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So the Jays didn't manage to pull off that much-anticipated Escobar-Cash for Foppert-Willams trade that was all but a certainty in the minds of many insane people. Big deal -- there were some excellent pitching performances in the minor leagues last night.

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1

Suddenly, the Jays' various off-season NRI starters are tearing up the International League. Last night it was Evan Thomas's turn, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings on 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 Ks. It's too late to help the Jays, of course, and Thomas's ERA sank all the way to 4.90, but better late than never, I guess. Bob File threw another scoreless inning; start pencilling him into your plans for next year's Toronto bullpen. Simon Pond singled and doubled, driving in 1, while Gabe Gross singled and tripled, scoring once.

New Haven 9 Erie 0

What a night for Dustin McGowan: 7 shutout innings, 3 hits, zero walks, 8 strikeouts. The leap from Double-A to Triple-A can be treacherous -- just ask Jason Arnold -- but McGowan could make it as early as next spring. The Ravens nitpicked Erie to death: 11 singles, 2 doubles, 6 walks and 2 hit batsmen (both named Dominic Rich). Russ Adams had three singles and stole his 5th base, while Lexi Rios singled, doubled and stole his 8th. A double, single, run and RBI for Guillermo Quiroz, too. And a 27-year-old Kiwi may have solved an ancient Greek physics riddle. Great night all around in New Haven.

St. Lucie 4 Dunedin 3

Not a good outing, however, for Brandon League, who went only 3 innings and surrendered all 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 BBs, whiffing only 1. Happily, Jamie Vermilyea picked him up with 3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2. The Florida State League hasn't overmatched the 2003 draftee yet. Another hit and run scored for Jason Waugh, another double (his 13th) for Tim Whittaker.

Rome 10 Charleston 4

Playing the part of the Christians in the Roman Coliseum last night, the Alley-Cats were mauled again. DJ Hanson allowed 9 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings (4 Ks), resulting in 4 runs, although none of them were earned. His defence may have let him down, but it still was far from a good performance. The real damage, though, came courtesy of still-recovering Tracy Thorpe, who was sandblasted for 6 runs in just 1 1/3 IP. Various batters scored and whatnot, but there are really no interesting hitters at Charleston right now, so on we go.

Auburn 10 Jamestown 6

Beating up again on the '62 Mets of the NY-Penn League, Auburn had another big night. Josh Banks threw 5 excellent innings, allowing 0 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 8. Third baseman Ryan Roberts had 3 hits, including his 6th homer, while AJ Porfirio also homered, and even struggling left fielder Jarad Mangione had two hits and drove in 3.

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Craig B - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#95764) #
a 27-year-old Kiwi may have solved an ancient Greek physics riddle

People really don't understand math. The idea of someone "solving" Zeno's ill-named 'Paradox' (which depends on the fact that some infinite series converge to a finite number instead of divergingto infinity) is asinine.
_Jabonoso - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#95765) #
the fact that he is not a pro and that his publication was "simple and elegant" without diverging to established math road maps and getting trapped there is... well, asinine.
I like the package the O's got for Ponson. But I like much more to keep Escobar for a 3 years stretch. Hopefully, Patterson learns some Spanish to convey the same message he is giving to Ace: "keep your mind in the baseball..."
Vermilyea and Perkins, our two non-front-of-the-draft prospects, learning the Frisco craft. Good.
_John Neary - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#95766) #
One more thing: Tyrell Godwin made his AA debut, with two singles and two strikeouts in four trips to the plate. If he could develop a bit of power (.273/.348/.332 in 322 AB in Dunedin), he'd be interesting. Then again, if Dan Reichert could develop control, he'd be interesting as well, but I'm not holding my breath.
Craig B - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#95767) #
.348 is a good OBP in Dunedin for Godwin. It may be that he hits a lot of flyballs, Mike Cameron-style, in which case his power should resurface once he's out of the FSL.

Geez, Vermilyea is looking like a world-beater.
_nelly - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#95768) #
has anyone seen any updates on rosario's progress?
_DS - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 01:06 PM EDT (#95769) #
How is Godwin any different than Rich Thompson? They both look one and the same to me.
Coach - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#95770) #
McGowan has made the huge leap from A to AA in spectacular fashion. He's 5-0 with 48 K and just 7 BB in 47.1 IP. In his last five starts he's 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA. You're usually hoping a kid can make that adjustment, not expecting him to dominate. Very exciting. So's Vermilyea, who will really be fast-tracked if they decide to keep him in the bullpen.

Gross, who started slowly in AAA, now has a .368 OBP in 75 AB, and could find himself in Toronto early next year.
_Brent - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 04:17 PM EDT (#95771) #
Here's a quick question: what happened to OF Kyle Thousand? He was drafted and signed this year out of Iowa, but BA doesn't have his stats. I took a quick look through his stats and he had 17 doubles in 160 AB in his final year, which might be an indication of future power. There's really no point to this, I was just curious.
Craig B - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#95772) #
An interesting discussion on Kyle Thousand here, including some postings by his dad.

Apparently Kyle was headed to Pulaski, but he hasn't appeared there yet.
_Jordan - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 04:41 PM EDT (#95773) #
Brent, Thousand has a torn shoulder -- a slap lesion in his shoulder -- a pretty serious injury. Here are some details:

Thousand's dream on back burner
By Jerod Leupold - The Daily Iowan

Dreaming the dream and living the dream are seldom the same. Reality sometimes forces dreams to be put on a shelf. Just ask Kyle Thousand. The ex-Hawkeye center fielder's torn shoulder has him grounded for at least the next 12 months.

"[It happened during] a workout before a game," the center fielder said. "I was throwing home, and I felt my shoulder give away." Thousand suffered a SLAP lesion, which involves the same labrum as a torn rotator cuff.

In such cases, there are two surgical options, said Joseph Buckwalter, a UI professor of orthopaedic surgery. The first is arthroscopic, which examines the interior of a joint using a type of endoscope that is inserted through a small incision. The second, more invasive surgery cuts through the skin and possibly muscle to mend the fibrous ring.

For such an injury to occur to a young athlete is an oddity, Buckwalter said. "Lots of people make that motion every day without a problem," he said. "I can't tell you why it happened, a talented athlete throwing with force ... it's pretty rare."

The 6-2 Thousand, a Sioux City native, is under contract to the Toronto Blue Jays after being drafted in the 26th round. To earn his shot in the pros, he played for the single-A Pulaski (Va.) Blue Jays, in a town so small that the team members lived in a different town.

After signing, Thousand spent the following week in Tampa Bay at a winter training facility. There, he cut his teeth with other hopefuls. Thousand was shipped out to Pulaski, where his hard work and talented play earned him a starting position in center field and the No. 2 spot in the batting order in his opening game.

"I felt comfortable," Thousand said. "I had played in a wood-bat league." College players, accustomed to NCAA-standard aluminum bats, sometimes struggle swinging the heavier lumber.

Last season, Thousand posted a .355 average and led Iowa in several categories, including runs (42), hits (57), doubles (17), and stolen bases (20).

Thousand's time with the organization was brief, but it may not be over. "I'm kind of in limbo right now," he said. If he has surgery, the team said, he would be taken back into the hardball fold because he is still under contract. "I sat down with my manager, and he said it would take 12 months," Thousand said. "I would be 24 years old, which is old for the minors."

With baseball currently on the back burner, Thousand has a back-up plan. The junior plans to return to the UI and graduate in the fall, taking the LSATs in October and applying to law schools.


A hard-luck Blue Jay prospect and a lawyer? I think I have a new favourite farmhand.
_Jabonoso - Friday, August 01 2003 @ 07:33 PM EDT (#95774) #
There are several Godwin entries in BA, if i remember well, he is very fast as almost every Godwin to play ball, fields well, strong,accurate arm and line gap power. Ah, and he looks good in a uniform!
Time is not on his side, hopefully he can put everything together in N Haven.
_Duane Grassbaug - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 12:19 AM EDT (#95775) #
I was checking out New Havens web page, it has that John-Ford went on the DL with a stress fracture freeing up the spot for Godwin, I hadn't seen anything about that. From the game, the Ravens put up a 2 hit shut out on Erie 5-0. Bush went 7 innings giving up 1 hit, 1 BB and 9 K's....Scott Wiggins went 1 with 1 hit and 2 Ks and DeJong pitched a scoreless 9th giving up a BB and 1 K. Quiroz and Fagan both hit HR's 17 and 4 respectively.
Syracuse won 14-4 with Cash getting his 6th HR
_Shane - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#95776) #
Griffin's stress fracture is in his foot.
_R Billie - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#95777) #
Godwin also went 3-3 in that New Haven game. The thoughts of Bush and McGowan ready to pitch in the majors next July gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Or maybe that's just the booze after watching the Jays this past week.

Neomar Flores is doing his "second half pitcher" routine and had a decent outing for Dunedin (5.2 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 1 er, 4 bb, 7 k).

Josh Banks had a fine outing for Auburn on Thursday (5 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 8 k) and Tom Mastny aquitted himself well last night though had some tough luck (5.1 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, 1 bb, 7 k). It looks like Romero allowed some of his inherited runners to score. Shaun Marcum made up for it with 3 perfect innings with 6 k.
_Simon - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#95778) #
Thoughts of Bush and McGowan are very heartening after watching the Jays play these past few weeks. What are we now? 5-18 over the past little while? Geez, we'll be lucky to finish ahead of the Orioles/Rays.
_Spicol - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 06:06 PM EDT (#95779) #
They're now under .500 for the first time since May 21st, only 1.5 games up on the Orioles. Pass the bottle, R Billie.
Pepper Moffatt - Saturday, August 02 2003 @ 11:45 PM EDT (#95780) #
Geez, we'll be lucky to finish ahead of the Orioles/Rays.

I gotta say, stuff like this pisses me off.

I swear, if the Jays win 3 or 4 in a row, everyone has them ready to win the World Series. If they lose 4 or 5 in a row, people have them finishing last. It's a *long* season guys and a team is never as good as it looks on a winning streak or as bad as it looks in a slump. Remember: Baseball is not football.

_Simon - Sunday, August 03 2003 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#95781) #
I'm well aware of that Mike. Just the way they're playing right NOW, they'll be lucky to finish ahead of those teams. And I was saying that with my tongue in my cheek so the argument is moot.
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