Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- Carlos Gomez breaks
down the MLB scouting video of the top draftees in this
year's class. Here's what he has to say about the guys germane
to this blog:
#7 - Los Angeles Dodgers - P Clayton KershawHe also mentions Avery Morris and Preston Mattingly, but no video was available for either of them, so they grade as "incomplete". Gomez goes on to rank the draftees in the order in which he thinks they should have been drafted, and actually rates Conger as the third best player in the draft, though he likes Clayton Kershaw a notch lower than where he was actually taken.
Ok, he has a very minimal arm action hitch, but nothing that would concern me. Actually, it might help him hide the ball better and be later with his arm, which I like. I would tell him to just let the follow through happen. It seems like his coaches are telling to stay down through it. I'd tell him to throw the crap out of the ball instead and just fall wherever your body tells you to fall. My first impression, he reminds me of John Rocker in how he hunches a bit when reaching with his front leg and with his short arm action, which I certainly like. Could increase his tempo a bit to make him even more explosive. I know high school pitchers are riskier, but I'd take him over [Andrew Miller, taken by the Tigers with the sixth overall pick] in a heartbeat.
Kershaw has pitched in 3 Gulf Coast League games, striking out 12 batters in 7 innings.
#25 - Los Angeles Angels - C Hyun Choi Conger
I called him a top 10 guy the first time I saw the video. He might be more along the lines of top 6 or 7. Reviewed the video once again, and I think he's an unbelievable steal at 25. His swing, right now from the right side, is a big leaguer's swing. As a matter of opinion, he has the best, most powerful, just plain violent swing of anyone in the first round. His lefty swing isn't as good, but is a high-level swing as well. GREAT, GREAT pick. A switch-hitting catcher with power from both sides? Sign me up. Oh, and he looks like he has decent movements behind the plate, with a shorter, truer catcher release. If he sticks at catcher, his value is, yeah, great. If he doesn't, don't worry, this guy will mash at first. How does Sapp go before this guy, I'll never figure it out.
Conger was assigned to the Arizona League and is hitting 319/382/522 with 4 triples.
- More minor league movement:
- Salt Lake: (7/17) sent Ps Dustin Moseley and Joe Saunders to Angels, received INF Erick Aybar from Angels, sent 1B Casey Kotchman (on ML rehab) to Angels. Kotchman remains on the DL after suffering from dizzy spells in a rehab start. (7/18) received Moseley from Angels.
- Las Vegas: (7/17) received P Mark Alexander from Jacksonville, released OF Jon Weber. (7/18) sent OF Wilkin Ruan to Jacksonville.
- Vero Beach (FSL): (7/17) received OF Sergio Pedroza from Columbus (SAL), released OF Ryan Carter.
Smith, C: 2-5, 1 K
Aybar: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
McPherson: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Eylward: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Blakely: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Smith, J: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Hensley: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 2.00 ERA
Darren Blakely's solo shot in the top of the 10th was the game-winner for the Bees, who rebounded from their four-game sweep by Sacramento by turning around and taking the first two from the Grizzlies. Jesse Smith, just called up from AA Arkansas to make this one start, did a fantastic job in that role and completely surprised everyone. He'll scamper back down to his usual mediocrity at AA presently.
Peel, A: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Wood: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Evans: 1-5, 2 K
Rodriguez, R: (W, 4-5), 7.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 7.12 ERA
Edwards: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.92 ERA
With Terry Evans getting so much press lately and so many home runs, it was good to see Brandon Wood take one out of the park, his 20th of the season. The homer was his first since July 7, and his first multi-hit game since July 4. Rafael Rodriguez had his best start since a May 26 seven-inning shutout. Aaron Peel was a single and a homer away from the cycle, and Nathan Haynes went 2-3 with a pair of walks starting in right and batting leadoff.
Former Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzki was 2-4 with the Drillers, and scored one of Tulsa's only two runs.
Sandoval, F: 2-5, 1 K
Rodriguez, S: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Collins: 0-4, 1 K
Fuller: 2-3, 1 2B
Toussaint: 1-4, 1 K
Adenhart: (L, 2-1), 6.2 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 5.23 ERA
Simard: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 5.85 ERA
Ouch. Nick Adenhart got blasted in this one, as Stockton turned it into a rout with a five-inning seventh; one of the runs in that inning was unearned thanks to a throwing error by Adenhart himself. Nate Sutton hit his seventh homer of the year, to no avail.
Trumbo: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Renz: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Ortega: (L, 1-2), 4.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2.86 ERA
Howell: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 4.63 ERA
Pitching trouble both at Rancho and Cedar Rapids, I see; Anthony Ortega didn't make it into the fifth, earning his second consecutive loss for the Kernels in his fourth Midwest League start this year. He struck out five, though, as kind of a consolation prize. Jordan Renz homered in the loss.
Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K
Phillips: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Incinelli: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 0.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 4.66 ERA
Everything but the pitching worked out. Felipe Arredondo had a blown save as he allowed three earned runs. Jared Incinelli gave up a walkoff homer to John Hester in the bottom of the 10th after striking out the only two batters to face him in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Mount homered in the loss. A bad end to an okayish start by Sean O'Sullivan, who worked five innings while giving up four earned runs with eight hits and four strikeouts on no walks.
Loman: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ortiz: 3-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Jimenez: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.38 ERA
Sempey: (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 15.19 ERA
Seldom-used catcher Martin Maldonado went 1-3 as Hank Conger was nowhere to be found for the third day running. Slap-hitting Norberto Ortiz had a perfect game at the plate, and Seth Loman homered.
Young, D: 1-5
Loney: 1-4, 1 BB
Kemp: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Guzman, J: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
LaRoche: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB
Robles: 2-4, 1 2B
Bellorin, E: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Houlton: (W, 5-9), 7.1 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 6.11 ERA
Osoria: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 4.60 ERA
This is how it's supposed to go. Houlton had one of his better nights, which is to say he was tolerable. Jason Repko had a perfect night at the plate, and Matt Kemp, Joel Guzman, and Edwin Bellorin all homered in a romp against Tacoma that ended an eight game losing streak.
Brazell: 1-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Raglani: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Nall: (W, 9-3), 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 2.63 ERA
Alvarez, C: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.79 ERA
The Suns delivered a real pounding on the Lookouts as T.J. Nall stymied their offense despite three walks over six innings. Craig Brazell's grand slam was his 13th homer of the year.
Bruce: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Dunlap: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Hoffmann: 1-3, 1 RBI
Figueroa: (L, 0-5), 4.0 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 5 BB, 1 HR, 8.35 ERA
Castillo, A: 2.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5.70 ERA
Cole Bruce homered in the loss. Jes' got whupped.
Justis: 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Denker, T: 0-5, 1 K
Jensen: 2-4, 1 2B
McDonald: (L, 2-8), 6.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 4.34 ERA
Leadoff man Ivan De Jesus got on base four of five times yet he only scored one run, which tells you where the problems lay for the Catfish. A ten strikeout performance by James McDonald was undermined by the fact that two of his four hits were homers.
Bell: 0-4, 1 K
Taloa: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Van Slyke: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Rodriguez, J: 3.1 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.89 ERA
Coleman: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1.86 ERA
Jones: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 8.25 ERA
Rick Taloa homered twice, and I'm too damn tired to continue.
Guerra: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Gracia: (L, 1-1) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 3.13 ERA