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It just doesn't get much better than this.

I don't mean the 4-for-5 performance that the organization put up in the win column yesterday, though that was certainly nice. And I don't mean the callup of Alex Rios, though that may well be memorable one day in its own way.

I mean coming home, exhausted, from work a short while ago (at a very late hour) to see my son, all of 13 months old, dancing to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" in the living room.

The Update will be short and sweet (and quite early) tonight as I am in my busiest period at work all year; and to think it comes on the day of my first Update!

Syracuse 10, Charlotte 6

The biggest news in Syracuse isn't the SkyChiefs win, it's that three of them are headed to Toronto, two to fill holes and one to fulfill his destiny. Vinny Chulk and Bobby Estalella are going to be Blue Jays for probably the next two weeks or so; Alex Rios should be a Blue Jay for most of the next six years.

The win, though, was pretty good, and marked the return to classic form of the now-rebuilt Bob File. File pitched four innings of shutout ball to pick up David Bush, who struggled with ten hits and six runs allowed in his five innings. Lots of offensive stars in this one; Shawn Fagan had a 4 2 3 2 line, Howie Clark went 3-5, and Marvin Benard hit two home runs.

New Hampshire 2, Norwich 0

The Fisher Cats had a four-hitter tossed at them by the Navigators pitching staff, but responded with a four-hit, four-pitcher shutout of their own to scratch out a win. Todd Ozias (3-2) struck out 6 in his 5.1 innings; John Ogiltree, Dan Jackson, and Adam Peterson pitched 3.2 innings of hitless relief to nail down the win.

Brevard County 2, Dunedin 1

The D-Jays had the organization's only loss, as the hitters took most of the night off against Michael Hinckley, who is probably Montreal's top pitching prospect. Vito Chiaravalloti, with 3 walks, was the offensive bright spot and Jason Waugh had the lone RBI. Ismael Ramirez had a fine performance as the starter, with a line of 7 6 2 2 0 3, but took the loss anyway.

Charleston 9, Kannapolis 8 (15 innings)

The Alley Cats thought that the local kids could use some extra time off school as they stretched out their early-start game to 15 innings before beating the Intimidators 9-8. Ryan Roberts had five walks and an HBP, and couldn't score a single run! Eric Arnold was the offensive leader, going 4-for-7 with two doubles and 3 RBI, while David Smith was 3-for-4 with three walks. Tom Mastny pitched reasonably well as the Alley Cat starter, with a line of 6 8 2 2 0 4, but it was Mark Sopko who really kept Charleston in the game with 3.2 innings of fine one-hit relief in the extra frames; Brian Reed similarly had two shutout innings.

Three Stars - Three bullpen performances caught my eye today, so the solid hitting of David Smith, Eric Arnold, Marvin Benard, Shawn Fagan, and Howie Clark will have to take a back seat.

3rd star - The combined forces of John Ogiltree, Dan Jackson, and Adam Peterson in the Fisher Cat bullpen, as they hung on to a precarious 2-0 lead and allowed only one walk and no hits.

2nd star - Mark Sopko, with a terrific long stint out of the Alley Cat pen to hold them in the game through the 12th inning.

1st star - Bob File, four terrific innings for Syracuse. It's great to have him back.

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_Brad - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 12:55 AM EDT (#62448) #
Outstanding image of your son dancing to that classic song! Keep that memory with you!
I realize this isn't the audience for my Left Coast perspective on minor league ball since I see games from the stands of California League (high Single A) stadiums from Modesto to Lake Elsinore. However, wherever you live, for my money, Single A ball is the best way to enjoy the pastime.
Last night after work, I drove over an hour to see the Lancaster Jethawks (Diamondback system) host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels). With the rest of the world seemingly home watching the Lakers and/or American Idol, there were less than 1000 people there, but it was a wonderful way to spend a spring evening in SoCal.
The Quakes fell behind 4-0 by the 3rd and came back to win 9-4.
In my 10+ years of attending California League games, I have come to realize that, though 90% or more of the players never make it to the Show, you can always spot the ones who might as they seem to play like men among boys. Sean Burroughs, Derek Lee, Darin Erstad, Fransisco Rodriguez, Casey Kotchman, among others, caught my eye at this level.
Last night, the Quakes shortstop, Eric Aybar, and the Jethawks OF Conor Jackson, looked like they are on their way to fulfilling their dreams. Keep your eyes out for both in the big leagues in 2-3 years.
_IainS - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 04:07 AM EDT (#62449) #
Does anyone know where Miguel Negron has dissappeared to? The last game I can find he played for Dunedin was May 6 and then he dissappears. I can't find any mention of him going on the disabled list.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 07:42 AM EDT (#62450) #
congratulations Alexis Rios on making the show!
_goatboy - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 08:00 AM EDT (#62451) #
there was a post late last night saying that JP Ricciardi said that DJ Hanson is throwing and will be ready soon. I think it time to challange DJ Hanson, he's was draft out of high school in 1999 and people are saying he has a world of talent. Problem is that becuase of injury and inconsistency he's been floating around in rookie ball and low A it seems like forever. So I'm suggesting we start him in New Hampshire and let him sink or swim. There another reason to start him in New Hampshire as well, if Hanson were sent to Dunedin that'll block someone from being promoted from Charleston.
_sef - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 08:55 AM EDT (#62452) #
speaking of dunedin, look at jayce tingler go (or walk, rather)...the kid's following up his 46/14 BB/K performance at pulaski in '03 with equally impressive plate patience at dunedin: 34 walks, 13 strikeouts in 47 games.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 09:19 AM EDT (#62453) #
Iain, Miguel Negron is indeed on the Dunedin disabled list as of May 11.

Can someone help me out with the service time rule. Does Rios' service time clock run from this year now or is there an injury replacement exemption of some kind?
_Christopher - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#62454) #
and one to fulfill his destiny

For some reason, this made me think of Star Wars.
May the Force Be With You Alex.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 09:38 AM EDT (#62455) #
Tonight's minor league action: Syracuse (Sean Douglass) visits Charlotte at 7:15. NH has the day off. Dunedin (Kurt Isenberg) plays at Brevard County at 7. Charleston (TBA-Mora?) faces off with Lexington at 6. Only the Syracuse game is on internet radio.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#62456) #
Mike, Rios' service time does start now. But if he gets sent down again for longer than 15 days then his clock stops again. If he lasts the full season he'll have 130 days service time which is dangerously close to the usual Super 2 cutoff but will most likely slip by.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:08 AM EDT (#62457) #
Thanks, Ryan.

Well, I expect that Alex will be up for the duration of Cat's stay on the DL. If he hits well, then he'll go back to Syracuse for 16 days or so, and then back to TO in July. If he doesn't hit well, then his subsequent stay in Syracuse might be longer. Is that too cynical of me?

As a fan, I'm excited to see him, and I am glad that Mike Barnett will spend some time with him now.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#62458) #
Craig B, you think that Hinckley's a better prospect than Everts. Pourquoi?

Having a 13 month old kid is fun for parents. I remember it fondly. Actually 13 years is great too in its own way. A different kind of innocence.
_Ryan Day - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#62459) #
It seems kind of pointless to bring up Rios solely for the duration of Cat's DL stint. The DL is backdated, so that's theoretically, what - 10 days before Cat is back?? I've got to think that hitting or no, Rios gets at least a month in Toronto to prove himself. When Cat comes back, you can shuffle him, Phelps and Reed in around OF, DH, 1B and pinch hitting.

I think questions of service time need to be secondary to whether the player is ready. If Rios should be in the majors (debatable, I know), he should be in the majors. Keeping him down for a couple unneccessary weeks won't accomplish anything other than perhaps foster some ill will among the players.
_johnnnyS99 - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#62460) #
Goatboy, JP was on the fan last night taking questions. He said DJ Hanson should be in Dunedin shortly, and Justin Maureau is pitching but not very well.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#62461) #
Don't you mean that it's 10 days before the cat comes back?

The relative importance of service time and player readiness has been bandied about here for a long time. In fact, JP was on the radio just last month stressing the importance of not burning through service time unnecessarily. I wonder if this promotion reflects a subtle shift in organizational player management philosophy or whether it is a simple response to an injury problem with no change in the prevailing philosophy. My instinct is that it is the latter, but others may see it differently.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#62462) #
johnnnyS99, thanks for the info. I must admit I'm not surprised that Hansen is starting in Dunedin, it was just wishfull thinking on my part. Still Hansen had such a great last month in 2003 in Charleston lets hope he does not lose any of the momentum he built up at the end of the season.

As for Justin Maureau, I'm sure the jays are kicking them selves for put him in the Dunedin rotation at the begin of last year where he made two starts, the second one I think he went something like 5 inning and struck out 8 batters, and he never been the same pitcher since. Here's a small guy with a ordinary fast ball but with a great curve ball, sounds like a bull pen guy to me.
Craig B - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#62463) #
Craig B, you think that Hinckley's a better prospect than Everts. Pourquoi?

Well, they're awfully close. Call it nearly a tossup, and I'll take Hinckley because he's a year older, and a year further along in his development. Everts has had success to about the same degree as Hinckley has had in the previous year, but Hinckley has continued to succeed. If they each finish their year on the pace they are on now, Everts might pass him but I wouldn't count on it.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#62464) #
I going to be interesting seeing how Rios performs now he's in the big leagues, personally I think he's going to do very well or very poor. I just don't see him being the that .270 or .280 guy getting his 15 to 20 home runs a year, though like I said it's going to be interesting.

It could be a tough night for the minor league posters, with every body tuning in to see how Rios does.
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#62465) #
Jays have signed Graig Badger. Good on Base Percentage, this guy could even step into Charleston , once Roberts is promoted (needs to be done soon, due to his age)

"Rutgers second baseman Graig Badger was signed to a contract by Jays scout Tommy Tanous yesterday. Badger, a fifth-year senior, was eligible to sign before the June 7 draft. He was Rutgers' leadoff hitter in each of the past three seasons, and had a .502 on-base percentage this season. He hit .364 with 72 hits and 11 doubles. "
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#62466) #
Fith year senoirs are usually 22 or 23 YIKES!!
_Daryn - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#62467) #
I'm worried about Rios being up....

as to contributing, how much better than Ponds do we expect over the next 2-ish weeks....

then what? someone sits?? and Rios tries to learn to hit..

at the beginning of the season, he was rated elsewhere on this site somethign like "expected to be overwhelmed by major league pitching, but a year in Syracuse should prepare him"... now that his has managed a .259 and .292, are we to assume he has AAA pitchers figured out???

too many can't miss prospects seem to have come up to early and .. well.. MISSED!

robertdudek - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#62468) #
I think if they are meant to miss they will miss whether up early or late.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#62469) #
johnnys99 I don't know how many 5 years seniors there are in the majors, but there can't be that many.
_Brent - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#62470) #
Here are Badger's stats. (Badgers... Badgers... we don't need no stinking badgers!)

A good eye, some pretty good speed (41 SB), but not very much pop. Not a bad guy to take a flyer on. If he fizzles out at Dunedin, meh.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#62471) #
Craig, I guess for a young pitcher, just making it one more step up the organizational ladder without getting hurt is worth something. Don't we know that lesson all too well this year? Everts seems to have the higher ceiling, but then Greg Miller looked great too. Bien.
_johnnnyS99 - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#62472) #
True Goatboy, if they had great talent, they would not be a 5 year senoir sign. Sometimes 4th year senoirs go back to schoool to increase their worth, like Amos Day last year. But Hey hes human, like them all, who knows right?
_Cristian - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#62473) #
I found more info on Badger. COMN
_Brent - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#62474) #
Almost as good as banannaphone...
Mike Green - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:10 PM EDT (#62475) #
A little late night BBRadio from Charlotte. My daughter's spring concert was great, and the radio announcing the Jay victory was sweet music as well.

It's 8-4 Syracuse in the bottom of the ninth. Kevin Frederick is pitching.

Bobby Smith strikes out. Next hitter grounds out to Russ Adams at short. Paz grounds a ball up the middle, Adams makes a nice play to get to it and throw him out. Ballgame over.

8-4 Syracuse.

On the out-of-town, Dunedin defeated Brevard 7-3 behind Kurt Isenberg's pitching and Carlo Cota's bat. Charleston lost 3-1 to Lexington in 10 innings; Felix Romero gave up the runs, although he struck out 6 in a short stint.
_Smithville - Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#62476) #
Lost at the bottom of the box score. Another HBP for Tingler. He now has ten. Combined with the 34 walks, he now has 44 free passes to first this season.
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