game. In all of that were 2 doubles, a triple and a homer. Prior to this year, Ramos had been used in various spots around the diamond, but was exclusively a 3B/DH this year.


The Blue Rocks were all about the pitching this week. To wit:

Miguel Almonte, two starts: 5 Ks, 1 BB, and 1 ER in 5 IP in one, and 7 Ks and 1 BB in 4 shutout innings in the other.

Jonathan Dziedzic: Struck out 8 in 6 shutout innings

Sean Manaea: Struck out 12 in 7 shutout innings. Walked nobody. BOOM.


Malcolm Culver had a pretty neat outing on Thursday, notching 3 strikeouts on 11 pitches.

Lane Adams - now an established Major Leaguer! -finished with a good week, adding 7 hits to push his final line at AA this year to .269/.352/.427.

Brandon Finnegan prepped for his MLB callup by adding two more scoreless one-inning appearances. He was pitching every 3-4 days in his new bullpen role. His last outing was Friday, so he ought to be available for Nedly to throw into a MLB game any moment.

Omaha finished their regular season with an improbable five-game sweep over Colorado Springs, and won their division for the 4th straight year. [Check out photos from the celebration here.] Many home runs were hit.

Carlos Peguero added two more dongs (along with a handful of other hits) to his ridiculous August. He also struck out 9 times and drew 6 walks (1 intentional).

Matt Fields hit 4 homers and drove in 9 runs in the CSP series alone.

Johnny Giavotella, who has been dubbed "The Wizard of Werner Park" by resident Superfan Jan, piled on 14 hits this week, 5 for extra bases. Every time he batted this week, Justin Maxwell would yell "reveal yourself, Wizard!" and it was hilarious every time. Gio ended up with a line of .308/.373/.440  for Omaha, in a season that sent him up and down I-29 many times.

The Chasers begin postseason play on Wednesday. We'll keep up with them, and check in on any players who get promoted to fill the many new roster holes they have after September callups were made.