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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Minor League Scorebook

2005-07-31: Salt Lake 9, Round Rock 6
Callaspo, A: 0-5
Kotchman: 2-4
Pride: 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Mathis: 0-4
Gordon: 3-4, 1 RBI
Thomas: (W, 4-2), 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 7.33 ERA
Pride of the Angels: Even at 37, he's still a pretty formidable player against AAA pitching. Guess Kotchman's absence in yesterday's game was just a day off.
2005-07-31: Arkansas 14, Wichita 1
Willits, R: 1-5, 2 RBI
Aybar, E: 3-5, 2 RBI
Kendrick, H: 1-5
Morales, K: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Murphy: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Eylward: 3-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Weaver: (W, 1-0), 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2.70 ERA
This was Weaver's first home start, and a big step forward from his shaky AA debut against Springfield. A 9.00 K/9 rate (in one game) is pretty good, even in AA. The scouting beef against Weaver is that while he has the Mark Prior numbers, he doesn't have his stuff. That's why we have the minor leagues.

It appears I screwed up the other day when I gave out the tentative list of Weaver's starts for the balance of the year. Here's the corrected list:

Date            Opponent
===========================
Sat. 8/6    vs. Springfield
Fri. 8/12   @ Round Rock
Thu. 8/18   vs. Round Rock
Wed. 8/24   vs. Wichita
Mon. 8/29   @ Tulsa
Sat. 9/3    @ Springfield

I'm going to have to get going on that full parser for the game data so I can gain access to game-by-game numbers. Kendry Morales is on fire in the last few games, hitting not only for power again, but for average. He and RF Tommy Murphy blasted back-to-back jacks, helping the Travs take first place in the Texas League East Division by themselves for the first time since May 4.

They say that doubles are often a better predictor of who's going to hit for power in the majors than home runs, and so Mike Eylward might actually have a chance at a career. At 25, I wonder that he's not a little old for his league, yet he's third on the team with doubles (20).

Update 8/1: Eylward is the Texas League Player of the Week for 7/24-7/31. He hit .538 with five homers, 14 RBIs, and a 1.192 SLG over that time.

2005-07-31: Rancho Cucamonga 6, Inland Empire 4
Wood, B: 1-2, 2 BB
Pali: 1-3, 3 RBI
Day: 2-3
Edwards: (W, 6-5), 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 7 K, 4 BB, 4.23 ERA
Zimmermann: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.22 ERA
2005-07-31: Dayton 0, Cedar Rapids 5
Casilla: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Sandoval, F: 3-5, 1 RBI
Collins: 1-4
Madrigal: 0-4
Sutton: 1-2, 2 BB
Renz: 0-2, 2 BB
Green: (W, 1-2), 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.94 ERA
Alexi Casilla is a Dominican free agent signed in 2003. He came up quickly in 2004 to Cedar Rapids, and actually was promoted all the way up to Salt Lake before bouncing back down to Cedar Rapids again. Give the guy this: he makes contact. He has almost as many walks (23) as strikeouts (25) for Cedar Rapids, in 241 ABs. Tonight's power display appears to be an anomaly, as only 12 of his 80 hits were for extra bases.
2005-07-31: AZL Angels 8, AZL Padres 3
Phillips: 2-5, 1 RBI
Ryan: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Edwards: 3-3, 1 RBI
Jepsen: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 9.45 ERA
Mendoza: (W, 2-0) (in relief), 3.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1.29 ERA
Aldridge: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 3.86 ERA
Update 8/1: Damn these guys took a long time to get their scores in. I wonder, at this level, if they actually draw anybody into the stands besides the scouts; they certainly didn't provide attendance for this game. Dallas McPherson made a rehab start here, and I'm surprised they started him at such a low level; but maybe not after looking at his results, 0-3 with three strikeouts. Ouch.
2005-07-31: Orem did not play
2005-07-31: Oklahoma 8, Las Vegas 7
Stanley: 0-3, 2 BB
Schrager: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Young, D: 1-4, 1 RBI
Grabowski: 2-4, 1 RBI
Aybar: 0-4, 1 RBI
Chen: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Rose: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Nall: (L, 5-4), 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 7.12 ERA
2005-07-31: Mobile 6, Jacksonville 0
Abreu, T: 0-4
LaRoche, A: 1-4
Loney: 1-3
Martin, R: 0-3
Guzman, J: 0-3
Billingsley: (L, 8-5), 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.40 ERA
Perez: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 0.96 ERA
A brutal outing for Billingsley.
2005-07-31: Lakeland 3, Vero Beach 4
Paul: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Hu: 3-4
Kemp: 0-4
Raglani: 2-3
Ellis: 2-4, 2 RBI
Pilkington: (W, 5-7), 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 3.39 ERA
Alexander: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 1.89 ERA
Man, look at that line by Mark Alexander, making all his outs by strikeouts! He's got a nice little line, too, with a 76/20 K/BB ratio, and a 13.50 K/9. That'll keep you in tight games for sure. Eric Gagné, Jr.?
2005-07-31: Columbus 2, Greenville 3
Dewitt: 2-4
Weeden: (L, 2-8), 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 4 BB, 5.30 ERA
No earned runs, but one unearned.
2005-07-31: GCL Dodgers did not play
2005-07-31: Ogden did not play

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