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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Minor League Scorebook

Before I get started, Baseball America published their best tools notes for the high-A level. The Dodgers have Mark Alexander (best reliever), Andy LaRoche (best batting prospect, best power prospect). For the Angels, Brandon Wood (best power prospect, best defensive shortstop) and Howie Kendrick (best batting prospect, most exciting player).

Update 8/3: Sorry, Rich, you were right -- Verlander was never a Dodger, but he was incorrectly identified as one last night. No excuses.

Update 8/4: Thanks for the kind words, Studes.

2005-08-02: Salt Lake 1, Round Rock 6

Callaspo, A: 1-4
Kotchman: 0-4
Gorneault: 0-4
Pride: 2-3
Saunders: (L, 2-2), 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 13 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 4.00 ERA
Dunn: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 4.69 ERA
Borbon: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 6.00 ERA
Round Rock had major league starter Carlos Hernandez on the mound for a rehab start to improve his arm strength. A bad outing for Joe Saunders, who's 2-2 in four starts.
2005-08-02: Springfield 1, Arkansas 9
Willits, R: 0-3
Aybar, E: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Kendrick, H: 2-4, 3 RBI
Napoli, M: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Murphy: 2-4
Morales, K: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Shell: (W, 8-7), 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 4.20 ERA
A fantastic game, with three dingers on the night for the Travs, one each for Mike Napoli (whose average has declined rather dramatically to .238), Eric Aybar, and Kendry Morales, the latter two being solo shots. Howie Kendrick got three RBIs, and Alex Serrano pitched a perfect ninth and has surrendered only two earned runs over twelve innings. Steven Shell pitched seven great innings, leading the Travs to a four-game winning streak.
2005-08-02: High Desert 4, Rancho Cucamonga 3
Fuller: 2-4
Wood, B: 0-4
Johnson: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Posey: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4.50 ERA
Thompson: (L, 4-7) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 5.05 ERA
Zimmermann: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.15 ERA
2005-08-02: Cedar Rapids 1, Southwest Michigan 2
Sandoval, F: 2-2, 2 BB
Collins: 1-4
Toussaint: 0-3, 1 RBI
Madrigal: 2-4
Rodriguez, S: 1-4
Rodriguez, F: (L, 6-7), 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 4.41 ERA
2005-08-02: AZL Angels 6, AZL Mariners 2 (completed early)
Unless I count wrong or something else happened, this should have been a Gustavo Espinoza start. Stay tuned.

Update: The guys at the ASL didn't bother to update their box scores again, so I'll just do this one manually since the only thing missing is the line score. Dallas McPherson doubled and drove in a run in an abbreviated game (it appears to have been called after five innings, maybe due to rain?). Gustavo Espinoza struck out seven over five for a complete game victory, but surrendered five hits and a walk.

Update 8/6: And here's the parsed data...

Coon: 2-6
Morris: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Trumbo: 1-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Overstreet: 2-5
Arredondo: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5.55 ERA
Wilson: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.11 ERA
Romero: (L, 0-2) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 4.76 ERA

2005-08-02: Casper 5, Orem 4
Coon: 2-6
Morris: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Trumbo: 1-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Overstreet: 2-5
Arredondo: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5.55 ERA
Wilson: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.11 ERA
Romero: (L, 0-2) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 4.76 ERA
Not that he got to play, but MILB.com ran a story about former CWS star (and current Angels prospect) Greg Dini getting starved for playing time at Orem. Dini was the starting catcher for Tulane, but in the Angels' system, he's just another guy behind the dish. Brett Martinez, a third-year prospect, is the Owlz' starting catcher, and so Dini languishes...

First signs of life from Trumbo in a while; he's definitely slumping.

2005-08-02: Oklahoma 4, Las Vegas 3
Stanley: 2-4
Young, D: 4-4, 2 RBI
Eckert: (L, 5-5), 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 5.23 ERA
Okay, I take back anything I ever said about Dodgers prospects stalling at AA. Just kidding, it's a good night for Young, though.
2005-08-02: Jacksonville 5, Tennessee 10
Abreu, T: 1-5
LaRoche, A: 0-3
Loney: 3-4
Martin, R: 2-4
Guzman, J: 0-3
Ruggiano, J: 2-4, 2 RBI
Alvarez, N: 0-0, 2 BB
Hanrahan: (L, 6-7), 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 5.28 ERA
Alvarez, C: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.50 ERA
Too bad, 'cause Hanrahan's game on the July 26 was so good. Just a real stinker.
2005-08-02: Vero Beach 10, Tampa 3
Paul: 1-5, 1 RBI
Hu: 1-4, 1 RBI
Kemp: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Dunlap: 2-5, 1 RBI
Raglani: 2-5, 2 RBI
Denker, T: 3-5, 2 RBI
Pimentel: (W, 8-6), 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3.81 ERA
Miller: (H, 1), 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.93 ERA
I'm going to have to put Denker on my "interesting players" list. Any guy who can hit 21 dingers in the pitcher-friendly Sally League is definitely interesting. He's already got two in sixteen AB's with Vero Beach.
2005-08-02: Columbus 6, Greenville 7
Carter, B: 2-6, 1 RBI
Dewitt: 2-5, 1 RBI
Westervelt: 2-4
Pedroza: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Russ: 2-5
Plummer: 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 3.83 ERA
Wright: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 2.10 ERA
Wilson: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 4.89 ERA
Akin: (L, 1-2) (in relief), 0.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 4.04 ERA
2005-08-02: GCL Nationals 3, GCL Dodgers 1 (Completed Early: Rain)
Mora: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Dasni: (L, 0-3), 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 6.25 ERA
2005-08-02: Idaho Falls 1, Ogden 6 (Completed Early: Rain)
Soto: 2-3
Mitchell: 2-2, 2 RBI
Pujols: 3-3, 1 RBI
Rivera: 2-3, 1 RBI
Leach: (W, 3-3), 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 2.98 ERA
Leach went the distance in this abbreviated (six innings) game. 39/14 K/BB ratio: very nice over 36.1 IP coming into today's game. Leach, a lefty, was the Dodgers' sixth round pick this year out of Delta State U.

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