Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- I don't necessarily follow Baseball Prospectus as closely
as I used to, but Kevin
Goldstein has some interesting opinions on Angels prospect
An eighth-round pick last June, Reckling is the kind of pitcher you can dream on–-an athletic southpaw who's raw but offers a lot of upside. This year, he’s showcased a fastball that has average velocity but explosive late life, as well as a plus curveball, and in the past month he’s been nearly untouchable. On Friday night, Reckling had his best start of the year, allowing three hits over eight shutout innings, which was just another day at the office of late for Reckling, who has fired 28 scoreless frames in his last four starts while allowing just 15 hits. He's one of the fastest risers around.Hat tip to Fats in yesterday's comments.
- DT commenter Nate Purcell in today's DT thread (345) found a Birmingham News article indicating Dodgers 33rd round draftee Melvin Ray will sign with Los Angeles.
- Fresno State defeated North Carolina 5-3.
- Very old news that I'm quite certain I missed: the
Dodgers signed a pair of Mexican pitchers in March:
Could you tell me a little about Mexican lefthander Javier Solano. The Dodgers' official website reported they signed him earlier this year for $250,000. What's the scouting report on him?
I recently read an article that said Dodgers lefthander Javier Solano was considered the best pitching prospect in Mexico when the Dodgers signed him for $250,000 earlier this year as a 17-year-old, and that he has an above-average fastball and curveball. Do you have any information about Solano? Is he a legitimate prospect, and where does it look like he'll play this season?
The Dodgers did buy Solano's rights from the Mexican League's Monterrey Sultans earlier this winter for $250,000. He's 17 years old but he's actually a righthander, not a lefty. Solano has a mature body at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, but he's more athletic than that build might indicate. Los Angeles loves his mechanics, pitchability and confidence.
His stuff is promising too. Solano's two best pitches are an 89-93 mph fastball that sits around 91 and a plus 75-78 mph curveball. He also has some feel for a changeup and uses a slider as his fourth offering.
Solano has been very impressive in minor league camp, pitching well enough to merit making the Dodgers' low Class A Great Lakes club. But given his age and inexperience, as well as the cold early-season weather in the Midwest League, Los Angeles will keep Solano in extended spring training for at least the first month of the season.
The Dodgers also paid $250,000 to the Sultans for the rights to another pitcher, 19-year-old righthander Freddy Quintero. Quintero, who's 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, has an 89-92 mph fastball and a hard slider.
Wood: 0-5, 1 K
Wilson: 2-2, 1 2B, 2 BB
Adenhart: (L, 5-6), 7.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 4.66 ERA
Finally, a good outing by Nick Adenhart. Overlook the unearned run and this was a decent game; unfortunately for the Bees it was also a loss. Brandon Wood continued his post-option futility at the plate, hitting .182/.280/.318 in June.
Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Smith, Cor: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
Czarniecki: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Collins: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Greenberg: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Rodriguez, Fe: 2.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 5 BB, 5.42 ERA
Davidson: 4.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1.17 ERA
Rodriguez, R: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1.88 ERA
Aldridge: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.25 ERA
Michael Collins' solo homer in the ninth tied up the game, but then Springfield must've figured they'd won the game in the top of the eleventh with a two-run, two-outs rally that also saw a wild pitch by reliever Ryan Aldridge and a passed ball by Ben Johnson (the latter to no effect, though).
The Travs came back in the bottom of the frame, helpd out in part by a wild pitch by Luke Gregorson. Adam Greenberg's RBI single won the game, scoring Anderson Rosario from third with the bases loaded.
Update: I should also mention that with this win, the Travs improbably won the first-half title in the Texas League North division despite an arithmetic tie with Springfield and a terrible start to their season. The Travs website says Arkansas won the first half tiebreaker without explanation, since the teams are 7-7 playing each other.
Aybar: 1-3, 1 RBI
Mount: 0-3, 1 BB
Trumbo: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Conger: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Phillips: 1-4, 1 K
Diaz: 7.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.63 ERA
Browning: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 4.18 ERA
Herndon: (S, 3), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 5.70 ERA
Erick Aybar made his third rehab assignment in this game. The Quakes came from behind in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 3-3 on Mark Trumbo's solo homer (his 16th) and posted the winning run in the eighth on Hank Conger's sac fly.
Kiniry: 2-7, 4 K
Castillo: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jimenez: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Giovanatto: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Pippin: 1-6, 1 RBI, 4 K
Perez, J: 5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3.60 ERA
Calderon: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 4.50 ERA
Scholl: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Dorado: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
And welcome to the short season leagues! I'm preparing to see a lot of short outings from the pitchers and not a whole lot from the batters, as we see here when Rian Kiniry and Trevor Pippin both got golden sombreros, and Ivan Contreras got the strikeout hat trick.
Ogden led 3-2 going into the eighth thanks in part to Pedro Baez's fourth inning double (he was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple). The Owlz tied the game up thanks to 3B Pedro Baez' fielding error, and Nick Buss' sacrifice fly. Shortstop Devaris Strange-Gordon made a fielding error in the sixth that also contributed to one of the Owlz's late-innings runs, one of two that frame (the other by 2B Elian Herrera).
Both sides posted two runs in the eleventh inning, but Orem won the game with a two-out rally that saw four straight Owlz hitting singles, including infield singles to second and the pitcher.
Garciaparra: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Griffin: 2-4, 1 K
Repko: 1-4, 1 K
Chavez, A: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Johnson: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.14 ERA
Riley: (BS, 2)(W, 1-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.23 ERA
Falkenborg: (S, 13), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.82 ERA
Jason Johnson had arguably his best game of the season, backed up by a homer by the rehabbing Nomar Garciaparra, but he didn't qualify for the win thanks to an eighth-inning, two-out solo homer by Matt Tuiasosopo off reliever Matt Riley. The 51's rallied for three runs in the bottom of the frame to win it, capped by A.J. Ellis' sac fly.
Bellhorn: 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI
May: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K
Mitchell: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
White, C: (W, 2-0), 7.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2.89 ERA
Elbert: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 3.38 ERA
Robinson: 2-4, 2 BB, 2 K
Santana, C: 1-6, 2 RBI, 2 K
Van Slyke: 2-5, 1 RBI
Gallagher: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Pedroza: 4-5, 4 2B, 1 RBI
Sexton: 3.1 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.75 ERA
Pratt: 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 5.14 ERA
Koss: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 3.18 ERA
Surprisingly enough, the wind was 8 MPH and blowing in, but with 98°F temperatures at game time, the ball was gonna carry some, and indeed there was one homer in the game, Austin Gallagher's leadoff homer in the top of the eighth. That began a seven run rally which also saw two Bakersfield errors and consecutive steals of second and third in Trayvon Robinson's at bat by Ryan Rogowski.
Orr: 4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Baez: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Calfee: 0-5, 1 RBI, 4 K
Aguasviva: 6.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Garcia, L: (BS, 1), 2.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Prado: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 9.00 ERA
Solano: (BS, 1), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Tuten: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 0.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 13.50 ERA