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Monday, July 13, 2009

Some Minor League Stuff

... to atone for the absence of my daily Minor League Scorebook post (having networking trouble at home this weekend). First, something from Kevin Goldstein in today's Minor League Update:
Trevor Bell, RHP, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Sunday's stats: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
A supplemental first-round pick in 2005, Bell is one of the thousands of arms out there whose velocity peaked in high school. To his credit, he's refashioned himself as a command and control type who can place his 89-92 mph fastball effortlessly while backing it up with a solid slider/changeup combination. In the midst of a breakout year, he now has a 1.57 ERA in six Pacific Coast League starts, and could be seeing the big leagues soon.
I had no idea his velocity was down from his high school days. In fact, I don't recall him being a high-heat guy, ever; his early scouting reports (see the MLB.com Draft Tracker link) says he was 90-92 at the time he was drafted. So how did Goldstein come up with the idea he was a harder thrower than that?

Next: minor league transactions from BA:

Los Angeles Angels
OF Jeff Jones (NDFA—William & Mary)
Draft picks signed: RHP Wes Hatton (4), 1B Casey Haerther (5)
Released: RHP David Austen, OF Chris Fox
Recalled: C Bobby Wilson, SS Brandon Wood, OF Reggie Willits
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Sean O’Sullivan, RHP Rich Thompson
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Rudy Seanez
Reinstated from DL: RHP Ryan Aldridge, RHP Jose Arredondo, 2B Abel Nieves

Los Angeles Dodgers
Draft pick signed:
SS Bryant Hernandez (9)
Released: LHP Jacobo Meque, OF Yosanddy Garcia
Recalled: RHP Cory Wade, LHP Scott Elbert, 2B Blake DeWitt
Optioned to Triple-A: 2B Blake DeWitt
Outrighted to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: OF Mitch Jones
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Smith, C Scott Thomas, SS Justin Fuller
Reinstated from DL: RHP Eric Krebs, RHP Dwayne Pollok, LHP Thomas Melgarejo, C Scott Thomas

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