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Star pitching prospects David Bush and Brandon League posted excellent performances, while yet another Jays catching prospect continued to impress with his bat. And how many bases on balls do you think Tyrell Godwin has drawn this season? Read on to find out.


Buffalo 4, Syracuse 3 (13 inn)

Hitting: Third baseman Tony Zuniga had two hits, including his first home run of the season, and drove in three. Struggling first baseman Shawn Fagan took the collar in six trips and is now hitting .136/.167/.182.

Pitching: Vinny Chulk gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings, striking out two. Jason Kershner continued to impress in relief, throwing three innings of one-hit ball with 4 Ks. His numbers thus far: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 13 K.


New Haven 8 Norwich 4

Hitting: Red-hot catching prospect Guillermo Quiroz went 3-for-4 with his fourth homer, driving in three. The former bonus baby with the rifle arm is now hitting .308/.379/.769 in his first 26 AB. Centrefielder Justin Singleton posted a 4-2-2-2 line and is now batting .320.

Pitching: Pete Bauer threw five solid innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks, K’ing 2. Reliever Dan Jackson continued to struggle, allowing three runs in an inning of work to drive his ERA up to 15.00.


Dunedin 4, Vero Beach 2

Hitting: Centrefielder Tyrell Godwin had two hits and scored twice, improving his early-season average to .271; however, in 48 at-bats, he has exactly zero walks. Second baseman Manual Mayorson had three hits.

Pitching: Top prospect David Bush bounced back from a tough outing to throw six innings of two-hit, one-unearned run ball; he only struck out two, however. Jordan DeJong struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning. Yahoo!


Charleston 5, Lexington 3

Hitting: Left fielder and leadoff man Rodney Medina continued to impress, banging out a single, two doubles and a homer and bringing his totals to .351/.368/.649. Second baseman Brad Hassey (yup, Ron’s kid) had two hits, scored one and drove in another.

Pitching: 2001 high school draftee Brandon (Major) League threw six shutout innings of two-hit, no-walk ball before tiring, and finished with 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB and 6 Ks. In 17 innings, League has allowed 11 hits and 5 walks, whiffing 13.
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Coach - Wednesday, April 16 2003 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#90507) #
Brandon League has fantastic stuff, but it's a long way from high school in Hawaii to the majors in Canada. Bush is still making a huge adjustment from closing to starting, so any improvement is encouraging. And Kershner's consistent excellence must be making Trever Miller nervous. One's pitching much better in the real games than he did in spring training, the other isn't.

Quiroz has been a pleasant surprise -- his "D" has never been in question, but he had a terrible winter with the bat. Now that Ken Huckaby has cleared waivers, he can tutor Kevin Cash in Syracuse for a while, then mentor Quiroz. Huck is an ideal player-coach, a personable guy who thinks a great game. The future looks very bright at a position that is notoriously thin in most systems.
_R Billie - Wednesday, April 16 2003 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#90508) #
I'm hoping they discussed the role with Ken before the season (what with there being three catchers around) so that being sent down didn't come as a shock. Despite his fine ability to frame pitches, he just doesn't have the toolkit to be an everyday catcher. A tandem of Cash and Quiroz catching in 2005 is something to look forward to...

I'm glad Bush had a better outing...I would guess his struggles come from trying to establish a third and/or fourth pitch (I'm not entirely sure if he has a repetoire beyond fastball/slider). Or like Danny Graves is just having a problem clearing the mental hurdle of going 6 or 7 times as many frames as he's used to with an extra eye towards pitch conservation. I still expect him to be a fine relief prospect if he ends up not taking to starting.

League doesn't look like he'll be a big K pitcher...if his sinker is Doc-like though he could be a workhorse #2. McGowan's K rate has taken a hit in the early going but his results overall are better.
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