Saturday, April 15, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- Here's a piece about Holman Stadium, spring home of the Dodgers and the regular season (whew, that's hot!) home of the low-A Vero Beach Dodgers.
- Major league contracts are guaranteed, so teams — for better or worse — have to pay player salaries regardless of whether they can play or not. But that's not the case in the minors. Case in point: Jody Gerut has patellar tendinitis, and he's having surgery despite the team's wishes. As a result, he'll get no payroll checks from the team while he convalesces.
- A couple days old, but here's Jim Callis on Dallas McPherson, among others:
Ryan (Irvine, CA): Jim I always enjoy your chats. What were BA's thoughts on McPherson's future as a major leaguer, especially after his 2004 minor league campaign? Watching him last year and durring this spring, his problems seem almost entirely mental. The talent seems there and he has shown flashes of brilliance but he can't seem to get a break and put anything together.
Jim Callis: (2:04 PM ET ) We were bullish on McPherson. His penchant for striking out was a concern, but then so again was Ryan Howard's. I still think there's a lot of talent and power in there, but McPherson needs to get it going.
Trader J (Indy): Nick Adenhart looks to be healthy and the real deal. If he continues, will be considered a top 25 talent at the end of the year?
Jim Callis: (2:16 PM ET ) He could be. Adenhart and Homer Bailey were considered the two best HS pitchers in the 2004 draft until Adenhart blew out his elbow. Kudos to the Angels for signing him when it seemed impossible.
Mike, ANA: Aybar or Wood?
Jim Callis: (2:55 PM ET ) Wood.
Mark (LA): James Loney: Star or Bust?
Jim Callis: (2:57 PM ET ) Same as Stauffer, in between.
Kendrick, H: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Gorneault: 1-4, 1 2B
McPherson: 0-4, 3 K
Napoli, M: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Morales: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Willits, R: 1-3, 1 2B
Bootcheck: (W, 1-0), 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2.25 ERA
Olenberger: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 6.43 ERA
D-Mac continues his adventures with vitamin K, unlikelies Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar both homered, Kendrick's first in AAA. Chris Bootcheck got more walks than strikeouts, so it was a good night for offense, and bad night for everything else.
Peel, A: 4-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Wood: 0-5, 2 K
Brown: 2-5, 1 K
Eylward: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Porter: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
Rodland: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Bittner: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.25 ERA
Brandon Wood's now hitting .267 and is 0 for his last three games. Suffice to say he's having some trouble adjusting to the Texas League, yet last year's performance in Rancho gives us some little confidence he will eventually adjust. The Travs tied this one in the sixth and moved ahead in the eighth on a wild pitch and a pair of RBI singles, one by Greg Porter, and the last by Aaron Peel. Peel has no power, yet he hits. He could be interesting in an all-average kind of way.
Sandoval, F: 2-3, 2 BB
Toussaint: 2-3, 2 2B
Remole: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Duff: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Sutton: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Arredondo: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1.80 ERA
Pete: (BS, 2)(W, 1-0) (in relief), 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.25 ERA
Lynch: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Nine strikeouts by Arredondo over five innings. Lancaster scored the go-ahead run in the seventh, but Rancho came right back in the eighth on a rally sparked by a HBP on Drew Toussaint, who reached base five of six times.
Renz: 1-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Madrigal: 2-4, 1 K
Edwards: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Marek: (W, 1-0), 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 0.77 ERA
Hawkins: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 2.57 ERA
Didjurgis: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
All Angels affiliates won their games today, which doesn't happen too often, I can tell you. A mediocre game for Stephen Marek; hardly any strikeouts.
Guzman, J: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Young, D: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juarez: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 HR, 1.80 ERA
Gonzalez, L: (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.38 ERA
I listened to the early part of this game, and Vegas had several chances to win this one, but pitching wasn't quite good enough and Sacramento got the hits when they needed them. Willy Aybar's three strikeouts were part of the reason why.
Update: What I missed in this game — something the Times pointed out today — is that the Dodgers have moved Joel Guzman to first. Hm...
Abreu: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Kemp: 0-4, 1 BB
LaRoche: 2-6, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ruggiano, J: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Hu: 1-2, 1 BB
Hanrahan: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 4 BB, 1 HR, 3.48 ERA
Alexander: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Seven strikeouts for Joel Hanrahan: good. Five hits and four walks: eh, don't call us, kid, we'll call you. Ruggiano, a kid I liked from last year but who failed to make any of the top prospect lists this year, is heating up. His home run in today's game caps a pair of back-to-back multihit games after going 3-20 in his first six games.
Paul, X: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Dewitt: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Denker, T: 0-4
Rohan: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Merricks: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 12 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Troncoso: (BS, 1)(L, 0-2) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 5.40 ERA
No, 2000 sixth-round pick Matt Merricks is not a prospect, not at 23 in high A for the fifth time with his third organization (actually, LA for the second time). But you still have to tip your cap at that many strikeouts. Too bad Vero's bats couldn't support him.
Mitchell: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Apodaca: 0-2, 2 BB
Bastardo: (W, 2-0), 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.87 ERA
This game was decided in the fourth on a wild pitch and an RBI triple from Russell Mitchell.