Monday, May 22, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- There's been a fair amount of nervous chatter in the Halosphere
ever since Baseball America's May 8 Prospect Hot Sheet labeled former Angels prospect Alexi Casilla
"the Twins shortstop of the future". Despite my off-the-cuff
recollection that the Twins didn't have much in the way of
up-the-middle strength in their farm, BA's 2006 Prospect
Handbook shows three other shortstop or second base
prospects in their system ahead of Casilla, who ranked their
23rd best prospect.
I bring this up in part because Bryan Smith recently wrote a piece on the next generation to come from Minnesota's farm system. Trevor Plouffe, who outranked (at ninth) all the other shortstop prospects in their system, is having trouble getting going offensively at high A; as a result, Smith says of Casilla that he "might be the better prospect" — and he still only profiles as "likely a future bench player".
- The accolades for Nick Adenhart continue to roll in, as Chris Constancio mentions the Angels'
top prospect who's just breezing through the Midwest
League. (Hat tip to Brian for the notice.) Constancio thinks that, as with
the still darned young Brandon Wood, the Angels might keep
Adenhart at that level because of his age, and just as with
Wood, "expect some gaudy numbers and plenty of recognition by
Similarly, Nick made the Weekend Daily Dish at Baseball America. More Nick quotes:
"I've felt great and my arm has been bouncing back very well," Adenhart said. "I know there's that question of being healthy, but honestly, this is the best I've felt probably since '04. And I've been commanding everything well. I have no complaints with the way things are going."The Angels are really letting him air it out, too:
"They've been using more of a visual approach to my pitch counts, more or less," Adenhart said. "If I'm at 100 pitches and still repeating well, they'll let you go ahead and start another inning and maybe push it to 115. It's nice to have some kind of freedom within the pitch count, because you can be a little more loose and just go out there and attack."
- Of course, Kendry Morales was promoted to the 25-man, and Jason Bulger sent back down.
- Speaking of, Kendry Morales was named PCL Offensive Player of the Week, hitting .500 with five doubles, one home run, two walks, and an .864 SLG over that time.
- No Dodger or Angel prospect was named a pitcher of the week in any league, but I bet I can think of one guy who'll be a candidate next time around...
- Weekly Notebooks:
Last week: 2-4, 25-17 overall, 1st place, Pacific North Division.
Hot: Kendry Morales (.537 in his last 10 games); Curtis Pride (.480 last 8 games)
Cold: Nick Gorneault
Last week: 2-4, 25-18 overall, 1st place, Pacific South Division.
Hot: James Loney (.417 in his last 8 games); Joel Guzman (6-18)
Cold: Wilson Valdez
Texas League (Travs)
Last week: 1-5, 15-26 overall, 4th place, North Division.
Hot: Matt Pali, Eric Rodland, Bobby Wilson (all 8-20).
Cold: Matt Brown (2-18), Brandon Wood (2-22), and the entire Travs pitching staff (5.31 ERA in May).
Southern League (Suns)
Last week: 3-4, 25-19 overall, 2nd place, South Division.
Hot: Craig Brazell (.387 in his last 6 games), Brad Cresse (8-17), Andy LaRoche (15-38, including a 4-4 game Thursday). Justin Orenduff, for his six hitless innings against Mississippi last Thursday.
Cold: A.J. Zapp.
Cal League (Quakes)
Last week: 1-5, 23-21 overall, 3rd place, South Division.
Hot: Miguel Gonzalez (now promoted to Arkansas for his good works in the pen).
Cold: The Quakes offense, producing only 18 runs in the last six games.
Florida State League (Dodgers)
Last week: 3-3, 15-27 overall, 6th (last) place, East Division.
Hot: Bruce Cole (6-19), David Nicholson (8-15)
Cold: Travis Denker (1-28, the lone hit being a homer).
Midwest League (Kernels)
Last week: 2-4, 20-23 overall, 5th place, South Division.
Hot: Jordan Renz (for his 3-homer day)
Cold: Kelly Shearer (0-2, 7.94 ERA).
South Atlantic League (Catfish)
Last week: 2-5, 21-23 overall, sixth place, Southern Division.
Hot: Andrew Locke
Cold: Everybody else.
Kendrick, H: 0-4, 1 K
Gorneault: 2-4, 1 RBI
Mathis, J: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Eylward: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Pride: 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Specht: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Weaver, Jer: (W, 4-1), 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 2.05 ERA
"Come on," Jered Weaver once told brother Jeff, who was deciding whether he should possibly block his brother's ascent to the majors by signing with the Angels. "Don't worry about me. I'll make my chance. And the chance to be together is too good to pass up."
That chance is getting nearer. A complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts, no walks, five hits (four singles and a double), ten groundball outs, and six flyball outs, his effort tied the Salt Lake record for consecutive scoreless innings. Now, this is against a seriously talent-drained New Orleans roster; they're treading water at 23-21 in the American South division of the PCL. But still, this is what good pitchers do against bad teams.
Curtis Pride homered, and Brian Specht and Jeff Mathis both had 2-fer nights.
Porter: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB
Wilson: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Brown: 0-4, 4 K
Pali: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Hunter: (L, 1-4), 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 7.20 ERA
Even when they get good pitching they still lose. Today's opposition was top Texas Rangers prospect Thomas Diamond, who three-hit the Travs. The only scoring came on a Matt Pali solo homer off Wes Littleton.
Rodriguez, S: 0-4, 1 BB
Collins: 2-4, 1 K
Toussaint: 3-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Remole: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Leblanc: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Rodriguez: (W, 2-4), 7.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.02 ERA
Rancho dynamited High Desert, with Drew Toussaint having a two-homer night, and four other Quakes having multi-hit nights as well. Francisco Rodriguez pitched his best game in a little while to get the win.
Albano: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Trumbo: 2-4, 1 2B
Mosebach: (L, 3-2), 7.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 3.16 ERA
Kane County exploded for four runs in the first off Robert Mosebach. The Kernels never really caught up.
Riggs: 3-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Loney: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Guzman, J: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Young, D: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bellorin, E: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Eckert: (W, 3-1), 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 5.45 ERA
Osoria: 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 4.50 ERA
More pounding; shortstop Eric Riggs, who appears to be in his fourth game as a 51, went 3-6 with a homer, and Edwin Bellorin also had a pair of dingers. Scott Eckert finally found enough offensive support to collect a win; he can retire happy now. Franquelis Osoria was effective in relief, too.
Joel Guzman played left field, too.
Dewitt: 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Bruce: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Santana: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Denker, T: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Gutierrez: 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Merricks: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 3.69 ERA
Wright: (W, 2-2) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1.80 ERA
Another multi-homer blowout.
Mitchell: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Locke: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Wade: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 3.32 ERA
Rodriguez, J: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 6.75 ERA
Hey, look, the Catfish finally won! And with Ivan De Jesus getting in a multi-hit night, to boot!