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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Minor League Scorebook

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Auld lang syne and other, more joyous songs at Baseball America this week:
No. 2 CARLOS SANTANA, C INDIANS
Team: Double-A Akron (Eastern)
Age: 23
Why He's Here: .480/.480/1.040 (12-for-25), 4 HR, 2 2B, 12 RBIs, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
The Scoop: As the trade deadline hits this afternoon, Santana has continued to remind everyone this week (and all season, frankly) that he was the biggest heist of the 2008 trading deadline [emphasis mine — RLM], when the Indians picked him up from the Dodgers in exchange for Casey Blake and cash. He's one of the best offensive catchers in the minors, with a well-rounded skill set of patience, power, athleticism and the defensive tools to remain at catcher and eventually take over for Victor Martinez. Santana already has 63 walks in 96 games but didn't walk once this week. He did get plenty of work to practice his home run trot, as he blasted a homer in four consecutive games, including one as a pinch-hitter.

No. 4 SEAN O'SULLIVAN, RHP ANGELS
Team: Triple-A Salt Lake (Pacific Coast)
Age: 21
Why He's Here: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
The Scoop: O'Sullivan was one walk away from throwing a perfect game in his return to Triple-A Salt Lake, which just adds intrigue to what's been an inexplicable season. O'Sullivan struggled after an April promotion to Salt Lake, but with the big league rotation in need of some help, he was called up anyway, and responded with five very solid starts for the Angels. His 3-0, 3.72 big league record looks a lot better than his 6-3, 5.66 season at Salt Lake, but it's a sign of his maturity that he didn't let a slow start, or a demotion back to Triple-A, affect his pitching.

No. 10 DEE GORDON, SS DODGERS
Team: low Class A Great Lakes (Midwest)
Age: 20
Why He's Here: .438 (14-for-32), 10 runs, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 B, 2 K, 4 SB, 2 CS
The Scoop: Gordon is an example of the advantage good scouting can give a team. He was declared ineligible at Seminole (Fla.) CC before the 2008 season, which meant that no one got to see him in game action that year. But the Dodgers liked what they saw in a pre-draft workout and selected him in the fourth round anyway. He's paying the Dodgers back for their belief by quickly turning into one of the better shortstop prospects in the minors. He leads the minors in stolen bases (58) and leads the Midwest League in hits (129), runs scored (80) and triples (10.)

No. 11 TREVOR RECKLING, LHP ANGELS
Team: Double-A Arkansas (Texas)
Age: 22
Why He's Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 Ks
The Scoop: There's no doubting Reckling's stuff—he has three solid average to plus pitches and a clean delivery. He almost matched O'Sullivan this week to give the Angels two minor league no-hitters. Reckling allowed only a second-inning double that bounced off Peter Bourjos' glove on his attempt for a basket catch at the warning track. The Travelers' bullpen finished the game off with two hitless innings to preserve the one-hitter. Reckling does a good job of keeping the ball in the park and he's deadly on lefties—they have three extra-base hits in 101 at-bats this year. Command is the only thing he needs to polish as he moves up. He's walking 4.9 batters per nine innings, and his control troubles have gotten worse as the season has gone along. He's walked four or more in four of his past five starts.

Scores

2009-07-31: Salt Lake 7, Sacramento 2 #
Coon: 2-3, 2 RBI
Pettit: 1-5
Evans, T: 1-5, 1 K
Brown, M: 0-3, 2 BB
Patchett: 2-4, 1 RBI
Knox: 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5.17 ERA
Hill: (BS, 4)(W, 2-3) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 4.20 ERA
Arredondo, Jo: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.70 ERA
2009-07-31: Arkansas 12, Tulsa 4 #
Bourjos: 2-6, 1 RBI, 2 K
Smith, Co: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Sutton: 3-5
Trumbo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Conger: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Gutierrez, Ch: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Mount: 0-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Statia: 3-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Kiely: (W, 3-1), 7.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 2 HR, 5.02 ERA
2009-07-31: Rancho Cucamonga 2, San Jose 7 #
Romine, An: 0-4, 1 K
Phillips, P: 0-3
Fuller, C: 0-3, 2 K
Miller, J: (L, 4-7), 5.2 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 4.07 ERA
Haynes: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.60 ERA
2009-07-31: Cedar Rapids 5, West Michigan 3 #
Auer: 3-5, 1 RBI
Crawford: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Perez, D: 2-4, 1 K
De Los Santos, A: 0-4, 1 K
Shoemaker, M.: (W, 2-0), 7.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2.78 ERA
Veras: (S, 9), 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 3.38 ERA
2009-07-31: Orem 5, Casper 9 #
Bass: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Cates: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Pardo: 2-4, 1 RBI
Alliman: 0-2, 1 RBI
Locke: (L, 3-3), 4.0 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 5.55 ERA
Carpenter: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 3.24 ERA
2009-07-31: AZL Indians 5, AZL Angels 9 #
Gomez, Ro: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K
Grichuk: 3-5, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 1 K
Oliver, E: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Long: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Rickard: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Perez, Jo: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Lopez, B: (W, 3-1) (in relief), 6.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.57 ERA
Rocco: (S, 2), 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 3.86 ERA
2009-07-31: Okla. City 3, Albuquerque 5 #
Abreu, T: 1-3, 1 BB
Hoffmann: 1-4, 1 3B
Harper, B: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Brown, D: 2-4, 1 2B
Repko: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Hu: 2-4, 1 K
Alvarado, C: (W, 9-8), 5.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3.48 ERA
Leach: (H, 1), 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Wade: (H, 2), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.38 ERA
Strickland: (S, 22), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.28 ERA
2009-07-31: Chattanooga 9, Carolina 8 (12 innings) #
Tomlin, Ja: 2-6, 1 2B
Lambo: 1-6
Martinez, G: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
May: 1-3, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
Mitchell, R: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Gonzalez, Ju: 3-6, 1 RBI
Giles: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Bastardo: 4.2 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 5.30 ERA
Guerra: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 3.86 ERA
Garate: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.13 ERA
Sartor: (W, 2-4) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.09 ERA
Rodriguez, Je: (S, 1), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.54 ERA
2009-07-31: Lancaster 0, Inland Empire 14 #
Becker: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Robinson, T: 1-2, 3 BB, 1 K
Van Slyke: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
Caseres: 1-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Lara: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Alvarez, Ma: (W, 3-4), 9.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 12 K, 2 BB, 4.58 ERA
2009-07-31: Clinton 3, Great Lakes 4 #
Gordon: 2-4, 1 K
Delmonico: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Silverio: 0-3, 1 BB
Wallach: 3-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Russell: 0-0, 1 BB
Miller, J: 6.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA
Pratt: (W, 2-4) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 5.01 ERA
2009-07-31: Ogden 4, Idaho Falls 1 #
Ruggiano: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Hernandez, B: 1-2, 2 BB
Sands: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Erickson: 3-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Wallach, B: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 2.70 ERA
Castillo, A: (W, 3-2) (in relief), 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 4.08 ERA
Ames: (S, 4), 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1.10 ERA
2009-07-31: AZL Dodgers 3, AZL Brewers 5 #
Grider: 0-3, 2 BB
Tavarez, P: 0-3, 2 BB
Henderson, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Martinez, B: (L, 0-2), 2.2 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 15.12 ERA

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