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Syracuse, New Hampshire, Dunedin, and Charleston were all in action again last night. Those of you who were disheartened by the poor pitching performances of David Bush, Josh Banks, Jamie Vermilyea, and Danny Core on Thursday night will find this update more to your liking. Oh, and members of the Big Vito Fan Club will also be pleased.

Rochester 4, Syracuse 2

Syracuse dropped its second straight game to the visiting Rochester Red Wings yesterday. Dave Gassner, acquired by Minnesota in the Bobby Kielty trade, pitched five innings of one-hit shutout ball for Rochester. He struck out four and walked none. Justin Miller, making his second start in two years, pitched four-plus innings, giving up four runs (two earned; errors were made by Russ Adams and Howie Clark) on a walk and seven hits while fanning five. Josue Matos, Mark Lukasiewicz, and Mike Smith threw four-plus innings of shutout ball in relief of Miller. The SkyChiefs scored their first run in the seventh when Alexis Rios doubled Jorge Sequea to third and Guillermo Quiroz followed with a sacrifice fly. Chad Hermansen hit a solo home run (his second jack in as many days) in the eighth to pull the SkyChiefs within two, but relief über-prospect Jesse Crain slammed the door on them in the ninth. Adams led off the game with a double for the second straight day.

New Hampshire 3, New Britain 2

New Hampshire's second consecutive 3-2 victory in New Britain kept the Jays' affiliates even with the Twins'. Both Fisher Cats starter Gustavo Chacin and Rock Cats starter Boof Bonser (acquired from San Francisco in the A.J. Pierzynski deal) seemed to have left their control in the clubhouse, and neither pitcher made it through five innings. The Fisher Cats struck in the first on a Dominic Rich-Aaron Hill-Rob Cosby single-walk-single sandwich, but New Britain took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Bobby Munoz's two-run homer off Chacin. Chacin left after that inning having allowed two hits and four walks while striking out four; he also made an error. Bonser departed in the fifth with six hits, four walks, and one strikeout to his credit. New Hampshire reclaimed the lead for good in the sixth. Mike Snyder and Maikel Jova opened the frame with singles and were moved over to second and third by Tim Whittaker's sacrifice bunt. Jason Waugh followed with a hard-hit single up the middle to plate Snyder, and Danny Solano's fielder's choice brought Jova home with the winning run. The Fisher Cats' bullpen (Jordan DeJong, Dan Jackson, Kevin Frederick, and Adam Peterson) contributed five innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits and one walk against seven strikeouts. Rich went 2-for-3 with two walks and a double, and Waugh finished with three singles in four trips to the plate. Hill walked twice but made two errors.

Dunedin 12, Clearwater 2
             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
F. Rosario 5.0 3 1 1 0 5 0 1.80

That's not a 2002 flashback. In his first professional start since tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in the Arizona Fall League back in 2002, Francisco Rosario picked up right where he had left off, stifling the Clearwater Phillies over five frames. Vince Perkins was less effective in relief (3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP), but the four strikeouts are encouraging. Santo Valdez pitched an uneventful ninth to hold the Phillies to just the pair of runs.

Oh, and the hitters? Dunedin put on one of the biggest offensive performances since Freddy Got Fingered, scoring twelve runs on six walks, eight singles, three doubles, and three home runs. Vito Chiaravolloti had three walks, a single, and a home run in five trips; Raul Tablado had two doubles and a dinger. Ron Davenport hit the third home run; for each of the three players it was his second tater in as many nights.

Charleston (WV) 4, Delmarva 3 (10 innings)

Charleston avenged Thursday's 6-4 defeat with an extra-inning thriller that included a number of absurd pitching lines. Justin James, Davis Romero, and Mark Sopko apparently have not been told that they aren't in Auburn any more:
            IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
J. James 5.1 6 2 2 0 10 0 3.38
D. Romero 2.2 2 1 1 1 4 0 3.38
M. Sopko 2.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0.00

That's nineteen strikeouts for those of y'all who are keeping score. Bryan Bass was the only Shorebird who didn't face the long walk back to the dugout at least once. Nate Spears, Dustin Yount, and Matt Houston all wore the sombrero, and Lorenzo Scott added gold as an option to his. James threw sixty-five pitches, only sixteen of which were balls.

The AlleyCats scored three runs in the second inning off Canadian top prospect Adam Loewen (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K), who was clearly outpitched by James. Delmarva scored in the fourth, sixth, and seventh to tie the game at three. In the tenth inning, Brian Patrick walked and was sacrificed to second by Morrin Davis. After Eric Arnold walked, Willie Rivera beat out a bunt to third base to load 'em up for Juan Peralta, whose slow roller brough Patrick in with the winning run. Ryan Roberts had three singles and a hit-by-pitch in five trips for the good guys, and Joey Reiman was oh-for-one but walked four times.

Links Of The Day

1. Baseball America has boxscores for every minor league game.
2. Ed Gonser has a good piece on the Syracuse game.
3. Mike Whiteford of the Charleston Gazette has a nice writeup on the AlleyCats' victory.
4. Keith Law watched the Fisher Cats in action on Thursday night and was impressed by Brandon League and Adam Peterson.
5. John Sickels has a brief mention of Dustin McGowan in his latest column.
6. Aaron Gleeman weighs in on Mike Nakamura, the newest member of the Syracuse SkyChiefs.
7. Mark Sheldon's old column about Nakamura is worth a read. Nakamura is a Japanese-born Australian playing an American game for a Canadian team. (Gotta love baseball!)
8. Alan Lessels has a writeup on Dustin McGowan in the Union Leader.
9. Jack Bogaczyk chips in another good account of the Charleston game.

(Thanks to Steve Z for the links!)

Three-Star Selection!

Our Third Star: Vito Chiaravolloti, Dunedin. 2 AB, 3 R, 2 H, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 HR. That's a .571/.750/1.429 line through two games. Vito is twenty-three-and-a-half years old, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a quick promotion to New Hampshire if he lays waste to FSL pitching for a few weeks.
Our Second Star: Justin James, Charleston. 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR. Did I mention that he outpitched Adam Loewen?
Our First Star: Francisco Rosario, Dunedin. 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR in his first game back after Tommy John surgery. Rosario had more at stake in his first game than any other player in this system, and he didn't disappoint.
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Mike D - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#73174) #
Fantastic work, John. This is must-read stuff!
Pistol - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#73175) #
The quality and depth of these minor league updates are just tremendous.
Gerry - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#73176) #
There were many performances eligible for the three star selection yesterday, let's hope for more days like this.

Keith Law said:

“(League) has been impressive. He had the second-best groundball-flyball ratio in the organization last year — ranking behind a guy named Roy Halladay.”

I was not aware that there was a "best" when it came to GB/FB ratios. I assume a GB pitcher is "best". The Jays must want League to be the anti-Cliff Politte.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#73177) #
For those of you keeping score, the Three-Star Selection (in need of a sponsor -- perhaps one of the Greg(g) Olsons will allow us to use his name for the Olson Cup Three Stars) standings after two days, are as follows:

T1. Francisco Rosario (5)
T1. Rob Cosby (5)
T3. Justin James (3)
T3. Miguel Negron (3)
T5. Vito (1)
T5. Reimers (1)
_jim854 - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#73178) #
Hi John,

I was at the game in Dunedin last night and you are right on!! Vito is scary good. He was walked 2x in the same inning after hitting a monster homerun in his previous at bat. Unfortunately he was DHing last night. I would have liked to see if he can play a position.

Rosario had only 1 moderately difficult inning - the rest of the time he was so far over the skill level of the Clearwater team it wasn't a 'fair' battle.

Perkens had his difficulties - at times excellent and then the next batter he walks. But, like a good Canadian, he battled hard on a night when he was fighting with his control.

I was impressed with Valdez - he reminded me a 'little' of the Yankees closer (at least last night) - his ball moves around the strike zone a lot and he changes speeds well. He was ahead of all 3 hitters he faced.

I think Mike Schimdt is in over his head somewhat at this level as some of his decisions couldn't be explained rationally.

We also won tickets to the Ted Williams Museum on the bingo game at the park but I'm not sure I want to see a cryogenically frozen baseball player - even one as great as Williams.

I'm hoping to see one more game either Monday or Tuesday and then we start heading home to TO.
_jack bryant - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#73179) #
Can you tell me where Dustin McGowan is pitching?
_The Original Ry - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#73180) #
For those interested, the most convenient place I've found for minor league box scores is the USA Today site:

It's an easier site to use than Baseball America. I think they usually switch over to the current day's games around noon, but they keep the old box scores on their site. Just go to the previous day's scores and you'll be able to access them. They often have the AAA and AA box scores shortly after the game is finished, but you usually have to wait until the next morning for the lower level box scores.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#73181) #
Jack, McGowan gets the start this afternoon for the AA Fisher Cats, as well as the Cats' franchise home opener on Wednesday.

For those of you following the minors closely, you might want to bookmark these links:

- Skychiefs schedule and radio feed (WFBL)

- Fisher Cats schedule and radio feed (WKXL)
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#73182) #
The Sun's Mike Ganter has an excellent piece today on the Jays farm system, as well as a prospect roundup.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#73183) #
There has been a multi-year pattern of high-strikeout early season home games in Charleston. I theorized last year that it resulted from the 6:05 starts (they switch to 7:05 in June). Everyone may remember Vince Perkins and Brandon League starting off like a house on fire last April. They were good everywhere, but blew 'em away like Justin James did last night, in Charleston.

Juan Peralta did not get the start yesterday for the Alley-Cats (Rivera and Roberts were the DP combo). Don't know if he was slightly hurt or what.

Great summary, John. The Big Vito watch is indeed on.
_The Original Ry - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#73184) #
Another possible explanation for the high strikeout numbers is an incompetent homeplate umpire, and there's a number of those in the low minors. The game I saw in Auburn last year had an ump who called anything that didn't bounce a strike. I sat in the first row just behind the right-handed batter's box and had a real good view of the strikezone. I was amazed this guy even had a job since it was quite obvious he couldn't judge the height of a pitch.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 01:33 PM EDT (#73185) #
Well, I'll definitely check out the home/away K numbers for the Charleston staff in late May to see if the trend from last year continues.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#73186) #
Mike, Peralta's fine. He pinch-ran yesterday in the 9th, and was part of the rally that won it in the 10th. With the depth and versatiliy on the Alley Cat roster, it will be a tough juggling act for Ken Joyce and his staff.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#73187) #
SkyChiefs are behind early. Arnold struck out the leadoff hitter but walked the next batter followed by Adams losing a pop-fly in the sun for a single. Arnold struck out the next batter but then fell behind Tiffany before giving up a 3 run homer on a full count.
Coach - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:03 PM EDT (#73188) #
The Manchester Webcast is cutting in and out, but McGowan retired the side in the first on 10 pitches. Dominic Rich turned in a sparkling defensive play at 2B in the second, then Dustin blew a fastball by the next guy and got an easy popup. Six up, six down; it's scoreless through two.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:03 PM EDT (#73189) #
McGowan has gone six-up, six-down so far (2 K). It's 0-O in New Britain.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:04 PM EDT (#73190) #
The Fishercats are in a scoreless game through 2 innings. 6 up 6 down for McGowan.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#73191) #
I guess a lot of people are listening in on Dustin. :P
_Tim - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#73192) #
Thanks for all of the work that you guys are putting into these minor league updates. They are a wonderful treat every morning - so much easier than surfing for all this information myself! It's definitely appreciated.

It's good to see that League's first results were so impressive. Although the decision to switch him to the pen "came out of left field", it does make a lot of sense. Someone with such speed and such a limited repertoire seems destined for the pen. The one concern there is the low K rate. He does need a stronger off-speed pitch.

Perkins and Vito seem to have picked up where they left off. Vito definitely will move up soon if he keeps this up, because AA doesn't seem to have much offense. Perkins won't be going anywhere until he masters some control, but when/if he does he could be very good.
Coach - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#73193) #
I guess a lot of people are listening in on Dustin. :P

I'm excited already about seeing him start in Erie in two weeks; if they keep him on a five-day rotation (and don't promote him to Syracuse) he's on schedule to pitch while we're there.
_Rob - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:24 PM EDT (#73194) #
I just tuned in and the first thing I heard? Hill scores, 1-0 Fisher Cats. Nice way to start. :)
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#73195) #
Rich made an error in the 3rd, allowing Dustin's only runner (who was left stranded) today. McGowan has 3 Ks through 3. Kevin Gray, New baseball writer for the Union-Leader, does a Blue Jays organizational roundup with the Cats announcer during the pregame shows. It's worth a listen. I must say, Gray has done a phenomenal job thus far in covering the Cats.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#73196) #
5-0 Skychiefs trailing after three innings. Arnold gave up a pair of runs in the second inning.
_Tim - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#73197) #
McGowan's still pitching well. That should be a great trip, Coach. Hopefully, the schedule stays the same.

1-0 Fisher Cats. RBI to Cosby, again. He's hitting well.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#73198) #
Sorry, it's the bottom of the third. Arnold pitching.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:37 PM EDT (#73199) #
Arnold settles down with a quick third inning. Meanwhile McGowan gives up a solo homer to tie the Fischercats game at 1-1.
_Shane - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#73200) #
I must say, Gray has done a phenomenal job thus far in covering the Cats.

Totally agree. Perhaps memory has failed me, but I don't recall any minor league scribe covering the Jays org like this cat does. He packs a lot of info into his columns, much like Fordin does. Top level to bottom level, the Blue Jays org has to be a sweet one to cover -- as there's just a lot going on.

These round-up/updates are fantastic, it really does save a lot of diggin' beyond checking out the daily boxscores. Much thanks to Stevie Z., John N., and all the other lads. Great stuff.

Off hand, do any of the other New Brunswick boxers know how what the traveling distance is to Syracuse, NY from say from the Fredericton area?
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#73201) #
McGowan has another 1-2-3 inning and has gone five complete so far. He's pitched in the windup to all except one batter today.
_R Billie - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 02:57 PM EDT (#73202) #
Mike Snyder drives in Hill and Rich with a double to make it 3-1 Fishercats. Gabe Gross singles in a run to get the Skychiefs on the board now trailing 5-1. Pete Munroe then starts a doubleplay with two men on to get out of the jam though.
_The Original Ry - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#73203) #
Off hand, do any of the other New Brunswick boxers know how what the traveling distance is to Syracuse, NY from say from the Fredericton area?

I did it last summer. You're looking at about 10 hours to Albany, and Syracuse is another hour or two from there. It's a full day of driving. I'd be happy to post the directions if you're interested.

The ballpark is real easy to get to. There's a Super 8 motel in Liverpool, which is just a few minutes from the park.
_The Original Ry - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#73204) #
I should also add that if you are planning a trip, wait until the Auburn season opens. It's within an hour from Syracuse.
Thomas - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#73205) #
Outstanding coverage, once again. This is great stuff to read.

Also, what was the name of the guy we drafted from the US Naval Academy last year?
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#73206) #
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#73207) #
"Stunning turn of events" in the bottom of the 9th, as with one out and down 3-1, a Rock Cat tries to score on a wild pitch... unsuccessfully!
Houston and Jackson shut down the door, extending the Cats relievers' shutout streak to 12 innings. McGowan allowed one hit (a solo homer) through 6 sensational and efficient innings (70 pitches, 52 strikes).
Pistol - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 04:52 PM EDT (#73208) #
Just got back from the NH game. Everyone seems to have it covered already in here.

With the exception of giving up the HR, McGowan was never really in any trouble. He gave up just 1 hit, and I don't remember any walks. When the HR was hit, I thought it was an easy fly ball, but it kept going. The fences are normal to deep, and the wind was blowing from left field to home, so it was a pretty good poke to get it out. The only other ball that was hit hard was on Rich's error which could have just as easily been scored a hit.

McGowan was typically in the mid to low 90s with the fastball and was right around 80 with his offspeed pitches. I'm not good enough to be able to identify pitches.

Aaron Hill had a couple of real sharp singles - both were close to being doubles (and certainly would have been on turf). He also drew a walk in his last AB.

I was hoping to see League or Peterson pitch, but no such luck.

"Stunning turn of events" in the bottom of the 9th, as with one out and down 3-1, a Rock Cat tries to score on a wild pitch... unsuccessfully!

Runner on 3rd with 1 out, down 2, and the baserunner took off on a pitch that didn't make it to the backstop. It was a close play at the plate but an awful decision to go when you're down 2.
_John Neary - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#73209) #
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and especially to Jim and Pistol for posting their live impressions of the games. Needless to say, Jordan, Steve, Gerry and I hardly ever get to see any of these games, so it's a real treat to hear from someone who was there in person.
_John Neary - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 06:41 PM EDT (#73210) #
Mike Green: Your theory about early starts leading to high strikeout rates is an interesting one, and I don't discount it. However, the nineteen strikeouts recorded by Charleston pitchers are still ten more strikeouts than Loewen and company put up, so I think they are cause for excitement regardless of park effects. I don't believe for a second that you'd disagree, so please don't take this as a challenge to your point, which I think is a good one.
_scout - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#73211) #
Remember this about Charleston, it is a pitchers paradise. Harper threw up good strikeout numbers while he was there, as did McGowan. If I remember right, they both struck out 12 in one game on seperate occasions. Perkins also lit up Charleston while he waw there. I am not down on our pitchers at all, just a tad cautious. Maybe they will continue on like McGowan and Harper, or hit a wall like Perkins did in Dunedin.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#73212) #
John, I agree completely. I like Justin James and Davis Romero quite a bit, and I'm eager to see them in Dunedin (in June or July) once some of the talented pitching there has made its way to Manchester.
_Matt Rauseo - Saturday, April 10 2004 @ 11:51 PM EDT (#73213) #
I was at both Friday and Saturday's New Hampshire games. I wrote my thoughts up for my blog, but thought I should share with you'all as well.

Tyrell Godwin - Strikes down on the ball, he put the ball in play 7 times, all 7 groundballs. Showed good range in center and seemed to have get good read on the ball. In warm up's he had more snap on the ball than I expected, as his arm supposedly average.

Dominic Rich - SecoDrafted in the second round of 00, not really considered a prospect as he hasn't showed any power since single A, and cannot handle second base defensively. He DH'd the first game I saw, and looked really poor during infield drills, and equally poor in the game I saw him play at 2b. With the bat he showed the ability to pull 90 mph fastballs, and take a breaking pitch the other way. He did look poorly on a couple of Jim Abbott curves. Generally did a nice job of controlling the strike zone. I might have caught him on a couple of good days, but he looked much better than his 2003 stat line, I wonder if something was wrong last season.

Aaron Hill - He had a tough day on Friday night, he grounded into a pair of double plays, and never struck the ball squarely. He looked passive at the plate, passing on multiple pitches which looked drivable. He did draw two walks, but they were bat on the shoulder at-bats, as he didn't swing at a pitch in either time. With the glove, his day was equally bad. He committed a pair of identical errors, bobbling a ball in the transition between glove and throwing had and then short hoping a wild throw to first. He also looked tentative on a fielder choice, which could have been a double play if he decided to either flip it to the second baseman earlier or was committed to taking it himself. His arm looked strong on relay throws, and in warm ups. When fielding he almost curtsies when receiving the grounder, like Mark Bellhorn plays second. The second day was completely different, he was aggressive on pitches he could drive, and was patient on pitches he couldn't. With the glove he was also better, making the routine plays showing a stronger arm than I expected, while starting a highlight reel double play.

Jordan DeJong - Has a funky three quarters delivery, almost sidearm, which must be tough on righties. Fastball has good action, and sits between 89-91, with a side to side curve that has great movement but he doesn't command it strongly. Supposedly he throws a slider, and a change, which I didn't see. I'd like to get a look at him against more advanced hitters, as well as take a look at his platoon splits.

Adam Peterson - This guy flew threw the organization last season, Jays must think highly of him. He throws hard, topping out at 96, but was at 94 and 95 with all of his fastballs. He threw 3 breaking balls, all in the low 80's, it looked like a splitter but I've been told it's a hard curve. What ever it w as it was filthy.

Boof Bonser - His fastball was about 5 MPH slower than I had seen it in the past, topping out at 91, and working between 89-90. I've been told that's how hard Bonser throws now. He didn't locate his fastball very well, and he didn't throw his change much, using a curve as his off speed pitch, which he wasn't having much luck with. He got many batters to two strikes, but had trouble putting them away, he didn't show an out pitch of any kind.

Jason Kubel - Most impressive prospect I saw on Friday night. He had a tough first at bat though, the lefty starter threw him some outside sliders which gave him fits, a 3 pitch strikeout (2 sliders), then in his second at bat he hit the first pitch (fastball) and popped up to the catcher. After the tough start he hit the ball on the screws. He hit took an outside fastball the other way for a single, then CRUSHED an off speed pitch 400 feet to centerfield, for a double. In his last at bat he went the other way on an off speed pitch, and hit a fly towards the gap in left, but it was ran down to end the game. He looked good at the plate, jumping at on first pitches when they were in the strike zone, and working the count when the pitches dictated that approach. I'm very high on him. Defensively it looks like he can handle right, both in terms of range and in terms of arm strength. He didn't disappoint on the second day either, he threw a strike on a play at the plate from right field, On that play Aarron Hill scored from second on a routine single to right. Kubel fielded it cleanly got ride of it quickly and had Hill beat by 2 steps. The catcher didn't hold onto the ball when Hill collided with him. I better not forget to mention that he was the only player to get good wood on Dustin McGowan, crushing a 92 mile per hour hitters count fastball about 380 feet to right field, the only run McGowan allowed in a brilliant outing. This guy is going to be a major league player.

Jim Abbott - Looked very strong for the first 3 innings, then lost 3-4 miles off his fastball. He started the day between 87-89, never did much with his off speed pitches. Has good control on both sides of the plate.

James Tomlin - I didn't know anything about him until this weekend. He was a 7th round pick in 2000, and flies. He has no power to speak of, but he seems like a decentish hitter despite that. Anyway, what grabbed my attention about this guy is that he plays really shallow in Centerfield, I mean what looked like 50 yards from second base. Despite playing that darn shallow he didn't get single ball hit over his head despite the fact that there were multi fly balls to the warning track, he got back in time to handle all of them.

Dustin McGowan - McGowan is the reason I took this trip and I was not disappointed. He was nasty, filthy, and insert next buzz word for just plan GREAT. Better than I thought, he struck out 4 in 6 innings, walked none, and allowed a single hit and a single run (Home run to Jason Kubel) but the results aren't what I'm excited about. He throws 92-95, with great sinking movement. He worked east/west and north/south. What really shocked me was his curveball. he was throwing it between 75-77mph, and it had a huge 12-6 drop. At the start of the game he was only using it when he was ahead in the account, however, as the game moved on he got more confident in it and he threw it in even counts, and even when he was behind once. He didn't have control of his slider, or his change he got away from both quickly. The homer to Kubel, came after missing with the slider once, and the change once. He was forced to come in with a fastball, and Kubel sat on it. This guy looked like the real deal.

Gustavo Chacin - Lefty who has a slider which is very tough on fellow lefties. Might get a shot as a loogey. Fastball 87-90, slider and a change. Another pitcher whose splits I'd like to see.

Dan Jackson - Straight fastball 90-92, I didn't see an offspeed pitch.

Kevin Frederick - 11/4/76 - Reliever - Fastball 92-93, with a 80-82 curve that rolled a little.

Jon Pridie - Throws lots off speed stuff, Fastball 87.

Beau Kemp - Fastball 89-91 throws a change 75-77.

Maikel Jova - Ugly outfielder, trouble tracking balls, no coordination. Hacker approach at the plate. Looks overmatched.
_John Neary - Sunday, April 11 2004 @ 08:26 AM EDT (#73214) #
Matt: Thanks a lot for posting your scouting reports here! I hadn't seen your blog before, but I'll be sure to check it out from here on out.

Dominic Rich had a groin injury last year. However, in four minor league seasons he's only broken .278/.368/.370 once. If his defence is as weak as you suggest, I don't see how he'll make it in this system; besides, he'd need to pick it up with the bat to have any chance of making it through the Hudson-Adams-Hill crunch.

I really enjoyed your observations on Hill, DeJong, Peterson, and McGowan. It's unsurprising to read that McGowan has nasty stuff but needs to learn to command it a bit better, but your observations about his use of his curveball really drive the point home.

Scout, Mike Green: I took a quick look at strikeout numbers before, in, and after Charleston, and it does seem to be a good strikeout park. Needless to say, one game is only one game regardless of park effects.
Mike Green - Sunday, April 11 2004 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#73215) #
Thanks, Matt and John. Matt, that was the best report on McGowan's stuff that I've read.

Shaun Marcum pitched 7 very effective innings in his starting debut yesterday, although he only (!) struck out 6. A couple more of those without any arm trouble, and he too will be ready for Dunedin (he was really ready at the start of the year after a great summer in Auburn, but the Jays were wise to let him get his feet wet as a starter in Charleston).
_Shane - Sunday, April 11 2004 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#73216) #
I did it last summer. You're looking at about 10 hours to Albany, and Syracuse is another hour or two from there. It's a full day of driving. I'd be happy to post the directions if you're interested.

Thanks Bud, i'd get back to you on that later, as it would be later in the summer that i'd maybe have the chance to wander off for a few days. Thanks.
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