Monday, August 04, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- Something I missed on Friday, but it appears that the Cal League may be sending two teams to the Carolina League, the two in question being Bakersfield (currently affiliated with Texas) and High Desert (currently with Seattle). The main holdup is the financial issues surrounding such a move, namely compensation to the Cal League from the Carolina League. The motivating factor comes from the Braves relocating their AAA Richmond franchise to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Bakersfield "has the inside track" to taking over the Richmond market, while Bakersfield would likely relocate to Fayetteville, North Carolina, though other markets are under consideration.
- I also forgot to get to this week's BA
Prospect Hot Sheet on Friday when it came out. Here's the
No. 1 BRANDON WOOD, 3B ANGELSFrom the "Not-so Hot Sheet":
Team: Triple-A Salt Lake (Pacific Coast)
Why he's here: .464/.500/1.071 (13-for-28), 5 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBIs, 10 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: Wood's hot streak officially has reached ridiculous proportions. He's the first player this season to repeat as king of Prospect Hot Sheet, and the righthanded slugger has clubbed 10 home runs in his past 15 games—and 11 total in 107 July at-bats. Going back two weeks, Wood has hit an unconscious .446/.492/1.036 (25-for-56) with 10 homers, three doubles, 17 RBIs, 20 runs, five walks and 16 strikeouts.
If you were rooting for Wood to be traded this trading deadline to a team willing to give him an extended big league look, you weren't the only one. If he keeps hitting like this, the Angels will have to get creative this offseason.
No. 3 MARK TRUMBO, 1B ANGELS
Team: Double-A Arkansas (Texas)
Why He's Here: .483/.500/.931 (14-for-29), 6 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-1 SB
The Scoop: With no more Casey Kotchman, and with Mark Teixeira in line for a larger paycheck when he becomes a free agent after the season, the Angels' first-base situation for 2009 beyond is unclear. Trumbo might not be immediately ready to step in next year, but he knows how to time a good hot streak. In his first Double-A game on Monday, Trumbo racked up 12 total bases, going 5-for-5 with two home runs and a double. Not bad, right? He followed that up with a pair of multi-hit games, though yesterday he came back down to earth with an 0-for-4, three-strikeout thud. Power is the calling card for Trumbo, who hit .283/.329/.553 in 407 at-bats for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga before his callup. He's a slow-twitch athlete, a below-average defender and he doesn't walk much, so there are still plenty of question marks about Trumbo going forward. But his plus power and ability to generate loft with his swing can lead to weeks like this past one when everything clicks.
Peter Bourjos, cf, Angels. Bourjos was at least on our watch list for the Hot Sheet every week this season—until this one. He hit a major bump hitting just .038/.074/.038 (1-for-26) for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, with one run scored, one walk and seven strikeouts. It's been a tough month for him overall as he's hitting just .215/.250/.339 after hitting .347/.381/.486 in the first three months.From the chat:
Q: Dave from Hollywood, FL asks:
Will Brandon Wood's Major League numbers be more like Mark Reynolds or Evan Longoria or somewhere in the middle?
A: Matt Eddy: Longoria is not a fair comparison for most players; he's an MVP-in-waiting. Offensively speaking, Reynolds isn't a bad comp — high-power, low-contact — but Wood is much more athletic and probably could stick at shortstop through his prime years.
Morales: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wood: 0-3, 1 K
Patchett: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Moseley: (L, 6-7), 5.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 2 HR, 6.38 ERA
Olenberger: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.25 ERA
Dustin Moseley, still inconsistent... he was actually scoreless through the first three innings and had faced one over the minimum in that span. Iowa then got two runs on a Bobby Scales leadoff triple, Micah Hoffpauir's scoring groundout, and a solo homer. The bottom really fell out in the fifth, when Moseley gave up a pair of doubles, a single, a walk, and a homer (not in that order) to plate four I-Cubs ... a real mess of a game for him.
Salt Lake got out to an early 1-0 lead on Kendry Morales' RBI double, but that was the only lead they held in this one.
Brandon Wood snapped an 11-game hitting streak, too.
Trumbo: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Pettit: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Smith, Cor: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Diaz: (W, 2-2), 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 6 BB, 2.61 ERA
Browning: (H, 5), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.42 ERA
Rodriguez, R: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 2.37 ERA
Arkansas beat their cross-state rivals, starting with a one-run first sparked by Adam Breenberg's leadoff triple. Things stood there until the bottom of the sixth, when the Travs scored four more, capped by Corey Smith's two-run homer.
The win was Amalio Diaz's second consecutive win for Arkansas, and his fourth quality start in five attempts for the Travs. Barret Browning and Rafael Rodriguez carried the shutout through nine; Arkansas pitching combined to four-hit the Naturals.
Conger: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Napoli: 2-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Navarro: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Torres: (W, 2-1), 5.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 12 K, 1 BB, 3.81 ERA
Hank Conger continues to DH, but the interesting part is Mike Napoli behind the dish and raking, going 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and a sac fly; Napoli once again was pulled early, this time in the eighth when he was replaced by Alberto Rosario. Efren Navarro got his first Cal League homer in the fourth, a two-out solo jack.
Romine: 0-5, 1 K
Estrella: 4-6, 2 RBI
Perez: 3-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jacobo: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Colmenares: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Reckling: (W, 9-4), 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2.97 ERA
Leon: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.29 ERA
Cedar Rapids jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first, an inning that had a lot of typical Angels-style business on the basepaths, complete with a double-steal (that ultimately proved harmless to the opposition). The big news was the eight-run third that included a throwing error on a double steal of third and home by Jerry Gonzalez-Lopez and Carlos Colmenares, helped along by a throwing error by Lumber Kings catcher Carlos Dominguez. Dominguez also allowed a passed ball that the Kernels turned into two more runs on Tyler Johnson's RBI double, whom Gabriel Jacobo cashed in as well. Reliever Keisuke Ueno made things worse by hitting a batter and giving up a wild pitch.
Giovanatto: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jimenez: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Garcia: 3-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Bailey: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Smith: (W, 5-2), 5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.07 ERA
Geltz: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 6.75 ERA
Orem reversed a 1-0 deficit with a two-run fourth and then a five-run fifth, capitalizing on two errors by Casper shortstop Carlos Martinez, one in each frame. The Owlz put together two frames each of three runs in the eighth and ninth, including help from more self-destructive acts from Casper pitching like a pair of wild pitches by reliever Juan Rodriguez and a pair of fielding errors by third baseman James Cesario. In all, Casper made four errors but paid for it with only three unearned runs.
William Smith got the win by pitching the minimum; his replacement, Steven Geltz, went three scoreless frames, and Jeremy Thorne did the honors in a scoreless ninth. Thorne has allowed only two earned runs all season, starting July 1. (He started pitching at Tempe on July 23, but only made two appearances there.)
Paul: 1-4, 2 K
Chavez, A: 0-1, 2 BB
Pinango: (L, 4-8), 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 5.48 ERA
Miller: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 7.77 ERA
A fairly taut game where the only scoring at-bat was an RBI groundout by Chris Aguila in the fifth, making Miguel Pinango a loser for the eighth time. Blake DeWitt grounded into a double play with no outs in the top of the ninth; it was one of those days for the 51's.
May: 1-3, 1 K
Adkins: 5.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 5.52 ERA
Mattison: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 18.00 ERA
Gallagher: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Giles: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Berezay: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Wall: (L, 9-5), 3.2 IP, 9 R, 9 ER, 12 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 6.39 ERA
Pfeiffer: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 5.84 ERA
Tuten: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 3.86 ERA
Guerra: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.50 ERA
Silverio: 2-4, 2 K
Lambo: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Ortiz: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Melgarejo: (L, 2-6), 3.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.19 ERA
Sanfler: 3.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 3.22 ERA
Delmonico: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Vetters: 2-6, 1 RBI
Caseres: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Baez: 1-6, 1 RBI, 4 K
Becker: 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Wallach: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Redding: 4.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 5.33 ERA
Rondon: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Bert: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Perez, E: (W, 2-2), 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA
Magill: (S, 1), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0.64 ERA