Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- Jim Callis
thinks the Angels should move Erick Aybar for Cardinals relief
prospect Anthony Reyes:
Los Angeles didn't give Callaspo away, but it also didn't get a full return on his value. And his departure only slightly lessened a logjam that still includes Adam Kennedy and Howie Kendrick at second base and Orlando Cabrera, Brandon Wood and Aybar at shortstop.
Kennedy can become a free agent and Wood eventually may move to third base, but the Angels still would have too many middle infielders. Their pitching isn't as strong as their lineup, so dealing Aybar for mound reinforcements makes a lot of sense.
Reyes is St. Louis' best prospect, a potential No. 2 starter if he can avoid the nagging elbow and shoulder injuries that have intermittently plagued him since 2002. But he couldn't make the big league staff out of spring training, and the Cardinals have a very real chance to win the World Series. They'd be better off by swapping Reyes for Aybar, whom they'd install at shortstop, allowing them to move David Eckstein to second base.
- Former Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzky went 4-5 and homered in a game that tied the Drillers' franchise record for most home runs hit in a single game (six). Mariners affiliate San Antonio was the victim of a 17-2 attack.
- Travelerocity passes along a Springdale, AR city council vote setting a July 11 election date to decide on a $50 million stadium bond. The "worst-kept secret in the city" is that the town hopes to attract a AA team into northeastern Arkansas; that team is none other than the present-day Wichita Wranglers, Texas League affiliate of the Royals. The Royals, of course, are a plaything of David Glass, "the worst owner in pro sports". The Clips' present-day fortunes notwithstanding, you'd have to give Donald Sterling that "award"....
Smith, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kendrick, H: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Gorneault: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Mathis, J: 0-4, 1 K
Pavkovich: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Saunders: (W, 6-2), 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 2.89 ERA
Speaking of hidings, Bees pitching can do almost no wrong against the Zephyrs, as Joe Saunders pitched the team's second complete game shutout in three days, striking out one more than Jered Weaver did in his complete game on Monday. Nick Gorneault and Reggie Willits both had a multi-hit day (Willits got on base all but one plate appearance), Casey Smith homered, and Howie Kendrick got on base four of six tries with a pair of RBIs.
Saunders nearly lost the shutout in the sixth when New Orleans right fielder Mike Vento doubled and Larry Broadway got an infield single. Saunders bore down and struck out Brandon Larson and finished with three perfect innings.
Day: 2-4, 1 K
Edwards: (L, 4-2) (in relief), 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 4.21 ERA
Brandon Wood's slump lightened up just a bit with a multi-hit day that was a triple short of the cycle; the home run was his first in 16 games. It wasn't enough, as Frisco centerfielder Kevin Mahar plated Kevin Richardson on a walkoff RBI single.
Rodriguez, S: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Collins: 0-3, 1 K
Reilly: 2-5, 2 K
Johnson: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Toussaint: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Green: (W, 5-2), 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3.81 ERA
What is it with complete games in the Angels system? Nick Green came roaring back from early season struggles and four-hit the Mavs for the third complete game pitched by Angels system prospects this week. Rancho just plain bled High Desert white in this game, scoring runs in all but three frames. Sean Rodriguez, Ben Johnson, and Drew Toussaint all homered, with Toussaint getting on base three times and driving in three; Rodriguez also walked twice. Organizational filler Kyle Crist took the loss and seven earned runs.
Guzman, J: 1-4, 1 K
Young, D: 0-3, 1 BB
Stults: (L, 3-5), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 5.44 ERA
Kuo: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA
Osoria: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.00 ERA
From going 8-3 between 5/7 and 5/16, the 51's have suddenly started slumping, getting swept by a red-hot Albuquerque, and now losing the series at Round Rock. Eric Stults, a usual suspect in these affairs, also got tagged with this loss, though he actually pitched a quality start, surrendering only one run over six innings. The Las Vegas offense was totally stymied by BA's top rated prospect in the Astros' system, Jason Hirsh. Hirsh went seven innings and struck out five; he's now 4-2 on the year with a 2.88 ERA. The feat was even more impressive considering the 92 degree temperatures at game time and a 14 MPH wind blowing out to left. It was the second consecutive shutout of the 51's and their high-powered offense by the Express.
Rohan: 2-5, 1 RBI
Kemp: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
LaRoche: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Raglani: 2-4, 1 2B
Ellis: 1-2, 2 BB
Totten: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 3.43 ERA
Simmons: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.08 ERA
Heath Totten didn't quite get a quality start but the Suns won anyway, with Jacksonville breaking a 3-3 tie in the seventh, scoring three runs off reliever Gerrit Simpson (0-2), who took the loss.
Hoffmann: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dunlap: 0-2, 2 BB
Denker, T: 1-3, 1 BB
Bastardo: (L, 1-1), 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 2 HR, 3.60 ERA
Castillo, A: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 6.20 ERA
Alberto Bastardo gave up a two-run homer to Garth McKinney and a grand slam to Victor Mendez in the third inning; the Dodgers would never recover.
De Jesus: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Pedroza: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
Mooneyham: 0-3, 2 BB
Locke: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Harper: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Godwin: 2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Arias, M: (W, 5-3), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.83 ERA
Back in low-A ball, the Catfish show some signs of life with their second consecutive win and their fifth in their last six outings; that followed a wretched five-game losing streak, mostly at the hands of the Rome Braves. Columbus scored in crooked numbers in four of their eight frames (they were the home team) while matching the RiverDogs in hits (nine apiece). Andrew Locke was the offensive star of the game, doubling twice, driving in a pair, and going 3-5; he's now hitting .355 on the season.
That would be too bad. The only AA game I've ever seen was in Wichita in 1997, and it's the only place I've ever caught a foul ball. Still have it. Had it autographed by Mick Fieldbinder after the game.