Friday, April 13, 2007

Minor League Update 4/11 and 4/12

I'm still coming down from my Felix Hernandez at Fenway high, so my game notes from the past few Phillies contests are sparse. However I am proud to say that I was unquestionably the only fan inside of Fenway Park on Wednesday night rocking the XM satellite radio so I could listen in on the Phillies-Mets game. I'm incredibly thankful I thought to do this...who knows when the Phils will win another game. On to some minor league notes from the past two evenings...

Ottawa 4/11

Chris Roberson (CF): 1-6, 3B, 3 RBI, R, CS (1)
Danny Sandoval (2B): 2-3, 2B, 2 R
Chris Coste (C): 1-5, RBI, R, BB
Brennan King (3B): 3-5, RBI, 2 R, SB (1)

Fabio Castro: 2.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K
Joe Bisenius: 0.2 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 0 K
Brian Sanches: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K

Jim Ed Warden has pitched a couple of times in the series for Buffalo (Cleveland) and now has allowed two earned runs in two innings of work. Oh Jim Ed, what might have been…

Ottawa 4/12

Chris Roberson (CF): 2-4, RBI
Chris Coste (DH): 1-3, 2B, BB
Brennan King (3B): 0-4
Danny Sandoval (SS): 1-4, K
Jason Jaramillo (C): 1-3, BB, K

Two hits for Chris Roberson…what an exciting night for the Lynx!

Reading 4/11

Javon Moran (CF): 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB (4)
Mike Costanzo (3B): 0-4, 2 K

Julio De La Cruz: 1 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 1 K
Anderson Garcia: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K

Reading 4/12

Javon Moran (CF): 2-4, 3B, 2 R, BB, SB (5)
Mike Costanzo (3B): 2-4, BB, E (6)

Matt Maloney: 6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K
Bubba Nelson: 0.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 0 K
Julio De La Cruz: 0.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K

Andrew McCutchen (CF): 0-4, R, BB
Neil Walker (3B): 2-4, 2 RBI, R, BB

Check out Nelson’s line on the night…notice how terrible it was…process the fact that he actually wound up getting the win for Reading…and then realize there isn’t a whole lot of value of measuring a pitcher’s personal performance using wins as an indicator. Oh and Javon Moran? All he does is hit.

I added McCutchen and Walker’s numbers on the night because they are the top two bats in the Pirates system; McCutchen is the clear cut best prospect in the chain and Walker is attempting to regain some luster as a prospect while trying to make the transition from catcher to third this season.

Clearwater 4/11 (DH)

Greg Golson (CF): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Brad Harman (2B): 2-4, 2B
Jeremy Slayden (LF): 0-3
Clay Harris (3B): 1-2, BB
Lou Marson (C): 0-3, K, E (1)
Fidel Hernandez (SS): 0-2, R

Pat Overholt: 5 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K
Mike Zagurski: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K

Zagurski stole the show with his two nearly flawless innings of relief (5 strikeouts is no joke), but Overholt’s effort should not be overlooked – he may have been tagged with a loss, but he managed to put up a GO/FO ratio of 11/1.

Clearwater 4/11 DH

Greg Golson (CF): 0-2, BB, K, SB (3)
Brad Harman (2B): 0-3, 2 K
Jeremy Slayden (DH): 0-2
Clay Harris (1B): 1-2, HR (2), RBI, R
Fidel Hernandez (SS): 1-2

Zac Stott: 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K
Derek Griffith: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K

Nice job by Stott (acquired in the Rheal Cormier deal) and Griffith to shut down the Tampa bats.

Clearwater 4/12

Greg Golson (CF): 0-4, 3 K, OF assist
Brad Harman (2B): 0-4, K
Jeremy Slayden (RF): 1-3, R, BB
Clay Harris (3B): 0-2, R, 2 BB
Lou Marson (C): 1-4, HR (1), RBI, R, 2 K
Fidel Hernandez (SS): 1-3, RBI, K

Josh Outman: 4.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 3 K
Will Savage: 1.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
Brett Harker: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Rough night for many of the Threshers position players, including the three strikeout performance by Golson. Will Savage continues to throw well out of the bullpen.

Tim Battle (CF): 2-9, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 SB (4), E (2)
Jose Tabata (RF/DH): 3-9, 3 BB, 3 K
Marcos Vechionacci (3B): 1-7, 2B, R, BB, 3 K
Ian Kennedy (SP): 6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K wild pitch

I included a handful of players from Tampa for a couple of reasons: I saw Battle and Vechionacci play at Charleston two years ago and have been tracking their progress ever since, Tabata is far and away the most attractive hitting prospect in the Yankees system (especially now that the Phils have C.J. Henry…ha), and Ian Kennedy was a first rounder out of USC last year. So there you go.

Lakewood 4/12 (DH)

Quintin Berry (LF): 0-5
Jason Donald (SS): 1-4, R, E (2)
Tuffy Gosewisch (C): 2-4, 2B, K
Jay Miller (DH): 2-4, RBI, 2 R
Gus Milner (RF): 2-4, R, SB (2)
C.J. Henry (3B): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB (3)
Julian Williams (CF): 1-4

Carlos Monasterios: 4.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K
Michael Dubee: 1.2 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Monasterios rebounded nicely from his opening day disaster while Dubee continues to make a case that he should get a chance pitching in a full season rotation somewhere.

Lakewood 4/12 (DH)

Quintin Berry (LF): 1-3, R, SB (2)
Jason Donald (SS): 2-3, RBI, R, E (3), CS (1)
Adrian Cardenas (2B): 2-3
Gus Milner (RF): 0-3
Jay Miller (DH): 0-3
Joel Naughton (C): 1-3, E (1)
C.J. Henry (3B): 0-3, 2 K
Doug Morales (1B): 0-3, K
Julian Williams (CF): 0-2, K

Edgar Garcia: 5 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K

The entire BlueClaw lineup last night was filled with nine players that can be designated prospects depending on how you perceive them – granted, a good part of this is the fact that in A ball, everyone is so young that you can have at least a smidge of justifiable hope for practically every player. Great to see Edgar Garcia acquitting himself well to full season ball so far.


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