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I never realized how much these reports rely on boxscores until I noticed who apparently started for Syracuse yesterday. Then I saw who finished the game for New Hampshire. Needless to say, they were names I didn't expect to see.

Syracuse 1 @ Columbus 5

When Terrence Long takes you deep, it probably wasn't meant to be your day. So who was this unlucky pitcher? Well, according to the boxscore...Russell Savickas?!? (Cue Jon Stewart over-the-top-reaction-with-palms-pressed-into-his-eyes.) That can't be right. It's more likely that my name would show up in a Triple-A boxscore at this time. The Lansing State Journal says it happened, and he's on the Syracuse roster...but still...that makes no sense. Chad Mottola drove in the only run, but let's move on to New Hampshire, where things are easier to understand...

Portland 14 @ New Hampshire 7

...even if they have the backup catcher pitch the ninth inning. Before that happened, though, Ron Davenport hit two homers and drove in three; Adam Lind had two doubles and a home run of his own -- he's got a nine-game hitting streak. Kurt Isenberg started, but 10 hits and six runs later, he was done. Eric Kratz came in for his third career relief appearance when it was 10-7 in the ninth, and promptly got two quick outs. Hey, maybe this could work! Then a walk. A single. Another single. Two more singles. Then a strikeout (it sure sucks to be Brandon Moss right about now).

That's it -- the All-Star Break in the FSL was this weekend and Lansing was rained out. In fact, the Lugnuts don't play again until Thursday.

Three-Star Selection
Chad Mottola
2. Adam Lind
1. Ron Davenport

Syracuse: 30-40, 13 games back of Rochester, last place in their division.
New Hampshire: 31-36, ten games behind Portland, fourth of out six teams.
Dunedin: 38-29, finishing the first half in first place.
Lansing: 40-27, one game behind West Michigan. They clinched a wildcard playoff spot.
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Lugnut Fan - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 07:53 AM EDT (#149246) #
The promotion of Savickas does not make sense, however I think that is a short term deal.  I don't believe that he will come back to Lansing, however I could see him ending up in New Hampshire possibly.  I know that the rotation is kind of screwy for Syracuse with the red eye between Syracuse and Toronto, but who's spot in the rotation would he take?  With Burnett apparently coming back, some one will drop back down to Syracuse.
Gerry - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 09:01 AM EDT (#149248) #
Yesterday was Josh Towers turn to start for the Chiefs.  He was called up to Toronto on short notice and the Chiefs needed an emergency starter.  The Lugnuts are off for their all-star break so Savickas was available.
Mike Green - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#149254) #
Chris Costancio has a helpful review of the Florida State League's top prospects in today's THT.  21 year old Jesse Litsch does very well among the pitchers, while the Ryans (Patterson and Klosterman) are further down the list of position players than one might have guessed.
Gerry - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#149256) #

Tomorrow is opening day for Auburn and Wednesday for Pulaski.  The rosters are a work-in-process at the moment as players sign and become available after they finish high school or get knocked out of the college world series.

When the short season teams start this week the Jays usually bump a few players up a level.  The main candidates for a promotion this season are:

  • Adam Lind
  • Ryan Patterson
  • Cory Patton
  • Ricky Romero
  • Billy Carnline

The first three might be a waterfall, in that one moves and they all move.  Lind has been hitting well recently and with John-Ford Griffin still injured there is a spot in AAA.  I would assume these moves get made.

Romero could also be jumped but whose spot does he take?  Ismael Ramirez is injured but the seriousness is unknown right now.  Romero could move into that spot or bump one of the other starters.  The pitchers ranks have been in flux recently due to injuries with the Jays.  When Burnett returns this week a pitcher will have to be sent down.  If that pitcher is a starter it could create another ripple effect through the organization.  Look for Romero to be moved up too but maybe not for a week or so.

Thats my prediction, four moves.

Maldoff - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#149259) # reports that the Jays have signed 1st round pick Travis Snider.  I don't have "insider' access, so I can't tell you the terms, but it looks like Snider will be in Pulaski on Wednesday for the season opener.
Mike Green - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#149261) #
Snider's bonus was 1.7 million, according to the Seattle Times.  Mendocino provided this link in the other minor league thread this morning.
mendocino - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#149273) #
Auburn roster
mendocino - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#149274) #
Pulaski (or whats left over)
Maldoff - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#149275) #

Some surprises there.  Don't know many of the players, but I was mildly surprised to see a few names left off this roster (and I'm assuming going to Pulaski). In terms of pitchers, Joe Wice and Reidier Gonzalez both pitched in Pulaski last season, and pitched well enough to deserve a promotion. 

On the hitting side, Paul Franko was great in Pulaski last season, posting a line of .301/.385/.902, so I'm mildly surprised he's not in Auburn. I also expected to see Jonathan Jaspe and Leance Soto in Auburn, but more due to them needing a push up the ladder.

Gerry - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 05:23 PM EDT (#149276) #

Interesting to see Shane Benson on the Auburn roster, that's a good sign for the 19 year old Australian.  Wilfreddy Aguirre is a month older than Benson and they are the only two teenagers on the squad. 

It's also good to see Brian Hall back after missing all of 2005 to injury.

mendocino - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 05:54 PM EDT (#149278) #

Gone missing/injuries:

RHP Jayson Rodriguez, RHP Scott Roy

C Chris Martinez

IF Greg Lopez (this years 33rd)

OF Johnny Defendis (FA from Cubs org.)

Mike Green - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#149281) #
Matt Foster is on the Pulaski roster.  I wonder whether his military service is complete.  He is a lefty with reportedly good stuff, who went in the late rounds due to his service commitment.
MatO - Monday, June 19 2006 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#149283) #

I seem to recall that Foster has completed his service commitment last summer.  He was late in getting into game action with Pulaski last year in order to build up his arm again.

Brian Hall also was battling cancer.  I hope this means all is well and not just a roster listing from which he'd be DL'd.


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