Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Minor League Scorebook
NewsIt's that time of the week, so hold on...
- The GCL Dodgers have completed their season and earned a bye in the first round because of their victory Monday. The Dodgers will face the winner of the Twins/Yankees contest scheduled for later today, with a three-game final series. The GCL has changed a bit from last year in that teams play strictly within the divisions before the postseason, so no team would have seen the opponent's pitching.
- Here's the weekly MILB.com
wrap post. Normally I don't comment on these further, but
seeing as how we're so close to the end of the season I thought
it might be appropriate to look at how the individual teams are
- In the Pacific Coast League, the Las Vegas 51's are in the cellar of the Pacific Southern division and out of contention. The Salt Lake Bees are winning the Pacific Northern division, though they have yet to clinch.
- Texas League: The Angels' Arkansas franchise is in second place in the North division, two and a half games back of Springfield with a week to go. Incidental note: Brok Butcher missed a start Sunday with shoulder tendinitis.
- Southern League: Jacksonville is currently two and a half games back of Montgomery for the second half division trophy.
- California League: Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire are eight and nine games back of South division leader Lancaster, in third and fourth place respectively. The division leading JetHawks (the Red Sox' Cal League franchise) just set a Cal League single-season team home run record.
- Midwest League: Cedar Rapids is 37-26 in the second half and in second place in the Eastern division, while Great Lakes is 19-42 and eliminated in that same division.
- Pioneer League: Orem (15-12) and Ogden (10-17) are in second and third place respectively in the South division, with Orem trailing division leader Idaho Falls by three games. Orem has 11 games to go, five of them against Idaho Falls and six against Ogden. Ogden's schedule isn't quite as accommodating in that the division leader isn't in their remaining schedule, consisting of five with Casper and six with Orem.
- Baseball Prospectus has a nice two part interview with former Angels bench coach (and current Devil Rays manager) Joe Maddon.
- Angels Win has an ongoing dialogue with Angels scouting director Eddie Bane.
- Arizona Fall League rosters
have been announced. The Angels are sending the following
players to the Surprise Rafters this year:
- From high-A Rancho Cucamonga, OF Chris Pettit.
- From AA Arkansas: RHPs David Austen, Darren O'Day, Fernando Rodriguez, Von Stertzbach, and SS Sean Rodriguez.
- From AAA Salt Lake: C Ben Johnson
- From high-A Inland Empire: INF Ivan DeJesus
- From AA Jacksonville: RHPs Zach Hammes, Justin Orenduff, Cory Wade; INF Blake Dewitt; OF Xavier Paul.
- From AAA Las Vegas: LHPs Greg Miller, Wesley Wright
- Clayton Kershaw is the highest ranked Angel or Dodger prospect
in this week's Prospect
3. Clayton Kershaw, lhp, Double-A Jacksonville (Dodgers)
Kershaw skipped high Class A after going 7-5, 2.77 with a 134-50 strikeout-walk ratio in 97 innings at low Class A Great Lakes. And while the seventh overall pick in 2006 went through some predictable growing pains early on in Double-A, he's locked in now.
Last week, the 19-year-old lefty went 1-0, 0.69 with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.
- No Angel or Dodger prospect was Player of the Week. Clayton Kershaw of Jacksonville and Sean O'Sullivan of Cedar Rapids both won Pitcher of the Week.
Gorneault: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Eylward: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Rivera: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Evans: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
Wood: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Brown: 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
Murphy: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Shell: (W, 7-3), 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 4.95 ERA
Pullin: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 6.14 ERA
I had somebody over here the other day asking about Matt Brown and why wasn't I keeping tabs on his progress. Mainly that's because he didn't make Baseball America's top 30 prospect list this year, but that's far from being any kind of statement as to his quality as a player. Tonight he homered twice, once in the fourth and once in the sixth, both two-run shots off Travis Blackley. Brandon Wood also homered, a leadoff solo blast in the third; with the two jacks, Brown only trails Wood by two homers on the season (19 for Brown vs. 21 for Wood), but Brown has slightly better rate stats (.280/.358/.522 vs. .267/.338/.481). All those dingers came off the former Mariners top prospect Travis Blackley; life's not getting any easier for him in the Giants organization.
Brandon Wood also has a little seven-game on-base streak going. Juan Rivera went 1-for-4 with an RBI double; he's hitting .231 in small sample sizes with Salt Lake, and rapidly approaching the 50 AB threshold the Angels want him to get before returning to the big club. (With his Cal League rehab games, he now has a total of 49 at-bats in the minors.)
Finally, a very solid game by Steven Shell, who made his third straight start and got his third win in five games (the first two were in relief on August 11 and 14) by pitching a four-hit shutout through six innings.
Rodriguez, S: 0-2, 2 BB
Collins: 1-4, 1 K
Gonzalez, M: (L, 7-4), 4.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 2 HR, 3.33 ERA
Stertzbach: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 6.45 ERA
Miguel Gonzalez's worst outing since a four-inning no-decision on May 20 was responsible for a the majority of the ten runs scored against the Travs on their final game at home on the season. Travs pitching hit four batters in the game, two of them by Gonzalez — and yet he exited the game with the second-best ERA in the Texas League (3.33).
Cody Fuller went 3-for-3, and Freddy Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a triple in the loss.
Conger: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Sweeney: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Johnson: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
Shearer: (L, 1-2), 2.2 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 1.93 ERA
The Swing got out to a four-run lead early and never looked back, helped by four errors by the Kernels, who allowed three unearned runs. Starter Kelly Shearer — who appears to have been used in an emergency start, his first of the season — took the loss after only 2.2 innings. Mark Sweeney homered, a solo shot in the ninth, his 17th of the season.
Castillo: 1-5, 1 RBI, 4 K
Loman: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
Knazek: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Perez, J: (W, 1-1), 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.90 ERA
Seth Loman blasted a grand slam in the fifth for his ninth home run of the season. Jose Perez collected his first win in a dominant six inning performance, allowing only one run on a solo homer while fanning ten.
Young: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
LaRoche: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Moeller: 2-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Lundberg: (L, 7-6), 4.1 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 5 HR, 6.33 ERA
Akin: 3.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 4.82 ERA
Andy LaRoche got his first hits since coming back from the DL, and Chad Moeller was perfect at the plate in a game the 51's lost due to an amazingly bad outing by Spike Lundberg. Lundberg gave up seven runs, all earned, on five home runs, three of them back-to-back-to-back jacks in the fourth given up to Jeremy Reed, Mike Morse, and Bryan LaHair. The trio felt obliged, at first because of hecklers in the crowd:
"It's funny because the hecklers were kind of giving him a hard time. I said 'Way to go get that one' and he said 'I had to,'" LaHair said. "After Jeremy said that, I was laughing pretty hard. Then I hit one and told him 'I had to.' It was a funny thing, a little joke between us."The five homers were a career high for Lundberg; after that power display, he turned around and hit the next batter, which at least makes you think it might have been an intentional pitch.
Ellis: 4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Dunlap: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Orenduff, J: 0-1, 1 K
Hammes: 0-1, 1 K
Orenduff, J: 2.1 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 4.03 ERA
Hammes: (L, 5-8) (in relief), 2.1 IP, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 5.11 ERA
Justin Orenduff followed up his best performance of the year with his worst since May 23, though he did not get tagged for the loss thanks to an offense that rallied to tie the game 5-5 after four and a half frames were in the books, but then the Bay Bears put a ten spot on the board, four of those due to Rusty Ryal's grand slam. Zach Hammes loaded the bases twice, plunked two batters (one of them with the bases loaded), and left the bases loaded for Joey Norrito, who gave up the Ryal's slam.
A.J. Ellis was perfect at the plate (4-for-4) and homered in the loss.
Berezay: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Robinson: 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K
Smit: (L, 0-4), 5.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 5 BB, 6.86 ERA
Sanfler: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 5.43 ERA
Wallach: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Vetters: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K
Gallagher: 2-3, 1 2B
Brantley: 6.1 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 4.06 ERA
Koss: (BS, 1), 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 5.60 ERA
Caraballo: (W, 2-3) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 5.40 ERA
Garcia, Y: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
Dutton: (W, 5-2), 7.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 3.28 ERA
Paredes: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 4.50 ERA
The Dodgers won their final game of the season, trouncing the Cards with the help of a big three-run fourth inning that saw Franklin Jacobs drive in two on a double.