Saturday, June 24, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- A few days late, but Nick Adenhart was named to the Futures Game.
- Johnathan Mayo and Lisa Winston answer a mailbag,
discussing who has the better upside among the current crop of
top Dodger prospects. Excerpt:
Jonathan: Billingsley on the mound, but there are some people who would tout Scott Elbert, who's a little ways away in the Florida State League. I would say one of those two, and you can't go wrong by saying Billingsley. As far as position players, I would say Kemp or Guzman as far as upside potential, though Russ Martin's upside is considerable.Also, more kvetching over the Jered Weaver situation, which see, below.
Lisa: I would say Kemp. He may not be the "top prospect," but his upside, when you consider that he's more raw and younger and has a little less baseball experience than some of these guys, then you look at what he's done, where he's at, that shows his learning curve. Then you tie in the fact that he has the power, the speed, the potential to hit for average and can play defense. My only knock on Guzman, who has power and I think will be a great player, he's not a five-tool player. I think Kemp is the lone five-tool player in this group.
- John Sickels has his Angels pre-season top 20 prospects list up.
Willits, R: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Pride: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Kendrick, H: 0-4, 2 K
Mathis, J: 2-4
Weaver, Jer: (W, 5-1), 9.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 14 K, 1 BB, 2.15 ERA
AKA Jered Weaver Kicks Down The Door To The Show: A complete game two-hit shutout, with only those and a walk standing between him and a perfect game. His fourteen strikeouts broke a franchise record, throwing 72 of 105 pitches for strikes. Get back on that horse, Jered. A Curtis Pride RBI groundout provided all the offense. Howie Kendrick is now hitting .389, and we should probably put out a missing persons call to the police, or maybe a missing bat call, if such things there be.
Wood: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Brown: 0-4, 2 BB, 2 K
Wilson: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Day: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Green: 7.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HR, 4.68 ERA
Gonzalez: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.48 ERA
Now 0-2 on the young season, at least Nick Green delivered a quality start. Old nemesis Hunter Pence hit a walkoff two-run shot in the bottom of the 12th, off of Miguel Gonzalez. Bobby Wilson homered in the loss, and Devin Day had a 3-5 day at the plate; Brandon Wood reached first safely three times in six tries.
Collins: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Rodriguez, S: 0-4, 1 K
Lopez: 0-4, 2 K
Posey: (L, 2-9), 4.0 IP, 8 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 5.07 ERA
Torres: 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 6.18 ERA
Man, Micah Posey looks shorter and shorter for this team. A five-run second and a three-run fifth (he gave up a pair of singles and a walk before being yanked for reliever Michal Simard), and he got the hook.
Trumbo: 0-3, 1 K
Davies: 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Marek: (W, 8-1), 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 2.14 ERA
A six inning game abbreviated by rain, Josh Davies drove in the only run; Stephen Marek pitched another very good game, three-hitting the Wizards through six, though again, you'd like to see more strikeouts.
Phillips: 1-4, 2 K
Rivera: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Cassevah: (L, 0-1), 1.1 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 20.25 ERA
Arredondo: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Haynes: 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 2.70 ERA
These back-and-forth slugfests are hilarious, aren't they? Tonight it was Ogden's turn to blast away at Orem pitching; Luis Rivera hit a solo homer, the only run Orem would score. And, I believe we have a Bobby Cassevah sighting. Somebody get him to the showers, he really stank in this game...
Conger: 2-5, 1 K
Moore: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Maldonado: 2-3, 1 RBI
Lewis: 1-2, 2 BB
Jimenez: (L, 0-1), 2.2 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 20.25 ERA
Peacock: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
Esmerlin Jimenez didn't look so much like Merlin in his opening AZL appearance, getting chased before he could get out of the third. Otherwise, a good offensive game for the AZL Angels. Hank Conger played at the DH slot in this one, and with gametime temps at 95° F, you have to believe he'd need a day off.
One more note about the AZL Angels before I head off: the roster now has Gustavo Espinoza on it, but he's got the number 99. Are they trying to tell us something? Also, Warner Madrigal at this level, again? Also among the infielders we find Casey Kotchman's name. He hasn't appeared on a lineup card yet, but I'll surely keep my eyes peeled.
Young, D: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Guzman: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Weber, J: 2-4, 1 BB
Wunsch: 0-1, 1 K
Carrara: 1-1, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Carrara: (BS, 1), 0.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.92 ERA
Miller: 0.2 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.68 ERA
Osoria: (BS, 4), 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.60 ERA
Wunsch: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 10.29 ERA
This game ought to make a believer of anybody doubting the raw firepower coming up through the Snakes' farm system. Chris Carter hit six RBIs on the strength of a pair of bases-clearing doubles, but it wasn't enough to get the Sidewinders a win. Gio Carrara got a blown save when he allowed all three of the baserunners inherited from Harold Eckert to score; also, Gio got tagged with an unearned run when Carlos Quentin got aboard on a fielding error by Wilson Valdez and later scored on one of Carter's doubles. But he almost made up for it all with his own three-run double.
With a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, Greg Miller replaced Carrara, and stumbled into a two-out, bases loaded situation, whereupon he was replaced by Franquelis Osoria. Osoria gave up Carter's second bases-clearing double, and thus earned the dubious distinction of being the second 51's pitcher to blow a save in the same game.
Las Vegas finally scored in the top of the 10th, with James Loney singling and Delwyn Young doubling him home from first. Justin Reid posted a scoreless bottom of the 10th to notch the save.
Ojeda: (W, 4-2), 6.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2.55 ERA
Batting leadoff, Jacksonville centerfielder Adam Greenberg drove in three runs on a bases-loaded triple in the five-run fifth. Mark Alexander notched his 18th save, and now has a 0.82 ERA.
Dewitt: 2-4, 1 BB
Locke: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dunlap: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Santana: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Hoffmann: 0-4, 2 K
Bastardo: 5.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 3.41 ERA
Diaz: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Pimentel: (H, 1), 1.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 4.50 ERA
Castillo, A: (BS, 1)(L, 2-2) (in relief), 0.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 5.08 ERA
Boy, this reminds me of this game against the Giants a couple years ago: so long as there's outs to work with, you still have a chance. With a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Julio Pimentel walked the first two batters, and then first baseman Cole Bruce made a throwing error, allowing Jake Muyco to reach and a run to score. Albenis Castillo then took over on the mound, and immediately walked the first batter he faced. Pinch-hitter Nate Spears then tripled home all three baserunners, and Jemel Spearman grounded out to first to score the go-ahead run. A terrible implosion by the Dodgers, who should have had this one in the bag, obscuring fine offensive performances by Blake Dewitt and Andrew Locke, as well as a good pitching performance by Alberto Bastardo.
Mooneyham: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Denker, T: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
May: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Alvarez: (L, 4-6), 3.0 IP, 8 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 5.62 ERA
Pratt: 3.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 6.00 ERA
Jason Mooneyham hit his first home run of the season in this lopsided loss to the Sand Gnats. Mario Alvarez got torched to the tune of eight runs, most of the damage coming in the six-run third.
People, think about this: it was 98°F at game time, with a 2 MPH wind. That's how badly these young men want to play ball.
Pedroza: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Mooneyham: 2-3, 2 RBI
Denker, T: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Arias, M: (W, 7-4), 5.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 4.52 ERA
Meloan: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0.69 ERA
Ah, that's more like it. The temperature had subsided to a more manageable 85° F by the time this seven-inning doubleheader game commenced, ending in a split between the two teams.
Soto: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Perez: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Taloa: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Van Slyke: 0-4, 4 K
Jensen: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Dasni: (W, 1-0), 5.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 1.80 ERA
Justin Fuller, Jesus Soto, Eduardo Perz, and Rick Taloa all had two hits each; Soto had three RBIs by himself in this laugher. Scott Van Slyke, who picked up a golden sombrero — are you Andy's brother?
Garcia: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Mattingly: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Mathews: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Lopez: 2-4, 1 RBI
Robinson: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Dutton: (W, 1-0), 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Quintana: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Don't like getting demoted? Then show 'em that AAA is your little plaything.
Rob, a couple of personnel moves you seem to have missed is that Quakers' RHP Amalio Diaz was transferred to AZL Angels. This could not be a performance-based decision, inasmuch as Diaz has done just fine at Rancho. But there were a couple of other moves (RHP Karl Gelinas was activated from suspended list & RHP Aaron Pullin was demoted from Class AA Arkansas) which probably necessitated this. But why send him all the way down to AZL, rather than Cedar Rapids?
I'm wondering whether Arredondo will get a shot at Arkansas this year, to make room for Adenhart at Rancho.