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Monday, August 17, 2009

Minor League Recap - 8/17/09

Albuquerque won 4-3

Tony Abreu
- 3 for 5, 2B, K (.351 BA)
Jamie Hoffman - 2 for 5, 2B, R, 2 K's (.298 BA)
Chin Lung Hu - 0 for 4 (.279 BA)

Chattanooga lost 3-2

Lucas May
- 0 for 4, RBI, PO (.287 BA)
Andrew Lambo - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K's, E (.257 BA)
Trayvon Robinson - 0 for 2, RBI, 2 BB, K (.000 BA)

Victor Garate - 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, K (1.82 ERA)

Inland Empire did not play

Great Lakes won 7-5

Dee Gordon
- 2 for 5, 2B, RBI (.304 BA)
Kyle Russell - 3 for 4, 2 2B's, 3 RBI, R, BB, K, SB (.273 BA)
Nick Buss - 2 for 4, K, SB (.251 BA)
Mario Songco - 0 for 5, 2 K's (.152 BA)
Jerry Sands - 1 for 5, R, 2 K's (.217 BA)
Alfredo Silverio - 0 for 4, K (.280 BA)

Aaron Miller - 3 IP, 6 Hits, 3 ER, BB, 8 K's (2.81 ERA)
Cole St Clair - 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, BB, 2 K's (2.97 ERA)

Ogden won 11-10

- 1 for 5, R, K (.336 BA)
Gorman Erickson - 3 for 4, 3 2B's, RBI, 3 R, BB, K (.333 BA)
Nick Akins - 2 for 5, 2B, 2 K's (.250 BA)
Kyle Orr - 1 for 4, RBI, R, BB, K (.231 BA)
JT Wise - 3 for 3, R, BB (.305 BA)
Blake Smith - 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 K's (.205 BA)

Javier Solano - 2.1 IP, 6 Hits, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, K (4.84 ERA)

AZL lost 7-3

Jonathan Garcia
- 2 for 4, 2B (.299 BA)

Carl Webster
- 3.2 IP, 4 Hits, 6 R (1 ER), BB, 4 K's (2.08 ERA)
Greg Miller - 1.1 IP, Hit, 0 R, BB, K (0.00 ERA)
Beyker Fructuoso - 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (6.93 ERA)

Player of the Day - Gorman Erickson, C

Drafted in the 15th round of the 2006 draft, Erickson has been languishing in rookie ball for the past 3 seasons. In 2008, he batted .261 for the GCL team and got 5 at bats with the Triple A club. This year, he's having far more success in a far more hitter-friendly league. He's posted a solid walk rate before and his 17 free passes in 38 games is a good sign. But he's already 21, so unless he starts putting up some numbers in full season ball, I'd say this is the result of playing in the Pioneer league instead of some type of breakout.


  • At 9:49 AM , Blogger Emperor361 said...

    Some random ponderings:
    * Has Kyle Russell switched to a fungo bat?
    * If Songco and Sands can adjust to the higher level and start hitting, can Great Lakes average 10 runs per game?
    * Will BCG join them soon?
    * Is Scott Van Slyke the biggest surprise in the system this season?
    * Are the scientists almost done fusing the two-headed fastball-throwing monster "Nethan Eomartin"?
    * Is the Greg Miller in the AZL the same octopus with a fresh start, or is this a different guy?

    Keep up the good work!

  • At 11:28 PM , Blogger Jared said...

    Russell has picked it up in August after batting just .207 in July, but the strikeout rate is still ridiculously high and he has only 1 HR so far this month. I don't want to give him too much credit until he can cut down on the strikeouts, which won't be easy against more experienced pitching.

    Great Lakes does have a great offense, and while Songco has struggled since his promotion, Sands is actually doing very well. With their potent offense and surprising pitching, the Loons should be favored to take the league crown.

    I doubt BCG gets promoted; Jerry Sands is playing 1B since the OF is so crowded.

    Van Slyke's up there with Trayvon Robinson and Tim Sexton. I'd give that award to Sexton, who's dominated in one of the better hitter's leagues in the minors.

    I actually like the tandem approach, especially given Eovaldi's reconstructed arm. Both are in a precarious situation, as you can't really keep them in Low A another season, while sending them up to pitch in the Cal League would be cruel and sending them to Chattanooga would pit 2 20 year olds against Double A hitters.

    That is the same, can't miss pitcher that headlined the prospect charts 5 years ago. He's still just 24, but if he can't find the plate, he'll be out of baseball within the next year or two.

    Thanks for reading. Feel free to post more questions/comments any time.

  • At 8:50 AM , Blogger Emperor361 said...

    Yeah, Sexton & Van Slyke weren't at all on my radar at all until this season. I'm a big OBP guy, so not totally sold on Van Slyke yet--to me, guys without much plate discipline seem to have more vissicitudes from season to season (e.g., Beltre, Francouer).

    Do you see Ethan as a bit of a disappointment? What was he drafted, #15 overall? You hate to think he'd be overly challenged by high-A, even if it is the California League. I guess the fact that he's still just starting out as a pitcher means it will take him more time than others, but hopefully this comes with a high ceiling.

    Eovaldi, on the other hand, seems to be learning how to use his great arm to throw strikes and get guys out, which is very exciting.

  • At 12:11 PM , Blogger Jared said...

    Van Slyke's walking enough; his IsoD is about .075. The K's are a little high for my liking but he's definitely made strides in that area.

    I wouldn't call Martin a disappointment, considering this is the first year in which he's been a full time pitcher. He's averaging over 10 K's per 9 and allowed just 4 HR in over 90 innings. The walks need to be reduced but young power pitchers are generally a bit wild. And he's actually pitching at Low A.

    Eovaldi has also struggled with his command, though to a lesser degree than Martin. He's walked more than he's struck out this month. However, he's also very raw, as he didn't even throw a breaking ball as a HS senior due to his elbow surgery.

    Neither of these guys are going to fly up the system like a Billingsley or Kershaw, but both have considerable upside and, with some patience and a little luck, could turn out to be good.

  • At 8:53 AM , Blogger Emperor361 said...

    Help me out here...I thought Albuquerque is AAA, Chattanooga is AA, Inland Empire is High-A, Great Lakes (where Martin and Eovaldi pitch) is A, Ogden is short season/Low-A, and AZL is rookie ball. But you write that Martin is in Low-A. So what are the correct classifications?

  • At 3:42 PM , Blogger Jared said...

    I mistook your statement. I thought you were implying that Martin couldn't handle High A in the present tense. You're correct on the affiliations.

    The Dodgers could end up sending both Martin and Eovaldi to High A, since they did so with Withrow. It's not that I don't think Martin could handle High A at all, it's that I think he'd have his back against the wall in a league that favors hitters so much. That severely decreases the chances of him succeeding/developing.


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