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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Minor League Scorebook

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James McDonald made the latest BA Prospect Hot Sheet:
No. 12 JAMES McDONALD, RHP DODGERS
Team: Double-A Jacksonville (Southern)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 0-0, 2.25, 12 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 11 SO
The Scoop: An improved changeup has helped McDonald complement his plus curveball and his fastball this season, leading to 79 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings along with 25 walks and a 3.52 ERA. "Right now it seems like he's going with his changeup," Jacksonville pitching coach Glenn Dishman said. "His curveball has such tight spin and such big break that hitters have a tough time hitting it and kind of lay off it just a little bit right now, and umpires have a tough time calling it for a strike. Even though it is a strike, sometimes they're not quite sure of the strike zone with the pitch.".
In the Team Photo:
Low Class A Cedar Rapids LHP Trevor Reckling (Angels) is working on a 28-inning shutout streak that spans his last four starts. Reckling, 19, is 4-2, 2.35 on the year, and his ERA ranks eighth in the MWL. He threw eight shutout innings last Friday against Kane County, allowing only three hits, two walks and striking out four. He added a scoreless frame in the MWL all-star game on Tuesday as well.
Not Hot:
Anel de los Santos, c, Angels. De los Santos' prospect status is primarily derived from his defensive abilities, with any offense he contributes being viewed as a bonus. But not only have his offensive numbers been subpar all season, but they've actually gone down each month as the season's gone along. This week, the 20-year-old de los Santos hit just .143/.143/.143 (2-for-14) during the MWL's abbreviated week. He's hitting just .103/.125/.103 (4-for-39) in June and .193/.214/.276 for the year.
Blast from the past:
Dallas McPherson, 3b, Marlins. It seems like only yesterday that McPherson was mentioned with Casey Kotchman, Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick among the Angels' top prospects. But that was 2004, when McPherson hit 43 home runs between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors. High strikeout totals (he fanned 186 times in '04) and serious back injuries have slowed the slugging third baseman since then. But after signing with the Marlins as a minor league free agent in January, he's back to his old ways with Triple-A Albuquerque. McPherson, 27, leads the PCL with 22 home runs and ranks third with a .650 slugging percentage. But old habits die hard—his 86 whiffs places him 10th in the minors. Stuck behind Marlins third baseman Jorge Cantu for now, McPherson derives a huge advantage from playing his home games in Isotopes Park, a huge hitter's haven. He's batting .317/.419/.748 there with 14 of his 22 home runs—though his road production is also sound at .270/.398/.530.

Scores

2008-06-20: Salt Lake 6, Colorado Springs 4 #
Rodriguez, S: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Walker, C: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Sandoval, F: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Wood: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Wilson: 0-4, 1 K
Brown, M: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Loux: (W, 9-3), 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 3.86 ERA
Bulger: (S, 7), 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0.90 ERA
Salt Lake snapped a five-game losing streak with this win, one they had from the first inning on and never looked back. Shane Loux carried a three-hit shutout through seven. David Austen carried that through eight, but he melted down in the ninth for three runs and eventually Kasey Olenberger and Jason Bulger were called on to shut things down. Loux earned his ninth win, the second pitcher in the PCL with as many.
2008-06-20: Arkansas 8, NW Arkansas 4 #
Stavisky: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Johnson: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Smith, Cor: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Czarniecki: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ortega: (W, 8-4), 7.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.56 ERA
The Travs got four runs right out of the gate in the first thanks to a trio of doubles by Nate Sutton, Brain Stavisky, and Brian Walker, not to mention a double steal of home and second by Brian Stavisky and Corey Smith. The Naturals got four more runs in the third through fourth innings to tie it, but the Travs got one in the third on a Jordan Czarniecki single and three more in the seventh on a pair of homers by Brian Stavisky and Ben Johnson.
2008-06-20: Rancho Cucamonga 2, Inland Empire 11 #
Bourjos: 1-4, 1 2B
Mount: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Conger: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Trumbo: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Phillips: 0-4, 1 K
Norman: 0-2, 2 BB
Anton: (L, 0-1), 5.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 6.30 ERA
Browning: 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 4.01 ERA
Inland Empire put a real beatdown on Rancho in a game where Rancho got an early 2-0 lead in the first on a Hank Conger sac fly and Josh Wall's scoring wild pitch. The 66ers got one back on Michael Anton's wild pitch in the third, one of two he uncorked that inning, and three more runs besides. Anton finished his second career Cal League game with a loss, but things really got out of hand with Inland Empire's seven run eighth, which saw Rancho commit three errors but allowing only one unearned run. Marco Albano was the culprit, leaving the game with a 7.25 ERA after his worst game of the season.
2008-06-20: Quad Cities 1, Cedar Rapids 6 #
Fuller: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Romine: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Brossman: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Jimenez: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 3.00 ERA
Ford: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1.35 ERA
Esmerlin Jimenez pitched well in his second start of the season for Cedar Rapids, but his offense wasn't able to support him, so A.J. Ford vultured the win in relief. Jay Brossman hit a three-run jack in the sixth to highlight Kernels scoring.
2008-06-20: Orem 7, Ogden 2 #
Contreras: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K
Kiniry: 2-3
Castillo: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Lopez: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Pippin: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Miller: 5.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 1.80 ERA
Plefka: (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 5.40 ERA
Kiely: (S, 1), 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.15 ERA
Once more, Tom Kotchman's squad pounded the Raptors, but they had to wait to get to the bullopen to do it, as the made little progress against Jonathan Dutton through the first five innings. Starter Jayson Miller pitched five for the Owlz and struck out eight, but he didn't stay in the game long enough to get the win; that fell to reliever Jonathan Plefka.
2008-06-20: AZL Angels did not play
2008-06-20: Tacoma 14, Las Vegas 7 #
Repko: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Lindsey: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Garcia, S: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Orenduff, J: (L, 2-3), 1.2 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 6.11 ERA
Riley: 3.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2.91 ERA
Akin: 2.0 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 27.00 ERA
Justin Orenduff pitched his worst game of the year, getting shelled along with Justin Akin, the latter making his first AAA appearance of the season. John Lindsey homered in the loss.
2008-06-20: Jacksonville 1, Birmingham 2 (10 innings) #
De Jesus: 1-3, 1 BB
Bellhorn: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
May: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Castillo, J: 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3.02 ERA
Leach: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.45 ERA
Elbert: (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) (in relief), 1.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3.86 ERA
2008-06-20: Rancho Cucamonga 2, Inland Empire 11 #
Rogowski: 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K
Robinson: 0-5, 4 K
Santana, C: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Gallagher: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Van Slyke: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
Hunt: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Lara: 2-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Wall: (W, 6-3), 6.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 5.37 ERA
Guerra: (S, 2), 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4.21 ERA
2008-06-20: Great Lakes 2, Dayton 4 #
Rosario: 2-4
Lambo: 1-4
Silverio: 1-3, 1 2B
Mattingly: 0-4, 2 K
Garate: (L, 4-2), 6.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 9 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2.03 ERA
2008-06-20: Orem 7, Ogden 2 #
Baez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mier: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Dutton: 5.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1.80 ERA
Prado: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 9.00 ERA
2008-06-20: GCL Dodgers did not play

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