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The farm affiliates went 2-2 on Thursday night.

Syracuse 3 @ Toledo 7

Davis Romero's triple A debut started off swimmingly.  Kevin Barker's 2 run shot in the 1st inning staked him to a 2-0 lead, and Romero made it stand up through 4 innings, striking out 4, walking nobody, getting 7 ground outs and allowing one ground single.  Everything came apart in the 5th inning. An infield single, a sharp line single, a blooper, and another line single brought in 2 runs, and a bunt single delivered the third.  Romero then struck out the next 2 batters, before walking Ryan Raburn on a 3-2 pitch that the radio crew thought was a strike.  Ryan Houston came on, and surrendered a 2 run single, and that effectively was the game. The Chiefs outhit the Mud Hens 12-10, but couldn't seem to bunch 'em.  Barker went 3-4, while Ryan Roberts, Chad Mottola, and Luis Figueroa had 2 each.

New Hampshire 4 @ Trenton 2

Eric Arnold's 10th inning double, his 3rd hit of the night, was the game-winner as the Fisher Cats waited out the Thunder.  Dave Purcey made his first start since returning to double A, and went 5.1 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and only 2 walks and strikeouts.  Brian Wolfe and Tracy Thorpe were outstanding in relief with Thorpe earning the win by throwing 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.  Adam Lind had 2 singles in 4 plate trips, while Curtis Thigpen caught and took an 0 fer.

Clearwater 3 @ Dunedin 6

The D'Jays arrived at the All-Star break with a 1 and 1/2 game lead over Lakeland courtesy of a 4 game winning streak.  Ryan Klosterman's 6th inning homer was the gamebreaker. Eric Fowler started and went 5 innings, and left with a 3-2 lead.  He allowed 6 baserunners and struck out 3 in a workmanlike performance.  Danny Core surrendered the tying run in the sixth on 3 hits, but vultured the win courtesy of Klosterman.  Daryl Harang and Milton Tavarez finished up in fine fashion.  Klosterman led the attack with a single, double and homer in 4 trips, while  Ryan Patterson doubled in 4 appearances, and Robinson Diaz had 2 hits.  Dustin Majewski's 8th inning solo shot provided a late insurance run.

Lansing 3 @ South Bend 4

The Lugnuts could not quite make it all the way back from a 4-0 deficit after 6 innings.  Billy Carnline started and went 6 innings. Carnline was touched for 2 homers that proved the difference in the game, but struck out 7 and walked only 1.  In the 7th inning, the Lugnuts rebounded for 3 runs on an Anthony Hatch single, a Josh Bell single, a Yuber Rodriguez walk, a Sean Shoffit bases-loaded walk and a 2 run single by Jacob Butler. In hindsight, the Lugs' inability to bring in a Brian Pettway leadoff triple in the 2nd inning proved costly, as after the 7th inning, they went quickly and quietly.

3 star selection

3rd star- Kevin Barker
2nd star- Eric Arnold
1st star- Ryan Klosterman

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Maldoff - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#149128) #
I'm very interested to see what happens in the next few weeks in terms of player movement.  I would assume that with Lansing and Dunedin having rapped up postseason berths, many players will be changing addresses in an attempt to move through the system.  Anyone have thoughts on who might get the double-jump (i.e. Curtis Thigpen in 2005)?
Mike Green - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#149130) #
I don't think any player will move from Lansing to New Hampshire.  The 2006 Lansing club do not have a player in a comparable circumstance to Thigpen in 2005.  Skipping a level is going to be a rare occurrence. 

Perhaps today is a good day for our annual "predict the mid-season moves" contest.  The contest concerns moves made between June 16 and June 30. One gets a point for each correct guess and loses 1/2 a point for each incorrect guess.

My predictions:

Adam Lind to Syracuse
Ryan Patterson to New Hampshire
Cory Patton to Dunedin
Ricky Romero to New Hampshire
Billy Carnline to Dunedin
Ryan Klosterman to New Hampshire
Manny Mayorson to Dunedin

R Billie - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#149145) #

Lind is having a good, not great season and has certainly taken a step forward in power.  But he is striking out at a tremendous rate in the last couple of weeks and his patience isn't really there right now.  Maybe for a AA to AAA jump it wouldn't very much for a hitter but I'm not 100% sure if he'd make the move.  I'm sure Syracuse would welcome the bat though.

Very similar concern with Patterson.  His numbers in fact look very similar to Lind's and the A to AA jump is a significant one for hitters.  But maybe these guys who can swing the bat and are not overly concerned with walking at this point are the type that can carry their performance up the chain more easily.

Ricky Romero certainly seems ready for AA.  Not overpowering since his first handful of shortened starts off the DL, though a K/ip for a 21 year old lefty is nothing to sneeze at even in A-ball.  He's keeping the ball in the yard, solid control, solid K/BB.  At his age he's a fine prospect if he can put up similar numbers in AA.  A lot depends on how well he maintains that K-rate moving up.

Mike Green - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#149175) #
Both Patterson and Klosterman are in the Florida State League home run derby this weekend.  It's not really a surprise, as they are both in the top 10 in homers. Klosterman is an interesting case.  He's 24, and after a struggling season in Lansing last year, his chances of making the Show seemed dim indeed.  He still needs to refine his strike zone control, and he needs to succeed at higher levels, but as an adequate defensive shortstop with a range of skills, he has a legitimate shot.
Magpie - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#149188) #
I ask my brethren who know more about the minor leagues than I - that would be almost everyone - but does Ryan Houston finally have a chance to amount to something? And what kind of pitcher is he? He's been such a non-prospect that I don't recall him ever being discussed.  I know he's 26 years old and he's just this year making it to AAA, which is not exactly Cause for Celebration. But with pitchers, youneverknow. Could he actually be making some progress?
Mike Green - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#149192) #
Houston has always thrown gas, but control and the absence of effective secondary pitches were his issues prior to a fine 2005 season.  This year he's walked 18 batters in 30 innings, so it looks like the problem is back.  Here's his career line. The Jays put him on the 40 man roster before the Rule 5 draft last year ahead of Davis Romero, so they obviously thought a lot of him.
Nick - Friday, June 16 2006 @ 10:52 PM EDT (#149194) #

Dustin McGowan pitched like the #1 Blue Jays pitching prospect tonight.  In 6 shutout innings, he struck out 9, walked 1, and allowed only 4 hits.  As I type, Syracuse is going to the 14th inning of a 0-0 game.  SkyChiefs pitchers have allowed only 5 hits through 13.

Marcum, Gronk, and League have combined for the last 7 shutout innings.

Can someone give me a reasonable explanation as to why Brian Tallet is on the Toronto roster while League and Marcum are both in Syracuse?  Tallet has been completely ineffective in Syracuse and Toronto.  I don't understand.


dan gordon - Saturday, June 17 2006 @ 03:05 AM EDT (#149199) #

 Can someone give me a reasonable explanation as to why Brian Tallet is on the Toronto roster while League and Marcum are both in Syracuse?  Tallet has been completely ineffective in Syracuse and Toronto.  I don't understand.

Tallet pitched very well in the spring, but, as you say, he has been very ineffective since the start of the season.  The only logic I can see to having him on the roster instead of 1 of the 2 guys you mention (or McGowan) is that those guys are regarded as top prospects who need to pitch regularly in AAA for a while in order to more fully develop their potential before being called up.  They have been called up previously and weren't ready.

I see the team burned yet another baserunner with one of their failed hit and run plays tonight.  Glaus was on deck with 2 runners on, but a Wells strike out and a caught stealing ended the inning.  I would like to know how many times this year they have run into a strike 'em out throw 'em out double play.  I'm sure it is much more often than the number of times they have avoided a double play by starting the runner(s).  This is becoming a significant problem.  A change in strategy is needed.

Mike Green - Saturday, June 17 2006 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#149207) #
In my view, Marcum is ready while League needs a little extra time to adapt to a high stress role. 

McGowan, Burnett, Halladay, Lilly and Janssen in the rotation in Toronto, with Towers toiling away in Syracuse and Marcum in long-relief in Toronto waiting for a chance would probably be the optimal situation for July.  If League continues to adapt to the closing role, he might very well be ready to set up B.J. Ryan by August.  Dreaming on a summer day. 

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